Your Passport is your ticket to 20, one-ounce pours of wine you can "spend" at 13 participating wineries all weekend. Each winery will serve passport holders snacks like chocolates, holiday cookies and cheese on Saturday. Return Sunday for live music, food trucks, barrel tastings and more. Exclusive wine discounts, a handmade event keepsake and logo wine glass are also included!
What's Christmas on the Trail?
You'll start your day at the Check In Winery you selected when you reserved your passport. After showing your valid ID, you'll get your passport and special goody bag that has your logo wine glass, a map of the area, and an activity card that lists each winery's Christmas on the Trail wine discount, their Saturday Snack and Sunday Funday activity. This year our gift to you is a handmade, goat's milk soap made with local and sustainable ingredients that's layered with wine from every winery on the Trail. These specialty bars are being custom made just for us by Foxen Canyon Soap Company and one is included with each passport! Pro tip: the recyclable packaging doubles as a soap dish!
The back of your passport will have a grid with 20 squares that represent the 20 one ounce pours of wine that you can "spend" as you like at the 13 participating wineries. Foxen Canyon Road is 30 miles long, so we suggest making a weekend of it! Email us for limo or transportation company information or hire Uber Wine. Important Note: Don't hire an Uber to just drop you off, because they will not come back to get you. Really. They won't. Uber Wine will stay with you all day and make sure you're safely transported from tasting room to tasting room.
On Saturday, enjoy snacks at each winery like local chocolates, holiday cookies and mini cheese plates. Come back Sunday for live music, food trucks, Library Wine tasting and more! And don't forget that every winery will have a special wine discount just for passport holders! Can we say Christmas shopping? Every tasting room will also be decking the halls in their holiday finery. Even Scrooge would get a kick out the ornaments people make with corks.
How Much is a Passport?
$45 if you reserve your passport online before December 6th, and $60 if you purchase your passport at one of the four check in wineries during the event.
What Else Should I Know?
If your group is 6 or more people, please call the tasting rooms you plan to visit and make a reservation. Some of us have pretty limited space and if we know to expect you, we'll do all we can to make room. If you can call at least a week before, your chances of getting that thing you asked Santa for are doubled. Also, it's illegal to consume or even have an open container of alcohol that wasn't made by the winery you are currently tasting at. So please don't bring any beer or wine into a tasting room with you. And smoking or vaping isn't allowed at or near any of the tasting rooms. Remember that big fire we had last year? No one really wants to repeat that.
Where Should I Stay?
Treat yourself and make it a long weekend in wine country. We've partnered with these hotels to bring you special rates - just mention "Christmas on the Trail" when booking.
North of the Trail - Closest check in wineries are Cottonwood Winery or Martian Ranch & Winery
Holiday Inn Santa Maria (805) 928-6000 2100 North Broadway Special Rate: $119 for standard king or double queen room with two breakfast vouchers ASK FOR GROUP BLOCK CODE CT3
Radisson Hotel Santa Maria (805) 928-8000 3455 Skyway Drive Special Rate: $119 for a king or 2 queen beds; $159 for a corner suite. Both options include breakfast for two. Click here to reserve online with the code SMASPP or call the hotel directly and mention "Christmas Passport."
Historic Santa Maria Inn Santa Maria (805) 928-7777 801 S. Broadway Special Rate: $119 for a king or 2 queen beds including breakfast for two. To reserve, please call the hotel directly and mention "Christmas Passport."
South of the Trail - Closest check in wineries are Firestone Winery and Andrew Murray Vineyards Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton (805) 686-1555 600 McMurray Road Buellton 93427 Special Rate: 15% off listed rates. Click here to book!
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (805) 688-1000 555 McMurray Road Buellton 93427 Special Rate: $159
Pea Soup Andersen's Inn (800) 732-7687 51 East Hwy 246 Buellton 93427 Special Rates: $107.10 on Saturday $71 on Sunday
Quality Inn Santa Ynez Valley (805) 688-0022 630 Avenue of the Flags Buellton 93427 Special Rate: $115
Mid Trail in Los Alamos - Closest check in winery is Martian Ranch & Winery
Los Alamos Motel (805) 344-2852 425 Bell Street Los Alamos 93440 Special Rate: 20% off listed rates when you mention Christmas on the Trail.
Which Wineries are Part of Christmas on the Trail?
We're so glad you asked! Andrew Murray Vineyards, Cambria Winery, Cottonwood Canyon Winery, Fess Parker Winery, Firestone Vineyard, Foxen Vineyard & Winery, foxen 7200, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Koehler Winery, Martian Ranch & Vineyard, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Riverbench Vineyard Tasting Room,Tres Hermanas Winery, Zaca Mesa Winery
Click here for more information about these wineries on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.
Who Can I Contact if I Have Questions?
Email Elizabeth and she'll answer you as soon as she can.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Transportation is not provided by the event, but parking is available at each winery. Please contact us for a list of limo and transportation companies. Uber Wine is also available.
What's Your Refund Policy?
We are unable to issue any refunds after December 1st. Please contact us before then with any refund requests.