When I moved to Santa Barbara two years ago, one of the first sights I was shown was the ruins at Knapp’s Castle.
My friend Katheryn took me and I was immediately touched by the pure, historic setting and the fantastic view of Lake Cachuma and the Santa Ynez Valley.
We were not on a date, but only a person of extreme ignorance could have missed the potential in the location – the opportunity to share a cold bottle of wine and rest your back on what’s left of a building that was destroyed by fire in the 1940s, all the while taking in panoramic views of beauty.
Some would say the best part about this hike is that it’s more of a walk – about 10 minutes – from where you park to the site of the ruins. You can easily carry supplies for a nice picnic – it’s more or less a flat, straightforward journey.
I’m telling you, gentlemen – heed my advice – she will dig it, and so will you.