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In Santa Ynez Valley, A Toast to 'Sideways'

"You pay for the feeding experience; I give you the food," said Ostrich Land manager David McNay.

If you're spending the weekend, head over to the town of Lompoc on Friday afternoon for the Farmers' Market. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy the sunshine and the flowers. Then make your way to Ocean Lanes to bowl a few games. The place is a little more crowded than it was before it made its big-screen debut -- but for $50, you can rent a lane for two hours for as many as six bowlers. Pizza included.


Frank Ostini and his Hitching Post II are popular with "Sideways" fans, who are invading Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. (Ric Francis/AP)

Or carve out an afternoon of golf at the River Course at the Alisal, where Miles and Jack confronted an angry foursome on the fairway.

Nearby Solvang, the self-proclaimed "Danish capital of America" with its thatch-roof shops and restaurants, is also home to a host of wine-tasting rooms. If you want to stay true to the script, stop by the Solvang Restaurant for aebleskiver (round pancake balls) and omelets. Locals swear by Paula's Pancake House for thin Danish pancakes and rich waffles. Save room for fresh-baked bread and danish from Mortensen's or Olsen's bakeries.

Although you can't reserve the exact table at the Los Olivos Cafe in Los Olivos where the foursome shared their first date -- the restaurant was expanded into the gift shop for the scene -- the dinner the couples enjoyed (right down to the "chocolate scream" dessert they begged off) is available. For $29, indulge in butternut squash and cranberry salad, salmon and a glass of pinot noir. And don't miss the wine wall, with more than 300 bottles. It's been in high demand.

"They don't ask. They just touch it. They come here to look at it, to touch it and to experience it," said cafe owner Sam Marmorstein .

It's guaranteed that Maya won't be waiting tables at the Hitching Post II, whatever night you decide to wander in for grilled steaks or fish. But you could be in for a wait. Regulars who used to stroll in during prime dinnertime hours are now finding they have to make reservations. You can grab a seat at the bar, which has become a true watering hole. Hitching Post owner Frank Ostini is bottling his Highliner pinot noir as fast as he can. Although he welcomes the attention, he admits that it's dizzying. But he tries to keep a sense of humor when customers ask for Maya.

"I tell them Maya's not working," he said. "She has the weekend off and she's down visiting Miles in rehab."


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