Background: I'm planning a trip in May from the East Coast to run the Santa Barbara Wine Country Marathon in the Solvang area. We arrive Thursday 5/6 at LAX and are driving directly to the Santa Barbara area. The race is Saturday morning 5/8 at 7:00am. We'll be leaving to head back towards LA on Sunday.
Dilemma: I'm trying to decide where to stay from Thurs-Sun...either in the Solvang area or in Santa Barbara. I know its about a 40min drive to Solvang from SB, but will we run out of things to do in Solvang by staying there 3 nights?
Also, it seems like the little inns in the Solvang area are pricey for what you could get in Santa Barbara...but is it worth the extra r&r?
Has anyone done the race before and have any recommendations for out-of-towners on whether its best to stay in the area?
Thanks for your help!!!