“There’s a lack of nature in our lives right now,” says Sarah Ryhanen, the owner of Saipua, a flower shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn. “And floral arranging is such a tactile experience.” Ryhanen also runs the Farm at Worlds End outside Albany, New York, where she has led popular flower arrangement workshops over the years.
In the aftermath of America and Europe’s youthquake explosion of the 1960s—a wild rebellion against the culturally conservative 1950s—a new, unparalleled nightlife scene emerged. Cosmopolitan clubs across the globe served as centers for glamour and debauchery, offering spots for restless youth to sway and gyrate to the newest rock n’ roll music.
With rolling hills, vineyards, farms, ranches, and golf courses, California’s Santa Ynez Valley—located about 25 miles from Santa Barbara and 120 miles from Los Angeles—has all the makings of an ideal weekend excursion. So this year, in need of a long weekend refresh, my husband and I decided to explore it for ourselves.