Located in the heart of the Santa Barbara Wine Country, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, the historic village of Santa Ynez is a charming vacation destination with historic museums, wonderful restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, saloons, wineries, wine tasting rooms and horse ranches.
Experience winery and cycling tours, sample gourmet wines, learn about the local history at Mission Santa Ines and breathe in the tranquil, relaxing vibe of Santa Ynez.
Explore the Santa Ynez Valley.
Just beyond our peaceful town, the Santa Ynez Valley - comprised of the charming townships of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Solvang - is a magical landscape of over 70 boutique wineries, lush vineyards, fruit orchards, lavender farms, horse ranches, and spectacular vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountain Range. Savor acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah at world-class wineries and tasting rooms throughout Santa Ynez and the Valley. Golf, hike, bike, fish, see wildlife, tour a horse ranch or lavender farm, horseback ride or soar through the sky in a glider or hot air balloon. Have a picnic in a vineyard, enjoy boat cruises at Lake Cachuma, hike the trail to Nojoqui Falls, explore the Los Padres National Forest and enjoy gaming and entertainment at Chumash Casino. Savor gourmet wine country cuisine and distinctive wines as you take in the breathtaking mountain and valley landscapes.
Santa Barbara Wine Country & Santa Ynez Valley Attractions
Santa Barbara County Wine Country.
Journey through the Santa Barbara Wine Country where breathtaking valleys are dotted with sun-kissed vineyards and colorful wildflowers and mountains are studded with ancient oak trees. The Santa Barbara Wine Country is one of California's most beautiful and exciting viticultural regions, producing some of the most brilliant wines in the world. Experience a taste of the land in Santa Barbara's wine appellations - Santa Maria Valley, Los Alamos Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Santa Rita Hills. With over 70 wineries, Santa Ynez Valley is celebrated for its stellar Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot and Rhône and Italian grape varietals. From colorful valleys to mountain vineyards, from passionate pinot noirs to sumptuous syrahs, Santa Barbara Wine Country has an aura all of its own. Explore country roads, lush vineyards and 117 charming wineries, as well as exceptional tasting rooms, delightful restaurants, museums, art galleries, and exciting attractions. The wine country is a wonderful destination for hiking, golfing, horseback riding, glider rides, wildflower viewing and touring. Visit www.sbcountywines.com
Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours.
Embark on a spectacular cycling journey with guided cycling tours through the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Cycle through the scenic heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, and immerse yourself in a breathtaking landscape of vineyards, wineries, lavender farms, apple orchards and horse ranches. Ride through picturesque country roads with sun-kissed vineyards and breathtaking vistas of oak-studded rolling hills with majestic mountain tops. Descend into beautiful canyons lined with rolling hills of vineyards and tall oak trees. Enjoy a wonderful gourmet picnic lunch and wine tasting at one of the charming wineries in the valley. Daily cycling tours from Santa Ynez include bike rental, helmet, map, water bottle and tour guide. Choose from day tours or half-day tours: Leisure Valley Stroll, Ballard Canyon Loop and Happy Canyon Route - depending on your level of ability. Visit www.winecountrycycling.com
A favorite vacation destination in the Santa Ynez Valley, the charming Danish inspired village of Solvang offers an array of attractions and activities. Enjoy shopping in 200 European style shops, antique stores, art galleries, boutiques, antique stores, and Danish bakeries. Savor delicious cuisine-from Danish to gourmet wine-country fare - and local wines at charming restaurants and tasting rooms. Discover the area's rich cultural Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Danish heritage at Elverhoj Danish Heritage and Fine Arts Museum and the 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés, a national historic landmark. Enjoy gaming and entertainment at the Chumash Casino Resort. Take in a live concert at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and see PCPA Theaterfest's summer performances under the stars in Solvang's Outdoor Festival Theater. Visit www.solvangusa.com
Chumash Resort Hotel, Spa & Casino.
Located on Highway 246 - just outside of Solvang - Chumash Casino Resort Casino offers action-packages Las Vegas-style video gaming, a card room, high-stakes Indian bingo, live entertainment, dining and a spa. The exciting casino features 2,000 slot machines, 40 blackjack tables, high stakes area, a poker room, and friendly high stakes Bingo. The resort also features four restaurants, a showroom, a gift shop, and a 5,000 square foot Spa. Visit www.chumashcasino.com
America's Riviera, Santa Barbara is a relaxed, sun-drenched vacation destination between Los Angeles and San Francisco with incredible Pacific Coast beaches, spectacular golf courses, beautiful resorts, delectable restaurants, world-class shopping, charming wineries, theaters, and thrilling activities, events and festivals. Annual highlights include Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Harbor & Seafood Festival, Old Spanish Days, Amgen Tour of California, and the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival. From State Street and the Channel Islands to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the famed wine country, Santa Barbara is one of California's ultimate vacation getaways. Beach hangouts such as East Beach, Rincon Beach Park, Leadbetter Beach, Hendry's Beach and Goleta Beach County Park are hotspots for swimming, surfing, picnicking and sunning. Visit www.santabarbaraca.com
Los Padres National Forest.
Encompassing 1.75 million acres of the scenic Central California Coast, Los Padres National Forest frames Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley with majestic sights. The vast and beautiful forest stretches 220 miles along the coast, and consists of two separate land divisions, including Monterey County and the beautiful Big Sur Coast and lands within San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties. Explore beautiful streams, rivers, beaches and scenic byways. Los Padres National Forest is a natural destination for recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. A member of the California Condor Recovery Program, the forest manages the 1200-acre Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary in Santa Barbara County and the 53,000-acre Sespe Condor Sanctuary in Ventura County. Take in scores of remarkable scenic vistas, explore miles of beautiful trails and learn about the forest's ecological and wildlife diversity. Visit www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres.
Cachuma Lake Recreational Area.
Located about 15 minutes from Santa Ynez, Lake Cachuma is a pristine reservoir and nature lover's utopia with over 250 species of birds such as migrating bald eagles to witness. Hop aboard the 45-passenger "Osprey" for a 2-hour lake tour with a naturalist for a closer look at birds, deer, coyote, bobcat and mountain lion. One of Southern California's finest fishing and boating lakes, Cachuma is a honey hole for catching large mouth and small mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear, sunfish, channel catfish, and rainbow trout, and is host to many popular annual fishing derbies. Cachuma Lake is a wonderful destination for boating and regattas. The Cachuma Lake Nature Center features exhibits, events and displays on plants, wildlife, birds, history and geology. The marina offers boat, pontoon, and water bike rentals. Visit www.sbparks.org/DOCS/cachuma2.html
Nojoqui Falls and Park.
A popular recreational destination in the Santa Ynez Valley, Nojoqui Park offers a refreshing landscape just beyond civilization. Tall oak and sycamore trees surround large playing fields and picnic areas. Hike the short 15-minute trail up to Nojoqui Falls, a 100-foot waterfall where fresh water falls from the high cliffs into a natural pool. In summer, you'll see a refreshing gathering of moss rock, ferns and shade. This beautiful and secluded county park features the lush Sylvan Canyon, ball fields, BBQ grills, benches, picnic tables, hiking trails and a playground. Visit www.sbparks.org/scripts/parksdetail.asp?parkid=14.
Experience the magic of silent flight over the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley - one of the most picturesque gliding areas in the country. Soar silently above the breathtaking valley, taking in spectacular views of vineyards, wineries, ranches, horse facilities, farms, mountains, national forests and scenic Lake Cachuma. Climb aboard two-seat gliders with professional FAA certified glider pilots and experience the adventure of a lifetime. Visit www.gliderrides.com
Rancho Oso Guest Ranch and Stables.
Located 20 minutes from the Inn, Rancho Oso's beautiful mountain landscape makes you feel like you're horseback riding far from civilization. Embodying the spirit of the Old West, Rancho Oso is a spectacular resort blessed with California's natural scenic beauty, access to Los Padres National Forest, equestrian facilities, and Western hospitality. Enjoy horseback riding through the coastal mountain back country, national forest trails and historic sites. The ranch offers trail rides, private rides, wagon rides, riding lessons, demonstrations, a petting zoo, calf roping, campfires, sing-a-longs, western-style BBQ, wine tasting events, pools and a spa for a refreshing natural vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley! Visit www.rancho-oso.com. Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center - www.alamopintado.com
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Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association.
The Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association is dedicated to breeding, showing, racing and riding the Arabian and Half-Arabian horse. The association hosts Regional and National Championship Competitive Trail rides and meetings for people who show, race, breed, and pleasure ride their Arabian horses. Santa Ynez Valley is home to the most accomplished Arabians, nationally accomplished trainers and internationally acclaimed Arabian breeding farms in the world. There are more Arabians per square mile in the Santa Ynez Valley than anywhere in the United States. Visit www.syvaha.com.
Santa Ynez Valley Wineries.
Taste distinctive Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Rhone varietals at over 70 world-class wineries and charming tasting rooms in the Santa Ynez Valley. Stop by these wonderful local wineries - just minutes from the Santa Ynez Inn - and experience a taste of the Santa Barbara Wine Country.