Santa Ynez

Visit the place where it all started in the Santa Ynez Valley — the town of Santa Ynez, of course. Discover the Valley’s deeply rooted Chumash history and connection to the county’s early Spanish settlers, get a taste of country-style feasting, and savor the wines of the Central Coast in dreamy vineyard settings.

Cultivate your inner wine-lover and let your creative spirit flow with a glass of wine in one hand and a paintbrush in the other as Gypsy Studios leads you and your friends through a two-hour painting session in the vineyard.

Throw on your cowboy boots and saddle up for a breathtaking and memorable horseback ride through the vineyards and hills. Early in the morning, take in a bird’s eye view of the area from the basket of a hot air balloon. Or breathe in some fresh mountain air with a challenging hike to Manzana Schoolhouse and Dabney Cabin, one of the area’s turn-of-the-century homesteads.

End the day with a sumptuous, five-star dining experience at S.Y. Kitchen, which serves up fresh, modern Italian dishes that are sure to please any palate. Spend some time on the heated outdoor lounge area for a pre-dinner cocktail, head indoors for dinner, and pair your seasonal meal with — what else? — local wines grown in the surrounding hills.

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Bridlewood Estate Winery

Come for a taste and stay for the experience. Sip a glass of our award winning wines amid the beautiful Santa Ynez mountains, our lakes, vineyards, and you may never want to leave. Truly a one of a kind Santa Barbara County wine experience.

Chumash Casino Resort

Nestled in Santa Barbara County’s beautiful wine country, Chumash Casino Resort is truly an adventure in escapism. Chumash Casino Resort’s main attraction is its world-class gaming floor that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a…

Gypsy Studios

Discover your inner artist at a Painting in the Vineyard event! We invite you to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush and join us for a fun and relaxing outdoor experience. Bring your friends and capture the scenery on canvas. Our local vineyards…

Rancho Olivos

Complimentary tasting of fresh estate extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown on the farm. Spanish and Italian olive trees supply the hand harvested fruit for their award winning premium olive oils. Tasting olive oil is a superb compliment…

S.Y. Kitchen

An inviting farmhouse in the heart of Santa Ynez, serving modern Northern Italian dishes showcasing local ingredients and Chef Luca Crestinelli’s light touch. Specialties include home-made pastas; pizzas served from the wood-fire oven;…

PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre

PCPA Theaterfest, the Central Coast's Resident Professional Theatre Company, presents a variety of contemporary works, classics and musicals year round in Santa Maria and during the summer in Solvang at the open-air Festival Theater.