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Santa Ynez

Visit the place where it all started in the Santa Ynez Valley — the town of Santa Ynez, of course. Surrounded by rolling hills and orderly rows of grape vines, the area offers a mix of scenic beauty, history and culinary delights for visitors. Stroll the streets of downtown, enjoy the sight of its 1880s-era building facades, and explore charming art galleries and other finds. 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. Santa Ynez makes a perfect day-trip destination from Santa Barbara.

Things to Do in Santa Ynez

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.

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. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, head to the nearby Chumash Casino Resort, where you’ll find slot machines, table games and a packed calendar of live entertainment.

Where to Eat in Santa Ynez

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. As you explore the town, you’ll find plenty of additional dining options as well, ranging from burgers and fries to refined Italian cuisine and more.

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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…



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.