Santa Ynez Valley

Just 30 minutes north and inland from Santa Barbara you’ll find the stunning Santa Ynez Valley with vast open spaces, perfect climate for fine wine grapes and a rich equestrian community.

Welcome to the Santa Ynez Valley 

The picturesque Santa Ynez Valley is home to world-class wines and sprawling ranches.


The picturesque Santa Ynez Valley encompasses six distinct communities: Ballard, Buellton, Los AlamosLos Olivos  Santa Ynez, and Solvang. Each offers unique characteristics united by a love of wine and small town charm.

What to Love

  • Small town charm
  • World-class wines and award-winning dining
  • Sprawling ranches and horse properties

People & Lifestyle

The Santa Ynez Valley is known for its gorgeous vineyards, rolling hills, and small town feel. Tucked in between the Santa Ynez Mountains and San Rafael Mountain, the Valley invites its residents into a luxurious rural lifestyle. Residents enjoy slowing down with a glass of wine from a local winery, riding horses through endless bridle trails, or taking a drive up Figeroua Mountain for wildflowers and spectacular views.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

When it comes to dining, the Santa Ynez Valley is full of local favorites that will impress even the harshest critics. Stop by Bobs Well Bread for artisan breads, sandwiches, and pastries. Their old world baking style will not disappoint.

For an excellent lunch experience, head over to Industrial Eats, a local favorite for a modern menu complete with wood-fired pizza.

For a formal dining experience, make a reservation at Sear Steak House. Sear provides excellent service and an elevated “farm to table” menu to impress locals and visitors alike. SY Kitchen has drawn the attention of visitors for their exquisite seasonal and local menu. The Gathering Table at the Ballard Inn offers a dining experience that would rival any big city in a cozy environment. And if you find yourself in Los Alamos, don't miss Bell's for a family-run, French-inspired bistro from Food & Wine “Best New Chef” Daisy Ryan.

The Santa Ynez Valley is full of local charm when it comes to shopping including the Los Olivos General Store, Solvang Antiques, or Jedlicka’s Western Wear for the best local shopping experience.

Things to Do

Santa Ynez might be off the beaten path, but there is plenty to do. For the most pleasant wine tasting experience, book your tastings in advance at tasting rooms such as, Sunstone, Carhartt, or Demetria.

Stroll through the streets of Solvang for a unique experience, "a little slice of Denmark in Southern California". Make sure to stop into a local bakery for a delicious pastry. 

If you are looking to get outdoors and experience the vast amount of trails that the Valley has to offer, look into Vino Vaqueros for an excellent wine-infused trail riding experience.

Schools

The Santa Ynez Valley is home to several excellent schools. Top educational institutions here include:

  • Dunn School
  • Ballard Elementary
  • Los Olivos Elementary
  • Santa Ynez Valley Charter
  • Santa Ynez Elementary
  • Solvang Elementary
  • Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
 

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