The luxurious AAA-four diamond rated Santa Ynez Inn delivers a unique hotel experience with Victorian grace and warm hospitality nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Enjoy a sumptuous full gourmet breakfast, evening wine and hors d'oeuvres, and nightly desserts all included with your stay.
The Los Olivos Tasting Room & Wine Shop was established in 1987 as California's first independent tasting room specializing in Santa Barbara and Central Coast Pinot Noirs. We also carry the fine handcrafted wines produced by the smaller, local winemakers and wineries that for the most part do not have their own tasting room or have limited days they are open. Wines we feature include: Alban, Ampelos, Au Bon Climat, Brewer-Clifton, Fiddlehead, ,Flying Goat, Herman Story, Jack Creek, Jaffurs, Ken Brown, Kenneth-Crawford, Lane Tanner, Lucia, Margerum, Ojai, Pacific Coast Vineyards, Stephen Ross. There are many other wines that we carefully select to carry, representing what we feel is the best of the Central Coast's elite, hand crafted wines. Our "Consumable Art" sign over the door reflects the artistry in the talents of the winemakers we represent.
Artiste Winery’s limited edition wines are art-inspired, Impressionist blends created by winemaker Bion Rice. Share your impressions at Artiste Tasting Studio in Los Olivos, as you taste our wines while painting on our community canvases, or by sketching in our art journals. Our unique wine and art pairing experience will get your creative juices flowing!
Roger and Priscilla Higgins embarked on their ‘retirement’ project in 2001 when they planted the 26 acre Three Creek Vineyard. Like so many vineyard farmers, they became intrigued with the notion of crafting wines with the fruits of their labors. Cimarone Wines was born with its initial 2006 and 2007 vintages crafted offsite at a ‘custom crush’ facility. By the 2008 harvest, the pair had converted an existing horse barn into an elegant and efficient winery, replete with tank room, barrel room, laboratory, and extensive crush pad. Throughout the process; growing, harvesting, hand-sorting, and crafting, Roger and Priscilla have been hands-on participants in the development of their high quality, small lot wines.
Established in 1982, Longoria Wines is a small family owned winery producing acclaimed artisanal wines from some of the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Pioneer winemaker Rick Longoria has been involved in the local wine industry since 1976. His wines are distinctive for their purity of varietal and site expression, balance and compatibility with food. Visitors are welcome at the Longoria Tasting Room located downtown in the village of Los Olivos (open daily) and the Longoria Winery located in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto (open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
Here at Qupé wines our focus is on quality. Specializing in Rhone-style wines from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the Edna Valley, where we farm biodynamically, and the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos where we farm organically.
Qupé (pronounced kyoo-pay') is the Chumash Indian word for California poppy. The Chumash are native to California's Central Coast and Channel Islands, the California poppy is our state flower. Bob Lindquist added the accent to the word Qupé and gave it the pronunciation.
Imagine Wine is a true boutique winery producing aromatic and delicious wines in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, near Santa Barbara, California. Our wines are hand crafted by our winemaker, Ross Jay Rankin. He entered the industry in the late 1990’s and early on he produced in a facility affectionately known by its many excellent winemakers as the "Lompoc Wine Ghetto." In 2008 he moved his craft to the “state-of-the-art” facility, Terravant, in Buellton. Ross sources extraordinary grapes from the renowned vineyards of the California central coast. His signature Paradise Mountain Syrah and Viognier are made exclusively from the highly sought after grapes of a unique vineyard in the eastern hills of Santa Barbara County. Begun in 2004, Imagine Wine now has a complement of fine, limited production wines to suit any wine lovers' tastes. Our Tasting Room and Art Gallery opened in Fall 2009 in Santa Ynez where our followers may discuss winemaking (or the world’s dilemmas) with Ross or his wife, LynDee, over sips of Imagine Wine.
At William James Cellars it is our goal to exceed your expectations with outstanding wine, exceptional service and an unforgettable experience by sharing with you the romance of wine country in Santa Barbara County.
Upon opening in 2003 with two varietals, Chardonnay and Syrah, Robin Bogue, owner and winemaker of William James Cellars has added a dozen more varietals to her wine making portfolio. Robin experiments with stainless steel, oak and neutral oak, as well as blends of Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Sangiovese, Rose, Dessert Chardonnay, Sparkling and Port.
Established in 1999. Carr Vineyards & Winery specializes in limited production wines from Santa Barbara County. Owner and Winemaker Ryan Carr also oversees the management of over 100 acres of vineyards, allowing him to handcraft each vintage from grapes grown to his specification. Varietals include Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Franc. Visit the 1940s Quonset Hut winery in downtown Santa Barbara to experience the art of winemaking. Open daily for wine tasting, wines by the glass, flights of wine & wine on tap!
Enjoy California Central Coast style BBQ, outstanding steaks, ribs and chicken, unique dishes like smoked duck breast and ostrich, home-made soups and outstanding pastries, along with what the Los Angeles Times calls the “best” French Fries in Southern California. Savor exciting cuisine at the Hitching Post restaurant in Buellton, California.
The Nichols brothers, Matt & Jeff, grew up in Ames, Iowa where their love of cooking, good food and a sense of family and community was nurtured. In the summer of 1996, they opened the original Brothers Restaurant in Solvang, which they soon outgrew. In 2002, the brothers brought fine dining to Mattei’s Tavern and are proud to have been the caretakers of that venerable spot until they opened Sides Hardware & Shoes - a Brothers Restaurant in Los Olivos in 2012.
The 2013 opening of their second Santa Barbara Wine Country restaurant, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez, allows them to offer visitors and locals alike great food, wine and hospitality. The brothers strive to have legendary service, innovative “made from scratch” cuisine, and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that causes you to return time and again.
Newly opened in April 2013, S.Y. Kitchen, offers fresh, modern Italian dishes in any of the three rooms of their Italian-inspired California farmhouse. Dinner is served in the Front Room where guests are warmly welcomed; on the Porch with cushioned banquet seating and a bit of fresh air; or in the cozy Dining Room which also hosts family seating and private parties.
Adjacent to the Inn and surrounded by the rolling hills and oak-shaded valleys of Santa Ynez, the Vineyard House Restaurant serves inspired wine country cuisine and world-class wines for lunch and dinner
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.
23 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Venture from lavish valleys to coastal roads with breathtaking views of the Pacific. Some of these tours offer several days of cycling along the magnificent California coast for a trip you will never forget. For more information about the different cycling tours you can visit the local cycling tours website.
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 the Rancho Oso website for more information.
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. Get more information about horse shows and competitions at the Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association
4600 California 154, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this recently renovated 6800-yard, par-71 course delivers an exceptional golf experience in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Set in the mountains – 12 miles from Santa Ynez – Rancho San Marcos captures the tranquil beauty and rich history of this magical landscape. Built on the historic Rancho San Marcos, circa 1804, this golf gem contours the land as it meanders past ancient oak trees, 19th-century adobe structures and the old San Marcos Stagecoach trail. Rated one of the “Top 30 courses in California” by Golf Digest, Rancho San Marcos affords stunning views of the Santa Ynez River Valley, mountain peaks and Lake Cachuma.
Located in Solvang – just 3 miles from the Inn – the River Course at Alisal is a 6,830 yards, par-72 course with breathtaking panoramas of the valley and foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Following the Santa Ynez River, this challenging and dramatically beautiful course features four lakes, open fairways, tricky hazards and large, undulating greens accented by mature live oaks and native sycamores. Elevated tees reveal sweeping vistas, lush vineyards and lakes, so bring your “A” game and your camera to this playful course!
Dubbed the third toughest golf course in California by Golf Digest, La Purisima Golf Course offers a pure golf challenge that refreshes your passion for the game. One of the most spectacular courses in America, La Purisima in the Santa Barbara Wine Country is among California’s Top 10 Championship Public Courses and Top 100 in America by Golf Magazine. The beautiful 18-hole course offers superior design, imaginative routing and stunning scenery for an unforgettable Santa Ynez Valley golf experience.
The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks celebrate the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley, the pioneer settlers and five early townships that formed this beautiful region. Through its collection, exhibits and educational programs, you can experience the Valley’s heritage and history. Step into the past with remarkable displays of brands, guns, and Mission era artifacts. The Parks-Janeway Carriage House hosts a collection of carriages, wagons, carts, stagecoaches, and buggies.
If you love motorcycles, stop by the Solvang Motorcycle Museum. The Museum displays a wide collection of vintage and rare motorcycles and European race bikes – ranging from the British 1910 FN to the 1990 Buell 1200RR. The Museum mostly highlights racing motorcycles, including AJS, BMW, Ducati, Gilera, Matchless, Moto Guzzi, MV, Norton, Triumph, Velocette and Vincent racers. Bikes on display are constantly changing and expanding.
The Wildling Art Museum exhibits art that depicts America’s wilderness and preserves the natural heritage of the Santa Ynez Valley. Come explore the art gallery spaces, exhibitions, education center, library, and expanded gift shop.
1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, California, United States
Located in Solvang, and former homes of one of Solvang’s most artistic families, Elverhoj Museum is devoted to the history of Solvang, the Danish-American pioneer spirit, the colorful heritage and culture of Denmark, and the arts. The Museum’s newest exhibit, “Odyssey,” features dramatic multi-layered works by Santa Ynez sculptor Suzi Trubitz.
The community of the Solvang Village is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley as a preserve that was founded by a group of Danish teachers. Solvang is the Danish word meaning “sunny field” and when you visit this historic town you can see the Hans Christian Anderson Park and walk through town amidst traditional Danish windmills.
The historic town of Los Olivos has expansive views of the vineyards in Santa Barbara wine country. Visit this quaint valley getaway in Santa Ynez for relaxation in sunny California. The town of Los Olivos is a great place to go for a wine tasting weekend or to visit the eclectic art galleries and shopping areas it is known for.
Santa Barbara is located in the southern region of California with beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The city is home to both beautiful beaches and California mountains with a lot of great places to visit. Be sure to explore the famous Stearns Wharf for a day of fun right on the water.