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.
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.