Santa Ynez Valley Blog

Read the official Santa Ynez Valley blog, complete with local stories, experiences, news, and more about Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang.


Hot on the Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail

Discover artfully crafted cocktails mixed to perfection on the Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail We might be best known as … Continue reading Hot on the Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail

Santa Barbara Wine Country Sparkling Wine Map

Santa Ynez Valley, in Santa Barbara Wine Country, is known for excellent wines. In fact, this region is one of … Continue reading Santa Barbara Wine Country Sparkling Wine Map

TRAVEL + LEISURE, The World’s 50 Best Places To Travel In 2022

If you’ve visited the Santa Ynez Valley before, or are fortunate enough to call it home, you know what a … Continue reading TRAVEL + LEISURE, The World’s 50 Best Places To Travel In 2022

Women in Wine

- Nine Winemakers to Know in the Santa Ynez Valley Written and photographed by Heather Daenitz of Craft & Cluster … Continue reading Women in Wine

Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley Two hours north of Los Angeles, and a scenic four-hour drive south of San Francisco, the … Continue reading Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

Cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley

  Cycling is a serious business here at Visit Santa Ynez Valley. With a great variety of terrains and trails, … Continue reading Cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley

Wedding Bells are Ringing in Santa Ynez Valley

Wedding bells might be ringing for you and your soon-to-be life partner if you visited us for Valentine’s Day or … Continue reading Wedding Bells are Ringing in Santa Ynez Valley

Top 5 Things To Do in Buellton

One of six distinct communities in the Santa Ynez Valley, there is far more to Buellton than what first meets … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do in Buellton

Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

The Danish Capital of America We share information about the entire Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, best Santa Ynez wineries, and … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Santa Ynez Valley

Weekend Getaway Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in the Santa Ynez Valley. The six distinct communities offer a range … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons To Visit Santa Ynez Valley

Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley is a joyous time. With the changing of seasons, the Valley’s colors transition once … Continue reading Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Businesses Open for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley With so much holiday spirit in the Valley, we couldn’t pick just one event … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley Businesses Open for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley

Christmas Experience in Santa Ynez Valley Below is a guide from previous years to making the most of your Christmas … Continue reading Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley

Valentine’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

February is All About Love In the Santa Ynez Valley Where is the love? Visit Santa Ynez Valley knows that … Continue reading Valentine’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Things to do in February in the Santa Ynez Valley

Romantic Destination February In the Santa Ynez Valley   With world-class wines, a farm-to-table culinary scene, endless natural beauty, and … Continue reading Things to do in February in the Santa Ynez Valley

Movies Filmed In The Santa Ynez Valley

Hollywood in Santa Ynez Valley Visit the Santa Ynez Valley knows that our six towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, … Continue reading Movies Filmed In The Santa Ynez Valley

Mendenhall Museum | Road Sign & Car Memorabilia in Buellton, CA

Today’s blog is about the incredible Mendenhall Museum in Buellton, CA. Upon entering the grounds, both outside and in, with … Continue reading Mendenhall Museum | Road Sign & Car Memorabilia in Buellton, CA

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Summer Fun Vacation Time In the Santa Ynez Valley Wow, it seems like summer just started and it’s already time … Continue reading Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Hiking in the Santa Ynez Valley

Aiden (my son) and I were picked up at 7:30am on Sunday morning by Greg, Brian, and Cary. We were … Continue reading Hiking in the Santa Ynez Valley

Scenic Drives to the Santa Ynez Valley

One of many scenic views on Highway 154 When taking a scenic road trip drive to the Santa Ynez Valley … Continue reading Scenic Drives to the Santa Ynez Valley

🌷Easter Weekend – Santa Ynez Valley

Easter weekend is a special time to celebrate and gather with loved ones and enjoy the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. … Continue reading 🌷Easter Weekend – Santa Ynez Valley

Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley

Moms deserves the best – And what better way to treat Mom than a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley? … Continue reading Spend Mother’s Day Weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley

Enjoy a Visit to the Santa Ynez Valley Memorial Day Weekend

Return to Travel  The Santa Ynez Valley is prepared to welcome visitors back to wine country this Memorial Day Weekend. … Continue reading Enjoy a Visit to the Santa Ynez Valley Memorial Day Weekend

Spring Break in the Santa Ynez Valley

Perfect Spring Break Vacation Ideas Spring is just around the corner and not only does that mean that an end … Continue reading Spring Break in the Santa Ynez Valley

Your Instagram-Worthy Santa Ynez Valley Itinerary

A Listing of Santa Barbara Wine Country Locales to Fulfill Your Inner Instagrammer If you take a trip and don’t … Continue reading Your Instagram-Worthy Santa Ynez Valley Itinerary

Experience the Great Outdoors in the Santa Ynez Valley

  We’re all looking for a way to get out, without joining a crowd. The Santa Ynez Valley has never … Continue reading Experience the Great Outdoors in the Santa Ynez Valley

The Place to be Midweek

Why midweek is the primetime to visit the Santa Ynez Valley Vacation plans have been upended everywhere, leaving many asking … Continue reading The Place to be Midweek

WFH: Wine Country Edition

Work is no vacation…But it can be. World events have us all rethinking how, when, and why we travel. For … Continue reading WFH: Wine Country Edition

Natural Wine and Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country: A Getaway Wine Buying Guide

Wine world catch phrases and industry jargon abound these days, making wine tasting and wine buying choices slightly daunting for … Continue reading Natural Wine and Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country: A Getaway Wine Buying Guide

Celebrate Harvest with Inaugural Food, Wine, Experiential Festival, Oct. 17-20th

First Annual Santa Ynez Valley Signature Event to include Town-Wide, Progressive Dinner; VIP Wine Tastings and Seminars; Varying Menu of … Continue reading Celebrate Harvest with Inaugural Food, Wine, Experiential Festival, Oct. 17-20th

Top Reasons to Spend June in the Santa Ynez Valley

According to the song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel, “June is bustin’ out all over!” That is so true … Continue reading Top Reasons to Spend June in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley’s Spirited Side

October 2018 Wine and Halloween go hand-in-hand, right? But if you’re looking for something craftier for the harvest season holidays … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley’s Spirited Side

I Love the {Santa Ynez Valley} Nightlife: Santa Barbara Wine Country Heats Up after the Sun Sets

Weekends in the Santa Ynez Valley mean long, sunny days – often spent in vineyards and wineries, on hiking trails … Continue reading I Love the {Santa Ynez Valley} Nightlife: Santa Barbara Wine Country Heats Up after the Sun Sets

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Families —  A Perfect, if Unexpected, Pairing

With kid-friendly attractions, family-friendly wineries, and much to explore, the Santa Ynez Valley makes for a surprising family getaway  The … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Families —  A Perfect, if Unexpected, Pairing

Ring in the New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley

The New Year is a time for hope, happiness and celebrations. Visit the Santa Ynez Valley invites you to celebrate … Continue reading Ring in the New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley

Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

May 2017 Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley There are so many reasons to spend the month of May … Continue reading Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

Touring Through the Santa Ynez Valley

  April 2017 With so many constraints on and so much demand for our time these days, it’s incredible to … Continue reading Touring Through the Santa Ynez Valley

Harvest Season in the Santa Ynez Valley

Harvest is an incredible time of year in the Santa Ynez Valley, and I was lucky enough to spend a … Continue reading Harvest Season in the Santa Ynez Valley

October Halloween Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

Don’t be afraid to make reservations at one of our beautiful Santa Ynez hotels and join us in October for … Continue reading October Halloween Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

Fall fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

As we make the transition from another fun-filled summer to fall, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained … Continue reading Fall fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Girls Weekend Getaway

You may be asking how I ended up on a girls getaway trip. It was another warm afternoon in the … Continue reading Girls Weekend Getaway

Luxury in Los Olivos

I made reservations to stay at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa for a Tuesday evening. The night … Continue reading Luxury in Los Olivos



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