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Mother’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Moms deserves the best – and what better way to treat them than a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley? With so much to do in the SYV, we’ve come up with a fun, varied list of ideas on how to spend the weekend celebrating Mother’s Day.


Dining

The Maker's Son restaurant Mother's Day BrunchThe Maker’s Son 346 Bell Street, Los Alamos, California 93440
Open 10:30 am – 3 pm
Reservations: exploretock.com/themakersson
Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch – Located in a restored 1920s garage and gas station, the Maker’s Son embodies the rustic nature of California’s central coast.

 

plenty-on-bell-mothers-day-los-alamosPlenty on Bell, 508 Bell Street, Los Alamos
Open Sunday May 8, 8am-3pm
Call for reservations (805) 344-3020 or email.

Celebrating Mother’s Day with the following specials (as well as regular menu).
Chilaquiles $14
Quiche and Green Salad $14
Bottomless Mimosas $18

Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe,  460 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-8188; Sunday, May 8, 2022, 7AM–5:30PM
We think Mom’s are wonderful, so we give a 10% off on all food purchases to all mothers on Mother’s Day!


Gifts 

brighton leather for -mothers-dayFirst Street Leather, 1634 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang
(805) 688-5215; Hours 10-5:30
and
Los Olivos, 2933 Grand Ave. Suite B
(805) 688-7496; Hours 11-5:30
Mother, also known as, superwoman, saint, wearer of many hats and C.E.O. of the household deserves to be celebrated extra on May 8th, 2021.
She does the work of an entire team, for free, so hats off to all the moms, let’s find her the perfect gift(s).

Need more gift ideas? Check out additional retail options at our Where to Shop page.


Attractions

Santa Barbara Adventure Company
(805) 884-9283
Did you know that Santa Barbara Adventure Company runs wine tours?⁣ It’s true!

vino-vaqueros-horse-back-riding-mothers-dayVino Vaqueros, 2178 Mora Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 944-0493
We are offering mimosas/bubbly rose to all the mama’s in addition to our normal wine offering after the ride 🐴 as a special treat for Mother’s Day.
Call or Book Online for reservations.

 

Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden:
Take Mom for a stroll through nature to enjoy the whimsical colors of California wildflowers on display at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden. Located in Buellton, California at the west end of River View Park, this nationally registered public garden is free of charge and open to the public.

Happy-mother's-day-polar-bear-elverhojElverhoj Museum of History & Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-
1211
The Elverhoj Museum will be OPEN on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, 2022 ,11 AM to 5 PM. Come treat Mom to our new exhibit “GREENLAND: Land of the Midnight Sun” featuring stunning photography and information on the beauty of this threatened Arctic region. Come enjoy amazing photography and videos about its natural resources, people, and culture.

Elverhøj is a quiet gem in the heart of Solvang with a triple focus: documenting the history of Solvang, celebrating Danish culture and the Danish-American connection.

Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, 1511-B Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-1082; Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Get inspired as a family at Wildling Museum, where two new exhibitions are on display,  The museum has public walk-in hours Saturday and Sundays, 11am-  4pm.

Art Spot On Wheels Event is from 11:00-1:30pm
We’re doing painting in the vineyard on Mother’s Day 🙂 I’ve attached some photos and here’s a link to sign up and all the info: https://artspotonwheels.com/

eat-this-shoot-thatSanta Barbara Food and Wine Tours
We will be running our usual Downtown Solvang Food & Photo Tour on Saturday May 7, but will be offering an additional pouring of wine and an extra special bakery treat for moms.

 

 


Wineries

Fess Parker Winery, 6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-1545; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Spend Mother’s Day at Fess Parker Winery and Epiphany! We’ll have a special bouquet of flowers from the Fess Parker Farm for each mom with a tasting reservation on Sunday, May 8th.

sanford-wines-mothers-day-ompocSanford Winery & Vineyards, 5010 Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
Winery: (805) 735-5900 ext. 7001
We’re Giving Mom a Complimentary Glass of Sparkling When You Reserve a Tasting on Mother’s Day
Show the mother figure in your life love and appreciation for all they do with a complimentary glass of Bubbles on their special day when you book a tasting on Sunday, May 8th.  Reservations are required. Book early to secure your spot!
P.S. We’re offering special pricing on our sparkling wines, so Mom can take home a bottle of her favorite to enjoy later!

alma-rosa-wine-tasing-room-solvangAlma Rosa Winery, 1623 Mission Dr., Ste M, Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 691-9395; Open: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Alma Rosa Wine Tasting Room is greeting all moms on Mother’s Day with a splash of sparkling wine and a chocolate truffle.

 

 


The listings below are from previous years, please call ahead or check their websites for current details.

Brick Barn Wine Estate

Grimm’s Bluff:

Pence Vineyards:

Looking to bring the kids with you to wine country this weekend? Many tasting rooms are family friendly – here’s a list of some family favorite locales:


Stay

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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 truly special place this slice of California’s Central Coast really is. Now, one of the world’s leading authorities on travel – Travel + Leisure magazine – has published its highly anticipated list of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2022 and we’re thrilled to see the Santa Ynez Valley among the “who’s who” of global destinations featured.

The Santa Ynez Valley has the distinction of being one of only two California destination on the 2022 list, appearing at #38 alphabetically.

Travel-Leisure-Santa-Ynez-ValleyCurated from among thousands of candidates each year, the magazine’s editors and writers narrow their selections to the 50 destinations they believe to be the most trendy, newsworthy, rewarding, or emerging locales to visit in the coming year.

Just appearing on the list is an honor in and of itself, but when you consider the destinations the Santa Ynez Valley is mentioned alongside – from the Maldives and Galapagos Islands to Burgundy, St. Moritz, and everywhere in between – you begin to realize the true magnitude of the achievement.

In the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2022 feature, Travel + Leisure contributor Tanvi Chheda described the Santa Ynez Valley as “rural, unassuming, and coming into its own.” She went on to tout the fact that, “The arrival of newer tasting rooms, restaurants, and hotels in recent years has firmly put the area on oenophiles’ and travelers’ radars.”

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In addition to the praise showered on the valley as a whole, the Travel + Leisure list included individual mentions of Global Gardens, Tin City Cider, Full of Life Flatbread, A Tribute to Grace, Casa Dumetz, Firestone Walker, Ballard Inn’s Gathering Table, The Hilt Estate in nearby Lompoc, and The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern.

As we look forward to travel’s continued recovery in 2022 and beyond, being recognized as one of Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2022 further validates our own beliefs, strengthens the credibility we have worked hard to achieve, and hopefully encourages others to make the Santa Ynez Valley part of their travel plans in the months and years ahead.

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 the eye. Home to a burgeoning craft beer scene and window to world-class wines, you’ll even find fun for the whole family in this growing community. For your next trip, we’ve listed the Top Five … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do in Buellton

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Santa Ynez Valley

Dear Friends, Looking for the perfect weekend getaway? Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in the Santa Ynez Valley. With six distinct communities offering a range of experiences from rustic vineyards to quaint European history, Santa Ynez Valley has something for everyone. Most people visit for the wineries, but there’s also a lively art community, … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons To Visit Santa Ynez Valley

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Women in Wine

– Nine Winemakers to Know in the Santa Ynez Valley

Written and photographed by Heather Daenitz of Craft & Cluster

With our unique transverse mountain ranges, mild climate and ideal soil, it’s not surprising that the Santa Ynez Valley is home to many incredible vineyards and wineries. It is, in fact, one of the most diverse wine-growing regions in the world.

Here, we can grow a wide range of grape varieties, from classics like cabernet sauvignon, syrah and pinot noir, to less widely planted varieties such as grüner veltliner, counoise and tempranillo. Yet, the Santa Ynez Valley is increasingly known for another form of diversity; our higher than average number of women winemakers and winery owners. In fact, Santa Barbara County boasts more women winemakers per capita than most other regions in the world–nearly double the national average of 10%.

Peake-Winery-Sunset-in-the-Sta Rita HillsI had the privilege of talking with several of these women about their own winemaking practices during the last harvest season. Though their answers to this question were varied (as Wynne Solomon of Peake Ranch Vineyard says, “there are a thousand ways to skin a cat.”), their answers to the question, “Why the Santa Ynez Valley?” were almost identical: The walls in this region are down, there isn’t as much stodginess around trying new things and experimentation, and most importantly, the community is supportive.

Every one of the winemakers I spoke to mentioned how the support from the local wine community has helped them thrive here rather than feel stifled by tradition and competition.

As Tara Gomez of Camins 2 Dreams rightly pointed out, “As a winemaker, it’s fun to be in this region because there’s so much more you can play around with!” I hope, dear reader, to impart upon you how truly special this region is through these interviews. These winemakers are talented and care deeply about this community, and though we were only able to talk with a handful of them, I encourage you to make a point to visit each of the winemakers listed here. You’ll be blown away!

Karen Steinwachs
| Buttonwood Farm Winery & SeaGrape Wine Co.

Karen-Steinwachs Buttonwood FarmsKaren got her start in the wine industry in 2001, working with and learning from local wine pioneer Norm Yost, then of Foley Estates. Three years later, she became assistant winemaker to Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars. In 2007, Karen began making wine for Buttonwood Farm Winery, which she became familiar with during her early days with Foley. “What I love about Buttonwood is that it’s not just a monocrop. We farm peaches and tomatoes and sheep too! It creates this sustainable ecosystem for farming. Anyone who has had a tomato straight from the vine knows how special that is.”

It’s that special quality of farm freshness and purity that Karen focuses on with her wine. “I have the luxury of being in the vineyard every day, so I can see how the weather and climate are going to affect the wine that I make. I’m not above making adjustments if needed, but I like to make pure wine.” Another key goal of hers is to produce a wine that people can gather around and discuss. “The expectations of the wine world are strange to me; they can be so snobby. I believe that wine should be something you can afford to have every night!” Her wines are approachable, finely crafted and occasionally a little weird. “I make weird wines, I know,” she says with a sly smile, “Some people like them, and some don’t, but I kind of love that; I like knocking people off their rockers sometimes!”

Buttonwood makes a little something for everyone, from rosé to cabernet sauvignon, to a Rhone-style blend and even a dry-hopped white wine!

Wynne Solomon
| Peake Ranch Vineyard

Wynne SolomonWynne’s story in wine begins in high school when a meeting with the winemaker of Martin Ray Winery piqued her interest. “The smell of the cellar, the feeling, everything about it brought me in.” Growing up in Sonoma, she was, of course, surrounded by wine but never thought about a career in it until that meeting. Between her studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she worked with Steve Dooly of Stephen Ross Cellars. “Steve taught me not only the practical methods of winemaking, but he also taught me how to think like a winemaker. He guided my journey and helped me fall in love with the Central Coast.” Wynne found a community here, “Everyone is so supportive [in this industry], they will help you find the right opportunity and help you thrive.” It was this small community in the form of Cambria Winery’s winemaker Jill DelaRiva Russell who brought Wynne to the attention of John Wagner, owner of Peake Ranch Vineyard. At Peake, Wynne has had the opportunity to be intimately involved in the vineyard, which she walks and observes daily throughout the growing season. “The joy behind winemaking is the ability to learn a place and evolve with it each year. It’s about finding the best expression of these vineyards and this place.” Wynne is one of the most intuitive winemakers I know. She doesn’t feel pulled by wine trends, which she says allows her to make wine classically and let them drive their own expressions. “The goal is to make wines that bring joy and intellectual stimulation, but that’s the challenge: to make a wine approachable but also engaging to the consumer.” In my opinion, she nails this delicate balance with all of her wines. Of course, the chardonnay and pinot noir are incredible, with the ageability of the chardonnay being especially impressive. And the cool climate conditions that the traditionally warm-climate varieties of grenache and syrah grow in adds a level of complexity and intrigue rarely found.

Clarissa Nagy
| Riverbench Vineyard & Winery & C Nagy Wines

Clarissa Nagy Women WinemakerClarissa Nagy wasn’t planning on becoming a winemaker. Her first winery job as a lab tech at Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo was intended to be a short-term job on a path to a career in the food industry. “Coming into the first vintage, I didn’t have any expectations. I was sitting at the top of the barrel room filling a French oak barrel with free run pinot noir, and that’s when I knew that this was for me.” She loves how memory plays a role in one’s experience of wine. “I found that I loved the sensory experience of wine. I would go to the grocery store and get gooseberries, lychees, spices, and herbs so I could learn what I was tasting and smelling in wine.” This attention to sensory perceptions of wine has influenced her winemaking style over the years. “My goal is always to accentuate what I’m tasting in the vineyard. You find that it’s impossible to control everything, so instead, you look at what nature has given us and find how to highlight it.” Though her decisions in the cellar were more calculated early in her career, she says her familiarity with the vineyards she sources from allows her to experiment spontaneously and have fun. “Working with Riverbench for so long, I know what blocks can handle more oak and which can’t.” This is what drives her when she thinks about the folks who will ultimately enjoy the wine she makes. “Being able to accentuate the Central Coast, show what it is… you can pleasantly surprise people into liking [wines] they aren’t typically drawn to.” Between Riverbench and her own label, C Nagy Wines, Clarissa focuses on pinot noir, chardonnay, sparkling wine, syrah and sauvignon blanc.

Dana Volk
| Dana V Wines

Dana Volk Wines women winemakersHaving grown up in the Santa Ynez Valley as it was just beginning to make an impression on the wine scene, Dana Volk has seen this region transform into what it is today. She started her career in wine after graduating from Cal Poly in 1996 and has an impressive career in the wine industry, working with such names as Edna Valley Vineyards, Kendall Jackson, Carmenet Winery, Bridlewood and Byron, before starting her own winery, Dana V. Wines. With a tasting room in Solvang, Dana is uniquely placed to introduce tourists to fine wine. “Most of these tourists have never done a wine tasting before,” she laughs and adds, “they start out saying ‘I don’t like red wines,’ but then they walk out with a $50 pinot!” It’s fun for Dana to help turn these folks into wine consumers. “I found that I really like the education of it all–the wine that I’m making is driven by this.” Understanding the journey most wine consumers take, Dana has a range of entry-level wines that are more approachable to the new consumer but also has a line of single-vineyard wines for those further along in their tastes. “I have wine club members who started out drinking late harvest viognier, who are now drinking my best cabernet sauvignon. It’s really cool to be along for their journey!” Her wine is truly representative of the Santa Ynez Valley, showing its diversity and range in not only the grape varieties but in the differences microclimates can make on a wine.

Samra Morris
| Alma Rosa Winery

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Hailing from Bosnia, Samra Morris has quickly made her mark here in the Santa Ynez Valley. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Sarajevo, coupled with her experience working in vineyards and cellars in Napa Valley, have made her an invaluable winemaker for Alma Rosa. Her goal with her wines is to represent the Sta. Rita Hills and to show the terroir of each vineyard. “I love the saltiness of our terroir, and I want to show how great our region can be with beautiful acid-driven wines with slightly salty notes.” The 2021 vintage marks the first year Alma Rosa will be making sparkling wine. “We have a certain block at our vineyard, El Jabali, that we’ve dedicated this year to sparkling wine. It’s very exciting to me to be able to make sparkling wines.” Alma Rosa is steeped in local history. Richard Sanford, a local legend and industry pioneer, founded the winery in 2005 with his wife, Thekla. “What he [Richard] did for our region is amazing,” says Samra. She looks to Richard for his advice and to listen to his stories about the regions she’s fallen in love with. “It’s beautiful here!” She says, laughing, “We already make great wines here; it’s my hope to help make this region even more recognizable.” In this hope, Samra is succeeding. Her first harvest to glass vintage of 2020, though faced with unique challenges, was exciting. The wine released so far has been gorgeous chardonnays with character and pinots showing off the exceptional terroir of the Sta. Rita Hills. Full of a quiet passion, Samra is one to keep your eyes on. Taste and purchase her wines from Alma Rosa at their new tasting room in Solvang.

Sonja Magdevski
| Casa Dumetz Wines, Feminist Party, and Clementine Carter

Sonja-Magdevski women winemakersSonja’s introduction to the wine world isn’t typical of most winemakers. A journalist by training, her wine education was informal; gained on the job, through viticulture and enology courses at Allan Hancock College and via countless mentors in Santa Barbara Wine Country. “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all the people who were willing to help me and answer my questions.” Her approach to winemaking is both analytical and artistic; everything is done through systems and efficiency, but without sacrificing the heart behind the process. “We touch everything every day. Every time we open a tank, we know exactly what’s happening based on smell and touch.” This high-touch method allows her to understand right away when something needs to happen. “The wine will talk to you; you just have to learn how to listen to it,” she says with a smile. Sonja also knows the importance of relationships with her growers. She approaches each vineyard source as a collaboration, working closely with the vineyard managers and owners to make the best wine possible. “My job is to make delicious wine every year, but not to make the same wine every year. Being so intimate with the vineyards I source from, I understand how the wine is going to react in a new style.”

That philosophy of making the best wine, not the same wine, has sustained her well in her 17 years of winemaking. “Every vineyard I work with has a role and a purpose, but I’m very flexible to allow the grapes to tell me where they ultimately want to go. I know I want to make certain things, but maybe the grapes tell me something new.” It’s exciting to watch her balance these two concepts, all the while smelling and tasting and touching–yes, actually feeling the wines with her hands as they ferment.

As a writer, Sonja’s tasting notes are poetic. As one customer so aptly stated, “you get the vibes of the wine rather than the usual, ‘this tastes like these fruits’ from her tasting notes.” And each tasting experience is built with pleasure, exploration and theater in mind. Her wines are delicious, but it’s the experience of storytelling and discovery that sets the experience apart from others. Taste and purchase Sonja’s wine at her tasting room, Casa Dumetz, in Los Alamos.

Tara Gomez & Mireia Taribò
| Camins 2 Dreams

Tara and Mireia at Camins 2DreamTara Gomez and Mireia Taribò met while working at J. Lohr Winery in Paso Robles, Tara as the lab manager and Mireia as a harvest intern. They developed a friendship after working together on Tara’s first label, Kalawashaq’ Wine Cellars, named for the village where her Chumash ancestors once lived. This friendship developed into love as they both traveled and continued working in wine, sometimes in Mireia’s homeland of Spain, but ultimately ending up in the Sta. Rita Hills. The intention behind Camins 2 Dreams is to make wine they both enjoy and to share it with the community. “We make wine to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family,” says Mireia. Tara adds, “But beyond that, it’s important for us to align ourselves with vineyards that share the same practices and philosophies and preserve the land for the future.” It’s important to them both to let the vineyard speak for itself when making their decisions. They focus on natural winemaking to showcase each vineyard site and each variety for what it is. As Mireia puts it, “A wine when you drink it, takes you to Santa Barbara County.” “We work with vineyards that are less than a mile apart but are like night and day, because of the soils, the orientations, microclimates,” says Tara.

Tara and Mireia practice a method of yeast culturing called pied de cuve, which is essentially the wine equivalent of making your own sourdough starter. “We take the time to separate our samples from each vineyard,” says Tara. This allows the native yeast of a vineyard site to grow and populate in relative isolation so that by the time the fruit has been harvested, they need only add it to the corresponding fermentor to kick off fermentation. To me, this is the height of minimal intervention winemaking. “It’s not like it’s bad to add things like commercial yeast or water,” Tara adds, “but we don’t do that because they will pull away the truth of the grape, the vineyard and site.” Taste and purchase Camins 2 Dreams at their tasting room in Lompoc.

Angela Osborne
| A Tribute to Grace

Angela-Obsorn-Women-WinemakersFor New Zealand-born Angela Osborne, what was originally supposed to be a three month internship turned into a 19-year love affair with wine. It was not just any wine, but rather the elegance of grenache that pulled her away from her original ambition of being a filmmaker and enticed her to pursue a career as a winemaker. Her first experience with what she describes as the “grace” of grenache was when the winemaker she was working for that first fateful vintage took her to Unti Vineyards. “It was just a pivotal moment; I realized then and there that I didn’t want to just make wine; I wanted to make that wine.”

The wine shop she worked for while attending film school didn’t have any local grenache, and all the GSM (grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre) blends they carried from Australia were far cries from what she would eventually come to love about grenache. “They were more of the high octane-Australian style of the early 2000s,” she says, “but that wine [at Unti] was the most balanced expression of grenache I’d ever had, but it erred ever so slightly on being more feminine.”

Angela’s journey in wine eventually brought her to the Central Coast, where she finds she can most closely make the graceful and delicate grenache she fell in love with all those years ago. “Anything delicate has to be made delicately. It’s my body doing the work, so I do it gently.” She practices a more holistic approach to winemaking, allowing nature to guide the process and focusing on representing the different clones of grenache well. “Natural winemaking has a pretty misunderstood meaning these days, but I don’t know what other way to describe it,” she says with a shrug.

When asked if focusing solely on grenache limits her, her response is simple and to the point, “No, it allows me to learn more about the clones and vineyard specific characteristics.” Angela makes around 14 different grenache-based wines, including a Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine of grenache made in the traditional method. You can taste and purchase her wine at her tasting room in Los Alamos.



Santa Barbara County Women Winemakers

Sant Barbara County Women Winemakers

Adrienne Rule | Rideau Vineyard

Alice Anderson | Amevive Wines

Alicia Moore | Two Wolves Wine

Alison Thomson | Lepiane Wines

Amy Christine | Holus Bolus & The Joy Fantastic

Angela Osborne | A Tribute to Grace

Angela Soleno | Turiya Wines

Anna Clifford | Final Girl Wines

Brit Zotovich | Dreamcote Wines

Brittany Rice | Sunstone Winery

Brooke Carhartt | Carhartt Winery

Clarissa Nagy | CNagy Wines & Riverbench

Dana Volk | Dana V Wines

Denise Shurtleff | Cambria Estate Winery

Gretchen Voelcker | Luna Hart Wines & Piazza Wines

Helen Falcone | Falcone wines

Jessica Gasca | Story of Soil

Jill DelaRiva Russell | Cambria Winery

Karen Steinwachs | Buttonwood & SeaGrape Wine Co.

Karin Langer | Bolt to Wines

Kathy Joseph | Fiddlehead Cellars

Kris Curran | D’alfonso Curran

Kristin Bryden | Zaca Mesa

Lane Tanner | Lumen Wines

Laura Roach | Loubud Wines

Lorna Kreutz | Lincourt

Magan Eng | Kunin Wines

Marisa Clendenen Matela | Clendenen Family Vineyards

Marlen Sosa Porter | Amplify Wines

Mary Bradley | Challen Wines

Megan McGrath Gates | Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Michelle Norako | Koehler Winery

Morgan Clendenen | Shokrian Vineyard

Rachel Silkowski DeAscentiis | Say When Wine

Samra Morris | Alma Rosa

Sandra Newman | Cebada Wines

Sonja Magdevski | Casa Dumetz, Clementine Carter, & Feminist Party

Sunny Doench Stricker | Future Perfect

Tara Gomez & Mireia Taribo | Camins 2 Dreams & Kitá

Tessa Marie | Tessa Marie Wines

Wynne Solomon | Peake Ranch


Want to read more about Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County winemakers, restaurateurs, movers and shakers? Check out the complete 2022 issue of the
Santa Ynez Valley Destination Guide.

About the Author:

Heather DaenetzHeather Daenitz is the owner of Craft & Cluster, a photography & marketing consulting company that serves wine and food brands in the Santa Ynez Valley. Her work has been featured in notable wine & food publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Edible San Luis Obispo, and the Santa Ynez Valley Destination Guide. Her goal is to help small wine brands, particularly those owned and operated by women, BIPOC, and the LGBTQ+ community, reach a wider audience. When she isn’t photographing wineries or helping brands with their social media marketing, Heather can be found gardening and sipping beer in her backyard with her two dogs, three chickens, and husband.  Visit her online at www.craftandcluster.com
and on Instagram @craftandcluster.


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Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

Two hours north of Los Angeles, and a scenic four-hour drive south of San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to six distinct communities in California’s Central Coast region. With more than 100 wineries, incredible food, special events and an authentic, relaxed vibe, it’s no wonder so many friends, families and couples converge here to sip, savor, and soak up all the valley has to offer. With so much to do, planning the perfect itinerary can be overwhelming. We’ve taken out the guess work to provide you with a Top 10 list of things you must do to treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in the Santa Ynez Valley.

  1. Wine Country

The Santa Ynez Valley is famous for its wineries. With a unique, transverse mountain range that funnels cool air from the Pacific Ocean, our micro-climates and terrains result in one of the most diverse grape growing regions in the world. Take a day to explore the wineries and see the vineyards firsthand.

Interested in seeing the Santa Ynez Valley with the knowledge, care and comfort of a guided tour? Sign up with a local tour company for a professionally guided tour in a limo, jeep, van, private sedan or even a bike.

  1. Windmill and Solvang BakerySee Solvang, California’s Little Denmark

No trip to the Santa Ynez Valley is complete without a visit to Solvang. This quaint little village is famous for its Danish bakeries and architecture and filled with photo-ops. Perfect the art of the selfie in front of the little red clog or one of the town’s many windmills. If culinary travel is your thing, in addition to its five famed bakeries, Solvang has become known for its top-notch restaurants and food purveyors. Try a guided foodie tour with Eat This Shoot That for a curated experience that gives you a satisfying smorgasbord of Solvang eats.

  1. Culinary Cravings

There are so many great places to dine in the Santa Ynez Valley it can be hard to choose! Italian food aficionados will be pleased to find a handful of eateries serving up Italian favorites (try S.Y. Kitchen, Leonardo’s, Trattoria Grappolo to name a few). Lovers of traditional American cuisine are well catered for with top-notch sandwiches and classic American steaks (don’t miss Hitching Post II for some Santa Maria style BBQ). If you’re looking for something with an eclectic vibe, the town of Los Alamos boasts innovative flavors (see PICO, Bell’s, and Plenty on Bell), while the towns of Ballard and Los Olivos continue to offer romantic, candle-lit fine dining options (don’t miss The Gathering Table and Los Olivos Wine Merchant Café).

  1. Immerse Yourself in Local CultureElverhoj Museum Solvang

Drop in and visit one of the Valley’s museums. Discover local history and lore at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art and The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, or pop into Wildling Museum to appreciate works of art that draw inspiration from nature. If you’re looking for something a little more niche, find vintage and rare motorcycles at the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, be dazzled by fairy tales at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum, or feast your eyes on one of the west coast’s largest petroliana collections at the Mendenhall Museum.

  1. Take in a Local Event

From food-driven to family friendly, the Santa Ynez Valley hosts a number of small events to bring everyone together. Regular, more intimate events include painting in the vineyard at various wineries, kid crafts at local museums, and live music in the evenings on heated patios. Visit from September through December for some special events that celebrate each town’s unique history. Special events that return this fall will include the Buellton Wine & Chili Festival (September), Los Olivos Day in the Country (October ), and Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley (November).

  1. Craft BeerCraft Beer, Buellton

If you can drag yourself away from the wineries, why not sample some of the superb local craft beers? From sours to stouts, three major breweries in the area offer award winning brews sure to please a wide spectrum of beer connoisseurs. Check out Barrelworks at Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Buellton Taproom, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in both Buellton and Los Olivos, and Solvang Brewing Company.

  1. Home Away from Home

Seeking something different from your hotel stay? Santa Ynez Valley hotels offer a more intimate and distinctly local experience. Hotels here could be better described as inns, some of which have a unique Danish feel, some provide rich luxury, while some even provide a safari glamping experience. With over 30 unique lodging properties, the Valley has a price and style fit for everyone.

  1. Enjoy the Great Outdoorshiking-santa-ynez-valley

Need some fresh air? There’s no better way to clear your mind and relax than getting out and enjoying some of the local countryside. Figueroa Mountain is a great place to unwind and enjoy a picnic in the glorious California sunshine. Or if you’re feeling energetic, take a stroll through the adjacent Sedgwick Reserve by appointment, where volunteer staff guides you through the local terrain. If a family picnic is what you have in mind, head over to Nojoqui Falls Park down Alisal Road.

The rural country roads that connect the wineries and communities of the Santa Ynez Valley are also ideal for a two-wheel adventure. Whether you’re interested in doing an easy 5 miles with the family, 50 miles through rolling vineyards, or a multi-day tour of wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley and its less-trafficked roads make for a cyclist’s nirvana. Everything you need can be found at Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop, Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours, or Wheel Fun Rentals

  1. Find Artisan Treasures

With specialty shops located in almost every town, you’re bound to discover a hidden treasure. Shops in the Santa Ynez Valley stock a range of local artisanal products like jewelry, glassware, handcrafted shoes, leather goods, porcelain, clothing and a range of traditional and contemporary crafts. Some favorite local retailers include J. Woeste, Los Olivos General Store and Wildflower Women’s Boutique in Los Olivos, Forage Florals in Santa Ynez, and First Street Leather in Solvang.

  1. Giddy Up – couple-horseback-riding-vino-vaqueros

The Santa Ynez Valley offers hundreds of miles of trails to explore, from scenic vineyard-to-vineyard strolls, to more challenging trails rewarded with fields of wildflowers or incredible sea-to-valley vistas. What better way to explore the region’s hillsides than via horseback? Local trail rides can be enjoyed via Vino Vaqueros, KAP Land & Cattle, and Alisal Guest Ranch for a uniquely enriching and rewarding experience. 

Now that you know what delights await you in the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll probably need more than a weekend to take it all in! With our doors always open, you can return time and time again. The Valley will always be that special place to you and yours for years to come. Browse our Santa Ynez Valley hotels to begin planning your trip today.

Santa Ynez Valley EventsAbout VisitSYV.com: Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best Santa Ynez wineries, best places to eat in Solvang, Santa Ynez hotels and inns, and things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit the website at www.VisitSYV.com for complete travel and visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email info@VisitSYV.com for help planning your next vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley.


Easter in 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. This year Easter is on April 17, 2022. 


April 13 – 16, 2022

Chumash Casino

THIS EASTER, GATHER AS FRIENDS AND FAMILY – Let us help you celebrate this very special time of year. Reserve your Easter To Go meal from Chumash Casino. Chef Sergio has created a wonderful menu, complete with all you need to host a memorable dinner. Convenient pickup available. Simply reheat, serve and enjoy the company around you.
Serves 4-6 • Reserve your meal at Grains & Grounds now thru Wednesday, April 13 • Pick up at The Cafe April 16, 1pm-3pm

 


Saturday, April 16, 2022

🥚31st Annual Easter EggstravaganzaEaster Egg Hunt

Buellton and Solvang Recreation are happy to announce the return of the 31st Annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 16, 2022. 10am.  River View Park, 151 Sycamore Drive in Buellton.  It’s the Valley’s biggest hunt followed by activities, games, Easter crafts and more!  Hunt starts promptly at 10am.  Get there early.
Hours: 9am – 1pm
Cost of Event: Free admission

 


Sunday, April 17,
Easter Services

St. Mark’s in the Valley – 805-688-4454

2901 Nojoqui Avenue at Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, California 93441
Easter Baskets for Children and Youth at 9:30 am
Easter Day Service in Courtyard (in-person & online), 10am- 11am

Sunday, April 17,
Easter Brunch 

Maker's Son Restaurant Easter Buffet Brunch menuMaker’s Son – Los Alamos – (805) 344-1926

346 Bell Street, Los Alamos, California 93440
Buffet Brunch – 10:30am -3pm
$58 adults, $29 children under 12, includes non-alcoholic beverages

The Tavern at Zaca Creek(805) 688-2412

1297 Jonata Park Rd, Buellton, CA 93427
Four Course Prix Fixe Brunch – 10:30am – 2pm
$75 per person

Easter Dinner

Willows-Easter-Dinner-2022Willows at Chumash Casino(805) 686-0855

3400 CA-246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Three Course Prix Fixe Meal – 5pm – 10pm
$90 per person

 


Elverhoj Museum of History and Art

Open on Easter Sunday, 11am – 5pmElverhoj Museum Open for Easter
1624 Elverhoy Way
Solvang, CA  93463
(805) 686-1211


Fire-Ice-Wildling-MuseumWildling Museum of Nature and Art

Open on Easter Sunday, 10am – 5pm
1511 B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
805-686-8315

Fire & Ice: Our Changing Landscape – First Floor Main Gallery
https://wildlingmuseum.org/news/fire-and-ice

Recent Acquisitions – Second Floor Valley Oak Gallery
https://wildlingmuseum.org/news/recent-acquisitions-2022

Prints from the Permanent Collection – Barbara Goodall Education Center
https://wildlingmuseum.org/news/2022-prints-from-the-permanent-collection

 


Wine Tastings Open on Easter Sunday

  • Carr Warehouse,  12 Noon – 6pm
    SANTA YNEZ TASTING ROOM
    3563 Numancia St. #101, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    805-688-5757
  • Gainey Vineyard,  11am – 5pm
    3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    805-688-0558
    Tastings, $20 per person
    Charcuterie boxes, $29 (serves two).
    Reservations:  gaineyvineyard.com/visit-us
  •  Alma Rosa, 11am – 6pm
    1623 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
    805-691-9395
  • Ampelos Cellars, 11am -5pm
    312 North 9th Street, Lompoc CA 93436
    (805) 736-9957
  • CrossHatch Winery, 12-6pm
    1090 Edison Street, #104, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    (805) 691-9192 tasting room 

 

 




The Easter listings information BELOW are from previous years, please CALL ahead for up-to-date information.

Brunches🥞

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
(844) 288-0125

Flying Flags
(877) 783-5247


The Easter listings information BELOW are from previous years, please CALL ahead for up-to-date information.

🥚Easter Egg Hunts

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
(800) 446-2455

Vincent Vineyard
(805) 691-4200


The Easter listings information BELOW are from previous years, please CALL ahead for up-to-date information.

Entertainment🎉

Maverick Saloon

(805) 325-9769

 


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Valentine’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Looking for a memorable Valentine’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley? While you’ll no doubt find a wonderfully romantic and impeccable experience anywhere you turn in the SYV, these particular locales have something special in store for your Valentine’s Day weekend. See below for special events and offers in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Valentine Specials 2022

Hotel Specials

Sideways-Inn-valentinesSideways Inn | 114 E Highway 246 | Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-8448

The perfect package for your sweetheart this Valentine Weekend! ❤️
Sideways Inn’s Berries and Bubbles Package will surely light up your partner’s eyes when you surprise them with a bottle of bubbly and fresh, chocolate-covered strawberries! Call for details, (805) 688-8448


Restaurants

 Solvang-First-Oak-Restaurant

 

First & Oak | 409 First Street | Solvang, CA
(805) 688-1703

Offering 4 course tasting menu, $89.

 

 

Succulent Café  | 1555-1557 Mission Drive | Solvang, Ca. 93463
(805) 691-9444

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu Learn More

Los Olivos Wine Merchant

Enjoy a very special Valentine’s Weekend dinner menu! In addition to your Café favorites, they are offering a delightful assortment of dishes for their daily specials. Learn More


Attractions

Broken Clock Vinegar Works | 1210 Mission Drive, Ste. 103 | Solvang, CA 93463

Do something truly unique this Valentine’s Day and learn to pickle and ferment with your special someone! You will prepare three jars of yummy veggies to take home and enjoy a tasting of Broken Clock Vinegar Works’ products during class. End with a sampling of their two inaugural wines and a shrub brownie!

Class Availability:

  • Friday, February 11th, 5
  • Saturday, February 12th, 10:30am and 4pm
  • Sunday, February 13th, 10:30am
  • Monday, February 14th 11:30am

$75/person, limited to 8 people per class. Reservations required, must be 21 or older to sample wines.

couple-horseback-riding-vino-vaquerosVino Vaqueros horseback riding
(805) 944-0493
www.vinovaqueros.com

All rides with Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding are private, making their rides the most romantic thing you can do! 🥰 Enjoy complimentary wine after your ride in a private, romantic setting.

 

 

Community Clayworks – Buellton
(646) 709-7861
communityclayworks.com

Couples can try their hand at the potters wheel on Saturday, Feb 12th during BOYB Sip N Spin (7-9 PM), which will offer a complimentary cheese platter and a romantic soundtrack that will include “Unchained Melody” for those seeking a hint of a Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze experience. After creating a piece on the potter’s wheel participants will have the option of adding special decorative text and/or hearts using stamping tools.

Grapeline Wine Tours
(951) 693-5755
gogrape.com

Early Booking Special: Take $20 off per person for wine tours taken on February 13th or February 14th when reserved by February 8. Use offer code ValentineSYV online or on the phone when reserving.

Valentine’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley is the romantic place to be!

Eat this Shoot That Solvang Food Tour

Experience a day full of baked goods, wine tasting, a little bubbly and savory snacks on Saturday 2/12 ++ only 8 tickets available — you don’t want to miss out! Bring your crush or your self, it’s a guaranteed good time. Learn More


Wine Tasting

 

Elder Flat Farm Store

325 Bell Street | Los Alamos
Join a local wine tasting to benefit @losalamosfoundation
Saturday, February 12, 2022.
Learn More

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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, our communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang encourage bike enthusiasts year-round. From amateurs to hard-core professionals, bicyclists love our huge variety of bike trails, cycling clubs, bike shops, bike tours and rentals, and even bicycle-friendly hotels in Santa Ynez Valley.

Whether you are looking for a lazy family ride, a romantic tour of wine country, or a fitness climb up Mt. Figueroa or Foxen Canyon, you’ll find it all here.  Our area is so perfect for bike riding that Solvang has hosted time trials for the Amgen Tour of California multiple times, and serves as a spring basecamp for pro teams training in the U.S.

Don’t know where to start for your cycling adventure in the Santa Ynez Valley? You might want to pack up the family and stay at one of our local camping or  RV parks which offer a range of year-round hook-ups, tent, cabin and yurt camping. You can enjoy picnicking, boating, fishing and the great outdoors in addition to your bike rides. If you’re not into the camping scene, stay at a hotel in the Santa Ynez Valley. Some, like the Hamlet Inn in Solvang, even offer complimentary bicycle rentals for guests to enjoy.

(BYOB) Bring Your Own Bike

The next part, of course, is the bicycle itself. If you bring your own there are plenty of bike shops for supplies and repairs, if needed. If you don’t want to bring your own bicycle there are several options available to you:

OR Rent One in the Santa Ynez Valley

  • Wheel Fun Rentals: This features the largest selection of single, double and triple surrey cycles, bicycles, tandems, hybrid bikes and more for guaranteed fun. You’ll love cruising around the village of Solvang or heading out for a tour of wine country.
  • J’s Bicycle Shop in Solvang: Offers everything to meet your biking needs including bike rentals, bike tours, bike repairs and bike gear.
  • Pedego Electric Bikes Los Olivos: Want to have the fun of biking, but not sure you can handle the physical part? Then an electric bike is for you. Rent by the hour, or take part in one of the many scenic tours they offer.

Deciding Where to Ride your Bike in the Santa Ynez Valley

That depends on your physical capabilities and whether your ride is your whole vacation or just part of it.  We’ve listed the top three below, or you can do some research and design your own. Traffic Solutions has bike maps available to help map out your route through our communities. If you aren’t comfortable about setting off on your own in unknown territory, then you might be interested in one of these guided and group bike tours in the Santa Ynez Valley:

  • Santa Ynez Valley Cycling Club: They are a cycling club based in Solvang, with a passion for riding in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. They hold a variety of weekly rides and annual social activities, and welcome anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle through cycling.
  • Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours: You can follow in the bike paths of the Amgen tour or partake in one of the day tours into the famous wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley. Tours include a gourmet picnic lunch and wine tasting nestled in world-renown cycling routes and spectacular scenery. Bike rentals available.
  • Solvang Ride Camp – 4 or 7 Day: From TrekTravel. One part wine country, one part Danish culture, all parts epic cycling. Ride the popular wine trails, dine on fresh, innovative cuisine, and challenge yourself with some big miles on quiet rural roads.

Make this the year you decide to plan a Santa Ynez biking experience with your family, your partner, or your friends. We find that most people who indulge in a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez want to come back again and again.

Top Three Bike Rides in the Santa Ynez Valley

  1. The Danish Experience:

    Get to know the Santa Ynez Valley with this trek. Great for a family ride or a romantic rendezvous.

    1. Start at Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, and then ride east on Mission Drive (Highway 246) for about a half mile until you see the painted bike path by the rustic windmill on your right.
    2. Take the path and explore some local wineries, or turn right on Alamo Pintado Road and ride about one-half mile north to the playground with a Danish theme in Sunny Fields Park.
    3. Leave the park and continue north on Alamo Pintado Road for 1.5 miles to the charming Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, where waist-high horses are bred and raised.
    4. Return to Solvang by retracing your steps.
  2. Ballard Canyon Loop:

    Combines the charm of a ride through Solvang and the country feeling of Ballard Canyon. Ballard Canyon is one of the prettiest hideaways in the area, a long, thin valley formed by the creek running through the middle of it. The canyon is isolated, with few cars and lots of scenery. You might even see a few bison grazing in the hills.

    1. Head west on Highway 246 from downtown Solvang, turn right on Atterdag, bike up Chalk Hill Road, then head downhill to the Ballard Canyon Road intersection.
    2. Bear left after the stop sign, and then curve to the right onto Ballard Canyon. Head up to the top of the upper canyon, and then downhill to Highway 154 by Mattei’s Tavern.
    3. Just past the tavern, turn right on Grand Avenue into Los Olivos and head south 0.9 miles, curve right across the creek.
    4. Then turn left and follow Alamo Pintado Road for the 4.2-mile return trip to Highway 246.
  3. Follow The Movies:

    With its breath-taking scenery and intoxicating terrain, our area has been the setting for many movies. The most famous movie shot in and around the Santa Ynez Valley was “Sideways.” With a little work you can retrace its most famous scenes.

    1. Start from the corner of Highway 246 and Alisal Road in Solvang. There is a bike path adjacent to 246 from Alamo Pintado Road to Refugio Road. Turn right and proceed 0.9 miles to the entrance of Kalyra Winery.
    2. After your visit, return back down Refugio Road, pass 246, and continue 2.1 miles to Baseline Road. Turn left on Baseline, ride one mile to Alamo Pintado, turn right on Alamo Pintado and follow it 1.2 miles.
    3. Turn left on to Grand Avenue and follow it into the town of Los Olivos, for a stop at the Los Olivos Café.
    4. Continue on Grand Avenue to Highway 154, cross the highway, and follow Foxen Canyon Road north for several miles up over a rise and down to Zaca Station Road.
    5. Turn left and proceed one-half mile to the entrance of Firestone Winery. Head back down Zaca Station Road to Foxen Canyon Road and turn left.
    6. Proceed 1.4 miles, climbing to a Foxen Canyon overlook, then drop downhill into the valley and the Fess Parker Winery.

Other Biking Options in the Santa Ynez Valley

Try the Alisos Canyon Loop, a coffeehouse bike route, Casmalia Loop, Cat Canyon Loop, Figueroa Mountain Loop, Foxen Canyon Wine Tour, and Happy Canyon. With so many biking options and trails, you’re sure to find one that is just right for you.

Before planning your bike trip to Santa Ynez Valley, make sure you check VisitSYV.com first for a complete listing of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. You will also find an outstanding selection of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. We love sharing the fun and natural beauty of our charming communities with visitors to our area. Whether you like to bike, hike, swim, shop, eat, or drink – we’ve got it all in the Santa Ynez Valley

Happy Cycling from Visit Santa Ynez Valley!

About Visit Santa Ynez Valley: Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best places to eat in Solvang, best Santa Ynez wineries, and lists things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Call 805-450-8841 or email info@VisitSYV.com to learn more about cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Mother’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Moms deserves the best – and what better way to treat them than a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley? With so much to do in the SYV, we’ve come up with a fun, varied list of ideas on how to spend the weekend celebrating Mother’s Day. Dining The Maker’s Son – 346 Bell Street, Los … Continue reading Mother’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

Two hours north of Los Angeles, and a scenic four-hour drive south of San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to six distinct communities in California’s Central Coast region. With more than 100 wineries, incredible food, special events and an authentic, relaxed vibe, it’s no wonder so many friends, families and couples converge here … Continue reading Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

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Wedding Bells are Ringing in Santa Ynez Valley

Visit Santa Ynez Valley - WeddingWedding bells might be ringing for you and your soon-to-be life partner if you visited us for Valentine’s Day or a romantic weekend getaway in Santa Ynez. Visit Santa Ynez Valley extends our congratulations and best wishes for many happy years together. Now that you’re engaged, there are two crucial questions to answer: Where will the wedding be held? And where will you go for your honeymoon? May we suggest you consider the charming towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang for your wedding, honeymoon, or both?

Santa Ynez Valley is the best location for a romantic honeymoon. Step back in time or out in nature, stroll through our charming shops, and just enjoy spending your first days together as a married couple. Nothing gets the romantic juices flowing better than a little wine, so you’ll want to check out our many local wineries and wine tasting rooms. Take your pick, or sign up with a wine tour company that will handle all the arrangements and even provide a scrumptious lunch:

  • Stagecoach Company Wine Tours: Locally owned and operated, they’ll pick you up in the Santa Ynez area, Solvang, Los Olivos, or Buellton and whisk you into a fun-filled day. Check out the popular “Wine Lovers Tour,” which focuses on more boutique style wineries. Member of TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and Certificate of Excellence recipient six years in a row.
  • Los Alamos Limousine and Wine Tours: Provides limousine service by the hour, or you can choose an all-inclusive tour which visits three premium wineries and includes a wonderful lunch from Panino. All tours are custom-designed, and can pick you up at your hotel, vacation rental, or wherever you like.
  • Breakaway Tours & Event Planning: Founded in 1995, provides door-to-door service from your local lodging or Airbnb. Their picnic lunches are unmatched and enjoyed in a scenic winery setting. Try the signature “Deliciously Fun Wine Education,” which can be tailored to fit your interest and level of wine knowledge.

If your tastes tend more toward the beer end of the spectrum, Santa Ynez Valley is home to many great craft breweries. Print out our SYV Craft Beer Trail Map and start planning your trip. 

You might not want to spend your entire honeymoon in Santa Ynez Valley drinking wine or beer, but it’s a great start. Wrap it around a romantic hot air balloon ride, and enjoy the light prevailing winds as you gently soar over vineyards, breath-taking scenery, and beautiful ranches. You might even catch a glimpse of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch! Explore on horseback with a guided trail ride, or get up close and personal with a Segway tour, the best way to see Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.

After an exhilarating day of exploration, indulge yourself in a well-deserved spa break. Find peace, serenity and relaxation with spa and wellness services in the Santa Ynez Valley. Our local spas will rejuvenate your senses with a wide range of services, including aromatherapy, Swedish massage and hot stone therapy.

Then it’s time to relax in one of our romantic hotels in Santa Ynez Valley, or one of our cozy bed and breakfasts. Many have special rooms, packages, and treats to up the romance for the newly-married. Check out quaint accommodations at places like the Mirabelle Inn and Restaurant, a newly remodeled, charming 12-room boutique hotel offering first class service. Dine at their First & Oak restaurant, where star Chef Steven Snook creates California eclectic fare, emphasizing seasonal and organic ingredients.

We’re here to make your honeymoon in the Santa Ynez Valley romantic and fun. Congratulations!

Plan a Destination Wedding in the Santa Ynez Valley

If you’ve just gotten engaged and are beginning to think about where to hold your wedding celebration, the Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect location for a destination wedding. We’ve got all the attractions, accommodations, and event services to help you plan the perfect day.

Numerous area hotels, wineries and tasting rooms offer facilities for special event group rentals. Picture your guests gathering in a scenic vineyard like the Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, in the mountains, or even western-style on a beautiful ranch for the occasion. You could hold your wedding at a historical church or a California mission, or even have a Danish wedding at the Elverhoj.

Your guests will love the choice of accommodations from The Landsby, a stunning 41-room boutique hotel in Solvang, to Hotel Corque, Solvang’s premier boutique hotel. And there are plenty of activities, like wine tasting, to make it worth the trip.

We have everything you need to help with all facets of wedding planning. The team at Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events can customize a package tailored to suit your wedding needs and provide start-to-finish management. Our Santa Ynez Valley Resident Photographers and Videographers can capture the romantic splendor of your day. Complete Weddings and Events offers DJ services and photo booth rental. You’ll find delicious cuisine available at most event locations or from local caterers. And your guests can travel in style with our many limousine services.

Romance is done just right in the Santa Ynez Valley. Whether you’re planning a wedding or honeymoon, make sure you go to VisitSYV.com first for listings of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. You can also find a complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. We are thrilled to share the romantic splendor of the Santa Ynez Valley with you and your loved ones.

Wedding Congratulations from Visit Santa Ynez Valley!

About Visit Santa Ynez Valley: Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best places to eat in Solvang, best Santa Ynez wineries, and lists things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit the website at http://www.visitsyv.com for complete visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Call 805-450-8841 or email info@VisitSYV.com to arrange a wedding or romantic honeymoon in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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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 the eye. Home to a burgeoning craft beer scene and window to world-class wines, you’ll even find fun for the whole family in this growing community. For your next trip, we’ve listed the Top Five … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do in Buellton

Mother’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Moms deserves the best – and what better way to treat them than a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley? With so much to do in the SYV, we’ve come up with a fun, varied list of ideas on how to spend the weekend celebrating Mother’s Day. Dining The Maker’s Son – 346 Bell Street, Los … Continue reading Mother’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

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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 the world’s premiere growing regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as many other varietals. That’s why it’s perfect for sparkling wine.

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This celebratory drink is known by many names: Champagne, Bubbly, Sparkling Wine, Champers, Prosecco, Cava and Bubbles. Santa Ynez Valley’s “Champagne” is also delicious…and it’s local!

California Sparkling Wine can’t be called Champagne — it’s not from the Champagne region of France — but most of the sparkling wine in Santa Ynez Valley is made in the same methode traditionelle, or method champenoise, used in the Champagne region. There are more than 30 producers of Sparkling Wine in Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang and Sta. Rita Hills. Even wineries without tasting rooms are getting into the bubbles business! And these online-only producers are from some of the county’s highest-rated winemakers.

Sparkling Wine is extremely labor-intensive to make, so some wineries only offer their bubbles part of the year, and some make them only for wine club members. But most wineries will pour you a taste of their bubbles if not sold out, so don’t be shy; just ask!

Get the Santa Barbara Sparkling Wine Map and follow the trail yourself. You can also find the Central Coast Sparkling Wine Map at the wineries shown on the map.

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Santa Ynez Wine Blogger - Liz Dodder

 

About the Author: Liz Dodder Hansen is a drinker, eater and traveler. She lives on California’s Central Coast and has eaten 5 kinds of foie gras in one day. She’s also a food & wine blogger, writer, photographer, recipe developer, web designer, social media maven and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). She’s written for company Presidents, wine country magazines and a Google blog (Consumer Packaged Goods). She is also totally obsessed with local Bubbles. Her website Cali Coast Wine Country is all about California’s Central Coast: all the food, wineries, restaurants, events and fun things to do from Paso Robles, Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo on down to Santa Barbara Wine Country.

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