Santa Ynez Valley Blog

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Local stories, experiences, news, and more about Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang, small towns located in the beautiful Santa Barbara country wine country. Read it all in the official Santa Ynez Valley blog.


Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Events – December 2022 – Please scroll down on this page to find all the fabulous … Continue reading Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail

Discover Artfully Crafted Cocktails – On the Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail –  We might be best known as wine … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail

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 … Continue reading Businesses Open for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

New and Noteworthy: World’s Must-Visit Travel Destinations

Hot off the Press - The Santa Ynez Valley  - There’s a feeling you get in the Santa Ynez Valley … Continue reading New and Noteworthy: World’s Must-Visit Travel Destinations

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

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

Santa Barbara Wine Country Sparkling Wine Map

Santa Ynez Valley – Santa Barbara Wine Country, Known for Excellent Wines – This region is one of the world’s … Continue reading Santa Barbara Wine Country Sparkling Wine Map

Women in Wine

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

Experience the Great Outdoors – Santa Ynez Valley

Things to Do – California’s Central Coast – We’re all looking for a way to get out, without joining a … Continue reading Experience the Great Outdoors – Santa Ynez Valley

The Place to be Midweek

Why Midweek is Primetime to Visit – The Santa Ynez Valley – In the era of flexible work schedules and … Continue reading The Place to be Midweek

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, … Continue reading Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

Cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley

Bicycle Friendly - Cycling is a serious business here at Visit Santa Ynez Valley. With a great variety of terrains … Continue reading Cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley

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, … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

Wedding Bells – Ringing in Santa Ynez Valley

Destination Weddings - Wedding bells might be ringing for you and your soon-to-be life partner if you visited us for … Continue reading Wedding Bells – 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

Valentine’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

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

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 … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons To Visit 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, endless natural beauty, and a mild climate, … 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 … Continue reading Movies Filmed In The Santa Ynez Valley

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

Road Sign & Car Memorabilia in Buellton, CA

Mendenhall Museum – Upon entering the grounds, both outside and in, with many garages, you are hit hard with neon, … Continue reading Road Sign & Car Memorabilia in Buellton, CA

Hiking in the Santa Ynez Valley

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

Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Joyous Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion, with the changing of seasons in Santa Barbara County Wine Country. As … Continue reading Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Scenic Drives to the Santa Ynez Valley

California Road Trips - One of many scenic views on Highway 154 -  When taking a scenic road trip drive … Continue reading Scenic Drives to the 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 … 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 … Continue reading Spring Break in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Families

A Perfect, if Unexpected, Pairing – With kid-friendly attractions, family-friendly wineries –  Much to explore, the Santa Ynez Valley makes … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Families

Your Instagram-Worthy Santa Ynez Valley Itinerary

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

Natural Wine -Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country: Wine Buying Guide

Wine Buying Choices - Wine world catch phrases and industry jargon abound these days, making wine tasting and wine buying … Continue reading Natural Wine -Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country: Wine Buying Guide

Harvest Season in the Santa Ynez Valley

Harvest Time – Incredible Time – Harvest is an incredible time of year in the Santa Ynez Valley, and I … Continue reading Harvest Season in the Santa Ynez Valley

Top Reasons to Spend June in the Santa Ynez Valley

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

🌷Easter Weekend – Santa Ynez Valley

Easter weekend - A Special Time to Celebrate -  Gather with loved ones - enjoy the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley … Continue reading 🌷Easter Weekend – Santa Ynez Valley

Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

May, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Activities –  In Santa Ynez Valley –  There are so many reasons to spend … Continue reading Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

Touring Through the Santa Ynez Valley

The Perfect Place to Relax and Unwind – With so many constraints on and so much demand for our time … Continue reading Touring Through the Santa Ynez Valley

Ring in the New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley

Hope, Happiness and Celebrations - The New Year is a time for hope, happiness and celebrations. Visit the Santa Ynez … Continue reading Ring in the New Year in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley’s Spirited Side

What’s Brewing in the Santa Ynez Valley – Wine and Halloween go hand-in-hand, right? But if you’re looking for something … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley’s Spirited Side

Girls Weekend Getaway

Girls Fun in the Sun – You may be asking how I ended up on a girls getaway trip. It … Continue reading Girls Weekend Getaway

Nightlife: Santa Barbara Wine Country Heats Up

After the Sun Sets - I Love the Santa Ynez Valley Nightlife - Weekends in the Santa Ynez Valley mean … Continue reading Nightlife: Santa Barbara Wine Country Heats Up

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 … Continue reading Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Solvang Danish Days Celebration

Solvang Danish Days We really look forward to this Annual Celebration of Solvang Danish Days of all things Danish here … Continue reading Solvang Danish Days Celebration

Fall Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Fall Events – Santa Barbara Wine Country – As we close the door on the summer season, fall ushers in … Continue reading Fall Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

October Halloween Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

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

CELEBRATE:
Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley

Celebrate Harvest, Nov. 3 – 6, 2022 ~ Sunset Magazine & Visit the Santa Ynez Valley ~ As the West’s … Continue reading CELEBRATE:
Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley


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