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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, the romance of Valentine’s Day is offered any time of year

The Santa Ynez Valley has long been a favorite destination for couples who yearn for a romantic wine country getaway. With acres of rolling vineyards nourishing some of the world’s best wines, charming inns and hotels welcoming visitors. At seemingly every turn, a creative farm-to-table culinary scene and there are restaurants with just the right ambiance, the Santa Ynez Valley leaves little wonder why.

Wow the one we love with a perfect Valentine’s Day.

Santa Ynez Valley along California’s Central Coast — where the climate is perfectly mild all year round and the natural beauty is endless from sea to mountain peak. These romantic getaways can hardly be contained to a single day in February.

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Home to six quaint towns spread throughout a fertile valley, the Santa Ynez Valley’s offerings are as diverse as the couples who visit. The distractions of the outside world fade away as couples ride through the vineyards on horseback, then share the bounty of the region with a quiet picnic prepared by an award-winning chef. With more than 100 wineries to explore, a guided wine tour from a local expert allows couples to take it all in without a single worry in the world. And couples can sip the region’s great vintages with a private tasting in a quiet section of an estate vineyard.

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Revel in a morning hike to Gaviota Peak for a breathtaking ocean view, then reach peak relaxation together with a couples massage at one of the region’s top spas, followed by a private wine tasting or two. And finish the day by savoring the fresh flavors and intimate settings that have fostered the Santa Ynez Valley’s renowned culinary scene.

Planning a romantic trip to the Santa Ynez Valley is simple at, where visitors can research events and attractions, book lodging and activities, and create a custom 

itinerary with the click of a mouse. Here in the Santa Ynez Valley, so much is possible most every day of the year.

Valentine’s Ideas from previous years

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Looking for a winter escape? Then here are the top reasons to visit Santa Ynez Valley this February, from romantic activities and wine tasting to gorgeous, film-worthy scenery.

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  1.   February wine events

February is all about romance and there’s no better place to spend Valentine’s Day than in Santa Ynez Valley. Book a weekend getaway with your partner and enjoy a backdrop of sweeping ocean views, lush vineyards and majestic mountains. For the perfect romantic evening, visit one of the valley’s many wine-tasting rooms, take a vineyard tour or check out one of these special Valentine’s events:

  1.  Visit film locations in Santa Ynez Valley

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival takes place – February.  This year, Visit the Santa Ynez Valley is proud to be sponsoring the World Cinema Series taking place at several theaters throughout the festival. VisitSYV will have a lounge in the so if you have a festival pass, drop by for our happy hours and after parties. SBIFF

Film buffs at the festival know that the Santa Ynez Valley is a popular filming location for moviemakers because of its iconic Californian landscape of towering mountains, sparkling coastline and picturesque towns. Films set in Santa Ynez Valley include Sideways, Seabiscuit and the Gary Sinise adaptation of Of Mice and Men. Why not take a tour of these classic film locations throughout the valley this February?

  1.   Romantic activities

If you’re visiting Santa Ynez Valley on a Valentine’s getaway, there are plenty more romantic activities on offer besides wining and dining. Try one of these:

  • Hot air balloon rides – the year-round near perfect climate in Santa Ynez Valley, as well as light winds make it the perfect place for hot air ballooning. Take a romantic sunrise or sunset ride and float over vineyards and ranches.
  • Horseback riding – Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding offer guided rides through the hills and fields of Estelle Vineyards. Opt for a private ride for a romantic experience.
  • Couples massage – pamper your loved one with a romantic couple’s massage or treatment at one of Santa Ynez Valley’s top Spas.

So what are you waiting for? Head to Santa Ynez Valley this February for some romance, wine and breathtaking views.

Find a hotel in Santa Ynez Valley and explore our six quaint towns. Take a wine tour or dine at our 5 star rated restaurants.


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