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Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley, 2021

 

Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley is a joyous time. With the changing of seasons, the Valley’s colors transition once more as the leaves begin to fall. The weather is mild, the vineyard views are breathtaking, and the food and wine is plentiful.

We have several restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley that have put together both take-out and dine-in options to serve a variety of needs.

See below for a current list of Thanksgiving offerings in the Santa Ynez Valley. Reservations required at most, please call restaurants directly to confirm offerings are still available.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Chumash Casino Resort (Takeout)

Enjoy an oven roasted turkey dinner accompanied with flavorful sides like candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, buttery pull-apart rolls, and pumpkin pie! Reserve your meal in person at Grains & Grounds now through Friday, November 19.

First & Oak (Dine-In)
(805) 688-1703
Set Seatings at 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:30 PM, & 7:00 PM
View Menu Here
Reservations required

Industrial Eats (Takeout)
(805) 688-8807
View Menu Here
Call for pricing

Maverick Saloon (Dine-In)
(805) 686-4785
11am – 9pm for food service
Serving Regular Menu – View Here

Norman at the Skyview Los Alamos (Dine-In)
(805) 344-0104
Reservations available 4 PM – 9 PM
Featuring a 3 course prix fixe menu for $65
Make Reservations Here or call (805) 344-0080

Pea Soup Andersen’s
(805) 688-5581
9AM – 9PM
Featuring a special turkey or ham meal 11AM – 6PM

Petros Winery
(805) 680-5417
Reservations only, available 2PM – 9 PM
Prix Fixe Menu, call or reserve online

Red Viking Restaurant 
(805) 688-6610
9:00am – 4:00pm

Silk Road’s Kitchen (Dine-In)
11am – 3:30pm
Serving Regular Menu & – View Here

The Maker’s Son (Dine-In)
(805) 344-1926
Give yourself a break this year and let The Maker’s Son do the heavy lifting for you! Join them for the ultimate T-Day buffet, The Maker’s Style. $68 Adults, $42 Children 10 and under.
View Menu Here
Make Reservations Here

Viking Garden (Dine-In)
805-688-1250
11am – close

Breakfast / Treats 

Bob’s Well Bread Bakery 
(805) 691-9549
8:00am – 11:00am
Order Bob’s Breads & Pies for Thanksgiving by Nov. 21
Open 8am – 11 am at both Ballard and Los Alamos locations for pre-order pickup plus coffee, pastry & bread service. Kitchen service (Café menu) will not be available at either location on the holiday.
View Pre Order Menu Here

Good Seed Coffee Boutique
(805) 693-2132
7:00am – 1:00pm

Olsen’s Bakery
(805) 688-6314
7:00am – 1:00pm
Enjoy a variety of pastries and coffee service.

Wineries / Tasting Rooms 

The Good Life
(805) 688-7111
11am – 4pm
We have the perfect local beer and wine pairings for your holiday table. Enjoy a special holiday tasting and/or a glass on our patio or you can step inside the shop where we can assist you with all of your bottle needs to go.

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.


Enjoy a Visit to the Santa Ynez Valley Memorial Day Weekend – 2021

Return to Travel 

As California reopens, the Santa Ynez Valley is prepared to welcome visitors back to wine country this Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy the opportunity to once again experience the gem of California’s Central Coast. The Valley’s hotels, inns, restaurants, wineries, and outdoor activities are back to doing what they do best. For instance, providing a much-needed getaway that is welcoming, safe and spacious. Located just two hours from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from the Bay Area. 

The region’s relatively slow pace of life and charming communities, abundant open spaces and uncrowded rural roads where you’ll find relaxation. The stunning setting painted with lush vineyards and California Oaks as far as the eye can see, are made only more attractive by the times in which we currently find ourselves.

Enjoy the Classics  

The Santa Ynez Valley’s inns and hotels — including The Landsby, The Santa Ynez Inn, and Skyview Los Alamos. Or, the family-friendly Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, Flying Flags, Hamlet Inn, Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, Sideways Inn, and The Alamo Motel — are again unforgettable stays for a wide range of budgets.

The Santa Ynez Valley’s many incredible restaurants — including Bell’s Los Alamos, Bob’s Well Bread, The Gathering Table, Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, Pico, Plenty on Bell, S.Y. Kitchen, Full of Life Flatbread, Leonardo’s, Brothers at the Red Barn, Hitching Post II, and Trattoria Grappolo — are back to serving up their imaginative culinary creations to diners onsite. 

And whether tasting along the scenic Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, in quaint downtown Los Olivos, the Santa Ynez Wine Trail, Sta. Rita Hills Wine Trail,  or the Solvang Wine Walk, the Santa Ynez Valley has a world of wine waiting to be rediscovered.

Of course, never have we been more excited to enjoy open spaces. A horseback ride through the vineyards with Vino Vaqueros, a cycling tour along the region’s country roads, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore. May just be what we need to feel free again. 

Try Something New This Weekend 

With leisure travel at a virtual standstill for much of the past year, it’s understandable that many entrepreneurs postponed plans for new or expanded business operations. But the Santa Ynez Valley continues to buck that trend, with no fewer than 20 visitor-related businesses opening their doors since the pandemic began. Here are the best new lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and activities that are ready to welcome you to the Santa Ynez Valley this weekend.

Hotel Ynez — Located at the crossroads of Solvang & Santa Ynez and situated on two private acres, Hotel Ynez boasts 18 spacious guest rooms, extensive gardens, a pool, bonfire pits, and a rustic outdoor pavilion for nights under the stars.

The Winston — From the same Highway West Vacations team behind three other Santa Ynez Valley properties including The Vinland, Flying Flags, and Sideways Inn, The Winston has been renovated from head to toe and boasts 14 individually decorated rooms beneath the property’s iconic clock tower in the heart of Solvang. 

Vinland Hotel & Lounge — Located in the heart of Solvang where Copenhagen’s charm meets California’s climate, the completely remodeled Vinland Hotel & Lounge boasts 82 rooms overlooking Hans Christian Andersen Park.

Zaca Creek Inn — Originally built by the founding Buell family of Buellton, Zaca Creek has recently been re-imagined and the Zaca Creek Inn boasts six unique suites each with its own distinctive charms and delights.

The Tavern at Zaca Creek — A seasonally-inspired California chophouse, The Tavern at Zaca Creek showcases the best of what Santa Ynez Valley has to offer by supporting local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. The allure of the original Tavern bar is captured by a spirits & cocktail program that highlights old and new alike.

peasants FEAST — As one of the first businesses to open in the Santa Ynez Valley during the pandemic (April 2020), peasants FEAST features seasonal comfort foods from longtime restaurateurs and husband and wife Michael & Sarah Cherney. Centrally-located in downtown Solvang.

Nella Kitchen & Bar — From Chef Luca Crestenelli and the hospitality team behind S.Y. Kitchen, Nella Kitchen & Bar features Italian-inspired dishes and quality foods simply prepared using only the finest locally-sourced ingredients. Located in Los Olivos, alongside the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn.

Bob’s Well Bread — The new Ballard location of this popular Los Alamos mainstay features the same signature special daily breads, homemade pastries, all-day breakfast & lunch, and bread & bakery take-away case that have made the pilgrimage to Bob’s a daily routine for many.

The Vaquero Bar at Coast Range — A Central Coast steakhouse and seafood restaurant with full bar, Coast Range & Vaquero Bar in Solvang is a collaboration between winemaker, sommelier, and James Beard Award winner Rajat Parr, and celebrated chefs Anthony Carron, Lincoln Carson, and Steven Fretz. While the steakhouse will open soon, The Vaquero Bar is ready to welcome you with incredible cocktails and bar bites in the heart of downtown Solvang.  

Sear Steakhouse — An elevated and genuine farm-to-table Solvang steakhouse, Sear is the longtime vision of Demetrios and Karen Loizides who previously operated K’Syrah Catering & Events from the completely reimagined space. Sear is a partnership between the Loizides and mixologist Alberto Battaglini.

Clean Slate Wine BarFeaturing limited production wines, craft beers, and small plates focusing on family farms, independent winemakers, and local producers. Highlights include 50 Wines by the Glass, 10 beers on draft, and small plates influenced by Spanish-style tapas, local farmers, and Chef Melissa’s Louisiana Roots.

Arrowsmith’s Wine Bar — A friendly European bar in the heart of Solvang, Arrowsmith’s is a “home away from home” run by two Europeans, specializing in small-batch local wines as well as a delicious worldwide selection of fantastic wine and European beer.

McClain Cellars — The McClain Cellars Winery, Barrel, and Tasting Lounge in Buellton is a tribute to the four pillars that keep the family focused, driven, and alive: family, friends, faith, and freedom. At McClain Cellars, they believe that every day is a gift to be enjoyed with those you love the most.

Stolpman Fresh Garage — Located in the garage and patio space adjacent to their Los Olivos tasting room, the Stolpman Fresh Garage features wines made from grapes that are natively fermented, un-crushed, and whole, served chilled in an open air setting.

Storm Wines — Rooted in the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, Storm Wines emphasizes old world influences and new world techniques. The Mediterranean climate, diverse soils, and exciting new opportunities in this budding Central Coast wine region have combined to drive Ernst Storm’s passion for producing his wine and sharing it with visitors to the winery’s Los Olivos tasting room.

Grimm’s Bluff — Best known for their 246-acre ranch and vineyard in the Happy Canyon AVA, the new Grimm’s Bluff tasting room in Los Olivos showcases the handcrafted wines and Italian varietal olive oil produced from its certified biodynamic and organic vineyard.

Queen Cup Coffee — Skyler & Alyce Barrick’s love for great coffee and the motivation to share their life experiences with others in the community inspired them to create Queen Cup Coffee. Located next to The Lucky Hen Larder in Santa Ynez, Queen Cup Coffee opened in Jan. 2021.

Moke Experience — Solvang — A whole new way to see and experience Solvang and the surrounding areas, Moke Experience Solvang features a lineup of stylish, colorful, and sought-after electric vehicles that are a zero-emission alternative for visitors wanting to explore the valley in style. 

Tin City Cider — A collaboration between two winemakers looking to fill their time following harvest and crush, Tin City Cider opened its second taproom location in late September 2020 in downtown Los Olivos. Together, they produce a full line-up of carefully crafted ciders made with the best California apples.

Enjoy Bagels + Sweets — The latest offering from Kevin & Amber Vander Vliet, who have operated Enjoy Cupcakes since 2009 and were motivated by a need to diversify during COVID-19. Features 8 unique bagel flavors, 8 cream cheese schmears, and 10 bagel sandwiches in addition to a full sweets line at their bakery facility in Buellton.

Book Your Visit Now

For more information, or to research attractions, book lodging and activities, and create a custom travel itinerary, visit visitsyv.com. For further details on traveling safely in the Santa Ynez Valley, visit www.visitsyv.com/traveling-safely-in-the-santa-ynez-valley/

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.


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

To help with your holiday cheer, we’ve created a guide to make the most of your Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day experience in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here you will find a list of what restaurants, wineries and activities will be open, and which restaurants offer special holiday menus. For the best experience, we highly recommend calling the restaurants and tasting rooms ahead of time to ensure they still have seating availability.


Christmas Eve   

ATTRACTIONS
Santa Ynez

Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 944-0493
Start Times: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm-by reservation only-no walk ins please.

Solvang

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang  |  (805) 686-1211
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Moke Experience
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (866) 523–MOKE
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Ultimate Escape Rooms
485 Alisal Rd., STE 120, Solvang  |  (805) 857-0777
11a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Nearby

Santa Barbara Sailing Center
302 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara  |  (805) 962-2826
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

COFFEE HOUSE
Solvang

The Good Seed
1607 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 693-2132
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Santa Ynez 

Queen Cup Coffee
1095 Meadowvale Road, Santa Ynez
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ish

RESTAURANTS
Ballard

Bob’s Well Bread 
2449 Baseline Ave., Ballard  |  (805) 691-9549
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Los Alamos

Bob’s Well Bread 
550 Bell Street, Los Alamos  |  (805) 344-3000
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Norman at the SkyView Los Alamos Restaurant
9150 US-101, Los Alamos
Reserve online through OpenTable or call (805) 344-0080
3-course Prix Fixe Menu, $75 Dinner service begins at 4 p.m.
7a.m.  – 9 p.m.

Pico Los Alamos
458 Bell Street, Los Alamos  |  (805) 344-1122
3 – 9 p.m. regular service

Los Olivos

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  805-390-0442
11:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m.

Santa Ynez

The Baker’s Table
 3563 Numancia St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 688-4856
7:30 a.m.– Noon

Trattoria Grappolo
 3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez,  |  (805) 688-6899
4 p.m. to closing

Solvang

Big Bopper
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6018
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Copenhagen Sausage Garden
1660 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 697-7354
11 am – 9:00 pm

First & Oak
409 1st St, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1703
(sold out)

Mad & Vin
1576 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-3121
Bar: noon – 11 p.m. (first come, first served); Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. (sold out)

Osteria Grappolo
1546 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-8281
4:30 – 9 p.m.

Sear Steakhouse
478 4th Place, Solvang  | (805) 245-9564 (w)
5 – 10 p.m.

Solvang Brewing Company
1547 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-2337
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Solvang Restaurant
1672 Copenhagen Dr #2759, Solvang  |  (805) 688-4645
8am-3pm

The Red Viking
1684 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6610
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

RETAIL
Solvang

Broken Clock Vinegar Works
1210 Mission Dr Ste 103, Solvang  |  (805) 679-1723
12 – 4 p.m.

Renaissance Antiques
496 1st St, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1976
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WINE/BEER

Buellton

Alma Rosa Winery
1623 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (707) 227-8503
11 a.m. to 7:30 pm

Los Olivos

Coquelicot Tasting Room
2884 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  (805) 688-1500
11 a.m. – 5 p.m

Petros Winery
3360 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos  |  (805) 680-5417
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saarloos & Sons
2971 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  (805) 688-1200
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa Ynez

CrossHatch Winery
1090 Edison St #104, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 691-9192
12-6pm

Gainey Vineyard
3950 CA-HWY 246, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 259-8559
Last tasting at 12:15 p.m. …close at 1:30 p.m.

Maverick Saloon
3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 686-4785
Bar 11-1:30am
Regular menu 11-9pm
Late night menu 9pm -12am

Solvang

Cali Love Wine
1651 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1678
2 p.m. – 10p.m.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room
1645 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 686-9336
10 a.m., last tasting by 2 p.m.

The Good Life
1672 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-7111
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Toccata Wines
1650 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang  |  (805) 686-9336
10 a.m., last tasting by 2 p.m.

Nearby

Ampelos Cellars
312 N 9th St, Lompoc  |  (805) 736-9957
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Christmas Day

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ATTRACTION

Solvang

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang,  |  (805) 686-1211
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Moke Experience
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang   |  (866) 523–MOKE
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.https://www.visitsyv.com/wp-admin/profile.php

COFFEE HOUSE

Solvang

The Good Seed
1607 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463  |  (805) 693-2132
7 a.m. – noon

RESTAURANT

Solvang

Big Bopper
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6018
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Copenhagen Sausage Garden
1660 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 697-7354
11 am – 9 pm

First & Oak
409 1st St, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1703
sold out

Mad & Vin
1576 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-3121
Brunch: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. (sold out)
Bar: noon – 11 p.m. (first come, first served)

WINE/BEER

Solvang

Cali Love Wine
1651 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1678
12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Santa Ynez

Maverick Saloon
3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 686-4785
Bar 11am -12am

 


New Year’s Eve

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ATTRACTION
Santa Ynez

Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding
Santa Ynez, CA 93460  |  (805) 944-0493
Start Times: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm-by reservation only-no walk ins please.

Solvang

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang  |  (805) 686-1211
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Moke Experience
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (866) 523–MOKE
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Ultimate Escape Rooms
485 Alisal Rd., STE 120, Solvang  |  (805) 857-0777
11a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

COFFEE HOUSE
Solvang

Cafe Dolce
475 1st St , Solvang  |  (805) 693-1222
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Good Seed
1607 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 693-2132
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

RESTAURANT
Ballard

Bob’s Well Bread 
2449 Baseline Ave., Ballard  |  (805) 691-9549
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Buellton

Hitching Post 2
406 E Hwy 246, Buellton  |  (805) 688-0676
11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Los Alamos

Bob’s Well Bread 
550 Bell Street, Los Alamos  |  (805) 344-3000
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pico Los Alamos
458 Bell Street, Los Alamos  |  (805) 344-1122
3 – 9 p.m.

Norman at the Skywiew Los Alamos Restaurant
9150 US-101, Los Alamos
Reserve online through OpenTable or call (805) 344-0080
3-course Prix Fixe Menu, $85 Dinner service begins at 4 p.m.
4  – 9 p.m.

The Maker’s Son
346 Bell St, Los Alamos  |  (310) 595-5617
4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Los Olivos

Bar Le Côte
 2375 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos  |  (661) 805-3993
4 – 8 p.m.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  (805)390-0442
11:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m.

Santa Ynez

The Baker’s Table
 3563 Numancia St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 688-4856
7:30 a.m.– Noon

Trattoria Grappolo
 3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 688-6899
4 p.m. to closing

Solvang

Big Bopper
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6018
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Birkholm’s Bakery
460 Alisal Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 688-8188
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Brekkies
1655 Mission Drive, Solvang  |  (805) 691-9749
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cecco Ristorante
475 1st Street Solvang  |  (805) 688-8880
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Copenhagen Sausage Garden
1660 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 697-7354
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Danish Mill Bakery
1682 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-5805
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Don Nachos Cafe
446 Alisal Rd suite # 5, Solvang  |  (805) 693-2349
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dominos Pizza
1655 Mission Drive, Solvang  |  (805) 686-1177
10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

First & Oak
409 1st St, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1703
seating available at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Fitzpatricks Tavern
490 1st St Suite A, Solvang CA 93463 | (805) 688-5500
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Leonardo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
632 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang   |  (805) 686-0846
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Mad & Vin
1576 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-3121
Bar: noon – 11 p.m. (first come, first served); Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. (sold out)

New Frontier Natural Foods & Deli
1984 Old Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 693-1746
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Olsen’s Danish Villlage Bakery
1529 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6314
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Osteria Grappolo
1546 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-8281
4:30 – 9 p.m.

Panino
475 1st St, Solvang  |  (805) 688-0608
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ramen Kotori
1618 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 691-9672
2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

River Grill
150 Alisal Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 688-7784
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sear Steakhouse
478 4th Place, Solvang  |  (805) 245-9564
5 – 10 p.m.

Solvang Brewing Company
1547 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-2337
11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Solvang Flavors
436 Alisal Rd  |  (805) 688-3080
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Solvang Restaurant
1672 Copenhagen Dr #2759, Solvang  |  (805) 688-4645
8am-3pm

Succulent Cafe
1557 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 691-9444
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Taco Roco
606 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 686-1901
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Red Viking
1684 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6610
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Solvang Bakery
438 Alisal Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 688-4939
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Viking Garden
446 Alisal Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1250
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

RETAIL
Solvang

Broken Clock Vinegar Works
1210 Mission Dr Ste 103, Solvang  |  (805) 679-1723
12 – 4 p.m.

Cailloux Cheese Shop
1623 Mission Dr Suites K&L, Solvang  |  (805) 350-8328
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Old Danish Fudge Kitchen
 441 Alisal Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 688-9932
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Renaissance Antiques
496 1st St, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1976
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WINE/BEER
Buellton

Alma Rosa Winery
1623 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (707) 227-8503
11 a.m. to 7:30 pm

Los Olivos

Coquelicot Tasting Room
2884 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  (805) 688-1500
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Petros Winery
3360 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos  |  (805) 680-5417
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saarloos & Sons
2971 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  (805) 688-1200
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa Ynez

Gainey Vineyard
3950 CA-HWY 246  |  (805) 259-8559
Last tasting at 1:30 p.m.…close at 2:30 p.m.

Maverick Saloon
3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 686-4785
Bar 11am -1:30am
Regular menu 11-9pm
Late night menu 9pm -12am

Solvang

Dana V. Wines
 1588 Mission Dr suite b, Solvang  |  (805) 350-1124
12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room
1645 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 686-9336
10 a.m., last tasting by 4:30 p.m..

The Good Life
1672 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-7111
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (ticketed event – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.)

Toccata Wines
1650 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang  |  (805) 686-9336
10 a.m., last tasting by 4:30 p.m.

Nearby

Ampelos Cellars
312 N 9th St, Lompoc  |  (805) 736-9957
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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ATTRACTION
Solvang

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang,  |  (805) 686-1211
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Moke Experience
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (866) 523–MOKE
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Ultimate Escape Rooms
485 Alisal Rd., STE 120, Solvang  |  (805) 857-0777
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

COFFEE HOUSE
Solvang

Cafe Dolce
475 1st St , Solvang  |  (805) 693-1222
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Good Seed
1607 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463  |  (805) 693-2132
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

RESTAURANT
Ballard

Bob’s Well Bread 
2449 Baseline Ave., Ballard  |  (805) 691-9549
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Los Alamos

Bob’s Well Bread 
550 Bell Street, Los Alamos  |  (805) 344-3000
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pico Los Alamos
458 Bell Street, Los Alamos  |  (805) 344-1122
3 – 9 p.m.

The Maker’s Son
346 Bell St, Los Alamos  |  (310) 595-5617
4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Los Olivos

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  (805) 390-0442
11:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m.

Santa Ynez

Trattoria Grappolo
 3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 688-6899
4 p.m. to closing

Solvang

Big Bopper
1510 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6018
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Brekkies
1655 Mission Drive, Solvang  |  (805) 691-9749
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Copenhagen Sausage Garden
1660 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 697-7354
11 am – 9 pm

Dominos Pizza
1655 Mission Drive, Solvang  |  (805) 686-1177
10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

First & Oak
409 1st St, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1703
booked already

Fitzpatricks Tavern
490 1st St Suite A, Solvang CA 93463 | (805) 688-5500
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Leonardo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
632 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang   |  (805) 686-0846
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Mad & Vin
1576 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-3121
Bar: noon – 11 p.m. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m.

Olsen’s Danish Villlage Bakery
1529 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6314
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Osteria Grappolo
1546 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-8281
11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Ramen Kotori
1618 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 691-9672
1:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Solvang Brewing Company
1547 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-2337
11 a.m. – midnight.

Solvang Flavors
436 Alisal Rd  |  (805) 688-3080
11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Subway
1641 Mission Dr Suite 102, Solvang  | (805) 688-7650
8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Succulent Cafe
1557 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 691-9444
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Red Viking
1684 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-6610
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Viking Garden
446 Alisal Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 688-1250
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

WINE/BEER
Los Olivos

Coquelicot Tasting Room
2884 Grand Ave, Los Olivos  |  (805) 688-1500
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Petros Winery
3360 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos  |  (805) 680-5417
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Santa Ynez

Maverick Saloon
3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez  |  (805) 686-4785
Bar 11am-1:30am
Regular Menu 11-9pm
Kitchen closes at 9pm

Solvang

Dana V. Wines
 1588 Mission Dr suite b, Solvang  |  (805) 350-1124
12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room
1645 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 686-9336
10 a.m., last tasting by 4:30 p.m..

The Good Life
1672 Mission Dr, Solvang  |  (805) 688-7111
3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Toccata Wines
1650 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang  |  (805) 686-9336
10 a.m., last tasting by 4:30 p.m..

RETAIL
Solvang

Broken Clock Vinegar Works
1210 Mission Dr Ste 103, Solvang  |  (805) 679-1723
12 – 4 p.m.

Cailloux Cheese Shop
1623 Mission Dr Suites K&L, Solvang  |  (805) 350-8328
Noon – 6 p.m.

Old Danish Fudge Kitchen
 441 Alisal Rd, Solvang  |  (805) 688-9932
Noon – 6 p.m.

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Movies filmed in Santa Ynez Valley

Movies Filmed In The Santa Ynez Valley

 

Visit the Santa Ynez Valley knows that our six towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang feature some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery in California. We believe that what draws so many visitors and tourists here for Santa Ynez vacations is our abundance of Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, the allure of Santa Ynez wine country, and the many things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. It appears that Hollywood has taken notice of our little piece of heaven, too. Our lush scenery and quaint towns have attracted some major filmmakers to our area.

Here are just a few of the many movies filmed in the Santa Ynez Valley:

  • Sideways: This 2004 film starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church is about two men who have reached middle age with not much to show for it but disappointment. Just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle, they decide to take a week-long road trip through California’s wine country. We can think of no better place for a trip of redemption and renewal than visiting some of the best wineries in Santa Ynez Valley. Filming locations included Hitching Post II and Sanford Winery in Buellton, Solvang Restaurant in Solvang, Kalyra Winery in Santa Ynez, as well as Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe and Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard in Los Olivos.
  • Grindhouse: Death Proof: This incredibly visionary homage to the exploitation double features of the 1960s and 70s features two back-to-back cult films (Planet Terror and Death Proof) from directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez that include previews of coming attractions between them. Tarantino helmed the Death Proof part of the film, which told the story of a murderer who hunted down his victims in a souped-up car. The director, along with movie star Kurt Russell, spent weeks filming action scenes on the captivating roads of Figueroa Mountain. The oak forests of Buellton’s Los Padres National Forest also played a supporting role filling in for the backwoods of Virginia.
  • Of Mice and Men: This is director Gary Sinise’s 1992 vision of John Steinbeck’s classic story of two drifters trying to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams. The rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley played rapt witness to the friendship, dreams and downfalls of Lennie and George.
  • Seabiscuit: Many of the scenes for this film, based on the true story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation, were filmed in and around the Santa Ynez Valley.
  • Flying Lessons: This 2010 independent film starred Maggie Grace and Hal Holbrook as an unlikely pair struggling to remember their pasts. Shot in the Santa Ynez Valley, local director and producer Derek Magyar chose his home turf for the film because he believed it to be a picturesque canvas. Filming locations included downtown Santa Ynez streets and local spots like Maverick Saloon, Artiste Wine Tasting & Gallery and the Fossemalle Dance Studio.
  • Two-Bits & Pepper (1995): This is a comedy about idiotic kidnappers, both played by Joe Piscopo, who capture two young girls and hold them for ransom. However, in “Home Alone” fashion, the two girls make fools of the two men.
  • Generation Gap (2008 TV Movie): This tear-jerker features stars Edward Asner and Rue McClanahan. The story line is that young Dylan has been in another fight at his NYC high school. At her wit’s end, Dylan’s mom sends him to her father for the summer. Grandpa usually spends hours at the local VFW post, but he makes time to think of chores to keep Dylan busy.

Other films that have taken advantage of our beautiful area to set the tone for their story include “The Postman Always Rings Twice” – 1981 version with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange; “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin; “Homicidal” – a horror film from the ‘60s; “Star Trek Insurrection,” “Return to Mayberry” and “Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland.”

 

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.


HIking to Grass Mountain

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 now on our way from Buellton to hike the popular Gaviota Peak. The trail head is located near the Highway 1 intersection of 101. About a 10 minute drive. I’ve hiked this trail before but not since relocating to the Santa Ynez Valley, and this will be Aiden’s first time.

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Mendenhall Museum in Buellton, CA

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 many garages, you are hit hard with neon, road signs, memorabilia, cars, and did I say neon?

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Scenic drives in Santa Ynez Valley

Scenic Drives to the Santa Ynez Valley

California Road Trip Scenic Highway Drives
One of many scenic views on Highway 154

When taking a scenic road trip drive to the Santa Ynez Valley from Southern California you have two choices; take the mountain route up Highway 154 when you get to Northern Santa Barbara, arriving in the township of Santa Ynez; or stay on Highway 101 up the coast, arriving in Buellton, or Los Olivos a little further, or Los Alamos a little further still. Both drives are spectacular.

The mountain route is shorter but speed limits are slower. The beauty of the Santa Ynez Mountains with Santa Barbara sprawled out below is breathtaking, and once you go over the peak and start heading down into the valley, you are instantly taken away from the coast and immersed in mountain and valley beauty.

The coastal route is a little longer, but traffic is light and the speed limit is 65. You are gifted with the expanse of the Pacific Ocean to your left and our unique West to East mountain range on your right, passing many amazingly beautiful beaches and pastoral hills.

Either way you come, the approach is a great way to clear your mind, take in the sights, and get ready to enjoy all the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer.

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Another gorgeous view from Highway 101

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

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

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.


Santa Ynez Valley

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Santa Ynez Valley

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, craft beer, and some great local nature to discover. Ready to see it for yourself ? Read on for our top 10 reasons to make the Santa Ynez Valley your next destination.  

1.  Santa Ynez Wine Country

Santa Ynez is famous for its wineries, and lovers of great wine need look no further than the Valley for some of the best wine tasting around. Some of the best wineries in Santa Ynez include the Sunstone Vineyards and Winery with its spacious outdoor areas, the Gainey Vineyard with daily wine tastings of six specialty wines, and Carr Winery with its cool warehouse space and wines on tap.

2.  Visit Historic Solvang

Situated 132 miles north of LA, Solvang is a little slice of Denmark in California. Solvang was established in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted their own little colony in a warm climate, and their legacy is this quaint little village famous for its Danish bakeries and architecture, as well as having some of the best wineries in Santa Ynez. Other Solvang activities include craft beer tasting, boutique shopping, and visiting some of the village’s unique museums.  

3. Sample Some Great Santa Ynez Valley Restaurants

There are so many great places to eat in Santa Ynez Valley, it’s hard to choose. Italian food aficionados should definitely check out Trattoria Grappolo, which serves super fresh Italian favorites, as well as some unique twists like vodka sauce on the gnocchi. Lovers of traditional American cuisine are well catered for. The Bell Street Farm serves up top-notch sandwiches in a relaxed atmosphere. The Hitching Post II is the place to go for classic American steaks. But if you’re looking for something with a more modern and creative flavor, don’t go past First & Oak, where Chef Steven Snook is preparing innovatives dishes after 6 years working with esteemed British chef, Gordon Ramsay. And if you’re looking for a romantic dinner in Los Olivos, look no further than Los Olivos Wine Merchant Café.

4.  Craft Beer

Most people when they think of Santa Ynez think about wine. But if you can drag yourself away from the wineries for a break, why not sample some of the superb local craft beers. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company has some of the best craft beer in the area. Try the Hoppy Poppy or American Ale, or simply relax in the cheery ‘Cheers’ like setting. The taproom at the Firestone Brewing Company is another winner, and has a restaurant that serves up classic family favorites like mac and cheese, steak and tacos. If you’re interested in trying sours, definitely check out Barrelworks, which features beers from Firestone’s wild ale program as well as one-off selections from their barrel-aging spirits program. Find additional outstanding craft beer selections at Babi’s Beer Emporium, and The Good Life. 

5.  Local Events in Santa Ynez

Wine and beer tend to bring out the social side of people, so the Santa Ynez Valley hosts a number of events to bring everyone together. Regular events include Painting in the Vineyard at various wineries, where you take in the beautiful scenery, and put it on canvas under the supervision of an art teacher. On Wednesdays, after strolling the Solvang Farmer’s Market on First Street, stop in to Cecco Ristorante for Wednesday Wine Tasting, where you can enjoy small bites and flatbreads paired with wines each week. The Refugio Ranch Tasting Room also hosts a little party every Thursday in Los Olivos featuring live music, food, and wine.

6.  Immerse Yourself in Local Art and Culture

While you’re enjoying the good life in Santa Ynez, don’t forget to drop in and visit one the Valley’s galleries and museums. The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum celebrates the rich local history of the Santa Ynez Valley. Wildling Museum is a unique museum featuring paintings, sculptures and photography using nature as their theme. ZFolio Gallery is Solvang has a great selection of jewelry, sculpture, and photography.

7.  Santa Ynez Valley Hotels

Want something different from your hotel stay than the usual chain hotel? Santa Ynez hotels offer a more intimate and distinctly local experience. Most hotels here could be better described as Inns, some of which have a unique Danish feel, some provide rich luxury, while others provide a cottage feel. Some notable stays are the Ballard Inn, which is a quaint little B&B getaway tucked away in the middle of wine country; the Svendsgaard’s Lodge in Solvang with its Danish flavor, and retro feel; the Victorian Mansion in Los Alamos, where you can explore themed rooms, from pirate ship to ‘50s drive-in; the cottages at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, where you can enjoy fire pits and creature comforts in your own little home away from home; the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, within walking distance of 50+ tasting rooms in Los Olivos; and the Santa Ynez Inn, a four diamond property with warmth and luxury.

8.  Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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 Californian 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. Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding is another great way to explore the local area. If a family picnic is what you have in mind, head over to Nojoqui Falls Park down Alisal Road.

9.  Boutique Shopping

Tired of shopping at overcrowded malls? You’ll love the fantastic selection of specialty shops in the valley. With over 200 specialty shops, you’re bound to discover a hidden treasure. Shops in 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. It’s a great place to do some gift shopping, and if you come on Solvang Third Wednesday of each month, you can take advantage of Solvang’s special offers and bag yourself a real bargain. There’s also incredible boutiques in both Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.

10.  Spa and Wellness

Why not treat yourself to a visit to one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s spa and wellness centers? Enjoy a range of wellness services including aromatherapy, Swedish massage, and hot stone therapy.  The best way to enjoy these treatments is to book yourself into one of the inns that offers a spa service in their accommodation package, like the Hadsten House Inn in Solvang with its luxurious heated pool and Spa, or the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in Los Olivos.  Of course, a glass of wine during your treatment is mandatory. If you are travel weary or trail sore, nothing restores the mind and spirit like signature spa treatments at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, with spa services now open to the public.

So now you know what delights wait for you in Santa Ynez Valley, there’s no excuse not to go. You’ll probably need more than a weekend to take it all in, but once you get that taste for it, we’re sure you’ll be back again and again.

Santa Ynez Travel Expert Shelby SimAbout The Author: Shelby Sim grew up just 30 minutes south of the Santa Ynez Valley on the coast in Goleta, CA. After living in many different states and traveling the world, he returned to the area and discovered the many quality wines being produced here. Shelby has worked in the area for the last 11 years as a wine tour host, while acting as director of business development with the Goleta chamber, and later as a sales manager for Bacara Resort and Spa. He recently moved his family to Buellton and is honored to be executive director of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, the premier destination marketing organization (DMO) for the region.

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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 – 2022 Edition

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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 post a resulting photo stream to Insta, did that vacation really happen??? Thanks to the force of social media that is Instagram, many of us seek out perfect backdrops for documenting our adventures and experiences, wine country or otherwise. And just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles, or a handful of hours south of San Francisco, on the historically-road tripped California Central Coast, you’ll find six Santa Ynez Valley towns full of scenescapes – all ready and waiting for their close-up.

With all of this photographic content at your fingertips, you’ll need to make the Santa Ynez Valley more than just a day-trip. Book your stay to start populating that Insta feed…c’mon, do it for the gram.

Los Alamos

In the tiny town of Los Alamos, a former stagecoach stop and depot for the Pacific Coast Railway, preserved Old West scenes mingle with mid-century structures and architecture – and nowhere are the town’s Western wiles more apparent than at the 1880 Union Hotel and Saloon, which still houses a stagecoach office within the private event space of the Hotel, a popular wedding venue. The open-to-the-public Saloon has photographic details galore, and the weathered, wood-paneled building’s frontier-town façade always offers up plenty of lens personality.

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Accommodations at boutique, cactus-adorned The Alamo Motel, come complete with Southwestern-chic décor elements and an on-property outpost of Santa Barbara County wine label, Municipal Winemakers, in the form of a photogenic wine tasting “cabin”.

Skyview Los Alamos, an extensively-rehabbed 1950s motor lodge, still boasts the property’s original road-side signage and swimming pool, around which a lounge-y scene of craft cocktails and elevated “hotel food” has emerged (hint: don’t miss the oysters). The 1864 exterior of the Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast makes for a pretty picture, but the six themed suites on the inside (1950s, Gypsy, Roman, Egyptian, Pirate, French) really take the Instagram cake.

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Los Olivos

At Los Olivos garden art and home accessories shopping wonderland, J. Woeste, seat yourself in a bright red, larger-than-life Adirondack chair.

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Downtown Los Olivos’ Instagram title of “Miss Congeniality” has been decidedly bestowed upon Los Olivos Lemons, a giant, yellow citrus-shaped stand doling out gourmet lemonade, adjacent to the kid-friendly (of both the “big” and “little” varieties) Saarloos + Sons wine tasting room.

On the culinary spectrum of things to do in Los Olivos, sits Global Gardens®, with an olive oil tasting bar and a #gramworthy, hand-painted butterfly mural.

 

Santa Ynez

Rowdy, raucous and raring to go: the Western-Victorian town of Santa Ynez is known most in nightlife circles, for The Maverick Saloon. Fabled live entertainment and dance venue, bar and now, eatery, “The Mav” has been the location of many a photo session, some clearly remembered, some slightly hazy (in the best possible way). Strike a pose with one of the many authentic, history-filled horse-drawn transports at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum’s Carriage House. A nod to the Valley’s Victorian era may be found in the opulently-renovated Santa Ynez Inn, with its rambling grounds and event spaces.

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At one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s vineyard gems, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, the organically-farmed vineyards loll out from under the estate’s Provençal French courtyards, stone barrel-aging caves, and picturesque picnic havens.

 

Ballard and Solvang

The “burg” of Ballard is in and of itself, fantastically photo-ready, but its crowning jewel is the bucolic lodging and restaurant duo, Chef Budi Kazali’s Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table. Down the country road, lies agri-centric Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, with its Instagram “influencer”-favorited 1946 farm truck. In the heart of downtown Solvang, the Danish-settled village displays numerous hints at its rich cultural past, many of which make for renowned modern photo opps. Solvang’s multiple windmills pull double-duty as businesses and backdrops: in three of the most famous, you’ll find CrossHatch Winery (436 Alisal Road), Sevtap Winery (1622 Copenhagen Drive), and Solvang Brewing Company (1547 Mission Drive).

No visit to “Little Denmark” would be whole, without a pause for pictures in front of The Little Mermaid fountain (Mission Drive and Alisal Road). And who could resist the vivid, vast circumferences of the Danish pancakes at Paula’s Pancake House? Not anyone who would also regale the iconic pastry offerings from one of the many Solvang bakeries, or those frequently-portrayed Danish dough rounds, Aebleskiver. Shopping in Solvang is plentiful, and noticeably popular among visitors is the home of the big red clog – the famously-photographable footwear residing curbside at the Solvang Shoe Store (Copenhagen Drive and First Street). On the outskirts of Solvang, saddle up at The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort for a luxe getaway’s worth of Instagrammable activities like horseback riding, golf, spa time, BBQ dinners and campfire moments.

 

Buellton

The award-winning 2004 movie Sideways was filmed in numerous Santa Ynez Valley spots. But one of the film’s most famous settings is now the Sideways Inn, which also features one of the most memorable windmills in the “SYV”, outside of Solvang. Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Sideways Inn’s sister property which adjoins the hotel’s grounds, is an Instagram dream – from the life-size rhino guarding one of the “glamping” sections of the funtastic vacation destination, to the row of meticulously-restored vintage and Airstream travel trailers, to the variety of themed cottages and tents (Surf, Wine, Brewhaus, National Park, Safari and Tiki), to the private, gated Santa Ynez Guest Ranch and the cinematic luxury getaway that it provides. More Sideways movie nostalgia may be found at the famed Hitching Post 2 restaurant, now accompanied by next-door wine tasting location extraordinaire, for chef/restaurateur, Frank Ostini’s, and Gray Hartley’s Hitching Post Wines. Neighboring the twin Hitching Post properties, OstrichLand USA provides eponymously-opportune memories, photographic and otherwise, via its fine-feathered residents.

Save some iPhone memory for Buellton’s picture-perfect roadside history, a grand portion of which is captured in the private collection of the family-owned Mendenhall Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana. Equally as intriguing to highway travel history buffs, is the often-posted Pea Soup Andersen’s – whose billboards up and down Highway 101 paint the way to the storied rest stop.

 

Let’s get to the root of the matter.

What would a Santa Barbara wine country experience be, without a visit to the vines that produce the region’s awarded wines? Best bets for essay-caliber vineyard photos may be found throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, with some newer entrants to the pictorial game – plus some classic viticulture standbys – stretching from Lompoc to Los Olivos: Melville Vineyards & Winery, Spear Vineyards & Winery, Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards, Brick Barn Wine Estate, Demetria Estate, and Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards, to name just a few.

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.


Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

We love talking about our six towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang at Visit Santa Ynez Valley. We share information about Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, best Santa Ynez wineries, and things to do in Santa Ynez Valley to give visitors the chance to learn more about our own little pieces of heaven. Every so often we also like to brag about one of our towns. This month we’re focusing on Solvang, CA.

Solvang is an authentically Danish-American town in the heart of California. Founded in 1911, when the first Danish settlers arrived, the community holds tight onto its Danish-American charm and tradition. Only two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, Solvang carries on the Danish traditions of language, folk dancing, music and cuisine. Here is our list of the top five things to do in Solvang:

And the Number One Thing to Do in Solvang…Danish Days!

Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

The Danish Days annual festival emerged in 1936 and continues to commemorate Solvang’s Danish heritage every year.

To learn more about Solvang Danish Days, like their Facebook page.

Santa Ynez Travel Expert Shelby SimAbout The Author: Shelby Sim grew up just 30 minutes south of the Santa Ynez Valley on the coast in Goleta, CA. After living in many different states and traveling the world, he returned to the area and discovered the many quality wines being produced here. Shelby has worked in the area for the last 11 years as a wine tour host, while acting as director of business development with the Goleta chamber, and later as a sales manager for Bacara Resort and Spa. He recently moved his family to Buellton and is honored to be executive director of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, the premier destination marketing organization (DMO) for the region.

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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.