|The region’s acclaimed wines, fresh farm-to-table cuisine, incredible weather, unique events, and outdoor activities make for a perfect spring getaway
Nestled on California’s gorgeous Central Coast, the Santa Ynez Valley wine country is a destination where visitors can embrace new beginnings and try something new. In spring, the Santa Ynez Valley offers tastes of the newest vintages and varietals from the region’s wineries — more than 100 in all — and a freshening of the region’s cuisine that is steeped in a farm-to-table movement that has long fueled the region’s creative culinary scene.
Also known as the wine country of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley in many ways makes for an ideal spring getaway. The mild coastal climate that nourishes the Santa Ynez Valley’s world-class vineyards and wines typically brings blue skies and temperatures that push into the 70s. The weather is perfect for those emerging from winter’s chill, and ideal for a morning hike through blooming wildflowers and peaking with soaring views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a time to take in the lush greenery surrounding Cachuma Lake, a horseback ride through rolling terrain, a cycling adventure along idyllic country roads, or a quiet picnic in a vineyard while savoring the latest vintage.“Spring has always been one of the best times of the year to visit the Santa Ynez Valley,” said Shelby Sim, CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley. “The area is so beautiful as the hills turn emerald green, but more than that, it is a time when everything is possible. The weather is incredible, the wineries are putting forth their newest creations, the food is fresh, and the weather is so inviting for those who yearn to get outdoors.”
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Spring in the Santa Ynez Valley is also a time for unique events that celebrate the food, wine, and unforgettable experiences of the region, including:
- 27th Annual Taste of Solvang (March 13-17): The area’s bakers, chefs, brewers, and winemakers come together for an immersive Danish-inspired gourmet event.
- Buellton Wine and Chili Festival (March 17): Enjoy amazing chili, salsa, wine, and beer while soaking in the atmosphere.
- Vineyard Easter egg hunts (April 20-21): Held at vineyards throughout the region, families share the holiday with egg hunts in a setting unlike anywhere else.
- Santa Barbara Vintners Festival and Wine Country Weekend (May 2-6): In its 37th year, the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival offers food, live music, and new releases from more than 70 wineries.
- Eighth Annual Buellton Beer Fest (May 4): A day of revelry, with craft beers from more than 50 breweries, as well as wineries, spirits, and live entertainment.
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- Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival (June 8): Sample from 30 local wineries or taste olive-themed dishes prepared by local chefs, while listening to world-class jazz musicians.
Planning a trip to the Santa Ynez Valley is simple at visitsyv.com, where visitors can research events and attractions, book lodging and activities, and create custom travel itineraries.
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About the Santa Ynez Valley:
Barely two hours from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley feels worlds apart from both. With six distinct communities encompassing everything from classic California wine country to Northern European traditions to the very best of the Old West, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to endless possibilities. Here in and around the towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang visitors will find more than 100 wineries, incredible food, special events and a unique, rich heritage. For more information, including a complete listing of wedding venues, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and events, go to VisitSYV.com.