This Holiday Season, the Santa Ynez Valley invites Visitors to turn the Page on 2020

As harvest season offers wine and culinary immersion, this fall and winter in the Santa Ynez Valley will be a truly peaceful experience

The long road of 2020 deserves a better ending, and the Santa Ynez Valley is just the place to turn the calendar on a higher note. The transition from late fall to early winter has always been a special time here, a favorite of visitors and locals alike.

This year, with health and wellness on just about everybody’s mind, the season has taken on just a bit more importance. Signs of harvest season are just about everywhere right now, injecting a little extra life into just about everything. 

The region’s local farms, ranches, and the bounty of the Pacific Ocean, energize the farm-to-table cuisine that has long made the Santa Ynez Valley a haven for foodies. And with mild fall temperatures, many of the region’s top restaurants continue to serve their imaginative culinary creations to diners safely outside.

Of course, cycling along a country road, riding horseback through a vineyard, or a rewarding hike that peaks with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean all have a way of melting away the worries. Or simply unwind with the fall releases of the more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms, nearly all of which are open to tasting.

As the holiday season approaches, things turn again. Sure, the weather is still typically beautiful, but no place in California celebrates the holidays quite like the Santa Ynez Valley. After all, this is the home of Solvang’s Julefest, a celebration that is truly a favorite tradition. We can’t wait for Julefest to return this year, even if it looks a little different.

The bottom line is that the Santa Ynez Valley offers an opportunity to remind ourselves what is most important. To get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life at a time when it’s just a bit quieter around here. To make the short drive from Los Angeles or San Francisco, and arrive at a place where you can forget it all, even if for just a few days.

This is a most unusual year. And a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley might be a more calming experience than in years past. The peacefulness of the vineyards — to meditate, practice yoga, horseback ride, or even paint — the hundreds of miles of hiking trails, the winding country roads, and the mild fall weather can make a visitor feel a world away. 

And who couldn’t use a little bit of that right now?

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