Santa Ynez: A Sophisticated Cowboy Town

In the vintage township of Santa Ynez (population 4,418), it’s sometimes hard to tell if it’s 2014 or 1884 with its period-style false-front building facades housing shops, saloons, feed stores and random horses hitched to posts. However, this rather sophisticated cowboy town also boasts plenty of conveniences for modern-day trail riders. A variety of restaurants serve up delicious options from casual burgers, pancakes, and waffles (beloved by locals), to steaks, seafood, regional Italian fare, Latin fusion and locavore cuisine. Modern shops and galleries line streets with horse-shoe embedded crosswalks. Don’t miss the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House for a fascinating does of Old West heritage and myriad events year-round such as the Vaquero Show & Sale in November. The Chumash Casino Resort is adjacent to the township with 24/7 gaming, live entertainment, dining and a luxurious hotel. Old Santa Ynez Day every June is just one fun time to visit, when the town celebrates with a street fair, parade and country-western entertainment. Cyclists gravitate to Santa Ynez as well for a world-class training center, tours or just the chance to ride a bike along serene country roads – there’s plenty to see and do in the town that gave the Valley its name.

 


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Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

2178 Mora Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 944-0493

Offering guided private and group horseback rides (with or without wine and/or food) through the hills and vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Happy Canyon Vineyards

Happy Canyon Vineyards

(805) 203-0749

Happy Canyon Vineyard is a family owned & operated estate vineyard and boutique winery on the central coast of California.

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The Lucky Hen Larder

The Lucky Hen Larder

1095 Meadowvale Rd, E, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9448

A gourmet & specialty foods shop featuring artisan sandwiches, cut-to-order cheese and hard to find culinary items. Specializing in house made goods.

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours

34 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-1414

We’ll take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of Santa Ynez Wine Country, with your transport, gourmet lunch and tasting fees included!

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Trattoria Grappolo

Trattoria Grappolo

3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-6899

Trattoria Grappolo is an informal, friendly Italian bistro in Santa Ynez, California.

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Chumash Casino Resort

Chumash Casino Resort

3400 Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(800) 248-6274

Chumash Casino Resort’s main attraction is it’s world-class gaming floor, featuring 2,000 slots, table games, bingo, poker and weekly giveaways.

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Carr Vineyards & Winery

Carr Vineyards & Winery

3563 Numancia St. #101, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-5757

We specialize in the production of ultra premium wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cab Franc from SB County vineyards.

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Palmina

Palmina

1520 East Chestnut Court, Lompoc, CA 93436
805.735.2030

Palmina produces a full range of wines crafted from Italian varietals grown in Santa Barbara County, California.

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Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

3539 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-4142

As chefs, brothers Matt & Jeff Nichols continue to experiment with new dishes and cuisine, but always with that “from scratch,” homemade element.

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Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals

Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals

Post Office Box 1704, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 770-7100

Matches travelers with luxury vacation rental properties, with all the luxuries of a hotel in the comfort of a beautifully appointed private home.

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El Rancho Marketplace

El Rancho Marketplace

2886 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
(805)688-4300

We are a full-service Gourmet/Organic/conventional Supermarket, specializing in fresh food, fresh made, fresh locally sourced and Wine

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Noozhawk

Noozhawk

P.O. Box 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93102
(805) 456-7198

Noozhawk delivers the freshest news in Santa Barbara County to you in a simple and organized all-electronic format, 24/7.

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Santa Ynez Inn

Santa Ynez Inn

3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-5588

The newly remodeled Santa Ynez Inn offers an atmosphere of understated, unspoiled luxury coupled with warm hospitality.

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Painting in the Vineyard with Gypsy Studios

Painting in the Vineyard with Gypsy Studios

PO Box 2, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 990-2105

Discover your inner artist while you sip on a glass of wine and paint the scenic Santa Ynez Valley vineyards!

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Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA

Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA

900 N. Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-2037

There is no other nonprofit quite like the YMCA. Be a part of a cause committed to moving people and communities forward.

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Naughty Oak Brewing Santa Ynez Taproom

Naughty Oak Brewing Santa Ynez Taproom

3569 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 591-9252

Craft beer brewed on the Central Coast. We offer twelve beers on tap. Wide variety and highest quality; all made in our Orcutt Brewery.

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Eleven Wine Lounge

Eleven Wine Lounge

3640 Sagunto Street, Suite 204, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9134

An elegant place to come to try International wines, beer and Alberto Mastrangelo's magical, evolving, taste bud tormenting food!

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Circle V Ranch Camp

Circle V Ranch Camp

2550-4747 Highway 154 , Santa Barbara, CA 93105,
(323) 224-6213

Circle V Ranch Camp is nestled in the Los Padres National Forest surrounded by mature oak trees and miles of hiking trails.

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ForFriends Inn

ForFriends Inn

1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 693-0303

Santa Ynez's only boutique B&B & Vacation Rental. Guests enjoy $300+ in free wine tastings & food in Wine Country. Walk to fine dining/nightlife.

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S.Y. Kitchen

S.Y. Kitchen

1110 Faraday St. , Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9794

S.Y. Kitchen offers fresh, modern Italian dishes in a unique setting, described as "a California version of a little Italian farmhouse."

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Santa Ynez Billiards & Cafe

Santa Ynez Billiards & Cafe

1000 Edison St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 697-7109

Welcome to SY Billiards!
Hand crafted Mediterranean food, 16 beers on tap & over 100 craft beers for you to enjoy here or take for the road.

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The Vincent Vineyards and Winery

The Vincent Vineyards and Winery

2370 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460, The intersection of State Hwy 154 and Roblar Ave. We are located on the East side of the Highway.
(805) 691-4200

Vincent Vineyards is an all Bordeaux Estate Winery and Hospitality facility in the Santa Ynez Valley. Est. 2007.

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Village Properties Realtors

Village Properties Realtors

3615 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-1620

The sales agents at Village Properties have been representing buyers and sellers in the Santa Barbara area for over 20 years.

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Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar

3544 Sagunto Street, At the Corner of Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460,
(805) 688-0033

Dos Carlitos offers fresh, inspired Mexican cuisine and award-winning margaritas.
Voted “Best Restaurant in Santa Ynez Valley" & "Best Happy Hour".

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Grapeline Wine Tours

Grapeline Wine Tours

(888) 894-6379

Grapeline - Santa Barbara County's premier Wine Tour - offers an insider's view of Santa Ynez Valley wineries aboard spacious deluxe shuttle coaches.

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