Things to Do in Santa Ynez, California

A Sophisticated Cowboy Town

In Santa Barbara Country Wine Country, 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 with plenty of Things to Do in Santa Ynez, California.

Restaurants in Santa Ynez

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.

Shops, Museums

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.

Events & Entertainment

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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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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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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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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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 including Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Franc from Santa Barbara County vineyards.

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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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Sunstone Winery

Sunstone Winery

125 Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(800) 313-9463

Sunstone's tasting room is reminiscent of some of the small wineries in the Provencal French countryside.

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Santa Ynez Valley Historical  Museum

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-7889

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House celebrate the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley.

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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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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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Grapeline Wine Tours

Grapeline Wine Tours

2136 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(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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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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Roblar Winery

Roblar Winery

3010 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
8056862603

Join Roblar Winery's friendly staff for an unforgettable vineyard tour while savoring our award winning wines.

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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 Chamber of Commerce

Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 1738, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 350-8517

The Santa Ynez Chamber is committed to promoting the Township of Santa Ynez, both as our hometown and as a visitor destination.

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Gainey Vineyard

Gainey Vineyard

3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-0558



Our beautiful, Spanish-style Tasting Room is open daily and offers wine tasting and barrel tastings.

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Art Spot on Wheels: Painting in the Vineyard

Art Spot on Wheels: Painting in the Vineyard

Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 325-8092

Discover your inner artist while you sip on a glass of wine and paint the scenic Santa Ynez Valley vineyards! We offer private events as well.

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Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding

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

Offering private, guided horseback riding tours through Estelle Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country.

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Brander Vineyard

Brander Vineyard

2401 N. Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-2455

Established in 1975, The Brander Vineyard is one of the oldest and most distinguished wineries in the Santa Barbara County.

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Grassini Family Vineyards

Grassini Family Vineyards

5775 Genuine Risk Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 883-8118

Grassini Family Vineyards is a family-owned and operated, boutique winery which specializes in handcrafted Bordeaux varietals.

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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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Happy Canyon Vineyards

Happy Canyon Vineyards

1100-1198 Secretariate St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(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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CrossHatch Wines

CrossHatch Wines

1090 Edison St #104, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9192

Join us for Wines by the Glass, Wine Tasting, and Bottles To Go at our new tasting room located in downtown Santa Ynez.

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Cachuma Lake

Cachuma Lake

1 Lakeview Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93105,
(805) 568-2460

Cachuma Lake is a reservoir in the Santa Ynez Valley on the Santa Ynez River adjoining the north side of California State Route 154.

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Brave & Maiden Estate

Brave & Maiden Estate

649 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, California 93460
(805) 693-2989

Join us for one of our three wine tasting experiences, each which showcases a portfolio of our limited production wines.

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