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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

3750 Paradise Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105,
(805) 683-5686

Bordered by Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River, Rancho Oso offers acres of beautiful scenery and endless opportunities.

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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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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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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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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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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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Kalyra Winery

Kalyra Winery

343 N. Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-693-8864

The original Kalyra Winery featured in the 'Sideways' movie, the best view in the valley & sampling flights of red/white wine and dessert wines.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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