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.

 


Plan Your Trip


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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