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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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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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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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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Cachuma Lake

Cachuma Lake

For GPS, Input: 1 Lakeview Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93105, , From the South: Take Highway 101 north to Santa Barbara. Take the "Cachuma Lake/Highway 154" exit and follow the signs. Drive approximately 18 miles. There is a sign for the park ½ mile before the entrance, and there is a right turn lane to use for your safety., , From the North:Take Highway 101 south to the "Cachuma Lake/Highway 154" exit. Make a left at the stop sign and drive approximately 14 miles. There is a sign ¼ mile before the park entrance, and there is a left turn lane to use for your safety.
(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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Amaranto Catering Co

Amaranto Catering Co

(805) 245-8291

Dinner & lunch catering menus are derived from what is seasonally fitting & tailored specifically to each individuals client’s needs.

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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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Ken Adam CRS

Ken Adam CRS

1131 Morningside Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(805) 350-2979

California Real Estate Broker, licensed since 1985...
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
DRE License # 00910321

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