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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Crown Point Vineyards

Crown Point Vineyards

1733 Fletcher Way, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 693-9300

This estate vineyard located in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA is known for producing distinguished Bordeaux varietals.

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Maverick Saloon

Maverick Saloon

3687 Sagunto Street , Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-4785

Still going strong, the legendary Maverick Saloon  continues to be a staple in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Ellie's Tap & Vine

Ellie's Tap & Vine

3640 Sagunto Street , Santa Ynez, California 93460

Join us for delicious food, great wine, and a good time!

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The Baker's Table

The Baker's Table

3563 Numancia St., Ste 104, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-4856

Thoughtfully choosing  local and organic ingredients when possible in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Westerly Wines

Westerly Wines

(949) 289-1457

Our pursuit at Westerly Wines is to express the unique characteristics and individuality of the preeminent vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

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Sanja Cota Motor Lodge

Sanja Cota Motor Lodge

3099 E Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460,
(805) 688-5525

Old, quaint motor lodge motel in Santa Ynez.

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The Victor Restaurant and Bar

The Victor Restaurant and Bar

3631 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 695-2999

Introducing The Victor, the newest restaurant in Santa Ynez offering fresh, seasonal ingredients from California's central coast.

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