Things to Do in Santa Ynez, California

Santa Ynez:

Discover Beautiful Santa Ynez California

Uncover the hidden gem of Santa Ynez California, a breathtaking destination filled with natural beauty and endless adventure.

A Sophisticated Cowboy Town

The vintage township of Santa Ynez (population 4,418), sits in the middle of In Santa Barbara County Wine Country. It’s sometimes hard to tell if it’s 2023 or 1884in Santa Ynez. Find period-style false-front building facades housing shops, saloons, feed stores and random horses hitched to posts here. However, this rather sophisticated cowboy town also boasts plenty of conveniences.  Modern-day trail riders and walkers discover 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 , adjacent to the township, offering 24/7 gaming, live entertainment, dining and a luxurious hotel. Also, 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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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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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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The Victor Restaurant and Bar

The Victor Restaurant and Bar

3627 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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Farmacy Santa Ynez

Farmacy Santa Ynez

3576 Madera St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 693-4685

Farmacy is a recreational & medical cannabis retail boutique that provides a curated menu with quality local products and superior customer service.

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(IN)LARKIN

(IN)LARKIN

3568 Sagunto Street, Suite D, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(833) 465-2756

(IN)LARKIN, a women's contemporary designer clothing brand that is redefining comfort & style with everyday casual glamour — athglamour®

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