Santa Ynez Valley Blog


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Local stories, experiences, news, and more about Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang, small towns located in the beautiful Santa Barbara country wine country. Read it all in the official Santa Ynez Valley blog.


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Santa Ynez Valley’s Great Horseback Riding Experiences

Horseback Riding in the Santa Ynez Valley Maybe it’s the connection to the horse, to nature, and to Santa Ynez … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley’s Great Horseback Riding Experiences

CELEBRATE:
Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley

Celebrate Harvest, Sept. 28-Oct 1, 2023 ~ Sunset Magazine & Visit the Santa Ynez Valley ~ As the West’s most … Continue reading CELEBRATE:
Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley

Fall Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Fall Events – Santa Barbara Wine Country – As autumn comes to the Central Coast of California the changing of … Continue reading Fall Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Nightlife: Santa Barbara Wine Country Heats Up

I Love the Santa Ynez Valley Nightlife - You will be happy to know activities don’t stop when night falls. … Continue reading Nightlife: Santa Barbara Wine Country Heats Up

Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley   ~ The Santa Ynez Valley lies just two hours northwest of Los Angeles, and a … Continue reading Top Ten Things to Do in the Santa Ynez Valley

Scenic Drives to the Santa Ynez Valley

California Road Trips - When taking a scenic road trip drive to the Santa Ynez Valley from Southern California you … Continue reading Scenic Drives to the Santa Ynez Valley

Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Joyous Thanksgiving - As the traditional start to the holiday season, Thanksgiving is an incredibly special time of year in … Continue reading Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail

Discover Artfully Crafted Cocktails – On the Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail –  We might be best known as wine … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley Cocktail Trail

Experience the Great Outdoors – Santa Ynez Valley

Things to Do – California’s Central Coast – We’re all looking for a way to get out, without joining a … Continue reading Experience the Great Outdoors – Santa Ynez Valley

Noteworthy: World’s Must-Visit Travel Destinations

Hot off the Press - The Santa Ynez Valley  - There’s a feeling you get in the Santa Ynez Valley … Continue reading Noteworthy: World’s Must-Visit Travel Destinations

Cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley

Bicycle Friendly - Cycling is a serious business here at The Santa Ynez Valley. With a great variety of terrains … Continue reading Cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley

Women in Wine

Nine Winemakers to Know -  In the Santa Ynez Valley - Written and photographed by Heather Daenitz of Craft & … Continue reading Women in Wine

Movies Filmed In The Santa Ynez Valley

Hollywood in Santa Ynez Valley – Visit the Santa Ynez Valley knows that our six towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los … Continue reading Movies Filmed In The Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Barbara County Sparkling Wine Map

Santa Ynez Valley – Santa Barbara Wine Country, Known for Excellent Wines – This region is one of the world’s … Continue reading Santa Barbara County Sparkling Wine Map

Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Events – December 2023 – Below is a guide to making the most of your Christmas … Continue reading Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley

Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

The Danish Capital of America –  We share information about the entire Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, best Santa Ynez wineries, … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do In Solvang

Top 5 Things To Do in Buellton

One of six distinct communities in the Santa Ynez Valley, there is far more to Buellton than what first meets … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do in Buellton

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Santa Ynez Valley

Weekend Getaway - Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in the Santa Ynez Valley. The six distinct communities offer a … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons To Visit Santa Ynez Valley

Car Memorabilia & Road Signs in Buellton, CA

Mendenhall Museum – Upon entering the grounds, both outside and in, with many garages, you are hit with neon, road … Continue reading Car Memorabilia & Road Signs in Buellton, CA

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Families

A Perfect, if Unexpected, Pairing – With kid-friendly attractions, family-friendly wineries –  Much to explore, the Santa Ynez Valley makes … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country and Families

Natural Wine Buying Guide -Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country

Wine Buying Choices - What constitutes a “natural wine”? How do I know if this wine is organic? What on … Continue reading Natural Wine Buying Guide -Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country

Santa Ynez Valley’s Spirited Side

What’s Brewing in the Santa Ynez Valley – Wine and Halloween go hand-in-hand, right? But if you’re looking for something … Continue reading Santa Ynez Valley’s Spirited Side

TRAVEL + LEISURE, World’s 50 Best Places To Travel In 2022

The Santa Ynez Valley - If you’ve visited the Santa Ynez Valley before, or are fortunate enough to call it … Continue reading TRAVEL + LEISURE, World’s 50 Best Places To Travel In 2022

Businesses Open for Christmas Holidays

Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley -  Find out what is happening in the Santa Ynez Valley Businesses Open for … Continue reading Businesses Open for Christmas Holidays

Solvang Danish Days Celebration

Solvang Danish Days California’s Premier Danish Heritage Festival, Danish Days,  September 15 - 17, 2023 Join the Annual Celebration of … Continue reading Solvang Danish Days Celebration

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Summer Fun  in the Santa Ynez Valley  Vacation Time Wow, it seems like summer just started. Have no fear - … Continue reading Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley


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