History and Culture
Past and present go hand in hand throughout the Santa Ynez Valley…and they get along very nicely! The towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang each have their own personalities and colorful histories of ranching and agriculture as well as Native American, Spanish and Mexican influences.
This rich heritage is celebrated every day in vibrant museums that celebrate each town’s unique history. Arts are also celebrated among local galleries and artistic communities that aim to capture and preserve the nature and charm of these 6 distinct towns and the creative artists that inhabit the area.