An unlikely group of towns—the Dutch-inspired Solvang, the tiny hamlet of Ballard, the gateway of Buellton, and more—comprise the Santa Ynez Valley. But as diverse a collection as this is, there’s one connecting thread: a talent for exceptional wines that’s paralleled only by the contentment that comes with small-town life, far from the city.

Fly Into

SBA Santa Barbara Airport 
(Santa Barbara, CA)


40mins To Santa Ynez, California
Where is

Santa Ynez Valley


  1. Fly into LAX and rent a car—the valley is only two hours away.

  2. Don’t underestimate Buellton: it used to be tiny, but it’s transformed into a funky hotspot.

  3. Go wine tasting at a variety of wineries. Each winery is different, as the valley’s unique geography has created an abundance of microclimates.

When to Go

The climate here is remarkable, with cool air streaming in from the water, and a local celebration is always underway somewhere in the Santa Ynez Valley.
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  • Santa Ynez Valley AVA
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Don't Miss

  1. Foxen Canyon Wine Trail (Los Olivos) This scenic trail is a great way to sample the local flavors, snap some pictures, and even fit in a little exercise.
    5360 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos CA
  2. Sunstone Vineyards & Winery A lovely central building and a pristine location make this winery one of the favorites.
    125 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez CA
  3. Solvang Festival Theater A rolling list of summertime performances hit the stage at this 700-seat outdoor venue.
    420 2nd Street, Solvang CA


Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa

Surround yourself with luxury and comfort at this charming inn. Enjoy quiet and relaxation, modern room décor, and complimentary breakfast during your stay in this quaint town.

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Hadsten House Inn & Spa

With clean rooms, an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, and complimentary breakfast, you’ll enjoy your stay at this comfortable, mid-range hotel.


Trattoria Grappolo

Cozy, romantic Italian restaurant with fresh, authentic cuisine and a great local wine list.

Things To Do

Wine Tours & Sightseeing
Sustainable Vine Wine Tours

Not your typical wine tour, these expert sommeliers will share their knowledge and take you on a unique tour with private tastings for a top of the line experience.

Arts & Attractions
Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

This cozy museum takes a look into the Danish history of the valley and features antiques, furniture, and other knick knacks.


Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

Sunstone is a beautifully tranquil retreat where you can enjoy a glass of wine in our lavender and rosemary-filled courtyard or in our stone barrel-aging caves.

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

The winery has beautiful views of the area with many nice areas to lounge and enjoy your sampling of wines. The dramatic high ceilings of the tasting room and great selection of foods to pair with your tastings make for a unique experience.

Did you Know?

The 2004 film “Sideways” was set and filmed in the Santa Ynez Valley, and travelers commonly recreate the route the protagonists took in the movie.

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