The Santa Ynez Valley includes six communities, all known for genuine old-world hospitality and friendliness.
- The rural township of Ballard is home to a still-very-functional little red schoolhouse, two restaurants and a bed & breakfast.
- The bustling gateway city of Buellton is conveniently located at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Highway 246 with “everything for the traveler”.
- Los Alamos has an old-time Western feel to the seven-block long main street offering an antique mall in a historic train depot, quaint shops, restaurants and parks.
- Los Olivos offers a slice of upscale Americana with art galleries, an art museum, boutiques, more than a dozen wine tasting rooms, a world-class inn and a flagpole in the center of the town.
- The turn-of-the 20th century village of Santa Ynez serves real cowboys at a historic saloon and old west history at the museum along with inns, restaurants and stores.
- Spend some time exploring the Danish-inspired city of Solvang – a popular stop for traditional bakeries featuring Danish pastries, breads and foods plus more than 200 European style shops, antique stores, museums as well as dozens of inns, hotels, resorts, restaurants and tasting rooms, and home to the newest hotel in town, The Landsby!
Located in northern Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley is just 35 miles from the beaches of Santa Barbara, 125 miles up the coast from Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. The region is easily accessible via vehicles on U.S. Highway 101 and State Highways 154 & 246. For car free travel, Amtrak trains feature connecting bus service to Solvang (www.amtrak.com); and private aircraft land at Santa Ynez Airport (IZA).
Tour and taste acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and other varietals at over 70 world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Golf, hike, bike, fish, see wildlife, tour a horse ranch, take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard or waterside at Lake Cachuma. Savor delicious meals within every budget from gourmet wine country cuisine to Danish, international and classic American favorites.
Learn about Santa Ynez Valley history at museums and 1804 Mission Santa Ines. Satisfy every shopping desire in art galleries, clothing boutiques, gift and antique stores. Experience 24/7 gaming, world-class concerts and entertainment at the Chumash Casino. Rejuvenate at a day spa. Relax in a cozy inn, lodge, luxury resort or full-service hotel. Do some country-western two stepping. Take in a concert or see PCPA Theatrefest’s summer performances under the stars. The Valley supports a vibrant cultural calendar. Anytime is the perfect time to discover and visit the Santa Ynez Valley.