A Guide to Wine Country
Santa Barbara Wine Country's stunning landscape is dotted with world-class wineries, lavender farms, horse ranches, and oak-studded rolling hills. Enjoy picturesque wine tours on sun-kissed vineyards before heading to dinner at any one of the valley's thoughtfully sourced and refined dining options.
Santa Ynez Inn guests can experience all that the lush wine country has to offer with our exclusive Tasting Passport, included with every stay - featuring tastings at our partner wineries and vineyards found on the map below.
The Brander Vineyard
Zaca Mesa Winery
Buttonwood Farm Winery
Foley Estates Vineyard
Lucas & Lewellen
Experience Santa Ynez Like a Local
The picturesque Santa Ynez Valley encompasses six communities clustered closely together. From the charming, tiny gem of rural Ballard, to the bustling gateway city of Buellton, and the vintage western town of Los Alamos, you get a taste of the beautiful wine country we call home. Meander into the arts-infused wine-infused city of Los Olivos, the turn-of-the-20th-century township of Santa Ynez, or the northern European atmosphere of the city of Solvang and you'll encounter California Coastal cuisine and wine like never before.
Just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, it feels like a world away of endless possibilities and you can surely experience them all, with the help of a local of course!
Get outside and experience rolling hills, wild flowers that perfume the air, and breathtaking hiking trails that can give you a glimpse into our beloved valley.
Grass Mountain is a great choice for those looking for a challenge with a 4.5 mile trail. For those who want to take it a little easier, our General Manager John frequently hikes Refugio Ridge which gives you ocean views. You can take this slow and enjoy it with your family, or speed it up for a warm up before a day of wine tasting.
And for those who want to experience the beauty of Nojoqui Falls, walk just a short distance on the trail to gaze at the falls - you won't be disappointed!
Markets & Dining
Dine like a local at a casual lunch spot or kick things up a notch with California cuisine focused restaurants.
Make a reservation at local favorite, S.Y. Kitchen for fresh, modern Italian farm to table dishes and cocktails.
California history melds with modern-day wine tasting rooms, vineyards, art galleries, and upscale shops in our picture-perfect country town.
Los Olivos General Store offers a modern take on the old favorite neighborhood store, sourcing locally produced artisan items. Clairmont Farm grows lavender and sells the oil, known for its many healing qualities.
Plan an afternoon exploring our area by foot, bike, horse, or balloon!
Pedego Los Olivos is bringing a fresh kind of fun to wine country with multiple destination semi-guided tours and electric bike rentals. Vino Vaqueros has access to the most breathtaking ranches and vineyards that you can experience by horseback with a glass of wine afterwards.
For the adventurous, soar over the valley in a hot air balloon with Skys the Limit Ballooning and cheers with a glass of champagne upon landing.
And those looking to have a wine-filled excursion, book a customized, private wine tour provided by Solvang Wine Tours.
Have some fun experiencing the area with your family and come face to face with some fury friends or learn more about the history that surrounds the valley.
All day, every day, for a nominal fee, visitors to Ostrich Land get a chance to feed ostriches and emus pans of pellets - or simply just say hello! You can also get up close and personal with adorable miniature horses at the Quicksilver Ranch.
Tour the Old Mission Santa Ines, which is proud to be the guardian of a rich collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts.