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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 five star 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.

Wineries

Santa Ynez

Gainey Vineyard
Sunstone Vineyards
Vincent Vineyards
The Brander Vineyard

Los Olivos

Beckmen Vineyards
Zaca Mesa Winery

Solvang

Lincourt Vineyards
Buttonwood Farm Winery
Rusack Vineyards

Lompoc

Sanford Winery
Foley Estates Vineyard

Tasting Rooms

Santa Ynez

Carr Winery

Solvang

Toccata
Lucas & Lewellen

Buellton

Alma Rosa

Experience Santa Ynez Like a Local

Top choices from our staff at the inn

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!

Hiking

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.

Panino offers some of the best sandwiches in town, along with charcuterie at The Lucky Hen Larder, or get some picnic fixings at El Rancho Market.

Hit Happy Hour at The Landsby to try their famous Duck Fat Fries or enjoy the rustic-elegance of the Wine Merchant Cafe with their award-winning wine list.

Make a reservation at local favorite, The Bear and Star for a delicious meal straight from their family farm.

Hot Spots

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.

Enjoy an olive oil tasting at Olive Hill Farm or pick up a hand water-colored map at Honey Paper, our town's "hidden gem". 

Outdoor Receation

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.

And 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. 

Family Friendly

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 you can simply just say hello!

Get up close and personal with adorable miniature horses at the Quicksilver Ranch or check out the alpacas at West Ranch at the Firestone Vineyard.

Tour the Old Mission Santa Ines, which is proud to be the guardian of a rich collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts. 

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