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Come to the six communities of the Santa Ynez Valley to enjoy a California vacation away from big city bustle and crowds. Sample wine, craft beer and delicious food on leisurely tours of the area. Explore the countryside by bicycle or play golf at a different course each day.
The Santa Ynez Valley, where Sideways was filmed, has over 120 wineries in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s wine country. Chat with winemakers at boutique vineyards as you sip chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon and viognier. Select your favorites and have a case or two shipped home.
Drive or bike along the Santa Barbara Vintners Wine Trail. Watch horses galloping over the rolling hills in the pretty countryside. Travel a bit south to Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area for views of the ocean.
You may think you’re in Northern Europe when you visit Solvang with its iconic windmills and Danish bakeries. Nearby Buellton has wineries and craft breweries. Select from several golf courses or hike, take a hot air balloon or glider ride or rent a trike for three-wheeled exercise.
In the tiny town of Ballard, see the Little Red Schoolhouse still providing excellent education. Several towns have maintained the appearance and character of their Old West heritage. Visit the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum in Santa Ynez to learn about the area’s history. September’s Los Alamos Valley Old Days celebration brings the past alive. Los Olivos has many buildings over 100 years old. Enjoy its wine-centered and other exciting events every weekend.
Throughout the valley, find quaint and welcoming accommodations and exceptional one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. Enjoy the best of California’s fresh produce prepared by skilled chefs, sign up for cooking classes or learn how to pair wine with food selections.
The Santa Ynez Valley is 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Santa Barbara. Drive here or use a bus connection to Solvang from Amtrak train stops in several California cities.
Situated in Solvang, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum and Solvang Festival Theater. Hans Christian Andersen Museum and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art are also within 10 minutes.
This boutique hotel is in the Danish village of Solvang within the Santa Ynez Valley wine country featuring over 30 wineries. The beach is 15 miles away and downtown Santa Barbara is 34 miles away.
Situated in Buellton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, OstrichLand USA, and Mosby Winery. Wildling Museum and Solvang Brewing Company are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Solvang, this hotel is steps from Solvang Brewing Company and Solvang Festival Theater. Wildling Museum and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Santa Ynez, this resort is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Gainey Vineyard. Old Mission Santa Ines and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Solvang, this motel is steps from Solvang Brewing Company and Wildling Museum. Solvang Festival Theater and Hans Christian Andersen Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Santa Ynez Valley, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, OstrichLand USA, and Mosby Winery. Wildling Museum is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in Santa Ynez Valley, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana and OstrichLand USA. Mosby Winery and Wildling Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).