+ SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
Tucked in northern Santa Barbara county is the Santa Ynez Valley, just 35 miles from the spectacular beaches of Santa Barbara. This region is known for its beauty and tranquility and is easily accessible from the 101, 154, and 246 state highways. They valley gets its name from the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountains that encircle it. The Santa Ynez Valley communities are all known for their genuine old-world hospitality and charm that manifests itself in little red school houses, inns, wine-tasting rooms, and fabulous restaurants. This region contains a wonderful selection of wines at over 75 world-class wineries. Shoppers can satisfy every desire in the local art galleries, clothing boutiques and antique stores. Restaurants boast a variety of traditions and flavors, all sure to enrapture the senses.
Common outdoor activities include hiking along mountain paths, picking apples, walnuts or berries, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, and a plethora of beach and water sports. The Santa Ynez Valley is also steeped in rich cultural history and contains many museums and multi-cultural exhibits. For those feeling lucky, the Chumash Casino is just a stone’s throw away.
The Santa Ynez Valley is a virtual paradise full of nostalgic charm, wonderful weather, endless activities and peaceful relaxation.