- AGRICULTURE CANNOT BE COMPARED TO RESIDENTIAL: When managed with integrity, short-term rentals on all agricultural properties (AG I & AG II 5, 10, 20, 40, 100+ acres) do not negatively impact the community unlike some residential zoned short-term rentals. Plain and simple, agricultural parcels are much larger than residential parcels and have larger setbacks from neighbors, which help offer more privacy and tranquility for all.
- REVENUE TO COUNTY: Santa Barbara County has a fiduciary responsibility to the community. The Transient Occupant Tax (TOT) generated from short-term rentals on agricultural properties helps contribute significantly towards the budget crisis.
- AGRI-TOURISM: Short-term rentals on agricultural properties provide income to land owners, which in turn, helps keep agriculture alive in our community. These are not your typical, “crash pad” style rentals. Short-term rentals on all agricultural land are intended to offer a farm or ranch stay experience; connecting people with nature and agriculture operations, and do not negatively impact the community or neighboring properties.
- SB Vintners Spring Weekend – April 20-23rd
- The Neal Taylor Nature Center’s 22nd Annual Fish Derby – April 21st
- Solvang Datsun Classic Car Show – April 21 & 22nd
- Mad & Vin Music by Connor Cherland: The Landsby – April 22nd, 6-8pm
- Spring Vineyard Walk & Scavenger Hunt: Buttonwood Farm Winery – April 23rd
- Solvang Farmers Market – April 26th, 2:30-6:30pm.
- “Wine & Wisdom” Trivia Night at Sevtap – April 28th, 7:30-9:30pm.
- Spring Fling: Friendship House – April 30th, 12-3pm.
- Spring BBQ: Wilding Museum – April 30th, 3-6pm.
- Riders in the Sky Concert: Solvang Festival Theater – May 5th
- Buellton Brew Fest – May 6th
- Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon – May 13th, 7am.
- Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day: River View Park – May 21st
- 8/27/2015 – Help Achieve Fair Regulation for Short-Term Rentals in the Santa Ynez Valley
- 9/2/2015 – Support Continues to Grow for Short-Term Rentals (STRs) in the Santa Ynez Valley
- 3/9/2016 – Santa Barbara Planning Commission Votes to Allow Short-Term Rentals
On June 6, 2017, The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to discuss the Short-Term Rental Ordinance at the County Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room, 105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor, Santa Barbara, California.
We are hopeful that the hearing on June 6 will determine the final outcome of this long-awaited decision concerning the use of short-term rentals in Santa Barbara County. As always, your support is extremely important to us.
Our Take on the Issue
At Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, we specialize in Agritourism and it is our goal to provide guests with an authentic farm or ranch stay experience through a carefully curated selection of breathtaking agricultural properties in the Santa Ynez Valley. We believe that the most appropriate and desirable location for short-term rentals in Santa Barbara County is on agricultural land, all agricultural land, as opposed to residential zoned areas.
A stay at one of our properties is not only a unique, rural experience for guests, but also a means to help sustain and keep agriculture alive in our community. These beautiful agricultural properties are integral in maintaining the rural character of the Santa Ynez Valley, that locals and visitors alike are so drawn to. They keep the bucolic rolling hills of the Valley uninhabited. They allow for 360-degree views of pure, wide-open space. They allow for a place where animals can survive and thrive as ever-increasing development continues to take over.
All of this doesn’t come free. Landowners of agricultural properties need alternative income sources to help offset their operating costs of these expensive, yet extraordinary, properties that we all love and feel a connection to. It isn’t until something is gone that people start to miss what once was.
Agricultural properties cannot survive without using the land, conscientiously, to generate income.
Not taking advantage, but allowing for operations that are a compatible use of agriculture. Just as organic farming, raising llamas, or selling homemade honey from a modest farmstead are all considered a healthy, productive, use of agricultural land, the same is true for short-term rentals on an agricultural properties – it’s all wholesome Agritourism.
The beauty of these stays is that they do not require any new development, there is no negative impact to the land or community, and they are environmentally responsible. Guests are simply sleeping in a structure that already exists on the land. Land where they can wake up to the sound of farm life, brush a horse, walk down a cow path, through a vineyard, star gaze with their kids, pick fresh vegetables, collect chicken eggs, and merely slow down and take it all in with family and close friends.
A few key points in the debate about short-term rentals in Santa Barbara County:
If you are planning a vacation to beautiful Solvang, California in the Santa Ynez Valley, you may need some ideas from a local to make the most of your trip. These are our top three recommendations for things to do in Solvang, CA as you’re planning your vacation itinerary.
1. Santa Ynez Valley and Solvang Area Wine Tastings
Perhaps you have heard of the movie Sideways, a film about a week-long road trip through California wine country – and that includes Solvang, California. There are many wine tours in the Santa Ynez area that you absolutely must look into, and we even have a map of the Sideways wineries.
One great place to visit in Solvang to go for wine tastings is Alamo Pintado Road, where many of the top wineries on the Santa Ynez Wine Trail can be found Also, if you are a wine connoisseur and want to enjoy some wine tastings in Solvang, consider visiting the quaint downtown Solvang area to enjoy all the small boutique wineries in the area.
There are more than 20 downtown tasting rooms in Solvang with wine products from more than 125 area vineyards. You may even find yourself meeting the winery owners and winemakers at their tasting rooms in Solvang! So whether you prefer to sip on a chardonnay or prefer a sauvignon blanc and enjoy a glass of wine on your Solvang vacation – you deserve it.
2. Bike Riding on Solvang Trails
If you are a fan of nature and the outdoors, there is no shortage of outdoor recreation in Santa Ynez Valley and the Solvang area. In fact, taking a leisurely bike ride is one of the best ways to experience Solvang when you’re visiting.
There are many simple bicycle trail loops that begin in the city of Solvang that carry bikers through the back country and many beautiful sights of the valley. Solvang is also home to the Solvang Century Cycling Festival and the Solvang Prelude Ride events every year.
There is no shortage of bike-friendly parks and other outdoor activities to do in Solvang if you just love to enjoy nature, including Solvang Park, Sunny Fields Park and Hans Christian Andersen Park.
3. Shopping, Dining, Music & Danish History in Downtown Solvang
Founded in 1911 by Danish educators who were traveling west to escape the harsh winters of the Midwest, Solvang is packed with the history and food (especially the pastries and æbleskiver!) of Denmark. Be sure to enjoy the downtown Solvang area and look for Danish icons like the Little Mermaid Fountain near Mission Dr. and Alisal Rd., the five Danish windmills, and the giant red clog outside the Solvang Shoe Store. Also be sure to check out the Round Tower of Solvang, which is a replica of the Rudetaarn in Copenhagen at 1/3 the scale. There are also a number of must-see museums, including Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, The Wildling, Hans Christian Andersen, Vintage Motorcycle, Old Mission Santa Inés, and the Amber Museum & Hall of the Danes.
There are tons of wonderful shops and boutiques in the Solvang area that are perfect for folks who need a little retail therapy on vacation. There are more than 150 one-of-a-kind shops and small businesses to visit in the Solvang area, so there is no shortage of interesting shopping to do.
Find a boutique for any of your interests – antiques, the arts, clothing, kids, wine, gourmet gifts – you name it. And after you shop till you drop, one of my favorite Solvang restaurants is Root 246 on Alisal Rd. Their dinner menu updates often and is based on what current, seasonal ingredients are available and fresh at the market. It is delicious food with an excellent wine selection, and it is a must-taste if you are in the Solvang area.
Being in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, downtown Solvang is also a hot spot for live music events. From the Solvang Summer concert series on Wednesday evenings, to Soirée Thursdays at Refugio Ranch each week, to live music on the patio of Root 246 every Friday night, to the Sunday Concert Series at Zaca Mesa Winery, there is no shortage of sounds in the area for the music-lovers in your group. Enjoy live music, great food and perhaps a glass of wine surrounded by the Danish history of Solvang.
That makes up our travel concierge list of the top three things to do on your Solvang vacation! Of course if you decide on Solvang, CA for your trip – consider one of our Solvang vacation rental homes. Make sure to visit these Solvang attractions for the most memorable Santa Ynez Valley vacation possible.
A time for endless sunny days, new vegetation and wildflowers painting the rolling hills. With the recent eruption of color in Santa Ynez, the Valley is as magnificent as ever. Local restaurants are hauling in the cartons of locally foraged mushrooms for their seasonal menus. The clumsy foals are taking their eager first steps on the pastures along the country roads and the bright orange poppies are in bloom.
Springtime is one of the most exquisite times to plan a vacation to the Santa Ynez Valley. The weather is pleasantly warm and sunny, the landscapes and vistas are awe-inspiring and picturesque, and the food and brews are in their prime as our local farmers’ markets and seasonal events are springing into full bloom.
We have so much to offer at Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals this season including three NEW vacation rental properties. We cannot wait to see you this Spring.
Book your stay now and embark on your journey of luxury, adventure and relaxation!
Upcoming Events in the Santa Ynez Valley
Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals is a valuable contributing member of our local community in many ways. Below are just six of the most important ways we impact our county and the towns within!
1. Job Creators
We provide jobs for a full-time staff, and 10 part-time housekeepers – your neighbors in the Santa Ynez Valley community.
2. Local Loyalists
3. Small Business Supporters
Through our business, we support local small businesses like pool service companies, plumbers, appliance repairmen, landscapers, gardening companies, designers, print shops, transportation companies, bike rental companies, babysitters, grocery stores, local farms, and more. We also support the 40 homeowners who depend on short-term rental (STR) income.
4. Community Philanthropists
We believe in giving back to our community. SYVR donates considerably to charitable organizations such as People Helping People, Angels Foster Care, Santa Barbara Youth Project, Environmental Defense Center, Solvang School, and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.
5. Environmental Advocates
We are an eco-friendly business and we promote environmentally friendly practices, including plant-based amenities and cleaning products. We are huge advocates of solar power, low flow water systems, and native/drought tolerant landscaping for all of our properties.
6. Revenue Creators for the County
Our business contributes significantly to the county’s “transient occupancy tax” (“TOT”), which collected more than $1.2 million in 2015 for our community.
Help us stop the ban on vacation rental homes and achieve fair regulation in the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals is dedicated to being an honorable and valuable contributing member of the Santa Ynez Valley community. We thoroughly screen our guests and provide a comprehensive, professional, rental contract to protect all parties. Many of our guests are repeat renters with excellent rental etiquette, and we are proud to have them as customers.
Read more about the proposed short-term vacation rental ban legislation in Santa Barbara County here:
Yes, we all had a great time (again) thanks to you and your great staff (and the late checkout on Sunday ).
Cindy came by on Friday just to see if we were ok.
Looking forward to next year already.
Just wanted to drop a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the rental home over the weekend. Everything was great, especially the location.
Thank you for everything,
A Picturesque Haven in the Heart of Wine Country
Thinking about taking a vacation to California wine country? Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley in particular is a choice vacation destination, but you probably would like to know the best time to visit Santa Ynez to begin planning your vacation.
Spring in the Santa Ynez Valley
May is especially beautiful in the Santa Ynez Valley because the hills are still green, the weather starts to warm up, and there are tons of exciting things happening in Santa Ynez. Every March is the Taste of Solvang food and wine festival in downtown Solvang. It is a blast to walk up and down Smorgaasbord and experience what more than 40 restaurants are serving up on their menus!
Also plan to hike in the Figueroa Mountains. They are covered with wildflowers and you will have views of the valley as far as the eye can see. A springtime vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley can also be filled with inspiring horseback rides and long bike rides, as there are miles and miles of beautiful trails for both. And last but certainly not least, the springtime wine tastings at area wineries are incredible.
Summer in the Santa Ynez Valley
A summer vacation to the Santa Ynez Valley is an opportunity to experience a warm-weather haven in the heart of wine country. Even though summer is the Valley’s busiest season, it still provides a relaxing respite from the daily grind of traffic and always being on the go. The countless acres of picturesque vineyards are only minutes away from the most breathtaking beaches the Central Coast has to offer.
The Valley hosts many local events such as wine tastings, farmer’s markets and even polo tournaments. Or, one of the best parts of a Santa Ynez Valley getaway is that you don’t even have to leave the backyard to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation. You can lounge by the pool to your heart’s content and fire up the grill for some excellent al fresco dining using locally-sourced ingredients.
Your kids’ education doesn’t have to stop when school lets out for the summer — they’ll come face-to-face with nature at its beautiful peak. Take advantage of the fantastic hiking, horseback riding and bicycling in the Valley to give them knowledge they won’t find in a classroom or textbook.
Autumn in the Santa Ynez Valley
October and November are also great times to visit Santa Ynez. Fall in Santa Ynez is unparalleled, if not only for the warmer oranges and yellows the entire area gets, but also because it’s harvest season! The Celebration of Harvest Festival happens in mid October and this year it is at Rancho Sisquoc Winery! If you came to Santa Ynez to see all that beautiful California wine country has to offer, fall is the time. (Well, anytime is time for wine in Santa Ynez, but autumn especially!)
The wineries are busy crushing grapes and the farmers are busy picking them. Watching the grapevines turn red and orange as fall goes on is something you’ll never forget. There are also several autumn festivals in the Santa Ynez Valley, including the Solvang Jazz Festival in September, as well as several of the Valley’s roots festivals, including Solvang’s Danish Days and Los Olivos Old Days.
Winter in the Santa Ynez Valley
If you are a bargain-hunting vacationer, winter may be the perfect time to plan a trip to Santa Ynez, as many vacation rental properties offer discounts later in the wintertime after the holidays have passed. Some may call winter the “off-season” in Santa Ynez, but in my opinion there’s no such thing.
The scenery is beatific as you enjoy crisp mornings on the porch of your Santa Ynez vacation rental home, and choose a vacation rental home that has a big fireplace so you can cozy up with a loved one in front of the hearth and enjoy a glass or two of local wine. And consider spending Valentine’s Day weekend in Santa Ynez to create romantic, lifelong memories that you will cherish forever.
OK, OK, I know I said basically all the time is a great time to visit Santa Ynez. (And I know I mentioned wine at all those times.) But frankly, it’s true. Santa Ynez is gorgeous wine country year-round and makes a fabulous vacation spot for different reasons during different times of the year. Even the “off-season” in Santa Ynez is spot-on for travel. Santa Ynez is truly a year-round travel destination.
This is the 3rd time we’ve rented from Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals and, once again, it was a great experience. This time, we chose the Fancy Hills Farm and our expectations were exceeded. The house was centrally located, in fantastic condition and gave the kids a memorable chance to experience a little bit of life in the country.
We took full advantage of the house, the nearby restaurants and the wineries. It’s a definite recommended choice..
Thank you for the hospitality.
Mike & Amanda
If you are planning a vacation to beautiful Los Olivos, California, you are probably wondering the best things to do in Los Olivos during your visit. Los Olivos is a quaint, charming little town in the Santa Ynez Valley. This relaxing California village has about 1,000 residents, and plenty of fun and interesting things to do while on vacation. The best way to experience the town is by foot! Stroll down Grand Avenue, where most of the wineries, restaurants and shops are – but don’t forget to check out the side streets, as there are hidden treasures all over.
Art Galleries in Los Olivos. If you are a fan of the arts, Los Olivos has several places to see art, including a fine art gallery and plenty of boutique style shops with work from local artists, such as sculpture and woodwork. We recommend visiting Gallery Los Olivos and SANSONE Studios for sure.
Wineries, Boutique Wineries and Tasting Rooms in Los Olivos. When walking the Los Olivos Promenade, there are a number of delightful wineries and wine tasting rooms in the area. In fact, Los Olivos is famous for its wineries and tasting rooms. Los Olivos, CA is also the southernmost beginning point of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. You won’t want to miss Saarloos and Sons wine tasting room, where you can also pick up a famous “enjoy” cupcake on your way in or out!
Cafes and Restaurants in Los Olivos. For food lovers there are a number of restaurants with delicious food you absolutely must sample. One of our absolute favorites is Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern. Los Olivos has several cafes worth checking out, such as the Petros Café, Los Olivos Café and Patrick’s Side Street Café.
Los Olivos Local Food. If you are planning to cook meals at your Los Olivos vacation rental home, fresh, organic and local food is available in abundance! Make sure to visit Los Olivos Grocery, a specialty market, the Los Olivos Farmer’s Market during its open season, and Global Gardens for the best olive oil in town.
Shopping and Spas in Los Olivos. Treat yourself to a luxurious, relaxing visit Los Olivos by visiting the Champagne Spa & Boutique at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa and spoiling your body and mind for a day. While you’re out and about, there is also plenty of couture and boutique shopping to do. You won’t leave empty-handed once you have visited Tin Roof Boutique on Grand Ave. and Heaven Scent Beauty Apothecary on Sagunto Street!
In addition to these recommendations, we also suggest checking out some of the thoroughbred horse ranches nearby. Easily the best thing about Los Olivos is the ability to walk the entire town without ever needing to set foot in a car. Los Olivos, California is a fabulous little nook in the Santa Ynez Valley that every vacationer should enjoy.
While vacationing should be a time of luxury and lavish enjoyment, it doesn’t have to be a time of waste! There are many ways for you and your family to go green on vacation. Here are five environmentally conscious green ideas for your next vacation.
1. Buy local, organic foods.
This one’s easy! In the Santa Ynez Valley there are a number of local farmers’ markets where you can get the best local produce. The Solvang Village Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday and features fresh produce, flowers and other local foods. There is also the New Frontiers health food store, which provides local food products. There’s no better way to truly experience an area than sampling its local fare. In our Santa Ynez vacation rental properties, the local food can be stored in the large refrigerators and cooked in the vacation homes’ beautiful kitchens.
2. Recycle all waste and donate unused food.
Another easy one. Simply separate your trash and put your recyclable waste in the appropriate recycling bins, or leave in a bag on the doorstep with a quick note to the cleaning staff to recycle it. We always encourage recycling! Also, the Santa Barbara Food Bank will always take unused food. If guests leave boxed, canned or otherwise sealed non-perishable food items, we are happy to drop it off at the food bank for guests.
3. Avoid plastic bags.
It’s always smart to bring along a few cloth bags on your Santa Ynez vacation. They are not only convenient for carrying supplies for a day trip, picnic or other activity on your vacation, but they also help you avoid using wasteful plastic bags and containers for transporting groceries and other supplies on your trip. Another simple way to go green on your California vacation!
4. Don’t waste electricity and water.
Just as you would at home, turn off the lights, TV, AC/heat, and other energy- and water-wasting appliances and services when you leave. Also, many vacationers choose not to wash the sheets and towels every night. (Besides, shouldn’t you be relaxing on your vacation, not washing sheets?) This is another easy way to go green, it just takes a little mindfulness!
5. Limit excess baggage.
This one can be a little tough, especially if you’re traveling in large groups. It’s been proven, though, that limiting excess baggage and thus the weight of your vehicle can reduce vehicle emissions during travel. The last thing you want to do is spend valuable vacation time hauling piles and piles of luggage in and out of your vacation home, so consider packing light and saving yourself the time and the emissions!