If you’re not yet planning to spend Valentine’s Day, a honeymoon, or simply a romantic weekend getaway in the Santa Ynez Valley this year, you should be! For starters, the most cozy, romantic, private vacation rental homes are right here in the Santa Ynez Valley.

But also, we put together this amazing list of the nine most romantic things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley with your significant other while you’re here!

The Santa Ynez Valley has amazing wineries, equine ranches, lavender farms, beatific landscapes, and so much more to offer couples who want to escape for a romantic weekend together.

Take a glider ride from the Santa Ynez Airport. 

Santa Barbara Soaring has several different glider tours to choose from, two of which glide over the Santa Ynez Valley. Take one of these phenomenal glider rides to take in the spectacular view above the gorgeous Valley. Not to mention, the Santa Ynez Airport is next door to Gainey Winery. The scenery is breathtaking, and you should share this experience with your spouse!

Have a romantic date night for two at Petros restaurant.

This fabulous little dining spot is set at a greenhouse in the center of Solvang. The Petros Restaurant eloquent menu is a blend of Greek cuisine with fresh Mediterranean ingredients. So plan to have a romantic date night dinner for two and make sure to ask to sit by the fireplace when you make your reservations!

Couple Enjoying Romantic Dinner Date with Wine

Enjoy a wine tasting series on bike.

Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours combines cycling beautiful scenery and the quaint towns in the Santa Ynez Valley with great wine and food to create the perfect Valley experience. The rides are custom-tailored to you and your level of comfort, and day tours can include a romantic gourmet picnic lunch within the wine tasting and cycling routes. This makes an especially great double date with your couple friends!

Middle Aged Couples Enjoying Cycling Wine Tour Double Date

Go horseback riding through the Valley.

Vino Vaqueros has daily horseback riding and wine tasting tours in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley. The scenery is breathtaking, and what more romantic way to travel from vineyard to vineyard than on horseback with your loved one? Every private horseback ride is led by a knowledgeable guide with access to gorgeous scenery, ranches and vineyards in the Valley. After the horseback ride, you and your spouse can relax and enjoy vineyard and pond views or a game of bocce ball while sampling local wines.

Couple Horseback Riding in the Santa Ynez Valley

Get a couples massage at Champagne Spa.

What could be more romantic than getting a relaxing, soothing couples massage together? Santa Ynez Wine Country Massage has been a Santa Ynez Valley favorite for years.The best thing about Santa Ynez Wine Country Massage is that they’ll even come to you! You could schedule the couples massage in the privacy of your vacation rental home. Schedule a couples massage with your loved one and enjoy some peaceful, relaxing, quiet time to unwind with one another.

Stroll downtown Los Olivos together.

Walking from door to door in downtown Los Olivos will take you to numerous boutique wineries and shops to sip on the best wine the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer.  Walking in quaint Los Olivos is the perfect food pairing for Los Olivos wine, shopping local to support small business with unique and memorable purchases, and so much more. Strolling together hand-in-hand through Los Olivos will be sure to build memories you’ll cherish.

Book a private chef at your vacation rental.

Want to cozy up over dinner and wine just the two of you? How about holing up in your cozy, romantic vacation rental property and dining in? Hire a private chef to cook you and your loved one a dinner to remember. Your private chef could even use locally sourced ingredients, bring local bottles of wine, and ensure a romantic evening with flavors you will love. Many of our vacation rentals have gorgeous patios for al fresco dining, too!

Have a romantic dinner at Grappolo Trattoria.

The only thing more romantic than dinner for two is a gourmet dinner for two that supports local farmers and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley. Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez does just that, serving the most delightful and unforgettable gourmet food. Ask to sit on the patio for more privacy, peace and quiet to bond with your loved one!

Take a hike and picnic at Nojoqui Falls.

The Nojoqui Falls Park has a short trail to gaze at the falls in a gorgeous outdoor setting. The park has plenty of places to enjoy a picnic for two after you’ve taken in all the beautiful scenery. We recommend bringing a light picnic with a blanket and a bottle of wine to enjoy after your short hike to the serene Nojoqui Falls!

Couple Enjoying Picnic & Wine in Nojoqui Falls Park

Book that romantic getaway!

If you’re hoping to get away on Valentine’s Day or simply for a romantic getaway any time of year, come to the Santa Ynez Valley. Book a private vacation rental home, and plan on one or more of these romantic date ideas! Contact our travel concierge for help finding the perfect vacation rental and planning the ideal romantic getaway for you and your spouse. We’re here to help!