- 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.
- Spring Pop-Up Shop: The Landsby – April 7th
- SB Vintners Spring Weekend – April 19-23rd
- The Neal Taylor Nature Center’s Annual Fish Derby – April 21-22nd
- Spring Vineyard Walk & Scavenger Hunt: Buttonwood Farm Winery – April 22nd
- Solvang Farmers Market – April 25th, 2:30-6:00pm.
- Solvang Datsun Classic Car Show – April 27 & 28th
- Poetry Reading: Wilding Museum – April 29th, 4-5:30pm.
- Benefit Concert w/ Brandy Clark: Solvang Festival Theater – May 2nd, 7:00pm.
- Buellton Brew Fest: River View Park – May 5th
- Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon – May 12th
- Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day – May 20th
- 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
No visit to the Santa Ynez Valley would be complete without hopping into nearby Santa Barbara, CA for at least a short day trip. Just 40 minutes down Highway 154 from Buellton and 45 minutes from Solvang, Santa Barbara offers something for everyone in the family. From beaches to boats, food, and drink to history and more, Santa Barbara will wow you every step of the way!
Start the day with a leisurely drive through the stunning rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara itself. Because the Central California coastline and geography is so similar to the French Riviera, Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera. Nearly all the city’s attractions are within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll never be far from the cooling ocean breezes. The city itself mixes casual and elegant, world class with eclectic, and historical with modern.
Enjoy breakfast and visit Stearns Wharf.
Head to 1017 State Street and the Lilac Patisserie Gluten Free Bakery & Café for a breakfast to remember. Only the freshest organic produce goes into the food at the Lilac Patisserie. They serve breakfast from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. every day, as well as lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Their carry-out bakery, full of tasty treats like cheesecake, cookies, cupcakes, pastries, tarts, pies, and the most amazing gluten-free cakes is open 8:00 until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 to 8:00 Friday through Sunday.
After fueling up on delicious food, the opportunities for adventure in Santa Barbara abound. Park your car and rent a bike at Wheel Fun near Stearns Wharf for the best way to see the town. Santa Barbara encourages environmentally-friendly transportation, so trolleys are also available. The city is also very pedestrian-friendly. Bike and walking paths are common, from the beach boardwalk to State Street and side streets.
Stearns Wharf is a must-see during your day trip to Santa Barbara. The historic pier features unparalleled views of Santa Barbara, the mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Restaurants, shops, the Ty Warner Sea Center are some of the activities to enjoy on the Wharf, where State Street meets the ocean.
Enjoy the outdoors at the zoo and on the water.
From the Wharf, walk or ride a bike along the paths to the Santa Barbara Zoo, rated the best mid-sized zoo on the West Coast. The Zoo houses over 600 animals on 16 acres, with a train that circles the park. The Zoo is open daily from 10:00 until 5:00.
Beach lovers revel in the Santa Barbara offerings year-round, whether you love surfing, swimming, kayaking, or just enjoying the sun and sand. East Beach, just off the Wharf, has volleyball courts on the beach, and local surfers like the Point to the north and Rincon Beach to the south of town. Other favorite beaches include Leadbetter Beach, located between the Harbor and Shoreline Park, Carpinteria State Beach, and Santa Claus Lane Beach.
Get out on the water for a lunchtime cruise aboard the Double Dolphin, a 50-foot catamaran sailing from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center at the Harbor. The boat features 1,400 square feet of deck plus an expert crew, making it a comfortable, fun and safe experience for people of every age. Out on the harbor, you’ll see California sea lions, dolphins, and maybe even migrating gray whales! You will also see beautiful Santa Barbara, luxurious coastal homes, and the mountains as a backdrop.
See Santa Barbara from the sky.
If you would rather see Santa Barbara and the surrounding area from the air, take a 30- or 45-minute helicopter tour of the area. The skilled helicopter pilots will show you all the sights including the city, the harbor, and all the major landmarks. Your pilot will show you breathtaking views of the beaches, mountains, and the nearby Channel Islands during your tour. The helicopter pilots are even skilled at spotting whales and dolphins in the Harbor and educating guests about the history and points of interest in Santa Barbara County.
Visit Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
Whether you see it from the sky or on foot, you must visit the Mission Santa Barbara, the iconic and most photographed mission in California. This beautiful Spanish mission is open seven days a week and features both self-guided and docent-led tours. Just one mile north of the Mission is the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, another must-see stop on your itinerary. The garden features native California plants in stunning landscape designs. Trails meander through the gardens, so you can take your time and visit at your own pace.
Stop for lunch at one of Santa Barbara’s tastiest restaurants.
By now, your appetite will have you ready to take in more of Santa Barbara’s famous cuisine. Scarlett Begonia, located at 11 West Victoria Street #10, serves organic, sustainable, innovative food with an ever-changing menu. Breakfast and lunch offerings are served from 9:00 until 2:00 Tuesday through Saturdays, and dinner menus begin at 4:00 p.m. Christa Fooks, the owner, claims to be a “professional food nerd.” Patio seating at Scarlett Begonia is even dog-friendly!
Another favorite lunch-into-dinner wine bar and cafe is Satellite SB at 1117 State Street inside the Impact Hub Building. Here, Drew Cuddy, founder and self-described “food and wine junkie” serves locally-sourced food and hand-selected local and international wines and beers. Satellite SB is open Monday through Saturday 11:00 until 10:00.
Find fun and exploration at Moxi Museum.
After a leisurely lunch, head to 125 State Street for some serious fun and exploration at the brand-new Moxi Museum of Exploration and Innovation. Open daily from 10:00 until 5:00 p.m., visitors should purchase timed-entry tickets in advance when possible. The Moxi challenges visitors to interact with exhibits, centered around arts, engineering, technology, math, and science.
The Moxi Innovation Workshop lets visitors design and test creations using an array of tools and technologies. Step outside to the Fantastic Forces Courtyard and learn about propulsion, gravity, and magnetism. Conduct your own test flights, launch an air rocket, or learn about magnetic fields. Exhibits and experiences change constantly, so this will be a place you will want to visit again and again.
Shop the Santa Barbara local markets.
Once a week, Santa Barbara hosts a Certified Organic Farmers Market. There are three locations: lower State Street between the 500 and 600 blocks on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.; E. Cota Street on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and in Montecito between the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Coast Village Rd. on Fridays from 8:00 to 11:15 a.m. Local organic farmers, dedicated to sustainable farming practices, bring their best produce to this enormous marketplace rain or shine.
Be sure to visit the SB Public Market at 38 West Victoria Street, at the intersection of Victoria Street and Chapala. SB Public market sits in the performing and cultural arts area of Santa Barbara and features a diverse group of merchants offering locally and regionally sourced wines, beers, and food all under one roof. The Market is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. However, the individual merchant hours may vary.
Relax and unwind after sunset with dinner followed by cocktails or local beer.
Once you are done with sun, sand, sightseeing, and shopping, the sun begins to set over the Pacific. Take a moment to relax and unwind. Now is the time when the city begins to flock to the numerous Santa Barbara evening dining and drinking establishments, many of which features the wines and beers born in the nearby Santa Ynez Valley.
For Spanish tapas or an amazing Sunday brunch menu, check out Loquita at 202 State Street in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone. Open for Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and every night for dinner 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Loquita showcases traditional Spanish cooking with a variety of hot and cold tapas, paella, grilled meat, and wood-fired seafood. Executive Chef Peter Lee pairs the food with Spanish wines and a few select local wines that pair perfectly with his cuisine. Farmers’ market sangria, gin and tonics, Spanish vermouths, and hand-crafted cocktails round out the experience. Inside Loquita, the dining room is lively and exciting. Outside on the patio, diners enjoy a more romantic and quiet setting around the fireplace. A separate pintxos bar, Poquita, serves small snacks, cheeses, and charcuterie.
Up the road at The Good Lion, 1212 State Street, enjoy a modern, intimate fusion of South-West Europe, Mediterranean Africa and the “American Riviera” atmosphere of Santa Barbara. The Good Lion offers a rotating cocktail menu featuring the area’s best herbs, spices, produce, and fruit. They also offer local craft beers and natural wines. Neighboring restaurant Sama Sama offers Spanish tapas and small plates food to Good Lion visitors. The Good Lion is open nightly from 4:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Reservations are recommended for parties of six or more.
For people who like craft beer, the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company at 137 Anacapa Street, Suite F, is the place to go. Father and son Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer started the brewery in 2010, naming it after the mountain they could see from their home in Los Olivos. The first taproom of the Figueroa Mountain Brewery opened in Buellton in the Santa Ynez Valley and has become one of the fastest growing craft brew companies in America. Enjoy either indoor or outdoor table seating, or grab a bottle or growler to-go. The Santa Barbara location partners with the Lucky Penny for delicious wood fired pizza delivery to the brewery.
A day trip to Santa Barbara is the perfect addition to your stay in a Santa Ynez vacation rental home. At just a 35-minute drive away through scenic mountains and vineyards, make a day of it. We hope you enjoy your visit.
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 NEW vacation rental properties. We cannot wait to see you this Spring.
Book your stay now and embark on your weekend 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.