- Wine Cellar Sale & Holiday Wine Tasting: River Grill at Alisal, Solvang – December 2nd from 2:30-4:30pm.
- Los Olivos Olde Fashioned Christmas: Los Olivos – December 2nd from 4-8pm.
- BOGA: Beer + Yoga: Naughty Oak Brewing Company, Santa Ynez – December 2nd from 11am-12pm.
- Holiday Marketplace: Wilding Museum, Solvang – December 3rd from 11am-4pm.
- The Chef’s Table Dinner: The Bear & Star, Los Olivos – December 5th at 6 & 7:30pm.
- Julesfest Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony: Solvang – December 8th from 4-8pm.
- Los Alamos Annual Holiday Stroll: Los Alamos – December 8th from 5-8pm.
- Winter Marketplace: Bethania Lutheran Church, Solvang – December 9th from 9am-4pm.
- Sip & Shop: Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, Los Olivos – December 9th from 3-7pm.
- The Kindness Concert – Standing Sun Wines, Buellton – December 10th from 4:30-7:30pm.
- Christmas Lights & Sights: Vets Hall, Solvang – December 11th & 12th from 6-7:15pm. & 7:30-8:45pm.
- Deck The Halls Holiday Market: Ojai Rancho Inn, Ojai – December 16th from 12-7pm.
Host Your Next Event at Mattei’s Tavern
For almost 130 years, distinguished guests ranging from John D. Rockefeller to Clark Gable have been drawn to Mattei’s Tavern for its natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury – this blend is what makes Mattei’s Tavern an exquisite event venue. The iconic white water tower and original craftsman structures surrounding the ceremony site are softened by pastoral landscaping; providing an unmatched old west wedding feel.
Located in picturesque Santa Barbara wine country, this charming historic tavern offers several enchanting spaces to host your next wedding, dinner party, corporate event or rehearsal. The lush outdoor lawn under the water tour is the ideal reception area – watch the sunset while dining and dance the night away under the stars. After your event concludes, retreat to one of the seven newly renovated, charming guest Cottages on the property.
At Mattei’s Tavern, the many central spaces for an event are endless. Enjoy an outdoor ceremony in the Keenan Hartley Courtyard surrounded by lush landscaping and the historical Hartley House, join your guests in feasting under the trees in the Watertower Garden, enjoy a few cocktails in the Rose Garden and share beautiful memories of cutting your cake inside the Garden Room.
The Cottages at Mattei’s Tavern
Enjoy a wedding weekend getaway at The Cottages on the property, which provide a starting point for walk-able tasting rooms and a break from the everyday hustle. Wander the streets of Los Olivos, sip a glass of wine on your front porch, or dine at the best restaurants in town. The Cottages are a gentle reminder to slow down and enjoy life. There are seven beautiful Cottages throughout the property including the Hartley House and the newly remodeled West Cottages, which are set apart from the four Bungalows, also recently remodeled, that line the outskirts of Mattei’s Tavern. The Cottages provide pristine and updated accommodations while retaining the historic ambiance that families and friends have come to expect for over a century.
Come, enjoy all that Mattei’s Tavern has to offer!
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Are you planning your trip to the Santa Ynez Valley this holiday season? Our cozy town is packed to the brim with events this year and we cannot wait to attend! View our winter vacation itinerary here and a list of local festive events below.
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There are numerous wonderful things to see and do and experience in the Santa Ynez Valley during Autumn. It’s one of the most beautiful times of year to visit! Here are a few of our favorite events that happen during the fall months.
Celebration of Harvest – October
Celebration of Harvest is one of the biggest wine events of the year in the Santa Ynez Valley. It is sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association. More than 100 member wineries participate, and it’s the perfect time to meet area vintners, learn more about the harvest and wine-making, and sample local wines. In addition to enjoying the fruits of the harvest, you can also sample delicious local food from area restaurants, caterers and gourmet food creators. This year’s event is October 12, 13 and 14, 2012. More Information About the Santa Barbara Celebration of Harvest or Read Our Article About the Harvest Festival for More Info
Brander Winery Annual BBQ – October
Brander Winery hosts a traditional barbeque every year on the Saturday of the Celebration of Harvest Weekend. This year’s event is October 13, 2012 and will feature an Argentine BBQ from noon to 4 p.m. Attendees can enjoy the musical stylings of Flamenco guitarist Chris Fosse, along with numerous wine samplings and delicious BBQ. Wine club members get free entry, and guest tickets are $25 per person. More Information About the Brander Winery Annual BBQ
Bruegala Buellton: A Festival of Beer – October
This is the first year for this all-new German-style beer festival. Attendees can sample traditional food and enjoy beer maidens serving Bavarian brews, as well as bands “playing lively tunes and leading singalongs of old time drinking songs.” The festival will feature the best German style brews from local, regional and international craft breweries. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door, and they include the beer stein, meal, live entertainment and six 6-ounce beers. For a little extra fun, come dressed in a dirndl or lederhosen to get a free beer ticket! This year’s event will be October 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. at River View Park. More Information About the Bruegala Buellton
Solvang Prelude Bike Ride – November
In this annual biking event, you can choose between 35, 50 and 63-mile rides, and you can ride either solo or in a tandem team. This year the race begins and ends in Buellton, and the rural routes are both beautiful and scenic. In addition to the rides, there is also a Cycling Festival with outdoor music, a live DJ and vendors. There is also a catered luncheon, with tickets available for preorder. This year’s event is November 2 and 3, 2012. More Information About the Solvang Prelude Bike Ride
Annual Vaquero Show & Sale – November
Attendees of the annual Vaquero Show & Sale and look forward to a preview party, gala dinner, two-day show and equestrian demonstrations. This event honors the lifestyle and renowned horsemanship of the California Vaqueros (cowboys), who developed their unique skills on the cattle ranchos of Central California during the Spanish/Mexican Colonial period. This weekend will gather noted artisans and collectors from throughout the western U.S. to display and sell their hand-tooled leather saddles, braided Vaquero-style riatas, bridles, reins and other Vaquero-inspired horse tack, as well as Western art, apparel, books, memorabilia and jewelry. This year’s event is November 9, 10 and 11, 2012. More Information About the Vaquero Show & Sale
For more information about these and other upcoming events in the Valley, check out our Santa Ynez Valley Events Calendar! Planning to visit the Santa Ynez Valley to enjoy one or more of these wonderful traditions? We would love to have you stay at one of our beautiful, memorable Santa Ynez vacation rental properties.
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.