If you’re planning on spending Valentine’s Day or simply a romantic weekend getaway in the Santa Ynez Valley this year, you have come to the right place. We put together an idyllic list of the nine most romantic things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley with your loved ones while you’re here! Santa Ynez is laden with the most homely, romantic, private vacation rental homes in the county.
The Santa Ynez Valley boasts picturesque landscapes, world renowned wineries, equine ranches, lavender farms, exquisite dining options and so much more for your romantic weekend getaway this February.
Have a romantic night at the Winemaker Dinner.
Lucas & Lewellen will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner at the lovely Santa Ynez Coach house, behind the Santa Ynez Inn. The founders, Royce Lewellen and Louis Lucas, will be sharing the background story of their featured wines and delectable culinary pairings. Enjoy grilled shrimp, beets salad, duck confit, lamb rack and a strawberry shortcake paired with specialty Brut Sparkling Wine, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Port and more! For reservations, call the Santa Ynez Inn at (805) 688-5588.
Take a glider ride from the Santa Ynez Airport.
Santa Barbara Soaring has been flying above the Santa Barbara County for over 50 years with multiple glider tours to choose from. They say, “Climb the Coastal Mountain range up to 3,600 feet above sea level and soar with the birds! You’ll see the Reagan Ranch, the Pacific Ocean, part of the Channel Islands, along with the entire Santa Ynez Valley.” Flights are approximately 15 to 20 minutes long. Santa Barbara Soaring is located at the Santa Ynez Airport next door to Gainey Winery.
Enjoy a wine tasting series on an electric bike.
Pedego Electric Bikes of Los Olivos combines cycling a relaxed countryside setting and the quaint town of Los Olivos with great wine, food and an experienced guide to create the perfect Valley tour. The rides are custom-tailored to your needs and they offer several tours starting at 7am, for the early birds. Enjoy breakfast, vineyard views, a gourmet lunch and the serenity of both Foxen and Ballard Canyons.
Go horseback riding through the Valley.
Vino Vaqueros offers daily horseback riding and wine tasting tours through the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley. The scenery is breathtaking, and what more romantic way to travel from vineyard to vineyard than on horseback? They say, “Enjoy unsurpassed views on this ranch and vineyard ride. The rolling hills set the stage for an unforgettable adventure.” Their “Ride & Wine” package includes a private tour through our very own Estelle Ranch & Vineyards on horseback. Following the ride, head over to the barn and enjoy a glass of local wine from Estelle Vineyards. Ask about their weekday Valentine’s special for a great discount!
Get a private couples massage.
What could be more romantic than a relaxing, soothing couples massage together? Santa Ynez Wine Country Massage has been a Santa Ynez Valley favorite for years. Enjoy a couples massage in one of their private rooms or even pamper yourself with one of our specialized massage therapists in the privacy of your vacation rental home. Indulge in a massage with your loved one and enjoy some peaceful, relaxing, quiet time to unwind with one another.
Enjoy a charming dinner at Mad & Vin.
At Mad & Vin Restaurant inside The Landsby in Solvang, you’ll be welcomed in by a warm traditional and craft cocktail, beer and wine bar. Mad & Vin, “which translates to food & wine in Danish, specializes in delicious wine-country inspired cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients from California’s central coast.” They are offering select breakfast, dinner and drink specials on February 14th. To make a Valentine’s Day reservation, call (805) 688-3121.
Stroll downtown Los Olivos together.
Walking from door to door in the quaint downtown Los Olivos will take you to numerous boutique wineries and tasting rooms to sip on the best wine that the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. After you have experienced the many wine and food pairings throughout Los Olivos, don’t forget to stop in the cute local shops to support small businesses. A few of our favorite local shops that we love to support include the Los Olivos General Store, Wildflower Women Boutique, Avec Moi Decor and Stafford’s Chocolates.
Book a private chef at your vacation rental.
Want to cozy up over dinner and wine with your loved ones? How about bundling up in your romantic vacation rental property and dining in for a private candle lit dinner experience. Hire a private chef to curate a fanciful setting and cook a special dinner to remember. Our chefs utilize fresh locally sourced ingredients and ensure a romantic evening with spices and flavors to remember. Santa Barbara Private Chef, Mattias Blom is offering a delicious “Valentine Warm-Up Menu” for your special day.
Take a hike and picnic at Nojoqui Falls.
Grab a delicious picnic style lunch from The Lucky Hen Larder in Santa Ynez and take a short drive to Nojoqui Falls Park to picnic on a grassy knoll or hike up a short trail to gaze at the falls in a gorgeous outdoor setting. The park has plenty of space to enjoy a romantic picnic while taking in the pristine and quiet surroundings. We recommend bringing some cheese and crackers with a blanket and a bottle of wine (or two) to enjoy an afternoon in nature.
Book your romantic getaway!
If you’re hoping to get away on Valentine’s Day or simply for a romantic escape from reality any time of year, we highly recommend the Santa Ynez Valley. Book a private vacation rental home and let us help you plan your special weekend. Contact our booking specialist for help finding the perfect vacation rental and planning an idealistic getaway.
A unique summer vacation awaits travelers in California’s Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Summertime weather in Santa Barbara County features perfect daytime temperatures and cool, comfortable nights. Mere minutes from some of the best beaches and surfing along the Central California Coast and nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley is a one-of-a-kind summer vacation destination. Plan to revel in sunshine, outdoor activities, wine, and world-class dining.
For starters, visit the annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic mid-July to indulge in a champagne reception and three-course luncheon. Dress for the occasion, including creative hats for the ladies. Celebrities judge the Hat Contest, and the polo tournament begins. The Polo Classic isn’t an isolated event, either – plenty of estates and wineries throughout the area host dinners and wine pairings on beatific summer evenings.
Outdoor lovers who visit the Santa Ynez Valley can stay busy basking in the perfect summer climate. Horseback tours wind through the countryside as water lovers fish and kayak on Cachuma Lake. Hikers can visit the vineyards, explore the more than 1,257 miles of trails in the Los Padres National Forest, and climb in the nearby mountains. Cycling companies offer a variety of tours such as half-day winery rides, mountain biking excursions, or multi day trips from the vineyards to the sea!
Golfers visiting the Santa Ynez Valley enjoy courses for all skill levels. The Alisal Guest Ranch near Solvang has two 18-hole championship courses. The legendary Billy Bell Jr. designed the Ranch Course, situated among huge oaks, sycamores, and eucalyptus trees. The River Course enjoys a secluded and serene riverside setting with an uninterrupted panorama of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The Rancho San Marcos Golf Course near the town of Santa Ynez is considered the premier golf experience in the region. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Rancho San Marcos wanders along the San Marcos Stagecoach trail under ancient oaks. One of America’s best-designed courses, the La Purisma Gold Course designed by Robert Muir Graves, sits at the heart of wine country in Lompoc
Oenophiles will find Heaven on Earth in the Santa Ynez Valley each summer. Between the wine trail events and tours, and meet-the-vintner events occurring outside in the peaceful summer air, there’s something for every wine enthusiast here. Take a stagecoach or horseback tour along one of several wine trails in the idyllic summer sun. The Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance welcomes visitors mid-August to the historic La Purisma Mission courtyard when two dozen wineries pair outstanding Santa Rita Hills wines with local culinary specialties.
Over 42 vineyards, wine-tasting rooms, wine bars, and winery operations lie among the stunning summer landscape. Wine enthusiasts, outdoor adventure lovers, and people simply seeking time away from day-to-day life can find bliss in the offerings of the Santa Ynez Valley with an unforgettable summer vacation. Don’t forget to check out the Wine Country Summer Pass offered in the Valley to get tastings at 13 wineries.
Need a place to stay for your summer vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley? Consider one of our beautifully appointed luxury vacation rental homes that will take your summer getaway to the next level. Many are appointed with swimming pools, tennis courts, hiking trails on the property and many other outdoor activities to take full advantage of the gorgeous Valley weather.