Welcome to the Santa Ynez Valley! There is ton to eat, drink, do and see in the Santa Ynez Valley. We have assembled extensive visitors information to help you plan your visit to our beautiful area in the rolling hills of California vineyards. Download the visitors guide we’ve created, choose one of the towns in and around the Valley from the list below to learn more about each, or choose one of the business categories to find the perfect activities and sites for you and your vacation party!

Don’t see your activity or site of choice on the list? Contact us! We are happy to make recommendations for our guests.

Visitors Information


We have cultivated an incredible list of attractions, events, local businesses and sites to see throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. Whether you love to browse art galleries and appreciate the work of local artists, or if you prefer to hit the golf course for 18 holes with gorgeous Valley scenery as your backdrop, there is something for everyone here. Simply choose from the list below to find our recommendations for each category.

About the Area

Planning to spend a day wandering in one of the quaint towns of the Santa Ynez Valley? We’ve compiled everything you need to know about each one! We have covered everything from what to expect, to the history of each town, to the must-see tourist attractions. If you want to stay in or near a particular town, we’ve even included a list of which vacation rental homes are closest. If you’re planning your trip to the Santa Ynez Valley, this list can help you which towns to put on your itinerary to explore.

Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Barbara County

Wine Tasting Tour in California Wine Country



An easy drive, 125 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Maria the Santa Ynez Valley includes five distinctive communities. The Danish village of Solvang, the historic quaint country town of Santa Ynez, the charming step-back-in-time township of Ballard, the art-filled/wine tasting community of Los Olivos, and the Sideways movie location of Buellton; all communities are set apart from one another, not only by the mountain ranges and wide open vistas, but by their rustic sophistication and small town hospitality. This wine country is a place of beauty, nestled between rolling hills and old horse farms. The Santa Ynez Valley is a wonderful treat for those who seek to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and peacefully sip and savor the many outstanding wineries and restaurants.

For the wine enthusiasts who appreciated the film Sideways, download and print this map of wineries and wine tastings to follow the same journey as the characters in the movie.