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Seeking Inspiration in Santa Ynez

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

Made famous by its inclusion it the film Sideways, the delightful Santa Ynez valley was a visit-worthy place long before its media exposure.

Surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountains that separate it from the Pacific, the region encompasses wide, scenic landscapes and of course, its highlights, the vineyards and wineries.

Perfect for a weekend getaway, this region has favorable climate for those willing to drive, bike and hike in the region. A visitor can also take pleasure from the beauties and specialties of the surrounding areas of Los Olivos, Solvang, and Buellton when visiting Santa Ynez.

Indulging Interests

The valley is wine lover’s dream come true. With excellent growing conditions and vast fields for cultivars that are used in some of the world’s finest wines, this place has a plethora of quaint wine tasting establishments. These have an air that is basically permeated with earthy aromas of wines!

But besides wine-tastings, visitors can also visit shopping centers amassing small businesses with unique items, as well as area wide parks with scenic views of Californian Mountains and falls.

Whether you are a wine lover, or an artist seeking inspiration, this place is just where you want to go when escaping from humdrum of noisy cities. There are a number of destinations you can visit:

Los Olivos

This little town is a treasure of boutiques, art galleries, and if you want to experience the bold flavors created by local chefs, check out the eateries.

There are also a number of tasting rooms that cater to individuals, couples and families. You can hike or take a bike tour from place to place, experiencing the exotic wine specialties of California.


Influenced by its Spanish heritage, Solvang has a number of eateries specializing in traditional Danish foods, as well as a range of small shops. If the stories by Hans Christian Anderson have been at the top of your interests, then you will love a trip to the museum dedicated to the famed storyteller.

Activity Spots

If scenic bike rides are your cup of tea, then don’t miss out on riding along the lanes once taken here by various professional riders training or the Tour de France.

You can also opt for horseback rides along the valley. Stop by the wineries along the way to catch your breath and sample some bold flavors.

The Cachuma Lake is a great place or anyone looking to spend some peaceful quality time, boating and fishing.

Winery Trails

Of course, the region’s wineries are not to be missed, regardless of why you are here.

Santa Ynez has a dozen and some more wineries, housing in the best qualities of Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Rhône.

Read To Travel?

At Artisan Excursion, we have expert guides who will help you navigate through the perfect vineyards and wineries in Santa Ynez. Book one of our excellent wine tasting tours to become familiar with the local flavors.

Call us at 805 734 565 to learn more!

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