If you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway to the wine country, there are a few places as charming as the Santa Ynez Valley. Originally gaining popularity for its presence in the film Sideways, Santa Ynez has gradually become a favorite serene yet entertaining vacation destination.
With a picturesque landscape with lavender farms, fantastic dining options, equine ranches, and of course, world-famous wineries, there’s a lot out here for couples to enjoy. We’ll help you plan an amazing time together here.
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Soothing Couples Massages
Tired after your drive to the valley? Jump right into one of the best forms of wellness and relaxation—massage. The Santa Ynez Wine Country Massage and Santa Ynez Valley Marriott both house specialized massage therapists. Drive away all your work stresses at the very beginning of your getaway!
Scenic Bike Rides
Looking to get in around of strength training in your romantic getaway? Make an adventure of it. The Santa Ynez Valley offers a ton of bike tour trails, suitable for every kind of rider, from the relaxed stroller to the focused fitness-enthusiast.
Enlivening Horseback Riding
Bike riding may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t say no to an exhilarating horse ride around the valley fields, ranches and even vineyards. Enjoy the unsurpassed views Santa Ynez has to offer and then stop by a vineyard to cool off with a glass of red.
Special Parks Picnics
Spend some quality time together in one of the most breathtaking places in Santa Ynez—the Nojoqui Falls Park. Grab fresh picnic-style lunch items from one of the local stores, and a bottle of your favorite local wine, and head to the park, where you will find plenty of grassy space for a secluded, romantic picnic, as you enjoy the views.
Sweet Solvang Trip
Bring in a bit of art and culture into your romantic getaway with a rendezvous in Solvang. The Californian Danish Village is a must-visit spot for every Santa Ynez Valley visitor. The windmills, quirky shops, cozy dining spaces, rustic wineries, and museums—Solvang has all the makings of a classic Danish experience within California.