Although the Santa Ynez Valley gathered international attention for its vineyards and wineries following the release of the film “Sideways” in 2004, it is an area rich with history. The Chumash Indians were long settled throughout this part of the Central Coast many, many years before and at present-day the Chumash Casino Resort Hotel provides ample entertainment and food for those who like to roll the dice.
In 1804, missionaries had arrived and built the Santa Ines Mission. By 1911, Danish immigrants had founded the town of Solvang which today is a wonderful tourist attraction and known for the many tasty pastries and ebelskivers.
The Santa Ynez Valley is divided into 5 unique communities: Santa Ynez, Solvang, Ballard, Buellton and Los Olivos. Each area is unique in its own way and offers much to do and enjoy. Whether it’s wine tasting at Bridlewood or Gainey vineyards, hiking up Figueroa Mountain to enjoy the views and California poppies, watching the Pirates play football at the nearby Santa Ynez High School, enjoying a massage at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa or trail riding at the Alisal Guest Ranch, the possibilities are endless.
The area is well-loved by many cyclists too who come together each year for the Solvang Century and can also enjoy many rides throughout the calendar year. Whether it’s recreation you’re after or amazing cuisine, the Santa Ynez Valley is a place of inspiration and enjoyment that is sure to impress.