Our family of five had an absolutely beautiful month-long stay at the Rio Ynez Ranch and could not have been more pleased with the experience. It was the perfect place for our family reunion and so lovely that we even decided to hold a small intimate wedding along the picturesque river.
First, the main Lodge was really lovely and had plenty of space for five people - we enjoyed beautiful sunsets reflecting off the mountains from the wrap-around porch and ate most of our meals on the large outdoor dining table. It was furnished with charm as well as practicality, with nearly all our needs met down to the finest detail. They had things we didn’t even know we needed but sure enjoyed (like cowboy hats and an antique Scrabble board)!
Even more charming than the Lodge was the smaller Cabin, rustically decorated but with all the comfort and luxury we needed - a beautiful big bathroom, an unbelievably comfortable bed, and plenty of shade and privacy. A magic little place a short walk from the lodge.
Second, the service was impeccable. Andrew and the ranch manager, Dave, were perfect gentlemen and met all our needs with generosity and speed. They truly went above and beyond to make sure we had what we needed and always responded promptly. We could not have been better taken care of - the service really made our experience that much more enjoyable.
Thirdly, location-wise, the property offered the perfect balance of serene solitude and access to a range of activities: fine dining in Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, wine tours through the lovely Santa Ynez Valley, great hiking and cycling throughout the valley and into Los Padres National Forest, and a reasonable and scenic drive into Santa Barbara.
We also happened to be there during a really beautiful and action-packed time of year. Nearly every weekend we were there, some interesting and delightful event was taking place nearby: from local food festivals to Native American Pow-Wows to harvest celebrations, it was a fun and delicious month! We particularly enjoyed having so many fresh, local farmer’s markets nearby, with one nearly everyday of the week in either Solvang or Santa Barbara. We have never been to such diverse, delicious and festive farmers’ markets anywhere!
In sum, we could not have dreamed of a more special place to spend a month relaxing, exploring, and celebrating this beautiful area. Many thanks Andrew, we may have found a future home in the Santa Ynez/Santa Barbara area!