Destination guide

Santa Ynez is all about California Dreaming

Like a tipple? Then you'll love Santa Ynez. This small town in the Santa Ynez Valley is the hub of more than 120 wineries. Get your Californian wine adventure off to a great start by booking a well-placed Santa Ynez vacation rental. Just don't forget the corkscrew! Embrace the town's art galleries, mug up on SoCal history at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, and visit the Danish town of Solvang. Why not leave the car at home and embark on a coach tour of the many wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley, where tastings are generous and often free.

Things to do

Pioneers, poker, and petrol heads _ Santa Ynez has something for everyone

The Santa Ynez Valley is formed of 6 townships, of which the eponymous Santa Ynez is at the heart. Stacked with western charm, visit the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and learn about pioneers, climb aboard the stage coaches, and explore the rich history of the valley. Less than 4 miles from Santa Ynez is the Danish township of Solvang. Stock up at the popular Danish bakery before exploring the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum - it's a must for petrol heads. At night, why not try your luck on the tables at the Chumash Casino.


Wine makes you feel just fine in Santa Ynez

In Santa Ynez, it's sometimes difficult to determine if you're in the 18th or the 21st century. This old town is crammed with wild west-style buildings, dusty saloons, and shops, and docile horses hitched to posts. Book a charming Santa Ynez vacation rental close to the town's center, and seek out its modern art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and independent upmarket restaurants. For those who love the great outdoors, the rolling hills and trails of the Santa Ynez Valley are a hiker's dream. After dark, hunker down on your own porch and relax with a fine local cabernet.


300 days of summer in Santa Ynez

Let's face it, there's no bad time to visit Southern California. Blessed with a warm, Mediterranean climate, the sun shines almost every day of the year and temperatures are a comfortable and consistent mid-70s. Summer is the busiest time of year, and Santa Ynez vacation rentals can get booked up months in advance. If you visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, the crowds have thinned out and you can get the best pick of accommodations. The Santa Ynez Valley sees the most rain in winter, between December and February, so it's worth packing a raincoat then.

Natural features

Get lost in the Los Padres National Forest.

Santa Ynez is north of Santa Barbara in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Los Padres National Forest. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the township is a gateway to the valley's hundreds of hiking trails, including Grass Mountain and Gaviota Pass, 2 of the most popular trails. There are plenty of easier routes, in case you've overdone the winery tour. Raccoons, deer and reptiles are in abundance in the valley, but head further into the Los Padres National Forest and you could come face to face with wild boars, black bears, and pronghorn antelopes.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Santa Ynez

Fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), the closest airport, located 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), which is 18.2 mi (29.2 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Santa Ynez?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 143 vacation rentals near Santa Ynez. From 71 Houses to 22 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santa Ynez for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Ynez?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Ynez:

  • Santa Barbara Beach: 150 vacation rentals
  • The Mesa (Beach Area): 511 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 207 vacation rentals
  • Mission Canyon: 147 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail: 232 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Ynez?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Ynez. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Chumash Casino: 166 vacation rentals
  • Bridlewood Winery: 157 vacation rentals
  • Gainey Vineyard: 181 vacation rentals
  • Roblar Winery: 156 vacation rentals
  • Kalyra Winery: 168 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Ynez listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santa Ynez?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 71 Houses in Santa Ynez. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Ynez include:

  • Cottages: 22 rentals available
  • Cabins: 22 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Ynez?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 59 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Ynez. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.