Santa Ynez, CA, USA

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Santa Ynez vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.