- 8/27/2015 – Help Achieve Fair Regulation for Short-Term Rentals in the Santa Ynez Valley
- 9/2/2015 – Support Continues to Grow for Short-Term Rentals (STRs) in the Santa Ynez Valley
- 3/9/2016 – Santa Barbara Planning Commission Votes to Allow Short-Term Rentals
- Job Creators – We provide jobs for a full-time staff, and 10 part-time housekeepers – your neighbors in the Santa Ynez Valley community.
- Local Loyalists – We encourage our guests to choose local companies to make the most of their visits, including chefs, yoga studios, golf courses, restaurants, retail shops, and wineries.
- Small Business Supporters – Through our business, we support local small businesses like pool service companies, plumbers, appliance repairmen, landscapers, gardening companies, designers, print shops, transportation companies, bike rental companies, babysitters, grocery stores, local farms, and more.
- Community Philanthropists – We believe in giving back to our community. SYVR donates considerably to charitable organizations such as People Helping People, Angels Foster Care, Santa Barbara Youth Project, Environmental Defense Center, Solvang School, and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.
- Environmental Advocates – We are an eco-friendly business and we promote environmentally friendly practices, including plant-based amenities and cleaning products. We are huge advocates of solar power, low flow water systems, and native/drought tolerant landscaping for all of our properties.
- Revenue Creators for the County – Our business contributes significantly to the county’s “transient occupancy tax” (“TOT”), which collected more than $1.2 million last year for our community.
At Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, we are beyond excited to announce that our very own vacation rental property in Santa Ynez, CA, Rancho Maroma, has been featured on The Venue Report!
The Venue Report is a company that promotes the age-old tradition of gathering. They are venue aficionados, and between their team they have more than 30 years of combined experience in event design and production.”
We are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with them promoting engaging social and media throughout the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and beyond. To learn more about our friends at The Venue Report, check them out on Instagram or Facebook.
Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals is a valuable contributing member of our local community in many ways. Below are just six of the most important ways we impact our county and the towns within!
1. Job Creators
We provide jobs for a full-time staff, and 10 part-time housekeepers – your neighbors in the Santa Ynez Valley community.
2. Local Loyalists
3. Small Business Supporters
Through our business, we support local small businesses like pool service companies, plumbers, appliance repairmen, landscapers, gardening companies, designers, print shops, transportation companies, bike rental companies, babysitters, grocery stores, local farms, and more. We also support the 40 homeowners who depend on short-term rental (STR) income.
4. Community Philanthropists
We believe in giving back to our community. SYVR donates considerably to charitable organizations such as People Helping People, Angels Foster Care, Santa Barbara Youth Project, Environmental Defense Center, Solvang School, and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.
5. Environmental Advocates
We are an eco-friendly business and we promote environmentally friendly practices, including plant-based amenities and cleaning products. We are huge advocates of solar power, low flow water systems, and native/drought tolerant landscaping for all of our properties.
6. Revenue Creators for the County
Our business contributes significantly to the county’s “transient occupancy tax” (“TOT”), which collected more than $1.2 million in 2015 for our community.
Help us stop the ban on vacation rental homes and achieve fair regulation in the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals is dedicated to being an honorable and valuable contributing member of the Santa Ynez Valley community. We thoroughly screen our guests and provide a comprehensive, professional, rental contract to protect all parties. Many of our guests are repeat renters with excellent rental etiquette, and we are proud to have them as customers.
Read more about the proposed short-term vacation rental ban legislation in Santa Barbara County here:
This month, Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals has made a $2,500 donation to the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, an organization that provides grants to non-profit organizations serving in health and human services, seniors, youth, education, and arts and culture in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Guest Relations & Property Manager
Yvonne came to the United States in the sixties, courtesy of Pan American World Airways. She was born, raised and educated in the UK, then spent her early twenties flying around the world as a flight attendant, based in New York.
A Diverse Background
Yvonne’s first corporate job was running the office of a beach club in Santa Monica. She later began working in the property management arenas, most recently with a premier vacation rental company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her eclectic career includes working in the entertainment, fashion and property management arenas.
Always an avid sportswoman, Yvonne is particularly keen on horseback riding and is a passionate animal lover, who dedicates much of her free time to volunteering with pet rescue organizations and wildlife conservation groups.
Joining the Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals Family
Yvonne will be assisting with guest relations and property management. Her enthusiasm for hospitality, expertise in the vacation rental industry, and warm grace will be a wonderful asset to our team. We are privileged to welcome Yvonne to Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals!
Thank you for your overwhelming support. We can’t stop now.
Thank you for your overwhelming support so far! We received countless emails in support of our business – we are overjoyed. The vast amount of emails and calls to the County Board of Supervisors have been powerful and well-received by the board. Thank you!
We are also pleased to say that the Santa Ynez Chamber Board and the Santa Barbara Vintners Association have both come out in opposition of any outright ban of vacation rentals in the Santa Ynez Valley, as it threatens legally operating businesses in the area.
We must keep working together to spread the word about the positive impact short-term rentals companies like Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals have on our community, and the devastating effect it would have if they were banned in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Here’s what you’ve been saying.
“You guys help in providing a perfect escape for those of us who don’t have the opportunity to live in such a peaceful place.” – Kate
“Leanne, I love your rentals and working at them has been a great pleasure. I know right away that it is a Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals home when I step inside the front door. I hope you will be able to provide this great service for many years to come!” – M
“This is ludicrous! For the love of freedom – let homeowners decide what to do with their own properties and allow competitive business models to thrive! This is America, and we used to value innovative thinking and entrepreneurial business strategies.” – Ashley
“I’ve lived with both sides of it. Our next door neighbor had a VRBO house until it sold late last year. We also have rented from VRBO and Home Away. It’s a wonderful way to travel. Vacation rentals provide transient occupancy tax (TOT) revenue to the community and they can be managed in a way that resolves many of the downsides.” – Laurie
“I am a private chef here in Santa Barbara and have worked in the community for close to 25 years. I am often hired to work at rentals that tourists from all over come to visit, and the rentals that are provided by Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals are very different than others. It would be unfair to a company like Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals if there were to be a ban. The visitors at these rentals are families that are celebrating, and they go to our local wineries and stores and spend money that helps small local businesses.” – Mattias
“As the organizer of 10 women who travel at least once to twice a year and rent properties throughout your area, we bring a tremendous amount of revenue to your community in terms of rental income, tax, food sales, beverage sales, transportation services and other including wine tasting, wine purchases, massage, golf, horseback riding, etc. Your area will dry up if tourists are discouraged and your owners who rely on our rental income to keep their properties in pristine shape will have a much more difficult time maintaining them themselves. Here’s to hoping you don’t cut off such a beautiful part of the country from my friends who travel from around the country to gather there and enjoy all that is available.” – Leslie
“We are a local HVAC business and these types of listings keep us busy. The tourists that use the rentals are eating out, shopping, going to movies and more. They help our economy. [Short-term rentals] do NOT hurt our community at all, they only enrich it! And no doubt they will be back again and again…” – Brian
“My wife and I have owned a house on 20 acres in Santa Ynez for about 12 years. I am writing to you to express my concern over the county’s talk of regulating short-term rentals. I have been renting my home for about five years for roughly two weekends a month. I use a highly reputable property management company, Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, that screens folks thoroughly, is registered, bonded, and pays taxes to the county. I have had NO complaints whatsoever from my immediate neighbors. One would never know anyone was even on my 20-acre property unless they had access to my locked gates. I don’t run it as a commercial property or ‘hotel,’ I am merely renting it sparely to allow me to hold on to the property in hopes of retiring there in the next five years or so. My wife and I are both actors in Los Angeles, and aren’t able to pay the mortgage without it as our work is variable to say the least. We and our three children have come to love the Santa Ynez Valley, and we plan to keep this property in our family for generations.” – George
“Vacation rentals are an essential part of tourism in our area, especially since it opens up a much more appealing vacation experience for many who prefer to stay in a home rather than a hotel room. Additionally, research shows that this demographic is in a higher income bracket and spends more dollars per capita in the local community – especially in our restaurants and stores and wineries. Vacation rental businesses also provide excellent screening, not only with regard to properties accepted into their inventory, which have to be maintained to an impeccable standard, but also for their clients – with legal documentation to protect both owner and tenant. As you are well aware, TOT provides substantial income to local government, which can surely only be of benefit with continued support of this important industry.” – Yvonne
“This is an overreaction. The punishment should fit the crime. Persistent violators should be shut down. But you don’t shut down an entire vital industry.” – Colleen
“In addition to owning and running a successful real estate investment and management company based in Santa Barbara, I am also the owner of a Santa Ynez vacation property in which we rely on short-term rentals for income. This property is professionally managed and maintained by a devoted group of Santa Barbara county residents that are entrusted to find quality tenants for our home. We pride ourselves on being respectful to our neighboring homeowners and only make the property available to guests that understand that concept. Outside of the great lengths and considerable expense we’ve incurred to create a rental property for our guests to enjoy, I believe the short-term availability of homes like ours has had an incredibly positive impact on local businesses and, ultimately, has created local jobs. Many local families and businesses, including mine, rely on short-term rentals for income. I strongly encourage you and your additional board members to consider fair regulation for short-term vacations rentals, not a ban.” – Mike
“Thank you for such a well-written letter and the resources to speak to those in charge. What a tragedy of too much government. Best of luck.” – Renter and Vacation Rental Owner
Thank you for your continued support.
We are deeply grateful that you are taking the time to voice your support for short-term vacation rentals and our company. We couldn’t do it without you.
Vacation rental homes in the Santa Ynez Valley are at risk.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has directed the Long Range Planning Division of the Planning & Development Department to review and clarify provisions concerning the use of short-term vacation rentals within the unincorporated areas of the County.
They are proposing an ordinance that could prohibit any and all short-term vacation rentals in Santa Barbara County. In our tourism-dependent economy, this ordinance would be devastating to our community and to our business.
We need your help.
Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals (SYVR) is a professional short-term rental service that benefits our community in numerous ways. We need your help in educating the Board of Supervisors on the negative affects of a short-term rental ban and in requesting fair regulation for short-term vacation rentals.
Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals is a valuable contributing member of our local community.
Help us stop the ban on vacation rental homes and achieve fair regulation in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals is dedicated to being an honorable and valuable contributing member of the Santa Ynez Valley community. We thoroughly screen our guests and provide a comprehensive, professional rental contract to protect all parties. Many of our guests are repeat renters with excellent rental etiquette, and we are proud to have them as customers.
Most of our beautiful vacation rental homes are nestled on multiple acres, distinctly different from residential homes in small neighborhoods. The homeowners of these properties count on vacation rental income in order to properly maintain and retain their homes. As an agency, we enforce a strict 10 p.m. noise cutoff, regulate the number of cars allowed per property, and limit the number of overnight guests in order to ensure guests are respectful of local community members. We also provide 24/7 property management for all properties.
We are responsible, dedicated individuals, and we love our local community. Please help us achieve fair regulation for vacation rental homes in the Santa Ynez Valley, and stop the unfair ban on short-term rentals.
How You Can Help
This is a time sensitive matter. Please take a moment to call, write, or e-mail the County Board of Supervisors and encourage them to consider fair regulation for short-term vacation rentals, not a ban. You can also download a shareable flyer to help spread the word.
We are deeply grateful for your support.
Voice your support.
If you wish to write an individual District Supervisor or County Staff directly to voice your support for short-term rental companies like ours, contact information is listed below.
1st District – Salud Carbajal
Phone: (805) 568-2186
2nd District – Janet Wolf
Phone: (805) 568-2191
3rd District – Doreen Farr
Phone: (805) 568-2192
Solvang: (805) 686-5095
4th District – Peter Adam
Lompoc: (805) 737-7700
Santa Maria: (805) 346-8407
5th District – Steve Lavagnino
Santa Maria: (805) 346-8400
County Staff Contact
Jessica Metzger, Planning & Development
123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 568-3532
Yes, we all had a great time (again) thanks to you and your great staff (and the late checkout on Sunday ).
Cindy came by on Friday just to see if we were ok.
Looking forward to next year already.
Just wanted to drop a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the rental home over the weekend. Everything was great, especially the location.
Thank you for everything,
A Picturesque Haven in the Heart of Wine Country
Thinking about taking a vacation to California wine country? Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley in particular is a choice vacation destination, but you probably would like to know the best time to visit Santa Ynez to begin planning your vacation.
Spring in the Santa Ynez Valley
May is especially beautiful in the Santa Ynez Valley because the hills are still green, the weather starts to warm up, and there are tons of exciting things happening in Santa Ynez. Every March is the Taste of Solvang food and wine festival in downtown Solvang. It is a blast to walk up and down Smorgaasbord and experience what more than 40 restaurants are serving up on their menus!
Also plan to hike in the Figueroa Mountains. They are covered with wildflowers and you will have views of the valley as far as the eye can see. A springtime vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley can also be filled with inspiring horseback rides and long bike rides, as there are miles and miles of beautiful trails for both. And last but certainly not least, the springtime wine tastings at area wineries are incredible.
Summer in the Santa Ynez Valley
A summer vacation to the Santa Ynez Valley is an opportunity to experience a warm-weather haven in the heart of wine country. Even though summer is the Valley’s busiest season, it still provides a relaxing respite from the daily grind of traffic and always being on the go. The countless acres of picturesque vineyards are only minutes away from the most breathtaking beaches the Central Coast has to offer.
The Valley hosts many local events such as wine tastings, farmer’s markets and even polo tournaments. Or, one of the best parts of a Santa Ynez Valley getaway is that you don’t even have to leave the backyard to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation. You can lounge by the pool to your heart’s content and fire up the grill for some excellent al fresco dining using locally-sourced ingredients.
Your kids’ education doesn’t have to stop when school lets out for the summer — they’ll come face-to-face with nature at its beautiful peak. Take advantage of the fantastic hiking, horseback riding and bicycling in the Valley to give them knowledge they won’t find in a classroom or textbook.
Autumn in the Santa Ynez Valley
October and November are also great times to visit Santa Ynez. Fall in Santa Ynez is unparalleled, if not only for the warmer oranges and yellows the entire area gets, but also because it’s harvest season! The Celebration of Harvest Festival happens in mid October and this year it is at Rancho Sisquoc Winery! If you came to Santa Ynez to see all that beautiful California wine country has to offer, fall is the time. (Well, anytime is time for wine in Santa Ynez, but autumn especially!)
The wineries are busy crushing grapes and the farmers are busy picking them. Watching the grapevines turn red and orange as fall goes on is something you’ll never forget. There are also several autumn festivals in the Santa Ynez Valley, including the Solvang Jazz Festival in September, as well as several of the Valley’s roots festivals, including Solvang’s Danish Days and Los Olivos Old Days.
Winter in the Santa Ynez Valley
If you are a bargain-hunting vacationer, winter may be the perfect time to plan a trip to Santa Ynez, as many vacation rental properties offer discounts later in the wintertime after the holidays have passed. Some may call winter the “off-season” in Santa Ynez, but in my opinion there’s no such thing.
The scenery is beatific as you enjoy crisp mornings on the porch of your Santa Ynez vacation rental home, and choose a vacation rental home that has a big fireplace so you can cozy up with a loved one in front of the hearth and enjoy a glass or two of local wine. And consider spending Valentine’s Day weekend in Santa Ynez to create romantic, lifelong memories that you will cherish forever.
OK, OK, I know I said basically all the time is a great time to visit Santa Ynez. (And I know I mentioned wine at all those times.) But frankly, it’s true. Santa Ynez is gorgeous wine country year-round and makes a fabulous vacation spot for different reasons during different times of the year. Even the “off-season” in Santa Ynez is spot-on for travel. Santa Ynez is truly a year-round travel destination.
Happy Earth Day, readers! In honor of Earth Day 2011, we wanted to spotlight two of our Santa Ynez vacation rental propertiesthat are “going green” in an effort to minimize their footprint on the environment. If being eco-conscious and going green on vacation is important to you, check out how these vacation rental properties are doing their parts for the environment.
One such property is the Rancho Maroma vacation rental home in Santa Ynez, CA, which overlooks the entire Santa Ynez valley. The Rancho Maroma property relies on solar panels to provide a little over half of the home’s electricity. This cutting edge green technology is a renewable, non-polluting resource that can last a lifetime. The metal roof on the home is made from recycled content with a minimal carbon footprint, which helps cool the home in the summertime with no additional energy requirements. Also, the Rancho Maroma house has thick masonry walls, which keep the interior temperature more constant and makes the home more energy efficient throughout. Lastly, the interior paint is non-toxic with no volatile organic compounds that cause off-gassing pollution, which means they are less harmful to human and environmental health. As a bonus, in order to make less of a dent in the beautiful outdoor surroundings and environment around the home, the home is also painted in earth tones to blend into the hillside. (Click here to view photos and reviews of the Rancho Maroma vacation rental home in Santa Ynez, CA.)
Another of our Santa Ynez vacation properties is Villa Santa Rita Hills vacation rental home in Santa Rita Hills, CA. The property is built green. Villa Santa Rita Hills was built using hay bales instead of wasting the perfectly good Strawbale homes are super insulated, and thus more energy efficient in winter and summer. Also the Villa Santa Rita Hills runs on solar, using solar panels to provide much of energy in the home. Again, solar energy is a renewal, non-polluting energy resource. The Villa Santa Rita Hills vacation rental home also has an extraordinary view of Eucalyptus groves and herb gardens and flower gardens which provide homes to numerous birds and wildlife. (Click here to view photos and reviews of the Villa Santa Rita Hills property in Santa Rita Hills.)
Special kudos go to these green vacation rentals for going the extra mile to green their rental properties and minimize their impact on the environment. So next time you’re planning a Santa Ynez vacation and are looking for green lodging ot minimize your carbon footprint, consider Rancho Maroma and Santa Rita Hills!
Want to know other ways you can go green on vacation? Check out our Top 5 Ways to Go Green on Vacation tips.