- Our luxurious bathing amenities are made in the USA by William Roam, a company with a tenacious commitment to protecting the earth.
- Our new coffee and tea trays have been hand crafted by a local carpenter using primarily reclaimed wood.
- All hand soap, sponges, trash bags, laundry detergent and dish soap are sourced from recognized eco-friendly companies.
- Avant Tapas & Wine, 35 Industrial Way; 805-686-4742
- Hitching Post II Restaurant, 406 East Highway 246; 805-688-0676
- Industrial Eats, 181 B Industrial Way; 805-688-8807
- Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, 555 McMurray Road; 805-688-1000
- Bell Street Farm Eatery, 406 Bell Street; 805-344-4609
- Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, 2879 Grand Avenue; 805-688-7265
- Petros at Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn, 2860 Grand Avenue, 805-686-5455
- Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar, 3544 Sagunto Street; 805-688-0033
- Ranch & Reata Roadhouse, 3569 Sagunato Street; 805-691-9663
- SY Kitchen, 1110 Faraday Street; 805-691-9794 (Lunch Only, Call for Reservations)
- Trattoria Grappolo, 3687 Sagunto Street, #C; 805-688-6899
- The Vineyard House, 3631 Sagunto Street; 805-688-2886
- Fresco Valley Café, 442 Atterdag Road; 805-688-8857
- Hadsten House Inn Restaurant, 1450 Mission Drive; 805-688-3210
- Mirabelle Inn & Restaurant, 409 First Street; 805-688-1703
- Root 246, 420 Alisal Road; 805-686-8681
- Solvang Brewing Company, 1547 Mission Drive; 805-688-2337
- Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie, 1555 Mission Drive; 805-691-9444
We are proud to welcome Ashley Hartford to our team at Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals! Ashley came to us all the way from Bozeman, Montana where she spent the last six years in the hospitality industry. Ashley will be our Office Manager and Hospitality Coordinator.
An enormous victory has been won in Santa Barbara County! On Feb. 24, the Planning Commission voted 3-2 to draft language for a permit process that will continue to allow short-term rentals on agricultural land in Santa Barbara County.
According to recent studies, short-term rentals have helped drive an estimated $470 million in revenue and 5,000 jobs to the county. Thanks to this decision, we can continue to contribute to our local community.
The entire team at Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, including our land use attorney Matt Allen, collaborated to help frame legislation which assisted the Planning Commission in their critical decision. A very heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for your support throughout the last year as we fought this important battle to enact fair and reasonable legislation for short-term rentals.
The weather forecast may be no indication, but the fact is that autumn has arrived in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Celebration of Harvest Festival marked the closing of the Central Coast’s most prominent harvest: that of wine grapes. While the wine industry may be slowing down, other local harvests are just amping up.
The Bounty of Local Valley Harvests
The bounty of the Central Coast presents itself in countless ways. Farm stands dot most major roadways in the Valley. Some, like Finley Farms on Refugio Rd., operate on the small town honor system where you weigh your own produce and deposit money in a rusted metal depository. Others, like Summerset Farms on Edison St. at Hwy 154, are full service, offering an opportunity to engage in the season with colorful pumpkins and U-Pick apple orchards. Some local farms don’t sell directly to the public but rather distribute to local grocery stores and restaurants.
If you’re dining at one of our favorite local restaurants, you’re likely to be enjoying food grown from soil just a few miles down the road. Many visitors to the Santa Ynez Valley are members of local wine clubs and attend annual post-harvest winemaker dinners. These events are where visitors can truly begin to appreciate the intersection of both the wine and farming industries which are so deeply embedded in our community.
Intimate Private Fall Dinner Gatherings
One of our favorite ways to celebrate the autumn harvest is by hosting an intimate private dinner at home or in your vacation rental. In a community so full of farmers and winemakers it’s only natural that chefs congregate to assist in bringing the Central Coast’s bounty from field to plate. There are many talented chefs in the Santa Ynez Valley: two of whom bring unparalleled expertise, ingenuity and charm to every occasion.
Chef Jake O. Francis
When seeking a chef to craft an inspired menu utilizing local produce for a winemaker dinner, many winery owners enlist Jake O. Francis, both a heritage breed pig farmer and incredibly skilled chef. His depth of understanding the farming process from start to finish is apparent in his rustic yet refined approach, and showcasing locally grown and raised produce and meat. Chef Jake has left many of our guests eager to plan another dinner party with him again, just take a look at this menu he did for some of our past guests.
Chef Giorgio Curti
Hailing from Calabria, Italy, Chef Giorgio Curti brings global inspiration to his locally sourced menu items through both his Los Alamos restaurant Craft Kitchen and Amaranto Catering Co. This year he’s offering to cook and deliver Thanksgiving dinners anywhere in the Valley. That means no fussin’ and fightin’ with family in the kitchen! We love this idea and think many of our Thanksgiving guests will enjoy the utter convenience of dinner delivered to your door.
As you drive out of the gate at vacation rental Circle L Ranch, just across the street is an industrial tank with a rustic wooden sign casually slung around one of it’s posts. It reads, “Community.” It struck me as a sweet reminder that while most homes in the Valley are located on multiple acres, there is no less a sense of community here as in a tight suburban neighborhood.
I also considered that the placement of the “Community” sign, being directly across the street from a vacation rental often occupied by visitors, might be a gentle reminder from a neighbor to our guests that while they enjoy their home away from home, to keep in mind that they are kindly being welcomed into a ranching community, in hopes that quiet hours may be observed. (Only recently did I realize that the sign simply, and admittedly obviously, designated the tank as belonging to the community.) Nonetheless, this “Community” sign has allowed me to ruminate regularly on the concept and importance of community.
The business ethos at Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals has long been one that revolves around community and social responsibility. To begin with, the carbon footprint of a stay in a hotel is 50% greater than that of a stay in a vacation rental home. Simply in offering an alternative to a stay in a hotel, we’ve created an opportunity to travel with less impact on the planet. Further, the decision to use eco-friendly products whenever possible, albeit a bit more expensive, has been paramount to Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals.
To echo this commitment to social responsibility in a broader, more universal scale, we’re happy to announce that we’re in the process of joining 1% For The Planet. Their mission is to “build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet” and have invested more than $100 million in positive environmental change. Beginning this year, 1% of our revenue will be donated to this colossally compassionate organization. Bonus: The company was founded by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia and Jack Johnson is one of their biggest advocates! How cool is that?
As a small business working within a small and very special community such as the Santa Ynez Valley, we’ve begun to see possibilities of how our ethos and social contributions can extend beyond the limits of our own company. In an effort to increase our involvement in community-related issues and activities, we’ve decided to begin this New Year with a pledge to contribute quarterly to local philanthropies.
Our contribution for the first quarter of 2015 was a grant to People Helping People. People Helping People is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of community members by “addressing emergency and basic needs, furnishing comprehensive integrated family and individual support services, and acting as a catalyst for positive community change.” They provide health services, domestic violence prevention services, connect eligible families with Cal Fresh, and facilitate applying for MediCal through their several Family Resource Centers throughout the area. They are an extremely deserving organization and we are happy to contribute to their many causes.
Also, we value the insight of both our homeowners and loyal guests, if you are involved with or supporters of any local, esteemed organizations, please share with us! It is our hope that the essence of a shared community permeates not only our own company, but our community, society, and humanity as a whole. Because, that’s what this whole living “business” is all about.
The Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest is the ultimate fall wine and food festival in the Santa Ynez Valley. One of the best events to attend in the Valley, every wine enthusiast – whether an amateur or an aficionado – should experience this festival first-hand. This year’s Celebration of Harvest is coming up October 10 to 13, with the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 11. We are offering our guests that weekend discount tickets for 50% off the ticket price! Celebration of Harvest is one of the biggest wine events of the year in the Santa Ynez Valley. It is sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association. More than 100 member wineries participate, and it’s the perfect time to meet area vintners, learn more about the harvest and wine-making, and sample local wines. In addition to enjoying the fruits of the harvest, you can also sample delicious local food from area restaurants, caterers and gourmet food creators. Below is a list of all the participating wineries at the main event, the Festival Grand Tasting: The restaurants and food purveyors that are supplying their fine foods to the Celebration of Harvest include: Babe Farms, Chocolats du CaliBressan, Global Gardens, New West Catering / Industrial Eats, Pasion Restaurant, Stafford’s Famous Chocolates, Starting Gate Restaurant, Terravant Winery Restaurant, Trattoria Grappolo and Valley Grind. This is a celebration not to be missed!
Book ANY vacation rental home with us at Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals the weekend of the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Celebration of Harvest – October 10 to 13, 2014 – and we’ll give you as many tickets as you’d like to the Celebration of Harvest Weekend for just $40 – that’s half off! We’ll take care of everything, and when you arrive, the tickets will be waiting you at the vacation rental home.
You’ve heard of Napa Valley, you know all about Sonoma County, and now your next stop as a wine country enthusiast is Santa Barbara county and the Santa Ynez Valley wine region. If you plan to visit the countless vineyards, wineries and wine tasting rooms that the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer, you may want to have somewhere a little more special to stay than the usual hotel.
Sure, a Santa Ynez Valley hotel may be “good enough,” but let’s face it – there’s nothing truly special about a hotel room. If you’re looking for lodging in the Santa Ynez Valley that is more remarkable and will give you memories you will cherish for years to come, then you should consider accommodations at a luxury vacation rental property.
Shaped like a dolphin as it faces the Southern California shoreline, Santa Cruz Island is part of the five-island group called the California Channel Islands National Park, and it lies just 19 miles off of the coast between Santa Barbara and Ventura. With its unique species and virtually untouched ecosystem, Santa Cruz Island is a microcosm of ancient California, allowing visitors the opportunity to travel back in time to experience what the coast might have been like before the introduction of exotic species.
The Santa Barbara Spring Weekend, the first of four area wine festivals, is held April 10 to 13, 2014. For 30 years this event has been drawing wine lovers to Santa Barbara County, and has become a favorite way to taste local wines and meet the winemakers. People come from far and wide every year to enjoy world-class wine tasting.
There are numerous events during this four-day weekend including vineyard hikes, wine dinners, tastings, seminars, golf and much more. Each event is priced individually, ranging from $80 for a vineyard hike hosted by the winemaker, to $275 for an exclusive wine dinner at Grassini Family Vineyards. Tickets may be purchased online at sbvintnersweekend.com.
The Spring Weekend festival is kicked off on Thursday with a golf tournament hosted by Rex Pickett, author of “Sideways,” in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the movie that brought Santa Barbara into the national spotlight.
Friday’s events includes multiple wine education seminars led by various winemakers discussing such topics as sparkling wine and American viticulture. Afternoon activities include hikes through five different vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County. The day’s activities wrap up with a barrel toasting seminar and a wine and dine event at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort Hotel.
The main event of the weekend, the Vintners Festival Grand Tasting, is held Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. There will be shuttle buses available, leaving from Santa Barbara, Solvang and Santa Maria, that will take you directly to the Grand Tasting for $25 per person.
Saturday evening highlights are the wine dinners, one of which is held at Grassini Family Vineyards in Happy Canyon, featuring a four-course dinner served lakeside at the winery. During the Prohibition era, alcohol was produced in Happy Canyon, and, according to legend, folks would take a trip to Happy Canyon to purchase some of this forbidden beverage, and thus the name Happy Canyon stuck.
The weekend wraps up Sunday with a farm-to-table picnic at the Fess Parker Winery, featuring the music of the Jamestown Revival. Also, Sunday is the day that many of the wineries hold open houses and other special events. This year’s list is impressive, and includes Melville Winery, Buttonwood Farm Winery & and Vineyard, Flying Goat Cellars and many more.
With so much to see, do and taste, you will enjoy a fun-filled weekend hiking through vineyards, meeting and chatting with winemakers, tasting award-winning wines, attending educational seminars and dining at some of nature’s most beautiful dinner tables.
Food lovers from all around love Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week, so you’ll be thrilled to know that it is finally here! From January 19 through 25, restaurants all around the Valley will be introducing all-new flavors in a series of three courses for just $20.14 at participating restaurants. Each restaurant is completely unique to its cuisine specialty. The price does not include beverages, tax or tips. There are many renowned chefs in the Valley with food that is simply to die for, and what better place to enjoy a phenomenal meal than in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley’s wine country? Check out our list of restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley for a more complete list of your dining options. For more information about Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week 2014, visit DineSYV.com. Below is a list of the participating restaurants. Reservations may not be required, but are recommended.