Rancho Maroma Featured on the Venue Report!

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.

6 Ways Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals Contributes to the Santa Barbara County Community

By / 24th August, 2016 / Rental Properties, News and Reviews / Off

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

We encourage our guests to choose local companies to make the most of their visits, including chefs, yoga studios, golf courses, restaurants, wineries, and retail shops.

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.

Take Action

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.

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Read more about the proposed short-term vacation rental ban legislation in Santa Barbara County here:

 

Welcome Ashley Hartford to the SYVR team!

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.

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Summer in Santa Ynez Vacation Checklist

Summer in the Valley provides a plethora of outdoor activities, including wine tasting, brewery tours, equestrian events, summer celebrations, farmers markets, and even cool restaurants to check out. You may have to visit the Valley more than once to really get a taste of what it has to offer!

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Not sure of what to do on your vacation? We’ve got some suggestions! Beer lovers can beat the heat and party at the Figueroa Mountain Brewery, and find the humor in life at the brewery’s comedy night.

Summer Arts in the Valley

Theatre and film enthusiasts alike can get lost in fairy tale land at a musical performance under the California stars at the Solvang Festival Theater or screen a movie at the Buellton Oak Park in Solvang. Fans of visual art can browse the finest local art available at the museum, and even purchase local Santa Ynez Valley art the second Saturday of every month. Dance a little and blow some bubbles with your little ones during kid-friendly Music on the Green in Solvang.

Food and Drink

With all of the picturesque vineyards in the area, you’d be amiss not to sample some of the finest local wines of the Valley. Pick out your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmers market to plan a great picnic.

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Indulge in a handcrafted cocktail at the S.Y. Kitchen, or engage in the best people watching with some great food. The Farmstead allows visitors to forage for fruit for a rewarding experience and have Chef Jake Francis prepare it. Think “gourmet hot dogs” is an oxymoron? Think again! The Doggy Door in Los Olivos is perfect for all ages and attitudes. Wake up and get your caffeine fix at our coffee shop in the Valley.

R&R in the Valley

Take a drive through pristine central coast hill country to a remote Santa Barbara County beach with the world’s best burger.

Spend the day in Los Alamos digging for funky finds, tasting wine, and eating at the hippest new restaurants. Book a massage therapist or get needled by an acupuncturist to deepen your vacation relaxation, many of whom will go right up to your door.

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The Great Outdoors

Rent a bicycle and get route tips from the pros, or live out your Old West fantasies at Vino Vaqueros — with wine, of course.  Hike a local favorite, Figueroa Mountain, or just turn the A/C on and take the “long way” from Los Olivos to Santa Ynez through the mountains. Get a bird’s eye view of the Valley in a hot air balloon ride. If you’re getting out (or staying in) and getting active, go for some paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking or indoor rock climbing. Pet owners can take their pups to the only Santa Barbara Country off-leash dog beach around to play with his/her peers.

The Valley is a haven of summertime fun, adventure, and relaxation. For suggestions or to book a home in the heart of it all, contact us today!

Santa Barbara Planning Commission Votes to Allow Short-Term Rentals

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.

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Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals Supports the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

By / 23rd January, 2016 / Philanthropy / Off

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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.

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The Untapped Harvest

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.

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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.
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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.

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Meet Yvonne Smith.

By / 30th September, 2015 / Rental Properties, News and Reviews / Off

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.

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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 support – but we can’t stop now.

By / 2nd September, 2015 / Rental Properties, News and Reviews / Off

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.

With deep gratitude,
Leanne Schlinger
President
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Help Us Achieve Fair Regulation for Short-Term Rentals (STRs) in the Santa Ynez Valley

By / 27th August, 2015 / Rental Properties, News and Reviews / Off

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.

  • 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.

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.

Sincerely,
Leanne Schlinger
President
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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
Email: SupervisorCarbajal@sbcbos1.org

2nd District – Janet Wolf
Phone: (805) 568-2191
Email: jwolf@sbcbos2.org

3rd District – Doreen Farr
Phone: (805) 568-2192
Solvang: (805) 686-5095
Email: dfarr@countyofsb.org

4th District – Peter Adam
Lompoc: (805) 737-7700
Santa Maria: (805) 346-8407
Email: peter.adam@countyofsb.org

5th District – Steve Lavagnino
Santa Maria: (805) 346-8400
Email: steve.lavagnino@countyofsb.org

County Staff Contact
Jessica Metzger, Planning & Development
123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 568-3532
Email: jmetzger@countyofsb.org

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