ROMANCE IS ALWAYS IN THE AIR IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
Santa Ynez Valley is the quintessential farming meet winery town/area in Southern California. A relatively short drive north of Santa Barbara, this is a lovely area that makes a great visit for a day or a weekend away. It’s the best of both winery visiting meets country lifestyle with some grea6t restaurants typical of a vintner community!
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With world-class wines, a farm-to-table culinary scene, endless natural beauty, and a mild climate, the romance of Valentine’s Day is offered any time of year!
The Santa Ynez Valley has long been a favorite destination for couples who yearn for a romantic wine country getaway. With acres of rolling vineyards nourishing some of the world’s best wines, charming inns and hotels welcoming visitors at seemingly every turn, and a creative farm-to-table culinary scene and restaurants with just the right ambiance, the Santa Ynez Valley leaves little wonder why.
Of course, we all want to wow the one we love with a perfect Valentine’s Day. But here in the Santa Ynez Valley along California’s breathtaking Central Coast — where the climate is perfectly mild all year round and the natural beauty is endless from sea to mountain peak — romantic getaways can hardly be contained to a single day in February.
Home to six quaint towns spread throughout a fertile valley, the Santa Ynez Valley’s offerings are as diverse as the couples who visit. The distractions of the outside world fade away as couples ride through the vineyards on horseback, then share the bounty of the region with a quiet picnic prepared by an award-winning chef. With more than 100 wineries to explore, a guided wine tour from a local expert allows couples to take it all in without a single worry in the world. And couples can sip the region’s great vintages with a private tasting in a quiet section of an estate vineyard.
Revel in a morning hike to Gaviota Peak for a breathtaking ocean view, then reach peak relaxation together with a couples massage at one of the region’s top spas, followed by a private wine tasting or two. And finish the day by savoring the fresh flavors and intimate settings that have fostered the Santa Ynez Valley’s renowned culinary scene.
“The romance of the Santa Ynez Valley lies in the abundance of opportunities for couples to reconnect, and the mild climate keeps the window of opportunity open all year long,” said Shelby Sim, President/CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley. “This region is proud of its world-class wines and restaurants. But what makes the Santa Ynez Valley a truly exceptional romantic getaway is in the many ways it can be shared and relished together — from wine tours and tastings to outdoor excursions to soaring over vineyards in a hot-air balloon or glider.”
In the Santa Ynez Valley, so much is possible almost every day of the year.
Following are a few highlights that typify the “laid back and relaxed” experience that travelers seek according to AARP:
A sip in the vineyard: The quiet beauty of a rolling vineyard is a calming force, sure to put any visitor at ease. Exploring the wineries of the gorgeous Foxen Canyon — such as the estate vineyards of Fess Parker Winery, Demetria Estate, and Andrew Murray Vineyards — is a sensory experience of both palate and eye.
Relax and rejuvenate: Even on vacation, it can be difficult to unwind and unplug. Treating yourself to a spa treatment usually solves that problem. A relaxing couples’ treatment at The Spa at Chumash Casino Resort or a rejuvenating massage from The Spa at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn should ease anyone’s worries.
Be one with nature: Immersing yourself in nature is a sure way to escape the “real world.” View the majesty of the native bald eagles, ospreys, and hawks, or learn about the region’s cultural history, with boating and nature tours of Cachuma Lake.Or simply stroll the shores of the lake, or hike the hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Embrace the music: The soothing power of music is well known, able to silence the mind and relax the body. The Crooked Path in Los Olivos combines live music from both local and international artists, food, and wine in a beautiful garden setting. Or experience America’s original art form with the Sunday Jazz & Beyond Series at the Solvang Festival Theater held over four dates in July and August.
Ohm Away From Home: Vineyard Yoga SYV connects yoga enthusiasts with the natural world through its yoga classes that take place in the serenity and solitude of local vineyards, followed by wine tasting.
About the Santa Ynez Valley:
Barely two hours from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley feels worlds apart from both. With six distinct communities encompassing everything from classic California wine country to Northern European traditions to the very best of the Old West, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to endless possibilities. Here in and around the towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang visitors will find more than 100 wineries, incredible food, special events and a unique, rich heritage.
For more information, including a complete listing of wedding venues, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and events, go to VisitSYV.com.
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