The scenic Santa Ynez valley is one of the most famous and best-loved wine regions in the state of California. Situated on the doorstep of Santa Barbara, the wineries here often attract a chic and upper-class crowd.
It goes without saying that in a region famous for its wineries and vineyards, one of the best things to do in Santa Ynez is to organize a wine-tasting or tour. Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Carr Winery and Vincent Vineyards are some of the spots in the area that have received great reviews and acclaim locally and internationally.
Once you have had your share of wandering through the grapevines and tasting the produce, consider enjoying some of Santa Ynez's other attractions. Michael Jackson's Never-land Ranch was situated in the Santa Ynez valley and though you cannot go inside, you can spot it from the road outside.
A fascinating site in Santa Ynez is the town of Solvang -- a town that was founded by Dutch settlers in California and has been recreated in a Dutch theme, with unusual cafes serving pastries and strudels, as well as wooden windmills dotted around the city limits.
It is possible to organize a homestay or sleep in a rural ambient hotel while exploring the Santa Ynez valley. Another option is to rent a room in nearby Santa Barbara to enjoy the coastal Californian views and from there, take day trips to the valley.
Santa Ynez is in California and owing to its Mediterranean climate, it is possible to visit Santa Ynez all year round. That said, summers get incredibly hot and so if your itinerary concentrates on a lot of wine-tasting and outdoor activities, the spring and summer months are the best time to visit.
This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Santa Ynez. The warmest months in Santa Ynez are July and April, when temperatures reach 100 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to 30 ˚F. The wettest month in Santa Ynez is January with 6.78 inches of rain, while the driest month is September with 0.07 inches of rain.
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