As Hollywood A-Lister’s favorite weekend getaway destination, California’s Santa Ynez Valley is full of things to see and must-do’s. Just in case you’re too lazy to flip through a guidebook, here’s a quick rundown of what to look out for!
5 things to avoid:
- Don’t be an ugly drunk! (There’ll be lots of wine…know your limit.)
- Avoid drinking & driving. Just hire a driver or designate someone in your group to stay sober behind the wheels so you can drink in all the fun!
- Don’t freak out if you run into a celebrity since SYV is home to many Hollywood A-lister’s vineyards.
- Don’t expect to walk between communities. You’ll still need a car, from Solvang to Santa Ynez, for example, requires a 10-minute car ride. Unless you’re up for an intense workout!
- Leave your big city mentality at home. Expect small town charm, and friendly folks. Yes, you can trust a stranger here.
Santa Ynez Valley showcases true Californian climate: hot and dry during summertime, colder during winter but never unbearable. Spring and autumn can be chilly but lovely during the day.
- Winter, December – February: It’s rare to see snow in SYV during wintertime, but do pack a thick jacket and thick sweaters since the weather can be dry and brisk. Average low temperature is approximately 38°F with high at 66°F.
- Spring, March – May: A fantastic time to visit since the weather is warming up and SYV will have warmer climate than other parts of the country with average low temperature at 43°F and average high at 75°F.
- Summer, June – August: True Californian weather shines during summer months when the weather is dry and hot. Average low temperature is approximately 52°F and average high at 92°F.
- Autumn, September – November: Not only are these months the best time to visit the valley due to wine harvest season, the weather is also comfortable and beautiful. With average low temperature at 47°F and average high at 83°F.
Greetings: Wine tasting rooms in Santa Ynez Valley are much smaller than most of what you’ll see in Napa, so the atmosphere is adoringly intimate and personal. But control your alcohol intake so that you don’t act out of character after a few drinks.
Dress code: Be relaxed and be comfortable. Remember, you won’t solely be wine tasting as there are towns such as Solvang which you’ll want to spend a day walking around to explore. Be prepared for outdoor activities, especially if you love to ride horses, hiking or cycling. There aren’t any fancy nightclubs that requires men to wear dress shoes, but if you plan on dining at The Ballard Inn or The Willows, be sure to pack appropriate dinner attire.
Santa Ynez Valley is relatively small compared to close by Los Angeles or Santa Barbara. Because of its winemaking culture and small-town ambiance, you shouldn’t run into any safety issues. But drive responsibly (don’t let the tempting wine get to you if you’re the designated driver.)
Have you ever been to Santa Ynez Valley? Any tips & tricks you’d suggest? Let us know in the comments.