Weekend Activity Guide

A full slate of activities is planned for the weekend. Make your reservations and plans to stay and play.

Things to do in Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley is comprised of two cities (Solvang and Buellton) and three unincorporated towns (Santa Ynez, Ballard, and Los Olivos). Each of these areas has its own character making the Valley diverse despite its small size of less than 20,000 residents. The architecture of the buildings in Solvang showcases steep gabled roofs, windmills, and the typical old world building style. The shops are filled with wares from near and afar and the bakeries loaded with Danish pastries. The restaurants feature food from Denmark and other ethnic styles completing your experience of being transferred to another era. The town of Santa Ynez harkens back to the western frontier days and the more modern, artsy town of Los Olivos is lined with quaint shops, restaurants and tasting rooms.

Places to Visit in Santa Ynez Valley

Restaurants we recommend:

  • Brothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern – Los Olivos www.matteistavern.com
  • Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café www.losolivoscafe.com
  • Hadsten House Restaurant – Solvang www.hadstenhouse.com
  • Café Angelica – Solvang
  • Route 246 – Hotel Corque, Solvang
  • The Touch Mandarin Restaurant – Solvang
  • Trattoria Grappolo – Santa Ynez
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Buellton

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Places to Visit in Downtown Santa Barbara / Goleta


Great Places to Take the Family

Outdoor Activities

Independent Guides to Santa Barbara