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Santa Ynez town

Santa Barbara, CA
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Santa Ynez town, Santa Barbara California

Description

Santa Ynez is a cute town with wild west buildings and restaurants in beautiful Victorian houses. The main strip is Sagunto Street and there are several nice sections to it. On the east end of the street, Grappolo Trattoria is in a strip of old west buildings that are just gorgeous! Maverick Saloon looks like a happening, rough-around-the-edges spot. Or stop and have a coffee on the front porch of Longhorn Coffee Shop.
Just west of there, an absolutely blissful place to sit and enjoy a meal is the huge balcony at Vineyard House Restaurant. Enjoy a gourmet sandwich. You will be surrounded by trees and views of Sagunto Street way below- it's just lovely. The house itself is rich with Victorian detail and color. Kids love to explore the adjacent grounds which are lush and magical- flowers, towering grain mill, trellises overtaken with vines, weeping trees over deep green lawn. There are comfy backyard chairs and tables where you can sit amongst the greenery and relax while your kids run around- you don't have to be eating at the restaurant to do this. On Wednesday evenings in summer (end of June to end of September), live Jazz music fills the air at Vineyard House from 6:30-8:30pm.
Further west down Sagunto Street (unfortunately there's not much shade), there are more stores and restaurants. A historical museum with a colorful flower garden out front offers exhibits about the Santa Ynez Valley, an inner courtyard, and an additional building exhibiting carriages and stagecoaches. On the far west end of Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez Park is a hilly park with trees, bbqs, and a playground.
Some other wonderful places to go in the area are Quicksilver Ranch with its miniature horses, Clairmont Lavendar Farm in the summer when the lavendar is in bloom, and Sunny Fields Playground, a medieval-themed wonderland.
For a fun night out in Santa Ynez, see a concert at Chumash Casino.

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Old town Santa Ynez on Sagunto Street.
Old town Santa Ynez on Sagunto Street.
Longhorn Coffee Shop has a wild west storefront.
Longhorn Coffee Shop has a wild west storefront.
Maverick Saloon.
Maverick Saloon.
Grappolo Trattoria.
Grappolo Trattoria.
Picnic table and arbor outside Vineyard House Restaurant.
Picnic table and arbor outside Vineyard House Restaurant.
Vineyard House Restaurant in a lovely Victorian house.
Vineyard House Restaurant in a lovely Victorian house.
Latticework, balcony, umbrellas and trees at Vineyard House- beautiful!
Latticework, balcony, umbrellas and trees at Vineyard House- beautiful!
Old wagon full of flowers at Vineyard House.
Old wagon full of flowers at Vineyard House.
Cute garden at the lawn area adjacent to Vineyard House.
Cute garden at the lawn area adjacent to Vineyard House.
Tall mill at the grassy area beside Vineyard House. Kids like to watch it.
Tall mill at the grassy area beside Vineyard House. Kids like to watch it.
A nice place to relax, near Vineyard House.
A nice place to relax, near Vineyard House.
Hanging out at Longhorn Coffee Shop.
Hanging out at Longhorn Coffee Shop.
Far west end of Sagunto Street.
Far west end of Sagunto Street.
   

Directions

Exit Highway 101 at Highway 246 and head east toward Santa Ynez. You will pass through the colorful Danish town of Solvang. Turn north (left) on Edison Street and then right on Sagunto Street and park along the road.
Longhorn Coffee Shop, 3687 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez 93460, call (805) 688-5912.
Grappolo Trattoria, 3687 Sagunto St, (805) 688-6899.
Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St, (805) 686-4785.
Vineyard House Restaurant, 3631 Sagunto St, (805) 688-2886.

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TD
08/27/2010 21:51
My mom and I went to a Tower of Power concert at the casino a few years back, and I agree, nice place!

lois
08/27/2010 17:00
I started vacationing in Santa Ynez at the casino as a kid with my family. It was about close enough to make it an easy drive yet far enough that you feel like you're a million miles away. One day I'll take my own kids.

Seth
07/07/2010 12:22
Miss SY :(

Last Updated Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:24:03 GMT