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Santa-Ynez is a small western-style village located north of Los Angeles in the Santa Barbara wine country. The town's buildings depict the old west era, and the streets are filled with shops and restaurants and beautiful gardens, and a country inn has been beautifully restored to its original 19th century elegance. Places to see in town include the Santa Ynez Historical Museum and the Parks-Janeway Carriage House, which features dozens of old time horse-drawn carriages, and the historical Mission Santa Inez. This is a great region for sightseeing - with everything from wine tasting tours to antiques shopping. A must see is the nearby Dutch town of Solvang. Founded in 1911 by Danish educators, the town is filled with windmills, old world architecture with steep gabled roofs, and shops that feature items from around the world. The restaurants in town feature food from Denmark and bakeries loaded with Danish pastries and cookies. Recreational activities in the Santa Ynez area include golf, hiking, bicycling, glider rides, and gaming at the nearby Indian casino. Beach activities are just a short drive away in Santa Barbara. Whether as a day trip while visiting the Los Angeles area, or all on its own, Santa Ynez's quaint village charm makes a great vacation destination.

Surrounding areas: Solvang, California (3.5 mi), Los Alamos, California (14.2 mi), Santa Barbara, California (24.5 mi), Jalama Beach, California (25.1 mi), Lompoc, California (27.5 mi), Summerland, California (30.6 mi), Carpinteria, California (35.3 mi)

Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals

Santa Ynez Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
The Ballard Inn2436 Baseline AveBallard, CA2.5 mi.(805) 688-7770
Viking Motel1506 MSN DrSolvang, CA3.5 mi.(805) 688-1337
Solvang Royal Scandinavian Inn400 Alisal RdSolvang, CA3.8 mi.(805) 688-8000
Holiday Inn Express - Solvang1455 Mission DrSolvang, CA4.1 mi.(805) 688-2018
Los Olivos Grand HotelLos Olivos, CA4.2 mi.(805) 688-7788
Motel 6 #062333 Mcmurray BlvdBuellton, CA6.3 mi.(805) 688-7797
Days Inn114 E Hwy 246Buellton, CA6.4 mi.(805) 688-8448
Rodeway Inn630 Ave Of The FlagsBuellton, CA6.4 mi.(805) 688-0022
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott555 Mcmurry RdBuellton, CA6.4 mi.(805) 688-1000
Motel 65897 Calle RealGoleta, CA18.6 mi.(805) 964-3596
Holiday Inn Santa Barbara Goleta5650 Calle RealGoleta, CA18.9 mi.(805) 964-6241
Best Western South Coast Inn5620 Calle RealGoleta, CA19.0 mi.(805) 967-3200
Quality Suites Santa Barbara5490 Hollister AveSanta Barbara, CA19.3 mi.(805) 683-6722
Pacifica Suites5490 Hollister AveSanta Barbara, CA19.4 mi.(805) 683-6722
Extended Stayamerica Santa Barbara North4870 Calle RealSanta Barbara, CA20.3 mi.(805) 692-1882
Ramada Limited4770 Calle RealSanta Barbara, CA20.3 mi.(805) 964-3511
Travelodge Lompoc1415 E Ocean AveLompoc, CA20.7 mi.(805) 736-6514
Super 81020 E Ocean AveLompoc, CA21.0 mi.(805) 735-6444
Best Western Vandenberg Inn940 E Ocean AveLompoc, CA21.1 mi.(805) 735-7731
Days Inn1122 N H StLompoc, CA21.7 mi.(805) 735-7744
Embassy Suites Hotel1117 N H StLompoc, CA21.7 mi.(805) 735-8311
Holiday Inn Express1417 North H StLompoc, CA21.8 mi.(805) 736-2391
Motel 6 #13651521 N H StLompoc, CA21.8 mi.(805) 735-7631
Quality Inn & Executive Suites1621 N H StLompoc, CA21.8 mi.(805) 735-8555
Best Western Inn3850 State StSanta Barbara, CA22.3 mi.(805) 687-5511
White Oaks Hotel & Restaurant3955 Apollo WayLompoc, CA22.8 mi.(805) 733-5000
Sunset Motel3504 State StSanta Barbara, CA22.8 mi.(805) 687-3813
Motel 63505 State StSanta Barbara, CA22.9 mi.(805) 687-5400
Best Western Inn2220 Bath StSanta Barbara, CA24.0 mi.(805) 682-7277
Simpson House Inn121 E Arrellaga StSanta Barbara, CA24.7 mi.(805) 963-7067
Hotel Santa Barbara533 State StSanta Barbara, CA25.7 mi.(888) 259-7700
Holiday Inn Express17 W Haley StSanta Barbara, CA25.8 mi.(805) 963-9757
Eagle Inn232 Natoma AveSanta Barbara, CA26.1 mi.(805) 965-3586
Santa Barbara Beach Travelodge22 CastilloSanta Barbara, CA26.1 mi.(805) 965-8527
Hotel Oceana202 W Cabrillo BlvdSanta Barbara, CA26.2 mi.(805) 965-4577
Villa Rosa Inn15 Chapala StSanta Barbara, CA26.2 mi.(805) 966-0851
Motel 6 #13535550 Carpinteria AveCarpentena, CA26.6 mi.(805) 684-8602
Best Western Carpinteria Inn4558 Carpinteria AveCarpinteria, CA26.6 mi.(805) 684-0473
Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort633 E Cabrillo BlvdSanta Barbara, CA26.7 mi.(805) 564-4333
Motel 6443 Corona Del MarSanta Barbara, CA26.9 mi.(805) 564-1392

Santa Ynez Weather & Climate

The climate of the Los Alamos area is very similar to that of the central coast cities such as Santa Barbara. Although located slightly inland, the weather is influenced greatly by the Pacific Ocean. Temperatures are pleasant year round, although it is slightly warmer in summer and slightly cooler in winter than right along the coastline. The Los Alamos region gets over 300 days of sunshine per year and has very low humidity levels. The rainy season runs November through March, with only about 18 inches of rain per year. Low clouds from the ocean can drift into the area in summertime, but mostly skies are clear and sunny. Cooling ocean breezes help moderate the temperatures.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 66°F 39°F 4.34 in. 57°F
February 67°F 41°F 5.47 in. 57°F
March 69°F 42°F 4.76 in. 56°F
April 74°F 44°F 1.26 in. 57°F
May 78°F 47°F 0.39 in. 58°F
June 85°F 50°F 0.04 in. 59°F
July 91°F 52°F 0.01 in. 63°F
August 92°F 53°F 0.03 in. 64°F
September 89°F 52°F 0.30 in. 64°F
October 83°F 48°F 0.76 in. 62°F
November 74°F 42°F 1.58 in. 61°F
December 67°F 38°F 2.92 in. 58°F

Santa Ynez Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Santa Barbara Municipal airport (SBA) located about 18 miles southeast of Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara, California, the Santa Maria Pub Cpt G Allan Hancock airport (SMX) located approximately 29 miles northwest of Santa Ynez in Santa Maria, California, the Oxnard airport (OXR) located roughly 57 miles southeast of Santa Ynez in Oxnard, California, and finally the Camarillo airport (CMA) located around 62 miles southeast of Santa Ynez in Camarillo, California.

Santa Ynez Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags Magic MountainValenciaCA84.5 mi.
Water Parks
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA84.5 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA88.9 mi.
Golf Courses
River Course at AlisalSolvangCA3.4 mi.
Zaca Creek Golf CourseBuelltonCA6.8 mi.
Sandpiper Golf CourseGoletaCA16.4 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseGoletaCA18.6 mi.
Ocean Meadows Golf ClubGoletaCA19.5 mi.
La Purisima Golf CourseLompocCA21.1 mi.
Glen Annie Golf ClubSanta BarbaraCA24.5 mi.
Hidden Oaks Country ClubSanta BarbaraCA24.5 mi.
Rancho San Marcos Golf CourseSanta BarbaraCA24.5 mi.
Santa Barbara Golf ClubSanta BarbaraCA24.5 mi.
State Parks
Refugio Beach State ParkCA10.7 mi. 
Refugio Beach State parkCA10.7 mi. 
El Capitan Beach State ParkCA11.2 mi. 
El Capitan Beach State ParkCA11.4 mi. 
Gaviota State ParkCA12.8 mi. 
Goleta Beach State ParkCA20.4 mi. 
Point Sal Beach State ParkCA37.5 mi. 
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural HistorySanta BarbaraCA25.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Santa Barbara Maritime MuseumSanta BarbaraCA25.5 mi.(Science)
Virtual Egyptian Museum - Padibastet's TombSanta BarbaraCA25.5 mi.(Art)
Ventura County Museum of History & ArtVenturaCA50.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Santa Barbara Zoological GardensSanta BarbaraCA25.5 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA69.1 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA111.7 mi.

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