Valley Grind

Coffee, coffee, coffee…some days it seems like I cannot get enough Most of my weekdays start off at the Valley Grind in Santa Ynez where I pick up my caffeine to go and head off to work. Chelsey is there to greet me with a smiling face and cheery “Good morning!” and already has my [...]

The SYV Coffee House Bike Loop

This bike ride is may favorite loop through the Santa Ynez Valley. I have named it the SYV Coffee House Bike Loop simply because it passes by five of the best coffee houses in the Valley, any of which are a great meeting place to start your ride. I have chosen the Valley Grind as [...]

Longhorn Coffee Shop

Longhorn Coffee Shop – Santa Ynez, CA

The local hang out for breakfast in Santa Ynez is definitely the Longhorn Coffee Shop on Sagunto Street. Serving up breakfast and lunch daily for nearly 40 years, I think it is safe to characterize this place as one of the best greasy spoon in Southern California. [...]

Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Photo: Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar – Santa Ynez

If it is Mexican food you are craving then Dos Carlitos is a must. Serving the best Mexican food in the Santa Ynez Valley, Dos Carlitos’ dishes feature fresh quality ingredients cooked over an open fire grill that give each entree it’s own delicious [...]

River Grill Restaurant and Bar

Photo: View from the River Grill patio – Solvang

The River Grill, located at the River Course golf course in Solvang, has the best view for dining in the Santa Ynez Valley hands down! Nestled up to the Santa Ynez Mountains and overlooking the golf course, the River Grill’s huge windows run the length [...]

The Taproom at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Photo: The Taproom – Buellton

I have to say, when it comes to restaurants for dinner in Buellton, the Taproom at Firestone Walking Brewing Company has to be my favorite. Open daily for dinner, The Taproom specializes in tasty dishes made from fresh local and regional ingredients. With soup, salads, steak, chops, seafood, pasta, [...]

Maverick Saloon & Hayloft Grill

Photo: Maverick Saloon and Hayloft Grill – Santa Ynez

It’s Friday night in Santa Ynez and you have just finished dinner. Now what? Well, if you’re looking to party the Maverick Saloon is the place to go. With live entertainment, a huge dance floor and a hand shake from Ronny and a howdy from [...]

Corner House Coffee

Photo: Corner House Coffee – Los Olivos

One of my favorite places to start off my day is the Corner House Coffee shop just off Highway 154 in Los Olivos. Located in one of the oldest buildings in Los Olivos, the remodeled house features open beam ceilings, natural wood interior/exterior and corrugated [...]

The Communities of the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley is approximately 35 miles north of Santa Barbara and rests between the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the San Rafael Mountains to the north. The area is comprised of the communities of Santa Ynez, Solvang, Los Olivos, Ballard and Buellton and the total population is about 20,000. A great [...]