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 [...]

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 [...]

Welcome!

I am so glad you found “Santa Ynez Valley Favorites.” This website is meant to point you to my favorite local spots in the Santa Ynez Valley including Los Olivos, Ballard, Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez and places along Highway 154. Restaurants, attractions, entertainment, bike rides, scenic drives, wine tasting, dining, nightlife, given time I hope [...]