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 [...]

Refugio Road, Santa Ynez CA

Top of Refugio Road – Santa Ynez, CA

So, you’re in the Santa Ynez Valley, you don’t have a lot of time or money but want something active to do where you can experience “The Valley.” My suggestion would be a hike or mountain bike ride up Refugio Road. A few miles past the [...]

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. [...]

Nojoqui Falls

Nojoqui Falls – Gaviota, California

Hidden at the back of a box canyon near the Gaviota Pass are the impressive 160 foot Nojoqui Falls. Pronounced NAH-ho-wee, the word is of Chumash origin and means honeymoon place. Water spills over these falls year round but if you can catch the falls after a recent rain [...]

Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern

Brothers Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern – Los Olivos

5/5/12 Update:

Sadly Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern has closed. The old stage coach stop has become a ghost town.

The good news is the brothers have opened a new restaurant literally around the corner at the old Sides Hardware location (Patrick’s Side Street Cafe.) “Sides [...]

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 [...]

Windhaven Glider Rides

Photo: Dad and Maria at Windhaven Glider Rides – Santa Ynez

If you want a completely unique experience while you are in the Santa Ynez Valley then make your way over to the Santa Ynez Airport, just off Highway 246, and check out Windhaven Glider Rides. What better way to view the Valley than [...]

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 [...]