Take a Break from Your Wine Tour in Santa Ynez
Santa Ynez is a Great Place to Take a Break
Santa Ynez is a sleepy little town of four and half thousand souls in the eponymous Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of the Santa Barbara Wine Country. You can of course taste some great wines at the many nice restaurants in Santa Ynez, but there are good reasons to visit the historic, western town:
- As mentioned above, Santa Ynez has lots of great places to take a break from your wine tour and grab a bite to eat. The Red Barn is a real down to earth steakhouse where they still put a bib around your neck if you order ribs. If you want some good Mexican food, there are a couple of options: Carlito’s, which has their main restaurant on State St. in Santa Barbara, has authentic Mexican dishes and a wide selection of Tequilas, or if you just want to grab a quick burrito, try SY burrito, Santa Ynez’ version of Chipotle. Grappolo serves tasty Italian fare, The Vineyard House offers fine wine country cuisine, and for breakfast, you should hit the Longhorn – they have fantastic omelets.
- The Maverick Saloon, the most popular destination for visitors to this western-style town complete with building facades that make it look like a set for an old Clint Eastwood movie, is a real country bar and a Santa Ynez landmark.
- Santa Ynez is home to the Chumash Indian Tribe’s casino, appropriately named the Chumash Casino Resort.
- The Santa Ynez Historical Museum has interesting artifacts both from the town’s history as an old stagecoach stop and from the Chumash tribe.
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