Santa Ynez is nestled among rolling hills and grape vines in a scenic area that hints of its Chumash history. This cowboy town delivers sophistication with its selection of modern shops, art galleries, and delightful restaurants. Late 1800’s-style building facades decorate the downtown area and add charm to this locale.
On average, there are 287 sunny days per year in Santa Ynez. The July high is around 83 degrees. The January low is 39. This region experiences warm and dry summers with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Santa Ynez has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate.
Recreation in Santa Ynez abounds both indoors and out. Visit Chumash Casino Resort for slot machines, table games, and a busy calendar of big-name, live entertainment. Enjoy an inspirational painting session–coupled with a glass of wine–in the vineyards. Take a horseback tour through vineyards and hills, or capture an aerial view of the valley from a hot air balloon. Challenge yourself with a vigorous hike to a historic schoolhouse or homestead. Nearby Cachuma Lake is a nature lover’s paradise with camping, hiking, boating, kayaking, and fishing.
Santa Ynez has five primary and secondary schools with Santa Ynez Valley Union High School scoring a perfect 10 in College Readiness. There is one private school with a class average size of 6:1. There are five colleges within 50 miles.
The median home value in Santa Ynez is $828,931. Home values remain unchanged over the past year, and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.1% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Santa Ynez is $662, which is higher than the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Metro average of $485.
The unique flavors of Santa Barbara wine country star in the dishes of Santa Ynez restaurants that feature local ingredients.Wineries and breweries are scattered throughout the valley. Experience a five-star dining experience or relax on a heated, outdoor lounge area for a pre-dinner cocktail. Be sure to pair your seasonal meal with local wines grown in the surrounding hills. Other dining options include burgers, Italian food, and more.