World-renowned Santa Barbara has it all – world class dining, a breathtaking picturesque setting on the ocean, world-class resorts, private estates, entertainment, accommodations, a full spectrum of activities as well as a rich history. Often referred to as the “American Riviera”, it is no wonder world travelers make Santa Barbara a priority destination for their special celebration.
Whether an ocean view (or actual on-the-beach) wedding, celebration at an elegant private estate, or enjoying the luxury and service of some of the finest world-class resorts in the nation, Santa Barbara is the place for elopements, nuptials and honeymoons.
What many do not know, however, is that Santa Barbara has its own vibrant wine country – a hidden jewel just 35 picturesque miles over the mountains. In this area known as the Santa Ynez Valley, the legendary hospitality native to Santa Barbara takes a more relaxed approach where ranch life, vineyards and lavender fields meet a bit of Tuscany and Provence.
Just a little over 120 miles north of Los Angeles, the Santa Ynez Valley includes several distinct communities: Santa Ynez, the historic, old western-style town; Los Olivos, with its small-town-USA feel with flag pole at the center of the main street, art galleries, and historic stagecoach stop restaurant; Ballard, with its apple and nut farms and miniature horse ranches; and Solvang, the quaint Danish capital of the United States. In all of these communities there is an eclectic blend of warm hospitality, international sophistication and grace reminiscent of a bygone era.
Special event venue options in the Santa Ynez Valley are numerous, including vineyards, ranches, old barns, historic landmarks, quaint churches, charming inns, hotels, and restaurants to suit every taste.
Activities available include horseback riding, hay rides, country western dancing, wine tasting, apple picking, seasonal fairs and celebrations, theatre (including popular summertime productions under the stars), golfing, hiking, fishing, biking, boating, shopping, browsing art galleries, antiquing, glider rides, and spa pampering.
With a mild year-round climate and gentle, distinctive seasons, it is no wonder that more and more people are choosing to host their landmark events in Santa Barbara’s very own wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley.
But no matter which Santa Barbara area one chooses for their celebration, one thing is for certain: a wedding in this exquisite destination hotspot will always provide a picture-perfect backdrop to ensure memories that last a lifetime!