Around the Area
Solvang & The Santa Ynez Valley
Tucked within the rolling hills of Santa Barbara wine country is the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Nestled below the Santa Ynez mountain range are the towns of Solvang, Ballard, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Buellton—all within a short drive from The Alisal. Savor everything the area has to offer from wine, craft beer and spirits tasting to Danish pastries and farm-to-table cuisine; antique stores to boutique shops; art galleries to museums and so much more.
The Alisal is only 5 minutes from downtown Solvang, a quaint Danish-style village home to more than half a dozen bakeries, fine dining, sweet shops, wine and craft beer tasting, galleries, boutique shops and family activities.
Extend your stay and explore all that Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley have to offer. Click below to learn more about the region we call home:
Extend your stay at The Alisal and explore Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley for even more family-friendly adventures off the Ranch. Try your hand at virtual reality or an escape room. Want to feed some Ostrich or visit miniature horses? Your family will never get bored during your visit with so many choices. Here are some of our kid-friendly favorites:
Arts & Culture
Perhaps inspired by the beautiful rolling hills, the sprawling vineyards or the purple mountains during sunset, arts and culture abound in the Santa Ynez Valley. Galleries, museums, live music, outdoor theater and events are plentiful in this serene setting. Find your inspiration at one of our favorite arts and culture venues:
On the mission for the perfect gift? Whether shopping for a loved one or looking to spoil yourself, you will find many family-owned boutiques throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. From locally-made goods to European imports, artisan-made gifts to treasured antiques, there are over 150 unique shops in Solvang alone to explore. Here are some of our favorite boutiques for your shopping pleasure:
Tastes of the Santa Ynez Valley
Fresh, flavorful meals await in the Santa Ynez Valley. Enjoy the best local eateries for lunch, a quick bite, or a sweet treat as you explore the area. Foodies, take dining to the next level by incorporating local fare into your valley adventure by adding olive oil tasting and farm stand shopping to your itinerary. Here are some of our favorite places to please your palate:
Wineries and vineyards are among the most popular places to visit in the Santa Ynez Valley—just minutes away from The Alisal. Find beautiful scenery, welcoming vintners and world-class wine with varietals from Pinot Noir to Syrah, Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling wine and more. Most mountain ranges along North and South America’s coasts run north-south but Santa Barbara County’s wine country has three mountain ranges that run east-west, carrying the cool ocean air deep into the Santa Ynez Valley, resulting in a cool climate region with well-balanced, food-friendly wines.
We have partnered with the following wineries to offer our guests special deals such as discounts and free tastings. Please contact our concierge for more details or to plan your wine tasting adventure.
Craft Beer & Spirits Tasting
They say it takes a lot of beer to make good wine and our local vintners enjoy craft beer and spirits like the rest of us. Visit a local brewery, taste local spirits or visit a wine and beer bar for the best of local and imported craft beers. Here are our favorite local tasting rooms for craft beer and spirits:
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