Just off Highway 154 and Roblar Avenue, Bridlewood offers a Spanish-style setting with a breathtaking backyard view of its vineyard and crisp and tropical 2009 Chardonnay, smooth yet intense 2008 Pinot Noir and dark and full 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, all to try in their tasting room. Sunstone is located off of Highway 246 and Refugio Road and has a French country-style feel. It also has an embankment that looks over the Santa Ynez River, an Old World tasting room to try a rich 2007 Merlot Reserve or the bold 2007 Syrah Reserve. There is even a cave built into the hillside for barrel-aging.
Travel south on Highway 154 and visit the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area, which offers a picturesque view of the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains. The park also offers five different hiking trails through the Los Padres National Forest and Happy Canyon, the smallest Appalachian in the U.S. on the east end of the valley. The valley is also 35 minutes from the scenic Santa Barbara coastline. The drive through San Marcos Pass (Highway 154) to the Santa Ynez is like taking a trip right into a painting, with the fresh water of Lake Cachuma in front of you and rolling hills dotted with aging oak trees on either side.
Try visiting in June when Santa Ynez hosts Old Santa Ynez Days.