When one of your best friends picks up and moves to Santa Ynez there's only once sensible thing to do... quarterly trips up north to explore the area, get some quality time with one of your besties and eat ALL THE FOOD!
Santa Ynez is magic. It's one of my favorite places in all of California. The food, the people, the vibes, the cute shops... it's absolutely worth a visit. Below you'll find my must-see, must-do, must-eat places if you're ready for a trip!
COFFEE + BREAKFAST + BRUNCH:
Bob's Well Bread - Can't miss this stop for all the pastries! Truly some of the best pastries I've had stateside!
Queen Cup Coffee - you know I love a latte when I'm off on vacation!
Good Seed Coffee Boutique - Obvi... the more the merrier! Thomas will stop at every amazing coffee stop on any trip!
Belle's - Would never pass up a trip to Belle's in Los Alamos. It's truly such a wonderful French restaurant! It's a splurge so just be aware. But really a special place!
The Lucky Hen Larder - if you're looking for a quick lunch or cheeseboard or sandwich... this is the place!
Panino - more sandwiches! Kinda a local institution!
Bar Le Côte - Run, don't walk, to Bar Le Côte. It's a seafood Tavern in Los Olivos and it's darling.
SY Kitchen - one of my favorite places to stop for dinner and a bottle of wine!
Nella Kitchen & Bar - same owners as SY Kitchen. Great for a brunch on the patio.
Industrial Eats - a little bit outside of SY but great pizza and a perfect place to take kids.
Na Na Thai - some of the best Thai food I've ever had from the same owners at Bells and Bar Le Cote.
THINGS TO DO:
Wine tasting at Brave and Maiden - omg the chicest winery in town! I'm obsessed.
Carhartt Family Wines - another great stop for wine tasting.
Santa Ynez General Store - TAKE ALL MY MONEY. I love this place so much. The candles are out of this world and their inventory is beyond.
Forage Florals - a super cute floral store if you need some fresh stems. They also offer flower arrangement classes too!
Finley Farms Honor Stand - omg an honor farmstand! Can you even! How cute is that! Just swing by for whatever produce you need.
New Frontiers Natural Marketplace - perhaps one of my favorite grocery stores of all times.