A little charmer just outside of Danish-style Solvang

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Santa Barbara

Feeling sorry that you can’t make that trip to Europe or beyond this summer? Well you can still enjoy a taste of French, a slice of Danish and some mighty fine wines without flying overseas.   It’s part of the charm of little Hotel Ynez. And you don’t need a passport.

The 20-room  boutique property  perches  in a story book setting  two miles from the story-book Danish-style town of Solvang.  It provides the perfect place to relax.  Especially with hammocks hung on your private patio. Or with special  Matouk bedding. Picturesque accommodations feature  vintage vanities, hand-painted tile, and retro mini-fridges.

Food service

Breakfast is offered on a ‘grab and go’  basis.  You get box of fresh fruit,  banana bread, apple cake,  coffee and teas.  And, at sunset there’s  a wine party on the lawn  supplemented with  patés and fresh bread from cult favorite local bakery Bob’s Well Bread.

Hotel Ynez gives you a taste of the  Santa Maria BBQ heritage with specialty BBQ dinner kits. The offering includes house seasoned steak, burgers, and seasonal veggies. And they bring it to your room to prepare on a Weber grill.

To work off the calories a fleet of complimentary bikes are at your disposal perfect for a fun ride to the story book town of  Solvang..


Hotel Ynez is a  Nomada Hotel Group property. It’s a company that specializes in transforming forgotten Central Coast properties into modern gathering spaces.

About Santa Barbara

Snuggled against a pristine stretch of California’s central coastline, Santa Barbara embellishes the Golden State’s Spanish influence, laid-back vibe, and upscale sensibility.

Of its many attractions are  sandy beaches where locals and tourists, swim, surf, sunbathe, hike and bike.

Beaching it

Nearby beaches include East Beach. It’s just steps from Santa Barbara’s main thoroughfare which offers shopping, dining, and Stearns Wharf, the oldest working pier in California. There are volleyball courts and a grass park with picnic tables. People often rent surreys or bike at Wheel Fun Rentals to explore the waterfront and harbor.

If you’re traveling with a dog walk him at  Arroyo Burro Beach. For awesome sunset views you can’t beat Butterfly Beach in Montecito.  And, for surfing, boogie boarding and the like, Leadbetter Beach rules.

There are plenty of dining options  nearby.  Cafes, casual taqueria and elegant wine bars and restaurants thrive on State Street.

Pavlus offers tours that include Santa Barbara. Check out this one.


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