When the Santa Ynez Inn was built in 2001, it had a look to it that defied its generation, going back in time touching an era circa the late 1800’s, with ornate Victorian architecture and finite details meant to entice and capture your senses, and it does. But an Inn isn’t meant to impress you simply based on its architecture, and the team at the Santa Ynez Inn didn’t stop there. With relaxation and pampering in mind, they continued creating a haven for travelers, honeymooners, and oenophiles.
Upon arrival, they invite you to explore their exterior decorated with immaculate gardens, dripping with the sound of layered fountain water and bewildering flowers. As you step inside, enjoy a sumptuous wine and hors d’oeuvres hour in their grand dinning room, serving premium local wines and gourmet treats. With an array of ‘extras’ the Inn is one of the most impressive boutique hotels around. The Inn has luxury spa treatments available for guests and serves a full gourmet breakfast each morning. It’s rooms are fully equipped, adorned with treats like push-button fireplaces, vaulted ceilings with built in surround sound stereo, flatscreen televisions (that you’ll never use), down comforters and pillows that make bed hard to leave, steam and rain showers, temperature controlled tile flooring (to warm your feet), and a jacuzzi tub. The bathroom itself it worth the stay! After exploring the room and all it’s lavish comforts, grab a robe and head back outside, meandering down the cobblestone pathway to the hidden whirlpool jacuzzi for a private outdoor escape.
The location is another vindication for a stay here at the Santa Ynez Inn, you’ll be allured by the charm and history of the Santa Ynez Valley and all it’s offerings. It’s the only hotel within walking distance of the famous honky tonk The Maverick Saloon, and is surrounded by dinning gems like Dos Carlitos, where you can get delicious $5 margaritas and award winning chips and salsa, or you can saunter down to Trattoria Grappolo and visit with transplant Italian Chef Leonardo Curti and find out what inspires his cuisine – not to mention, it is in the crux of the Santa Ynez Valley, where Santa Barbara wines are world famous. With vineyards and tasting rooms nearby and the Inn’s ardent staff who have both recommendations as well as complimentary tastings to many local wineries, you won’t have to do any of the planning. So, if you are a seeker of luxury, check in for a few nights at the Santa Ynez Inn; it’ll be the stay of a lifetime.