Skip to content

Guidebook for Solvang

Meagan

Guidebook for Solvang

Sightseeing
Historic Ballard School, an Historic Landmark. In continuous use since 1883.
Ballard Elementary School
2425 School St
Historic Ballard School, an Historic Landmark. In continuous use since 1883.
Miniature Ponies galore! Stop by and ogle these little cuties!
6
locals recommend
Quicksilver Ranch
1555 Alamo Pintado Road
6
locals recommend
Miniature Ponies galore! Stop by and ogle these little cuties!
Founding families of the Santa Ynez Valley including Ballard, Lewis, and Davison, Lyons, and the famous (or infamous) Eddie Sedgwick, are interred at the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Oak Hill Cemetery District
2560 Baseline Ave
Founding families of the Santa Ynez Valley including Ballard, Lewis, and Davison, Lyons, and the famous (or infamous) Eddie Sedgwick, are interred at the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Drinks & Nightlife
Delicious wines and charming tasting room, including outdoor gazebo is perfect for weddings and every special occasion.
Lincourt Vineyards
1711 Alamo Pintado Road
Delicious wines and charming tasting room, including outdoor gazebo is perfect for weddings and every special occasion.
Wonderful tasting room and vineyard along the Alamo Pintado Wine Trail. Organic farm produce in the Summer.
Buttonwood
Wonderful tasting room and vineyard along the Alamo Pintado Wine Trail. Organic farm produce in the Summer.
One of the most scenic of the Vineyards, Rusack has a lovely outdoor picnic deck nestled under great Oaks. Delisious wines, it's the perfect spot for your Valley wine tour.
Rideau Vineyard
1562 Alamo Pintado Road
One of the most scenic of the Vineyards, Rusack has a lovely outdoor picnic deck nestled under great Oaks. Delisious wines, it's the perfect spot for your Valley wine tour.
Another great location, and absolutely gorgeous buildings and architecture. Lovely setting and perfect for another round of tastings...
6
locals recommend
Beckmen Vineyards
2670 Ontiveros Road
6
locals recommend
Another great location, and absolutely gorgeous buildings and architecture. Lovely setting and perfect for another round of tastings...
Located along the Santa Ynez River, this is one of the loveliest buildings - constructed of rock, for a very Tuscan flavor. Perfect at sunset.
9
locals recommend
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
125 North Refugio Road
9
locals recommend
Located along the Santa Ynez River, this is one of the loveliest buildings - constructed of rock, for a very Tuscan flavor. Perfect at sunset.
Also a music venue. Try the Los Olivos location if you're on that side of town. Live music weekend afternoons and evenings. Both are large venues with nice outdoor garden areas.
10
locals recommend
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
45 Industrial Way
10
locals recommend
Also a music venue. Try the Los Olivos location if you're on that side of town. Live music weekend afternoons and evenings. Both are large venues with nice outdoor garden areas.
Music on the weekends in the afternoons and evenings. Tasty beer and nice outdoor garden area. Also try their flagship brewery on Industrial Way in Buellton.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
2363 Alamo Pintado Avenue
Music on the weekends in the afternoons and evenings. Tasty beer and nice outdoor garden area. Also try their flagship brewery on Industrial Way in Buellton.
The Maverick is one of the only places in the SYV where you can find nightly music, dancing, and karaoke. Call ahead or go online to find out what's happening while you're in town.
Sagunto St. & Meadowvale Rd. (The Maverick)
The Maverick is one of the only places in the SYV where you can find nightly music, dancing, and karaoke. Call ahead or go online to find out what's happening while you're in town.
Food Scene
Dinner. One of the best restaurants in town, Owner and Chef Budi Kazali lends his creative touch to his farm-to-table cuisine. The menu is regularly updated with fresh, delectable, offerings. Inside, recent updates include private booths as well as a larger "gathering table" for walk-ins or a larger group. It's a social environment and the staff are friendly well-versed on the menu. Reservations in advance are helpful. Just steps from the Ballard Suite Spot!
9
locals recommend
Ballard Inn & Gathering Table
2436 Baseline Avenue
9
locals recommend
Dinner. One of the best restaurants in town, Owner and Chef Budi Kazali lends his creative touch to his farm-to-table cuisine. The menu is regularly updated with fresh, delectable, offerings. Inside, recent updates include private booths as well as a larger "gathering table" for walk-ins or a larger group. It's a social environment and the staff are friendly well-versed on the menu. Reservations in advance are helpful. Just steps from the Ballard Suite Spot!
Tasty gourmet pizza's, salads, and more.
Leonardo's Ristorante-Pizzeria
632 Alamo Pintado Rd
Tasty gourmet pizza's, salads, and more.
Dinner. Busy, hopping, and tiny! Just a few tables and seating at the bar. Great food and a delicious selection of wines, this is a great find - hidden away inside the courtyard at Frederick's Court.
Toscana
485 Alisal Rd
Dinner. Busy, hopping, and tiny! Just a few tables and seating at the bar. Great food and a delicious selection of wines, this is a great find - hidden away inside the courtyard at Frederick's Court.
Excellent coffee shop and cafe, it's the hub of this neighborhood where you'll find locals and tourists alike. Charming flagstone patio provides nicely filtered light on a sunny afternoon. Dogs are welcome. And, walk next door for excellent shopping at Wendy Foster and the newer Anouk home store.
6
locals recommend
Corner House Cafe
2902 San Marcos Avenue
6
locals recommend
Excellent coffee shop and cafe, it's the hub of this neighborhood where you'll find locals and tourists alike. Charming flagstone patio provides nicely filtered light on a sunny afternoon. Dogs are welcome. And, walk next door for excellent shopping at Wendy Foster and the newer Anouk home store.
The Landsby Hotel, is recently re-imagined in what they're calling "modern scandinavian" decor. Natural mid-century style wood and fiber textiles with tribal motifs proliferate the common spaces throughout. The bar was also recently expanded with windows that look over patio and courtyard to the South, and the bustling street scene to the North. Bar enticements include a single happy hour specialty cocktail nightly plus simple yet tasty bar menu offerings. Sit outside on Summer evenings and enjoy the newly updated courtyard patio, or dine in the modern restaurant, Mad & Vin.
The Landsby
1576 Mission Drive
The Landsby Hotel, is recently re-imagined in what they're calling "modern scandinavian" decor. Natural mid-century style wood and fiber textiles with tribal motifs proliferate the common spaces throughout. The bar was also recently expanded with windows that look over patio and courtyard to the South, and the bustling street scene to the North. Bar enticements include a single happy hour specialty cocktail nightly plus simple yet tasty bar menu offerings. Sit outside on Summer evenings and enjoy the newly updated courtyard patio, or dine in the modern restaurant, Mad & Vin.
Lunch and Dinner. Fabulous food for the foodies in the crowd. Delicious and creative fare, these small plates are for sharing! The wine and beer are varied and priced affordably, and for those who want to bring their own bottle after a long day of wine tasting - there is no corkage! Seating is communal and the conversation lively. (*One of our favorites)
20
locals recommend
Industrial Eats
181 Industrial Way
20
locals recommend
Lunch and Dinner. Fabulous food for the foodies in the crowd. Delicious and creative fare, these small plates are for sharing! The wine and beer are varied and priced affordably, and for those who want to bring their own bottle after a long day of wine tasting - there is no corkage! Seating is communal and the conversation lively. (*One of our favorites)
Brewery and Restaurant, this is one of the staples of good food, wine and beer in the Valley. Consistently delicious and friendly, the seating is usually quick and you can also eat in the bar area. Sports TV's located in the bar area so you don't have to miss the game!
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
670 McMurray Rd
Brewery and Restaurant, this is one of the staples of good food, wine and beer in the Valley. Consistently delicious and friendly, the seating is usually quick and you can also eat in the bar area. Sports TV's located in the bar area so you don't have to miss the game!
Lunch and Dinner. Great location on Grand Ave, Los Olivos. Patio seating as well.
The Bear and Star
2860 Grand Ave
Lunch and Dinner. Great location on Grand Ave, Los Olivos. Patio seating as well.
Lunch and Dinner. Good food and cocktails in Los Olivos. Bustling open dining room and front patio dining as well.
8
locals recommend
Sides Hardware and Shoes - a Brothers Restaurant
2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue
8
locals recommend
Lunch and Dinner. Good food and cocktails in Los Olivos. Bustling open dining room and front patio dining as well.
Lunch and Dinner. Delicious food and the best wine selection in town. Front patio dining under the wisteria vines.
13
locals recommend
Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe
2879 Grand Ave
13
locals recommend
Lunch and Dinner. Delicious food and the best wine selection in town. Front patio dining under the wisteria vines.
Italian food in Santa Ynez, a favorite all over the Valley. Reservations recommended. Front patio seating under the covered porch.
14
locals recommend
Trattoria Grappolo
3687 Sagunto Street
14
locals recommend
Italian food in Santa Ynez, a favorite all over the Valley. Reservations recommended. Front patio seating under the covered porch.
Breakfast. Best Danish pancakes around. Go before 9:00 on the weekends or you'll end up with a long wait.
12
locals recommend
Paula's Pancake House
1531 Mission Drive
12
locals recommend
Breakfast. Best Danish pancakes around. Go before 9:00 on the weekends or you'll end up with a long wait.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Casual sit-down dining. California cuisine with a mediterranean bent. Coffee drinks as well. And, everything is available "to-go" as needed.
Santa Ynez Cafe
606 Alamo Pintado Road
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Casual sit-down dining. California cuisine with a mediterranean bent. Coffee drinks as well. And, everything is available "to-go" as needed.
Parks & Nature
Great spot for BBQ or picnic. Located along scenic Alisal Road, just short drive from anywhere in the Valley. It's a lovely setting for small or large groups. A quick walk up the main park road connects you to a dirt trail and small bridge crossing beyond which you'll find the Nojoqui Falls (pr: Na-ho-wee).
9
locals recommend
Nojoqui Falls Park
3250 Alisal Road
9
locals recommend
Great spot for BBQ or picnic. Located along scenic Alisal Road, just short drive from anywhere in the Valley. It's a lovely setting for small or large groups. A quick walk up the main park road connects you to a dirt trail and small bridge crossing beyond which you'll find the Nojoqui Falls (pr: Na-ho-wee).
Cruise Lake Cachuma for a scenic wildlife tour. The Lake is a major water source for Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. No swimming in the lake. The drought has water levels a low levels that make geology visible that is normally submerged. You can also hike to the Lake if you park at the Sweetwater Trail head (located at the Bradbury Dam view point). Approx. 3 hours round trip.
Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
2225 CA-154
Cruise Lake Cachuma for a scenic wildlife tour. The Lake is a major water source for Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. No swimming in the lake. The drought has water levels a low levels that make geology visible that is normally submerged. You can also hike to the Lake if you park at the Sweetwater Trail head (located at the Bradbury Dam view point). Approx. 3 hours round trip.
Hike Lovers Loop trail for a moderate 1.5 hour loop. For those with more stamina looking for a strenuous yet incredibly scenic hike, start at the same trailhead and hike Grass Mountain trail - especially in the Spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.
Figueroa Mountain Road
Hike Lovers Loop trail for a moderate 1.5 hour loop. For those with more stamina looking for a strenuous yet incredibly scenic hike, start at the same trailhead and hike Grass Mountain trail - especially in the Spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.
Shopping
Locally owned home decor store. Good prices and friendly staff. Located in the heart of Solvang along Alisal Rd.
The Home Connection, Inc.
4014 Florence Blvd
Locally owned home decor store. Good prices and friendly staff. Located in the heart of Solvang along Alisal Rd.
This is an antique collective, the first of it's kind in the Valley. Locally owned and operated, there is something for everyone at A Piece of the Past. Parking on-site.
A Piece of the Past Antique and Vintage Mall
1430 Mission Dr
This is an antique collective, the first of it's kind in the Valley. Locally owned and operated, there is something for everyone at A Piece of the Past. Parking on-site.
Fantastic consignment shop! Don't buy retail until you've been to TLC Consignments. Central location at the corner of Alisal Road and Mission Dr. Parking in the parking lot behind the store.
Traci & Laura's Consignments
1693 Mission Dr
Fantastic consignment shop! Don't buy retail until you've been to TLC Consignments. Central location at the corner of Alisal Road and Mission Dr. Parking in the parking lot behind the store.
Arts & Culture
Fantastic outdoor theater, with live performances from June thru October. And live midweek performances as well. Eat nearby before the performance and have a treat and a glass of wine when you get there. Make it a point to see a performance under the stars at this iconic local theater and you'll never forget the experience.
Solvang Festival Theater
420 2nd Street
Fantastic outdoor theater, with live performances from June thru October. And live midweek performances as well. Eat nearby before the performance and have a treat and a glass of wine when you get there. Make it a point to see a performance under the stars at this iconic local theater and you'll never forget the experience.
Groceries and Essentials
Local grocery store with array of produce including a nice assortment of Organic, deli counter with sandwiches and soups, a salad bar, reasonable coffee by the cup, and excellent selection of wines and spirits.
Valley Fresh Market
608 Alamo Pintado Rd
Local grocery store with array of produce including a nice assortment of Organic, deli counter with sandwiches and soups, a salad bar, reasonable coffee by the cup, and excellent selection of wines and spirits.
Beautiful array of produce including a large assortment of Organic, they also have a butcher shop, deli counter with delicious sandwiches and soups, a large salad bar, sushi bar, coffee shop with smoothies and green juice blends.
14
locals recommend
El Rancho Market
2886 Mission Drive
14
locals recommend
Beautiful array of produce including a large assortment of Organic, they also have a butcher shop, deli counter with delicious sandwiches and soups, a large salad bar, sushi bar, coffee shop with smoothies and green juice blends.