Luxe Life: Santa Ynez Inn

Santa Ynez offers upscale ranch-style accommodations in the heart of California wine country via historic retreat.

The little town of Santa Ynez might not be your first choice for a luxurious wine country weekend. But Santa Ynez (population 4,250), once a rustic retreat for the Hollywood set, offers upscale ranch-style accommodations in the heart of California wine country via historic retreat. The Santa Ynez Inn was built on the site of a circa 1900 stagecoach house, opened in 2001 and had rooms added in 2008. With a AAA four-diamond rating, it offers easy elegance in its 20 spacious guest rooms featuring working fireplaces, jacuzzi baths, steam showers and media entertainment centers. The grounds invite exploration—guests have access to an outdoor heated whirlpool, sun deck and gardens with lush fountains. A fully equipped spa on the premises offers services like the sage and warm stone massage, based on a Native American healing ritual. Post-pampering, the inn is an ideal base for exploring the charming town which offers upscale shops and excellent eateries (like Vineyard House and Grappolo) along with the valley’s 80 plus wineries. If exploring the beautiful countryside is your aim, just over the hill is the Pacific coast and the city of Sa ta Barbara. Plush extras include a full breakfast served gratis in the dining room, which also boasts an evening wine hour with hors d’oeuvres and a dessert buffet. Spring through Fall, the weather is ideal. Rates start at $295 per night.

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