If you like being outdoors, it is hard to imagine a better place to live than the Santa Ynez Valley. An abundance of sun-drenched days and mild temperatures year round make it a breeze to get outside and have fun, all within the stunning backdrop of sage-green and golden oak-studded foothills of the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges.
You can choose to have an easy bike ride from the coffee shop in Santa Ynez to lunch in Los Olivos, through the vineyards and lavender farms, or challenge yourself by going to the top of Figueroa Mountain, one of the famed climbs in California. Take a lunch and head into the backcountry on foot or on a mountain bike, and feel like you have left civilization behind, or head to Camino Cielo or Gaviota Peak and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.
Horseback riding is everywhere, from fancy dressage to cantering in the open fields with the wind in your hair. If you like being on the water or fishing, the glimmering Lake Cachuma is for you. The River Course at the Alisal presents golfers with breathtaking panoramas of the valley and its surrounding. The Santa Ynez Valley is truly a paradise for outdoor lovers.