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While there are still some restrictions, local wineries, restaurants and residences are ready to help travelers catch up.

February16 – (SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.) – The reopening of the Santa Ynez Valley to visitors, particularly recreational accommodations and the reopening of outdoor restaurants and wineries, could not have come at a better time for those suffering from the effects of Groundhog Day fatigue.

According to the latest report from Destination Analysts, more than half of American travelers (53.1%) reported suffering from cabin fever at least half the time in the last 30 days. A year after the implementation of COVID-19 travel restrictions in California, it’s no wonder that the Santa Ynez Valley has become a popular destination for those looking to travel again.

I don’t know if it’s the fever, the lack of travel or just back to what we love, but we’re just as excited to see fresh, new and friendly faces in the valley. I’m sure visitors will see something different than the four walls they were largely limited to last year, said Shelby Sim, President and CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez Valley is a community of hosts, artists, vendors and creators. We are here to provide a way out, and the opportunity to share our purpose with others is a challenge we gladly accept.

The road started there on the 25th. January, when Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the statewide stay-at-home policy and paved the way for the resumption of recreation and related services. Here are some of the most notable services and tourist attractions in the Santa Ynez Valley that have recently reopened or had their restrictions eased :

  • A vacation trip to the Santa Ynez Valley is allowed.
  • Hotels and accommodation establishments open with modifications
  • The restaurants are open for outdoor dining, take-out and delivery.
  • Open cellars for open-air catering
  • Retail density is limited to 25% on the site.
  • Remnants of outdoor recreation, including golf courses, hiking trails, and parks.

For information and recent updates on travel restrictions, see sectionSafe Travel in the Santa Ynez ValleyonVisitSYV.com.

As we continue to see a decrease in cases and an increase in vaccinations, we hope that travelers’ optimism continues and that Southern California residents, followed by other Californians and eventually visitors from outside the Golden State, can return safely and once again enjoy the pleasures of visiting the Santa Ynez Valley, Sim said. It is also important to note that the resumption of leisure travel and the relaxation of restrictions does not mean that the pandemic is over. We cannot stress enough how important it is that visitors always look after their own safety and that of others, so that they can continue to enjoy this beautiful valley and we can continue to share it with them.

For more information (or to find attractions, book accommodations and activities) and to create your own itinerary, visitVisitSYV.com.

About the Santa Ynez Valley:

Just two hours from Los Angeles and four hours from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to six distinct cities, each with its own culture, life and range of experiences. Surrounded by fertile farms and vineyards, the temperate wine region of California’s Central Coast offers the opportunity to host a variety of events year-round in the historic communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. World-class restaurants and wines await you, as well as accommodation of all levels, attracted by an atmosphere where the Old World and the Old West blend colorfully. Visit more than 100 wineries, taste chefs’ specialties and enjoy festive events and design details from Victorian times to the middle of the last century and modern Danish cuisine. For more information, including a list of wedding venues, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and events, visitVisitSYV.com.

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