Horse lovers know that there is nothing like time with their equine partners. There is something truly magical about it! No matter how pressing life is, moments spent with a horse somehow insist you slow down and be present in the moment. Now pair that equine zen with a travel destination in which time slows down enough to set aside the details and stresses of everyday life…and an opportunity for true vacation bliss is born. The Santa Ynez Valley is one of those gems, where the pastoral ambiance affords visitors with an ease as promising as the ‘equine therapy’ also available there. Meander the country roads and stop to meet up with one of the many horses along the way or join in a twilight ride followed by world-class yet unpretentious wine tasting. It is an equestrian paradise offering a multitude of choices for all levels of horse expertise: from the city slicker to the seasoned rider, from trail riding to tours of breeding farms. Here’s a glimpse into it all.
A DAY OF WINE & HORSES – offers customized tours to world famous horse facilities and professionally guided tastings in the Santa Ynez Valley’s fabulous wineries. A delightful gourmet lunch is served on location and tours are based on the individual preferences of guests (riding or simply touring), assuring an unforgettable experience sampling the finest the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. Whether you are a horse lover or wine lover, or better yet, both, it is an unforgettable experience.
Quicksilver Ranch – There isn’t much cuter than these tiny equines. Get up close and personal with miniature horses. Open to visitors every day from 10am-3pm. Tours are available by appointment also.
Vino Vaqueros, located along the Foxen Canyon wine trail, Vino Vaqueros lets you experience the rustic beauty, splendid vistas, and verdant vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley, cowboy style.Travel through Fess Parker Winery’s cattle ranch and up a mountain to a view that stretches for miles, then descend through the vineyard for a close-up tour of the vines. Your experience is completed with wine tasting and lunch or dinner.
Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary is dedicated to the preservation of the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses through sanctuary, education, and conservation. The organization strives to enrich the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world and offers the opportunity to connect to your inner self, nature, and wild horses. Experience yoga outdoors in the fresh clean air and rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s Central Coast. Dine (al fresco) on fresh organic vegetarian fare. Practice stillness and mindfulness both in motion and sitting meditation. Journey into the world of wild horses with morning and evening hikes. Experience progressive healing including Reiki, crystal therapy, aromatherapy and yoga. Special events include: Guided Wild Horse Walks, Wild Horse Photography Workshops, Guided Wild Burro Walks, Private Tours, Photo Safaris, Kid’s Days and Nights at the Ranch, and more!
The 2nd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic in Buellton takes place Saturday, July 20, 2013. Fast paced polo action, world class skill and those fabulous hats all benefiting People Helping People. Featuring several of the highest rated players in the world in addition to local Santa Ynez Valley polo celebrities, it is sure to be the event of the season!
Stay with us at at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott and make it the perfect equestrian inspired getaway. We invite you to relax, recharge, and take home fantastic memories and maybe even a few bottles of you favorite vintage!