Santa Ynez Inn: Luxe Wine Country Stay

A recent refresh at the "Victorian-Inspired Hotel" makes for a gracious getaway.

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Santa Ynez Inn
"Designed after a historic turn-of-the-century hotel," the Santa Ynez Inn is known for its graceful approach, old-school trimmings, and those over-sized guest rooms. How over-sized is "over-sized"? Think 650 feet, on average.
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Santa Ynez Inn
"Designed after a historic turn-of-the-century hotel," the Santa Ynez Inn is known for its graceful approach, old-school trimmings, and those over-sized guest rooms. How over-sized is "over-sized"? Think 650 feet, on average.
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A pair of brick fire pits, and an outdoor fireplace, keep courtyard visitors toasty on chillier wine country nights. Adding illumination? Small twinkly lights, making the alfresco area a nice place to visit after sunset, too.
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Few hotels sport a library these days, but the warm-toned room at the inn is all about high-backed chairs, or leather chairs with feet-up ottomans, and art that feels as though it has been in place for decades. "Our goal was to create cozy and inviting spaces with hints of nostalgia — a blend of old and new — while keeping the charm of the inn alive," shared Janice Lesin, co-owner of the hotel.
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A "made-to-order" breakfast is served daily in the parlor, which is also the location of the later-in-the-day wine hour, an event that arrives with nibbles and conversation. As for tea and cookies to round out a day spent out around wine country? That's also a parlor staple.
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The sizable guest rooms also include sizable bathrooms, and "most include jetted whirlpool tubs," as well as heated floors. And might your room have a balcony or patio, the sort of outdoor space overlooking the gardens? Definitely a happy possibility.
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The Coach House, which sits next to the main building, was also renovated. Brick walls, a bar, and iron sconces make it a warm space for weddings and other events.
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Calling upon Santa Ynez Valley, either for a wine tasting or to host a wedding or party? Seek out the snug-in-spirit, spacious-in-reality rooms of the Santa Ynez Inn and its Coach House, two handsome structures that just received top-to-bottom renovations.
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