Santa Ynez

Located in northern Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley is just 35 miles from the beaches of Santa Barbara, 125 miles up the coast from Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. Tour and taste acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and other varietals at over 70 world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Golf, hike, bike, fish, see wildlife, tour a horse ranch, take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard or waterside at Lake Cachuma. Savor delicious meals within every budget from gourmet wine country cuisine to Danish, international and classic American favorites.


The town of Carpinteria is perfect for a quiet working trip, romantic getaway or family vacation, with antique and specialty shops galore, restaurants, parks, stores and all of the important services ­ even a pool, theater and a movie house. In Carpinteria, you'll be right in touch with destinations that make our California coast a traveler's delight. Deep sea fishing, bathing and surf, golf, tennis, even polo grounds. Festivals, fiestas, historic treasures and a world of scenic pleasures. Experience the beauty of Carpinteria at Carpinteria Shores Vacation Rentals!


The city was renamed Ojai - a Chumash word meaning 'the Nest' or 'Valley of the Moon' - when the name Nordhoff was deemed too German post-World War I. The main turning point in the development of the city was the coming of Edward Drummond Libbey. He saw the valley and fell in love, thinking up many plans for expansion and beautification of the existing rustic town. He helped design, finance and build a more modern and fitting downtown, including a Spanish-style arcade, a bell-tower reminiscent of the famous campanile in Havana, and a pergola opposite the arcade. His buildings still exist today in exquisite condition as the symbols of the city and its valley. To thank Libbey for his gifts to the town, the citizens proposed a celebration to take place on March 2nd of each year. Libbey declined their offer to call it "Libbey Day," and instead suggested "Ojai Day." The celebration still takes place each year. Today, Ojai is an active, though small, community. Libbey's pergola was destroyed in 1971, and was recently rebuilt to complete the architectural continuity of the downtown area.

List of local Restaurants

Phone Location Cusine
Aldo's Italian Restaurant 805-963-6687 Downtown Italian
Andria's Harborside 805-966-3000 West Beach Seafood
Arts & Letters Cafe 805-730-1463 Downtown California
Azuma Japanese Restaurant 805-966-2139 Downtown Japanese
The Big Yellow House 805-969-4140 Summerland American
Bistro Eleven Eleven 805-730-1111 East Beach California
Blue Agave Cafe & Bar 805-899-4694 Downtown California
The Brown Pelican 805-687-4550 Hendry's Beach California
Bucatini Trattoria & Pizzeria 805-957-4177 Downtown Italian
Ca'Dario Restaurant 805-884-9419 Downtown Italian
Cafe Del Sol 805-969-0448 Bird Refuge Mexican
Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina 805-962-7117 Downtown Mexican
Cava Restaurant & Bar 805-969-8500 Montecito Mexican
Chad's Restaurant 805-568-1876 Downtown American
The Chase Bar & Grill 805-965-4351 Downtown Italian
The China Castle Restaurant 805-962-6602 Downtown Chinese
Citronelle 805-963-0111 West Beach French
Edomasa 805-687-0210 Downtown Japanese
E.J.'s Cafe 805-966-1101 Downtown American
Elephant Bar Restaurant 805-964-0779 Goleta American
Enterprise Fish Company 805-962-3313 West Beach Seafood
Flavor of India 805-682-6561 Upper State Indian
Fresh Choice Restaurant 805-965-6599 Downtown Salad Buffet
Giselle's Trattoria Pizzeria 805-963-8219 Downtown Italian
Keeper's Lighthouse 805-965-1174 West Beach Steak/Seafood
La Playa Azul Cafe 805-966-2860 Downtown Mexican
Left At Albuquerque 805-564-5040 Downtown Mexican
The Palace Grill 805-963-5000 Downtown Cajun/Creole
Palazzio Trattoria Italiana 805-969-8565 Montecito Italian
Palazzio Trattoria Italiana 805-564-1985 Downtown Italian
Pane e Vino 805-969-9274 Montecito Italian
Papagallo's 805-963-8374 Downtown Peruvian
Pino's Ristorante Italiano 805-967-1933 Goleta Italian
Santa Barbara Pizza Company 805-568-1700 Downtown Italian
Via Vai Restaurant 805-565-9393 Montecito Italian
Wine Cask 805-966-9463 Downtown California
Woody's Beach Club & Cantina 805-967-3775 Goleta Barbeque