Wine Tasting

While there are many fantastic wineries and tasting rooms to visit during your stay here in Santa Barbara Wine Country, we reccommend most highly these Fess Parker Family tasting rooms.

Fess Parker Winery

Situated among 118 planted acres of estate vineyard on the beautiful Foxen Canyon Trail, Fess Parker Winery was started in 1989 by Fess and his son Eli. Specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling & Viognier. More Info

Epiphany Cellars Tasting Room

The passion project of Fess’ son Eli Parker, Epiphany Cellars is one of the region's premier producers of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache & Rhone style blends. More Info

The Bubble Shack

The newest addition to the Fess Parker Family, Bubble Shack is a collaborative effort for Parker siblings Eli Parker and Ashley Parker Snider featuring sparkling wines from the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Barbara County. More Info

Tessa Marie Wines

Carrying on the family legacy, Fess Parker's granddaughter showcases her love of Italian varietals through her Tessa Marie label. More Info

Beer Tasting

Even in Santa Barbara Wine Country the beer culture is alive, thriving and growing very rapidly!

Wandering Dog Wine Bar

1539-C Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 686-9126 |

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

45 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427

(805) 694-2252 |

Solvang Brewing Company

1547 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 688-2337 |

Firestone Walker Brewery

620 McMurray Ave, Buellton, CA 93427

(805) 686-1557 |

Randy’s Taproom at C & R Imports

1525 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 686-9456 |

Nearby Golf Courses

With four nearby golf courses to choose from, guests of the Fess Parker Inn who are golf enthusiasts will be sure to find a course to enjoy while taking in the gorgeous surrounding landscape of Santa Barbara Wine Country.

La Purisima Golf Course

3455 State Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA 93436

(805) 735-8395

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(877) RSM-1804 / (805) 683-6334

River Course at the Alisal

150 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 688-6042

Zaca Creek Golf Course

223 Shadow Mountain Dr, Buellton, CA 93427

(805) 688-2575

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing day in the great outdoors. With mild temperatures & typically sunny skies, the lake is a great place for boating, kayaking, fishing, and hiking.

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Cachuma Lake Nature Center

Cachuma Lake Nature Center was established in 1988, to encourage public understanding, enjoyment, and protection of Cachuma Lake, the Upper Santa Ynez River, and the San Rafael Mountain Range Watershed. It is located within Cachuma Recreation Area in a picturesque old ranch house. Developed and operated by a corps of committed volunteers, it offers exhibits on the local valley and mountain environment for all ages, emphasizing hands-on exhibits to appeal to children.

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Helicopter Tours

We invite you to take to the skies above Santa Barbara County with an adventurous helicopter tour or luxurious helicopter charter. The entire Santa Barbara Helicopters staff is committed to do its best to make your helicopter flight a safe and enjoyable experience.

Explore the “American Riviera” by air, experience the breathtaking scenery and landmarks surrounding Santa Barbara County, including: Stern’s Wharf, State Street,SB Mission, Clark Mansion, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, and Oprah Winfrey’s estate.

In addition, they also offer eco-tourism sight seeing helicopter flights. These adventurous flights include: aerial helicopter tours over the Channel Islands National Park, Whale Watching helicopter flights over the beach and ocean, and helicopter wine tours of the world renowned vineyards and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley and Solvang.

Let us know if we can assist you in setting up your helicopter adventure or you can contact Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours directly at:

Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours

515 Marxmiller Pl

Santa Barbara, CA 93117

1-844-30-FLYSB (toll-free) / (805) 845-4500

Hot Air Balloon Tours

Family owned and operated since 1994, Sky's The Limit Ballooning Adventures is the premier provider of hot air balloon tours in Santa Barbara County. Their experienced crew and FAA commercial licensed pilots are ready to take you on a journey surpassing any adventure you have encountered.

Sky's The Limit pilots have over 30 years of flight experience combined and each pilot is one of 24 pilots that provide passenger rides for the Albuquerque International balloon festival and have an impeccable safety record. Their balloons and vehicles are regularly maintained and inspected to ensure a safe and unforgettable experience.

Let us know if we can assist you in setting up your hot air balloon adventure through wine country or you can contact Sky's The Limit Ballooning Adventures directly at:

Sky's The Limit Ballooning Adventures

P.O. Box 130001

Carlsbad, CA 92013-0001

(760) 602-0295

Cycling In Wine Country

Known as the world-famous training ground of the likes of Lance Armstrong and other renowned cyclists, Santa Ynez Valley is home to some of the most picturesque cycling routes in California suitable for the casual rider and seasoned pro alike. Please let a Guest Services Agent know you plan to do some cycling during your stay at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and we will happily assist you in planning your rides!

Below are two excellent cycling tour companies we highly recommend:

Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours

3630 Sagunto Street, PO Box 1439

Santa Ynez, CA 93460

(888) 557-8687 / (805) 686-9490

Backroads Bike Tours

801 Cedar St.

Berkeley, CA 94710-1800

800-GO-ACTIVE (800-462-2848)


Vino Vaqueros

Vino Vaqueros offers a private, 90-minute horseback ride with optional wine tasting and gourmet lunch through the beautiful Fess Parker ranch and vineyard in Los Olivos.  Children and first-time riders welcome! More Info

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

Visit Return to Freedom, the American Wild Horse Sanctuary, for an educational tour and hike to learn about the importance of these animals both in our culture and ecology, past and present. More Info

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

Rancho Oso is located in the heart of the Los Padres National Forest and its hundreds of miles of riding trails, providing many different horseback rides to choose from. More Info

Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch

Aleck and Louise Stribling, the owners of Quicksilver Ranch, have bred miniatures since 1983. It’s open to visitors every day from 10am to 3pm.  Quicksilver Ranch does not offer petting pens or rides, but you are able to get up close and personal with the miniature horses. More Info

Art / Galleries

There is no shortage of art galleries and boutique museums in Santa Ynez Valley to satisfy and inspire the artistically inclined. Here are just a handful of galleries and art museums nearby:

Wildling Art Museum

2928 San Marcos Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441

(805) 688-1082

Elverhoj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 686-1211

Suzan Hamilton-Todd Studio/Gallery

1050 Edison St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

(805) 350-3164

Gallery Los Olivos

2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441

(805) 688-7517


In addition to art museums, there are cultural museums throughout the Santa Ynez Valley as well. These wonderfully quaint museums make a fun and educational way to break up a full day of wine tasting:

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

(805) 688-7889

Elverhoj Museum of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 686-1211

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

320 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 686-9722

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

1680 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 688-2052

Theater & Movies

Solvang Theaterfest

Enjoy theater under the stars in Solvang! With shows from June to September, the Solvang Festival Theater is a unique 700-seat open air arena theater in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley providing visitors a place to experience the magic of live arts entertainment for the past 35 years. More Info

PCPA Theaterfest

A nationally-renowned theatre company performing year-round in Santa Maria at the Allan Hancock College Performing Arts Center and the parent company to the outdoor Solvang Theaterfest. More Info

Summer Outdoor Movies

Every summer there are various outdoor movie series hosted in Los Olivos, Solvang and at various local wineries. If you are visiting us in the summer, be sure to ask a Guest Services Agent where and when to find them during your stay!

Parks Plaza Movie Theater

If you like to unwind in front of a movie after a long day of wine tasting, you’ll be pleased to know that only 15 minutes away in Buellton is our local movie theater. It shows current releases and will satisy your movie craving. More Info

Music & Nightlife

Santa Barbara Bowl

Built in 1936, the Santa Barbara Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in Santa Barbara County, with a capacity of 4,562. To this day, it retains its intimate ambiance as a beautiful and natural outdoor venue. More Info

Maverick Saloon, Santa Ynez

One of the last original, thriving California saloons, the Maverick gives locals and visitors a little taste of the Old West. In addition to live music, karaoke, line dancing and DJs, it is also home to TALES FROM THE TAVERN, a 10-15 show concert series that seeks to connect artists and audiences in a creative and exciting way. More Info

Randy’s Taproom at C&R Imports

From the outside, C&R Imports is an antique and imported furniture store. But tucked in the back of the store is a bar serving up a modest selection of craft beers on tap and in bottle. With live music every weekend, this quirky, yet strangely inviting little spot is fast becoming a favorite with the locals. More Info

Chumash Casino

Featuring all your favorite casino games as well as a live entertainment venue that frequently hosts big name music and comedy acts as well as boxing. More Info

Local Activities

Most guests who visit us at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn come for the world class wine this region is known for. But there is so much more to do and see than just amazing wine and stunning vineyards. If you would like any assistance in planning your activities during your stay, please don't hesitate to ask a Guest Services Agent to lend their expertise of the local area and its many attractions.

Among these slides, we've collected just a smattering of the many fun ways to spend your time while here in Santa Barbara Wine Country. For even more information about the surrounding area and local activities and places, please visit one of these local visitor and business associations:

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Included With Your Stay:
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • L.A. Times Delivered
    To Your Door Daily
  • Heated Pool
  • Cozy Gas Fireplace
  • Steam Iron
  • Wine Tasting For Two
  • Guest Parking
  • On Site Gym
  • Wifi Property Wide
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Free Local Phone

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