Founded in 1882, the western township of Santa Ynez is situated just one mile from the historic San Marcos Pass stagecoach route over the Santa Ynez Mountains between Santa Barbara and Los Olivos. Just as in 1882, the town provides services to the surrounding ranches and farms, as well as to visitors of the region. The town’s turn-of-the-20th-century western false-front architecture boasts a surprising variety of shops, services, restaurants, and accommodations, benefiting both residents and visitors alike. The town is named after Saint Agnes (Ynez being the Spanish language spelling of ‘Agnes”). Santa Ynez, along with the four other towns making up the Santa Ynez Valley, is known for its natural beauty, Mediterranean climate, acclaimed wineries, cattle and horse ranching, and its relaxed, rural lifestyle. The Santa Ynez Chamber is committed to promoting the Township of Santa Ynez, both as our hometown and as a visitor destination, while maintaining our rural, small-town character and unique quality of life.