Santa Barbara Wine Country - How to Get Here
Getting Here


Santa Barbara Airport | Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is located just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and 40 miles from Solvang. It is home to 5 major airlines including Alaska, American Eagle, Frontier, United Airlines and US Airways with 5 non-stop destinations and over 200 one stop destinations. There are several major car rental companies and shuttle services are available at the airport terminal.

Santa Maria Airport

San Luis Obispo Airport

You may also fly into Los Angeles (LAX), or Burbank (BUR) airports and drive to Santa Barbara. Allow yourself extra time for traffic, expecially if traveling on a Friday or Sunday.

Amtrak services downtown Santa Barbara all the way from San Diego to San Luis Obispo with the Pacific Surfliner.

Rental Cars
We have negotiated preferred car rental rates with AVIS and Budget car rental companies. Be sure to use the booking link below to access these discounted rates. Please note that these rates are good for ALL your car rental needs so be sure to bookmark these links for wherever your travels take you.

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HomeAway is proud to be the Official Accommodations Provider of the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. Find the perfect vacation rental for your stay, and enjoy more space, more privacy and all the comforts of a whole home.

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Destination Races has secured special group rates at hotels in the Santa Ynez Valley and nearby Santa Barbara. When choosing your hotel, please keep in mind the race starts in downtown Santa Ynez, runs through the small town of Los Olivos, and finishes in downtown Solvang. Santa Barbara is approximately 45 minutes from the race start. Race day bus transportation will be available from Santa Barbara. Hotel Corque again serves at the host of the Race Expo and is our primary lodging partner and is a great option for runners looking to be close to the race finish area and busses to the race start. For runners staying in Santa Barbara bus transportation will be available from the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel and the Bacara Resort. For information about shuttle and race transportation, please visit the Transportation section.

Host Hotel


Hotel Corque
400 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93464

Hotel Corque is a modern and elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Solvang just steps from the race finish and serves as the host of the race expo. Hotel Corque is also home to renowned chef Bradley Ogden’s restaurant, Root 246, serving exquisite farm-to-table cuisine.

Runner’s Rate: $259
Reservations: 800.624.5572
Reference: Wine Country Half Marathon

Read Touring & Tasting’s Featured Article on Hotel Corque

Solvang Bed and Breakfasts

Hamlet Inn
1532 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463


Atterdag Inn
467 Atterdag Road
Solvang, CA 93463


Santa Ynez Valley Hotels

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

555 McMurray Road
Buellton, CA 93427

The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton is located only 3 miles from the finish line in the Danish town of Solvang. The hotel offers easy access to all the wineries and towns in the Santa Ynez Valley via Hwy 246 or Hwy 101.

Complimentary bus transportation to and from the race is provided to Marriott guests.

Runner’s Rate: $229+
Phone: 888-236-2427
Reference: Destination Races Wine Country 1/2

Downtown Santa Barbara & Beach Areas

Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

A mission-style Santa Barbara resort spread over 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Located about 45 minutes from the course, this is an excellent option for athletes who want to stay on the beach and the city of Santa Barbara. Roundtrip race day bus transportation will be available from Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Runner’s Rate: $255+
Reservations: Click here to book online or call 877.893.0892
Reference: Santa Barbara Wine Country Marathon

Bacara Resort
8301 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Set on two miles of private, natural beach within minutes of the charming community of Santa Barbara, the four-star Bacara Resort & Spa provides its guests an unrivaled vacation destination. From its grand fountain-centered courtyard entrance to its rolling layout of low-storied, red tile-roofed buildings, the 78-acre resort is reminiscent of a quiet Mediterranean Village overlooking the sea.

Runner’s Rate: $329++ (Superior Garden View/King Room only)
Reservations: 877.422.4245 or Click here to book online
Reference: Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Read Touring & Tasting’s Featured Article

Location Details

About the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley boasts beautiful rolling hills silhouetted by orchards, vineyards, and even lush lavender farms. Unlike many of Northern California’s wine valleys, the mountain ranges in the Santa Ynez Valley actually run east to west. The Santa Ynez Valley’s transverse orientation and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean allow cool currents from the west to penetrate the hillsides.

Warm, hazy days, crisp nights, and soils rich in nutrients and diverse in chemistry create ideal growing conditions for some of the region’s most celebrated varietals, including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Bus transportation is provided from select locations to the Start Line. There is return bus service from the Finish Line to those original locations.

See our Transportation Schedule to view bus times, locations, and other parking information.

Register for This Event!
May 12, 2018

Santa Barbara and the adjoining Santa Ynez Valley offer the ideal destination running experience. Held in early May on Mother’s Day weekend, it’s the perfect time to visit this haven for outdoor recreation.

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