By Raiza Giorgi,

The Santa Ynez Inn is launching a Recognizing Heroes Giveaway that started on May 1, where two winners will get a chance to enjoy a quintessential wine country getaway to the Santa Ynez Valley. 

“There are so many people going the extra mile to help others during this current climate, we wanted to do our part in recognizing their efforts. We’re also glad to be able to partner with other local businesses to bring this opportunity to life,” said Julio Peñuela, newly appointed General Manager of the SY Inn. 

Peñuela is looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming the community back once it is safe to do so.

“My wife and I welcomed our beautiful firstborn into the world last year just before moving to Solvang in October from down the hill in Santa Barbara, and we can’t wait to introduce our family to our new neighborhood! In the meantime, we are enjoying supporting local business as much as possible in order to help be sure that our tourism industry will thrive once again in the near future,” he added. 

Peñuela has big plans for the inn, including hosting events geared towards welcoming residents of the valley in addition to visitors and guests of the hotel.

“We want to celebrate the prolific spoils of SYV and make the Inn a place where locals feel just as comfortable as they would on their own front porch. We are incredibly thankful for the essential workers and the sacrifices that they have made during this time, and hopefully this giveaway is a little way of showing our gratitude,” Peñuelasaid. 

The giveaway will run May 1 – 14, 2020 with the first winner chosen on May 8, 2020 and second winner chosen on May 15, 2020. Each winner will be selected from nomination submissions of those that have gone above and beyond during these tough times to help others in their community.

Submissions should be sent to once the giveaway opens on May 1, 2020. Submissions require the name of the person being nominated along with their story. 

Once they have selected a winner, the SY Inn will reach out to the person who nominated the winner for the winner’s contact information. They will also announce the winner on social media. 

Each winner will receive the following prizes:

– Gift Certificate for a two night stay at Santa Ynez Inn

– $75 Gift Certificate at The Landsby’s signature restaurant, Mad & Vin

– $200 Gift Certificate to Santa Ynez General

– Bottle of Alma Rosa’s Estate 2017 El Jabali Pinot Noir and a VIP Reservation at their Tasting Room