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Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Thanksgiving Restaurants

With harvest complete and a soft chill in the air, you know that autumn has arrived and Thanksgiving will soon be here. Want the nostalgia of a home-cooked meal but don’t want the stress of cooking for the whole family? You’re in for a treat because there are a bevy of restaurants where you can gather for a feast with friends in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Below is a guide to making the most of your Thanksgiving experience in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here you will find a list of what restaurants and wineries will be open, and which restaurants offer special holiday menus. For the best experience, we highly recommend calling the restaurants and tasting rooms ahead of time to ensure they still have seating availability.

But what other things to do on Thanksgiving can you partake in, especially if you have relatives to entertain? How about a little adventure on Thanksgiving Day? Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding will be open for rides on Thanksgiving. Call (805) 944-0493 to make your reservation.

Want to work off that pumpkin pie with some fun people for a good cause? Bring your family and friends to City of Solvang’s turk-tastic 5k Turkey Trot on Friday, November 24. Also, make sure to check out our Events Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Once you’ve experienced Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll want to keep coming back again and again. We have plenty of restaurants, hotels, things to do and outdoor activities to keep you and your family entertained year-round.

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Aebleskiver Café  446 Alisal Road, #5 (805) 688-1250  9:00am – 7:00pm
Alisal River Grill & Terrace 150 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-7784 Breakfast: 7:00am – 11:00am; Lunch: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Aly’s by Alebru Restaurant 451 2nd St
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 697- 7082 Special seating times 3:30pm & 6:30pm (Set Menu)
Big Bopper Drive-In  1510 Mission Dr.  (805) 688-6018  10:00am – 7:30pm
Bit O’Denmark Restaurant 473 Alisal Rd #A Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-5426 7:30am – 8:00pm (Turkey Dinner)
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery 550 Bell St
Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-3000 8:00am – 11:00am
Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn 3539 Sagunto St
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-4142 Seating times 1:00pm & 6:00pm (Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet)
Burrito Loco 175 McMurray Rd
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 693-5692 8:00am – 4:00pm
Chumash Casino 3400 CA-246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-0855 Cafe:Turkey Dinner;

Buffet:Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet 1:00pm – 8:00pm

Coffee Cabin 264 E Hwy 246 Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 686-1717 7:00am – 5:00pm
Copenhagen Sausage Garden 1660 Copenhagen Dr
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 697-7354 6:30am – 1:00pm
Danish Mill Bakery & Café  1682 Copenhagen Dr.  (805) 688-5805  7:00am – 2:00pm
Ellen’s Danish Pancake House 272 Ave Of The Flags Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-5312 6:00am – 12:00pm
First & Oak at the Mirabelle Inn  409 First Street  (805) 688-1703  5:30pm – 8:30pm – reservations required
Hummingbird Café  453 Atterdag Road  (805) 403-7100  11:00am – 5:00pm
Little Mermaid/La Sirenita Restaurant 1547 Mission Drive  (805) 688-8281  8:00am – 7:00pm
Mad & Vin at The Landsby 1576 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-3121 3:30pm – 9:00pm / MENU
Mustard Seed 1655 Mission Drive  (805) 688-1318  please call ahead for hours
Olsen’s Bakery 1529 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-6314 7:00am – 1:00pm
Paula’s Pancake House 1531 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-2867 6:00am – 3:00pm
Pea Soup Andersen’s 51 E Hwy 246
Buellton, CA 93427
(800) 732-7687 7:00am – 10:00pm
Red Viking Restaurant 1684 Copenhagen Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-6610 9:00am – 4:00pm
Root 246 420 Alisal Rd
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-8681 Breakfast 7-10AM; Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet reservations accepted from 12-7PM
Solvang Brewing Company 1547 Mission Drive (805) 688-2337  11:00am – 10:00pm
Solvang Restaurant 1672 Copenhagen Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-4645 6:00am – 3:00pm
Subway  1641 Mission Drive  (805) 688-7650
The Bistro at Hadsten House  1450 Mission Dr.  (805) 688-3210  seating times: 2:00, 2:30, 4:00, & 4:30
The Ballard Inn & Gathering Table 2436 Baseline Ave
Ballard, CA 93463
(800) 638-2466 3:00pm – 8:00pm set menu; reservations required
The Bear and Star 2860 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-1359 Breakfast menu served from 7-10AM; Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet reservations accepted from 12-7PM/ MENU
The Starting Gate at the SYV Marriott 555 McMurray Rd Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-1000 Thanksgiving Buffet  from 11:30am – 4pm  and Thanksgiving dinner in the evening
The Willows at The Chumash Casino  3400 CA-246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
 (805) 686-0855 2:00pm – 9:00pm / MENU
Viking Garden 446 Alisal Rd
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-1250 9:00am – 7:00pm

Wineries / Tasting Rooms Open Thanksgiving Day 

 

Barbieri Wine Company

 

2369 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA  93441

 

(805) 688-8882

 

12:00pm- 3:00pm

Community Craft  

2446 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos CA 93441

 

(805) 338-1403

 

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company 45 Industrial Way
Buellton, CA 934272363 Alamo Pintado Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 694-2252 ext. 110

 

(805) 694-2252 ext. 343

12:00pm – 3:00pm

 

 

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Kalyra Winery 343 N. Refugio Road
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 693-8864 10:00am – 1:00pm
The Good Life 1672 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-7111 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Fall Favorites in the Santa Ynez Valley

Los Olivos Day in the CountryAs we close the door on the summer season, fall ushers in many beloved Santa Ynez Valley events. Help us celebrate the harvest season with the below events during the months of September and October.

September Events 

Solvang Danish Days
September 15 – 17Solvang Danish Days Admission to Solvang Danish Days is free! Danish Days includes three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians performing around town, plus other feature events like the Aebleskiver Breakfasts, Viking Encampment, free Saturday evening rock concert line-up, and much more!

71st Annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days
September 22 – 24
The Los Alamos Old Days Celebration is held each year to honor, preserve and celebrate the town’s authentic Western heritage. Highlights of the weekend celebration include free entertainment, two-day Peddlers Mart, and Sunday morning’s Greatest Little Small Town Parade!

Figtoberfest 2017
September 23
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s FigtoberFest featuring their FigtoberFest lager, stein specials, German food, music, contests and more. Local Figueroa Mountain Brewing taprooms can be found in Los Olivos and Buellton.

Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest
September 29 – October 2
Celebration of Harvest is a four day wine harvest celebration in Santa Barbara Wine Country featuring wine dinners, vineyard excursions, winery open houses, and the Harvest Experience Passport.

October Events

Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
October 1 – 31
Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley welcome harvest season in true fall style, as we kick off the 8th Annual Scarecrow Fest and Contest on Sunday, October 1, coinciding with Santa Barbara Wine Country’s “Celebration of Harvest” weekend event. During the month-long Scarecrow Fest, valley businesses and organizations will participate in the contest by featuring a scarecrow of their own creation, posted at their location.

 The Great Grape Stomp at Kalyra Winery
October 14
Voted one of the Central Coast’s best wine events, Kalyra’s Grape Stomp event is fun for the entire family – and yes, you get to stomp grapes right in the vat! Join them for a variety of food truck options or bring your own picnic (no outside alcohol), Grape stomping (costumes encouraged), music all day by The Molly Ringwald Project, games, raffles and of course wine!

Los Olivos Day in the Country
October 21
Join us come rain or shine, for Los Olivos’ most highly acclaimed festival of the year, the popular Day in the Country. This special day is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy country living the way it used to be in simpler times. And best of all, attendance is free!

 
24th Annual Solvang Halloween Haunted House and Street Fest

October 30 – 31
On Monday and Tuesday, October 30 and 31, 2017, City of Solvang Parks and Recreation and City of Buellton Recreation will host the 24th Annual “Halloween Haunted House” and the associated “Halloween Street Fest”, which will thrill visitors with food, fun and spirits. The Haunted House and Street Fest, to be held at, and in front of, the Solvang Festival Theater (420 2nd Street), will run from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM both nights, with a kid-friendlier version of the Haunted House presented both evenings from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Haunted House entry fees are $9.00 per child (13 and under), and $11.00 per adult.

Solvang Annual Haunted House and Street Fest photo by Tenley Fohl Photography

 

 

Still looking for more fun? Check out our Events Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming special events, and take a look at our recurring monthly events as well. 

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Danish Days Solvang Vacation

Danish Days Celebration is Almost Here!

The 81st Annual Celebration of Solvang Danish Days is almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited! We really look forward to this annual celebration of all things Danish here in the Santa Ynez Valley. Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang gear up royally to celebrate and welcome visitors. There is so much to do during Danish Days that you will definitely want to plan a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez Valley just to be sure you don’t miss out on anything.

California’s Premier Danish Heritage Festival, Danish Days, returns this year from September 15-17, 2017. While overall admission is free, some individual events require tickets so be sure to check their official Danish Days website and get in on the best activities now!

Danish Days honors the 1911 establishment of Solvang by Danish-Americans. The celebration melds modern Danish practices with traditional ways, yet still exemplifies everything Danish. The weekend’s numerous offerings range from fan-favorite food events surrounding Aebleskiver, the iconic Danish pastry rounds, to a Danish-style Viking Beer and Wine Garden serving the famous Danish import, Carlsberg Beer, alongside local brews and wines. Kids will get a kick out of the Viking encampment in Solvang Park, or take them to an interactive history lesson at the Elverhoj Museum. There will also be plenty of free rock concerts, three parades, Danish folk dancers, chainsaw wood-carving demonstrations and an Old World artisanal crafts marketplace.

What’s an Æbleskiver you ask? These are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to American pancakes crossed with a popover, Æbleskivers are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. They are mouth-watering, especially when topped with powdered sugar and raspberry jam.

If you just can’t get your fill of delicious Danish food, participating restaurants in Solvang will also be “cooking up” something special just for Danish Days weekend, so be sure to come hungry! They might be serving Medisterpølse, a Danish specialty food consisting of a thick, spicy sausage made of minced pork, stuffed into casings. The word “Medisterpølse” was first used in a Swedish housekeeping book from the early 16th century. It is made in one long piece and then cut up into sections before serving. In contrast to many other types of sausage, it is cooked or fried for the first time during the final preparation. The spices generally used are allspice, cloves, salt and pepper.

Tons of Danish Fun in the Santa Ynez ValleyDanish Days Solvang Vacation

Here are just of the few of the Danish Days activities you and your family can enjoy during your September visit to Santa Ynez Valley:

Friday, September 15:

  • 4:00pm: Free Concert in Solvang Park featuring The Ruben Lee Dalton Band
  • 4:00pm: Chainsaw Carver, George Kenny
  • 5:00-10:00pm: Viking Beer & Wine Garden
  • 7:30pm: Torchlight Parade
  • 8:00pm: Opening Ceremonies introducing the 2017 Danish Maid

Saturday, September 16:

  • 8:30am-12:30pm: Æbleskiver Breakfast – We recommend that you get your tickets in advance!
  • 9:00am: Old World Artisans Marketplace
  • 10:00am-6:00pm: First Street Solvang Merchant Walk
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Kid’s Korner
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Viking Encampment
  • 10:00am-5:00pm: Living History Festival at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art featuring artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages. Free.
  • 10:30am & 1:00pm: Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen
  • 11:00am-10:30pm: Viking Beer & Wine Garden
  • 11:30am: Æbleskiver Eating Contest
  • 1:00pm: Danish Days Organ Concert featuring world-renowned concert organist, James Welch
  • 2:30pm: Famous Danish Days Parade
  • 5:00-10:00pm: Free concerts with live bands on the Midgaard Pavilion Stage, adjacent to the Danish Days Viking Beer & Wine Garden. All ages welcome at the concerts, but attendees must be 21 years or older to enter Viking Beer & Wine Garden. The Rincons play from 7-10pm.

Sunday, September 17:

  • 8:30am-12:30pm: Æbleskiver Breakfast – if you missed it Saturday, this is your last chance!
  • 9:00am: Old World Artisans Marketplace
  • 10:00am-3:00pm: First Street Solvang Merchant Walk
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Kid’s Korner
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Viking Encampment
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Living History Festival at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art featuring artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages. Free.
  • 11:00am & 12:30pm: Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen
  • 11:30am: Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest
  • 2:00pm: Children’s Parade
  • 2:45pm: Danish Days Closing Ceremony and Free Concert in Solvang Park, featuring Matt Cermanski and Joey Sykes of HONEY RIVER

You Don’t Have to Pick and Choose with the “Dane For A Day” VIP Package

Make sure you live like Vikings and take it all in with this fun-filled package that includes:

  • Two (2) Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets (good for either Saturday or Sunday)
  • Two (2) Beer or Soda tickets, to be used at the Viking Beer Garden (good for Friday evening and Saturday day only). Must be 21 years of age or older to use tickets for alcoholic beverages.
  • Two (2) Viking Burger tickets, to be used at the Viking Beer Garden (good for Friday evening and Saturday day only)
  • One (1) Book (10 tickets) for the “Win a Trip to Denmark” raffle. Try for your chance to win a trip for two to Denmark! Tickets may also be purchased separately for $1 each. Proceeds benefit the Solvang Danish Days Foundation.
  • Two (2) Official Solvang Danish Days 2017 buttons
  • One (1) Solvang Danish Days Foundation Magazine

VIP Package Cost is only $55.00 plus an on-line processing fee.

Why not stay a whole week in the Santa Ynez Valley? Stop by VisitSYV.com first for complete travel planning information, and get to know our little piece of Danish heaven!

Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in September – Velkommen!  

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Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

 

Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Wow, it seems like summer just started and it’s already time to think about going back to school. Have no fear – there is still plenty of summer fun here in the Santa Ynez Valley! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang will make the last days of summer the best. There is so much to do that you just might want to schedule a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez this August. With wine tasting, summer outdoor activities, and plenty of fun family options, we’re here to help you get the most out of your summer.

Head out to the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard in Los Olivos on Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 to celebrate the birthday weekend of Fess Parker with wine and fun.

Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

2017 Revisiting Vintage 2009 Tasting Event: This year guests will taste wines from a single fantastic vintage, 2009 including Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Clone 115 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah and Crockett.  Tickets are $50 for Wine Club members, and $75 for a limited number of Wine Club member guests.

Movie Night – “Davy Crockett – King of the Wild Frontier”: Settle in for the evening on the lawn and under the stars! Food and wine will be available to purchase. The evening starts with music by Drive-In Romeos playing their rocking rhythm and blues. Tickets are $20 per person, and $10 for kids 12 and under.  All ticket sale profits will be donated to Old Yeller Ranch Rescue, a 501c3 dedicated to rescuing dogs that have run out of shelter time.

Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

Don’t Forget! August is the last month for wine tasting using the Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Enjoy 14 samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.

Mark your calendar for these August events in Santa Ynez Valley:

Here are some last-minute summer fun activities you and your family can enjoy during your August vacation to Santa Ynez Valley:

  • Solvang Third Wednesday: August 16. Solvang sponsors a special celebration to walk, shop, wine and dine. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, special discounts at local merchants, a farmers market, 3-course meal deals at local restaurants, music in the park and more.
  • Solvang Festival Theater: “Newsies The Musical” runs from ThuSanta Ynez Summer Vacationrsday, July 27 through Sunday, August 20. The Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon tells the story of a band of underdogs who take on the most powerful names in New York in a fight for what’s right. “Twelfth Night” runs from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, September 10. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Shakespeare’s laugh-filled play combines low pranks with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with sublime poetry and exquisite songs.
  • Bobby Brown and Tony, Toni Tone Live on Stage: Friday, August 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m. at Chumash Casino Resort. Tickets are $55, $65, and $75.
  • In the Vineyard & On the Farm: Saturday, August 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe’s local farm. Dine with the winemaker, chef, and farmer at this annual farm-to-table event. The afternoon begins with passed hors d’oeuvres on the lawn. Guests can take tours to learn more about the organic vineyard and Cafe Farm. Chef Chris Joslyn will prepare a three-course dinner from freshly picked Cafe Farm produce and a main course with meat from a local ranch. Tickets are $125 per person, including tax and gratuity for this not-for-profit fundraising event for the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community. Tickets sell out each year, so make reservations now.
  • Cachuma Lake Summer Wildlife Cruises: Through October. Friday, 3-5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-Noon & 3-5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-Noon. Park Naturalists guide you on a 2-hour lake cruise aboard a 30-passenger pontoon boat. Cachuma Lake is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants. In summer, wildflowers spangle the hills, resident birds can be seen displaying and building nests, and fawns appear with does. Adults $15, Kids $10 – ages 5-12, no children under 5.Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
  • 13th Annual Wheels ‘n Windmills Car Show: August 26, 2017. Car enthusiasts will love this local charity vintage car show. A new GM Performance Parts V8 engine will be raffled off during the Car Show Awards Ceremony.
  • Movies in the Park: Free family entertainment. The fun begins at 7:30; movies begin at dark. Popcorn and hot chocolate for sale, $1 each. August 4 – Star Wars: Rogue One and August 18 – The Jungle Book at Solvang Park. August 11 – Mary Poppins at Buellton Oak Park.
  • Free Live Concerts in Solvang Park: Concerts run from 5-8 p.m., and include edible treats for purchase. August 2, T-Bone Ramblers (Classic Rock), August 9, David Yarnell (Country/Easy Listening), August 11 (Friday), LiveWire (Classic Rock), and August 16, Cuesta Ridge (Progressive Bluegrass) – this is also a Solvang 3rd Wednesday evening.
  • Music Under the Stars: Recurring event on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Vineyard House on Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez. Reservations suggested! August 2 Steve Ochoa Trio, August 9 Off The Grid Unplugged, August 16 Wine Country Jazz, August 23 T-Bone Ramblers and August 30 Steve Ochoa Trio.

IT’S COMING!!! The countdown is on for our annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17. Overall admission is free, but individual events require tickets: Saturday and/or Sunday morning Æbleskiver Breakfasts, and the “Dane For A Day” VIP Package. Get your tickets now, while they last!

Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in August! 

 Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

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July is Heating Up in the Santa Ynez Valley

July is Heating Up in the Santa Ynez Valley We don’t stop having fun once the fireworks are done. Here are some other activities you and your family can enjoy during your July visit to Santa Ynez Valley: Wine Tasting: There is still time left to use your Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Enjoy samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017. Solvang Third Wednesday: On the third Wednesday of every month Solvang sponsors a special celebration to walk, shop, wine and dine. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, special discounts at local merchants, a Farmers Market, 3-course menus at local restaurants, music in the park and more. Lend Me A Tenor The Musical: Runs at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from Thursday July 6 through Sunday, July 23, 2017. A riotous tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance explodes in this musical comedy based on the Tony Award-nominated play. It’s 1934 and opera virtuoso Tito Merelli is about to revive one of his great triumphs for the 10-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found. Max, the Opera Director’s sheepish assistant, is charged with the daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. With the help of a menacing soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife, and the Cleveland Police Department, mayhem, lunacy and shear panic ensue. Color Fun Run: Saturday July 15 from 9am - 12pm. Run, walk, or wheel to the finish with a blast of color. This run raises awareness for Atterdag at Home, an outreach program in Solvang that helps home-bound seniors stay connected in the community. Vintners 5 Miler: Run/walk through vineyards starting at Sanford Winery tasting room on Saturday, July 22 at 9am. A family-friendly festival will be held at the finish line. Buellton BBQ Bonanza: Saturday July 29 from 11am - 2pm at River View Park in Buellton. Enjoy a FREE BBQ lunch with friends and neighbors courtesy of City of Buellton. There will also be games for the kids and live music. DON’T FORGET: Make plans now for our annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17. Check our monthly calendar for more fun July events in Santa Ynez Valley, just in case this hasn’t given you enough ideas!. There are plenty of outdoor sports, wine tastings, music events, and children’s activities throughout our beautiful Valley for everyone to enjoy. Visit our website at VisitSYV.com before coming to the Santa Ynez Valley for a complete listing of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in July! About Visit Santa Ynez Valley: Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best places to eat in Solvang, best Santa Ynez wineries, and lists things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit our website at http://www.visitsyv.com for complete visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email info@VisitSYV.com for help planning a July getaway to the Santa Ynez Valley.

We don’t stop having fun once the fireworks are done. Here are some other activities you and your family can enjoy during your July visit to Santa Ynez Valley:

  • Wine Tasting: There is still time left to use your Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Enjoy samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.
  • Solvang Third Wednesday: On the third Wednesday of every month Solvang sponsors a special celebration to walk, shop, wine and dine. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, special discounts at local merchants, a Farmers Market, 3-course menus at local restaurants, music in the park and more.
  • Lend Me A Tenor The Musical: Runs at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from Thursday July 6 through Sunday, July 23, 2017. A riotous tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance explodes in this musical comedy based on the Tony Award-nominated play. It’s 1934 and opera virtuoso Tito Merelli is about to revive one of his great triumphs for the 10-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found. Max, the Opera Director’s sheepish assistant, is charged with the daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. With the help of a menacing soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife, and the Cleveland Police Department, mayhem, lunacy and shear panic ensue.
  • Color Fun Run: Saturday July 15 from 9am – 12pm. Run, walk, or wheel to the finish with a blast of color. This run raises awareness for Atterdag at Home, an outreach program in Solvang that helps home-bound seniors stay connected in the community.
  • Vintners 5 Miler: Run/walk through vineyards starting at Sanford Winery tasting room on Saturday, July 22 at 9am. A family-friendly festival will be held at the finish line.
  • Buellton BBQ Bonanza: Saturday July 29 from 11am – 2pm at River View Park in Buellton. Enjoy a FREE BBQ lunch with friends and neighbors courtesy of City of Buellton. There will also be games for the kids and live music.

DON’T FORGET: Make plans now for our annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17.

Check our monthly calendar for more fun July events in Santa Ynez Valley, just in case this hasn’t given you enough ideas!. There are plenty of outdoor sports, wine tastings, music events, and children’s activities throughout our beautiful Valley for everyone to enjoy. Visit our website at VisitSYV.com before coming to the Santa Ynez Valley for a complete listing of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants.

Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in July!

July is Heating Up in the Santa Ynez Valley We don’t stop having fun once the fireworks are done. Here are some other activities you and your family can enjoy during your July visit to Santa Ynez Valley: Wine Tasting: There is still time left to use your Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Enjoy samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017. Solvang Third Wednesday: On the third Wednesday of every month Solvang sponsors a special celebration to walk, shop, wine and dine. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, special discounts at local merchants, a Farmers Market, 3-course menus at local restaurants, music in the park and more. Lend Me A Tenor The Musical: Runs at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from Thursday July 6 through Sunday, July 23, 2017. A riotous tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance explodes in this musical comedy based on the Tony Award-nominated play. It’s 1934 and opera virtuoso Tito Merelli is about to revive one of his great triumphs for the 10-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found. Max, the Opera Director’s sheepish assistant, is charged with the daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. With the help of a menacing soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife, and the Cleveland Police Department, mayhem, lunacy and shear panic ensue. Color Fun Run: Saturday July 15 from 9am - 12pm. Run, walk, or wheel to the finish with a blast of color. This run raises awareness for Atterdag at Home, an outreach program in Solvang that helps home-bound seniors stay connected in the community. Vintners 5 Miler: Run/walk through vineyards starting at Sanford Winery tasting room on Saturday, July 22 at 9am. A family-friendly festival will be held at the finish line. Buellton BBQ Bonanza: Saturday July 29 from 11am - 2pm at River View Park in Buellton. Enjoy a FREE BBQ lunch with friends and neighbors courtesy of City of Buellton. There will also be games for the kids and live music. DON’T FORGET: Make plans now for our annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17. Check our monthly calendar for more fun July events in Santa Ynez Valley, just in case this hasn’t given you enough ideas!. There are plenty of outdoor sports, wine tastings, music events, and children’s activities throughout our beautiful Valley for everyone to enjoy. Visit our website at VisitSYV.com before coming to the Santa Ynez Valley for a complete listing of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in July! About Visit Santa Ynez Valley: Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best places to eat in Solvang, best Santa Ynez wineries, and lists things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit our website at http://www.visitsyv.com for complete visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email info@VisitSYV.com for help planning a July getaway to the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best Santa Ynez wineries, best places to eat in Solvang, Santa Ynez hotels and inns, and things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit the website at www.VisitSYV.com for complete travel and visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email info@VisitSYV.com for help planning your next vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley.


Top Reasons to Spend June in the Santa Ynez Valley

June weekend getaway in Santa Ynez

According to the song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel, “June is bustin’ out all over!” That is so true right here in Santa Ynez Valley that we don’t know if one month can even hold all the fun we have in store! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang have put together some great activities to get your summer off to a rollicking start. We’ve got reasons galore for you to schedule a June weekend getaway in Santa Ynez.Summer Pass

One of the things people like to do most on a visit to Santa Ynez Valley is enjoy samples of some of the local wines, but that can be difficult to accomplish in just one weekend. That’s why the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association is offering The Summer Pass. Take your time and enjoy samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.

And don’t miss the Solvang Third Wednesday celebration on June 21. This is a day to walk, shop, wine and dine – all in the village of Solvang:

  • Participating Solvang wine tasting rooms, wine bars and beer bars offer a special discounted tasting opportunity with the Solvang 3rd Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk (3-7p.m.), where you can enjoy 2 tastings at 5 places of your choice, for just $20 per person.
  • Participating Solvang merchants offer 3rd Wednesday deals on merchandise and the Solvang Farmers Market offers freshly-harvested produce and gourmet goods.
  • Select Solvang restaurants feature a special 3-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu. The 3-course menus include ingredients sourced straight from the Market.
  • Since it is the “longest day of the year,” we’ll be celebrating “Midsommer Musik” with free, live music throughout the Village of Solvang, from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

But wait, there is more!

Dads, Grads, Olives and More June Activities in Santa Ynez Valley

There are plenty of fun events in Santa Ynez Valley all month long, but don’t miss these special June activities in the Santa Ynez Valley:

  • Three Cheers for Dad! Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, but instead of another tie this year why not spoil dad with a trip to Santa Ynez Valley? What does he like to do most? Whether he enjoys beer, wine, great food, golf, biking, hiking, gaming, or just spending time with his loving family, we can make it all happen right here.
  • Congratulate the Graduate! If your amazing student is graduating from high school or college, bring him or her to Santa Ynez Valley for a celebration weekend. We can hook you up with some great family adventures like horseback riding, hot air ballooning, or even soaring.  
  • Father’s Day “BBQ-Out-Back”: Follow the Father’s Day BBQ signs to The Bear and Star’s back garden for a casual and social barbecue picnic experience. Guests will enjoy a “down home” cooked meal prepared from our 30′ custom reverse-flow Texas smoker and view the tender meats and treats coming hot off the grill. Musical artist Colby Lee Huston will perform throughout the day in the back garden. No reservations are accepted for this event and seating is unreserved group seating at picnic-style tables. The Bear and Star will also be serving our complete fresh ranch menu on Father’s Day for lunch and dinner in the restaurant. 
  • Community Day At Wildling Museum: Free admission day to the Wildling Museum. You can see current exhibits, shop the gift store, buy work by the feature local artist and get creative at the drop-in art activity. A fun family event. (All day on Wednesday June 21st, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463, Free admission, Call (805) 686-8315) more info here.
  • Let the Romance Begin! We can’t tell you how many people fall in love in the Santa Ynez Valley. With our balmy days, romantic nights, and welcoming communities, it’s hard not to. Whether you’re new to a relationship, getting engaged, getting married, going on a honeymoon, or celebrating an anniversary, this is the place to be. We’re here to help plan a joyous bachelorette party, an elegant wedding at one of the local vineyards or venues, or the most romantic honeymoon ever.
  • Old Santa Ynez Day is a fun-raising day for local schools. Join us June 10 for this long-standing day of festivities in downtown Santa Ynez featuring a parade, booths, food and FUN. Organized by Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge #2640.
  • Enjoy the Sport of Kings: The 6th Annual SYV Polo Classic returns to Piocho Ranch at Happy Canyon Vineyard in Santa Ynez on June 24. All guests are invited to dress for the occasion, with creative hats for the ladies encouraged. At the conclusion of the featured match, an awards ceremony is conducted at midfield for guests to gather, mingle with the players, and view the presentation of awards.
  • The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cooking Demo and Lunch – Saturday, June 10th, Noon – 2:00 The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves to camp in style and enjoys delicious food prepared in the great outdoors. And now the Gourmet Girls, as well as Buttonwood’s own Gourmet Girl At Large (Seyburn Zorthian) will take you on a virtual campout under the beautiful Buttonwood trees. See the demo, taste the results and pair with estate grown wines. Ticket price includes lunch with wine and a copy of the cookbook, which the Gourmet Girls will be happy to sign.
  • Movies in the Park – Friday, June 16, at Buellton Oak Park, 401 Sycamore Drive, Buellton. Friday, June 23, at Solvang Park, corner of Mission Drive & First Street, Solvang. Fun starts at 7:30pm. Movies start at dark. Fun for the whole family with fresh popcorn and hot chocolate. Bring a blanket or chairs. Call (805) 688-PLAY for showings.

Movies in the Park

  • The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the enchanting “Beauty and the Beast” at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from June 15 through July 2, 2017. You’ll be swept away in this “tale as old as time.” The Broadway musical tells the story of Belle, who feels trapped in a provincial town, and a prince who is trapped under the spell of an enchantress in the form of a Beast. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be returned to his former self. If not, he and his household will be doomed for all time. There is a Father’s Day Special happening on Sunday, June 18. Take Dad to the theatre and enjoy 25% off the adult single ticket.. Order online and use coupon code BEAUTY18 (no limit).

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the enchanting “Beauty and the Beast”

Just when you’ve caught your breath from June, it’s time to start thinking ahead. Make plans now to celebrate the 4th of July with us, and don’t forget the annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17.

Danish Days

Visit our website at VisitSYV.com before coming to the Santa Ynez Valley for a listing of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. You’ll also find a complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, in case this hasn’t given you enough ideas!

 

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Visit Santa Ynez Valley provides listings of the best Santa Ynez wineries, best places to eat in Solvang, Santa Ynez hotels and inns, and things to do in Santa Ynez Valley. Visit the website at www.VisitSYV.com for complete travel and visitor services. “Like” the Facebook page for ideas on planning Santa Ynez vacations. Email info@VisitSYV.com for help planning your next vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley.


Find Wellness in Wine Country

Wine and wellness don’t always go hand in hand, but the two experiences are far from mutually exclusive and nowhere is the growing trend of combining them more evident than in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Studies suggest that moderate wine consumption can lead to a healthier heart, strengthen bones, sharpen minds, and even help protect against some cancers. And with more than 100 wineries, the Santa Ynez Valley has much to offer. Likewise, the benefits of engaging in wellness activities have been suggested to include positive impacts on our physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

But the health benefits of a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley go far beyond the world-class wines that the region’s soils nourish, or a few gratuitous wellness tips. From a culinary culture steeped in the farm-to-table movement, to unique activities such as grape spa treatments and vineyard yoga, to endless outdoor pursuits, wine and wellness are ingrained in the culture of the Santa Ynez Valley and there are ample ways to make both a part of any visit.

Here are just a few highlights:

Healing Reins: What better way to enjoy the therapeutic nature of horseback riding and the health benefits of wine tasting than to combine the two in the form of the Estelle Ranch and Vineyards Ride & Wine tour from Vino Vaqueros.

Farm-To-Fork: Many local restaurants source their ingredients from local farms, ranches, and other purveyors, including Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café which grows produce for the restaurant at its own 4-acre certified organic Café Farm.

Spaaaah: The Earth & Sky Couples Treatment at The Spa at Chumash Casino Resort starts with a crushed grape and essential oil body buff, and includes a warm mineral mud body paint, a soak in the couples tub, a body butter massage, and a wild rose mask for the hands.

Re-Cycle: Whether you’re interested in doing an easy five miles with the family, 50 miles through rolling vineyards, or a multi-day tour of wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley is a cyclist’s nirvana and everything you need can be found at Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop or Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours.

Take A Hike: Much of the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley is found in the mountains that surround it. Specifically, the San Rafael Mountains to the north and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south. From vineyard-to-vineyard hikes and scenic strolls along the shores of Lake Cachuma, to more challenging excursions with rewarding vistas on Figueroa Mountain and Gaviota Peak, there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Hyper-Local: At the popular Industrial Eats restaurant and butcher shop in Buellton, nearly everything on the restaurant’s menu is sourced from California’s central coast. The menu features everything from oysters, duck, and rabbit, to steaks, chicken, and even coastal sea urchin, complemented by fresh preserves, pâtés, cheeses, and handmade bacon, while the two-day Hog Butchering Series is an immersive “roll-up-your-sleeves” program that covers cutting, casing, and curing using pigs from Jake O’Francis of Valley Piggery.

Ohm Away From Home: Vineyard Yoga SYV connects yoga enthusiasts with the natural world through its yoga classes that take place in the serenity and solitude of local vineyards, followed by wine tasting. “I love teaching my vineyard yoga classes because it allows visitors to experience the beauty of our local wineries in a new way,” said Cori Lassahn, owner of Vineyard Yoga SYV. “It’s the perfect backdrop for yoga because it offers relaxation and rejuvenation, and there’s no better feeling than letting your body sink into the earth in the warm sun as rows of grapevines come into focus.”

Planning a relaxing wellness wine vacation to the Santa Ynez Valley is simple at visitsyv.com, where visitors can research events and attractions, book lodging and activities, compare the best wineries in santa ynez valley and create a custom itinerary with the click of a mouse.

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Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

Upcoming May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

May Events in Santa Ynez Valley

There are so many reasons to spend the month of May in Santa Ynez Valley! Our charming towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang are ready for some terrific summer fun. Whether you are looking for a solo adventure, something romantic, or living the family life, start making plans now for your weekend getaway in Santa Ynez.

We’ve highlighted the best events in May you’ll want to cover on your next Santa Ynez visit, but here are just some of the ways you can celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer in this great part of California:

  • Cinco de Mayo: This commemorative holiday is all about celebrating Mexican cultural heritage, and we’ve got you covered on music and food to celebrate. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Friday, Saturday & Sunday in the Valley. Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar has $5 El Charro Margaritas, $8 Cazadores Margarita with Coronita floater & $3 Cerveza specials.
  • Mother’s Day: Mom will just love spending time with her favorite family in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mom deserves to get away, and there’s no dishes to be washed here in the SYV. A popular brunch spot for Mother’s Day in the SYV is at the Marriott Hotel. You might also consider this painting event at Sunstone Winery.
  • Memorial Day: This may be the “official” start of summer, but we’ll already have the season well under way. Read below for upcoming Memorial Day Events in SYV.
  • Festivals: We’re big on celebrating just about everything in our area, but see below for more information on May’s Buellton Brew Fest and June’s Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival.
  • Touring: Carve out some time for yourself and take a bike tour or a driving tour of our area. There is just so much to do, see and enjoy, you’ll be glad you did.
  • Getting Romantic: We’ve got lots of ideas for romantic summer afternoons to get the spark glowing. If Santa Ynez Valley has already worked its charms on you, then it’s time to come back for a swinging bachelorette party or an elegant wedding celebration. Download our top 25 romantic trip planning tips to help you plan the perfect romantic getaway in the Santa Ynez Valley!

May is also the start of the Summer Wine Tour Season. Take advantage of The Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Taste at fourteen winery tasting rooms for just $45, from May 1 – August 31, 2017.

Buellton Brew Fest

Buellton Brew Fest - Must See May Event

Buellton Brew Fest – Must See May Event

Kick off the 2017 central coast beer festival season with one of the best festivals in Santa Barbara County. The sixth annual Buellton Brew Fest will feature over 50 breweries, wineries and spirits and live entertainment by DJ Hecktik, Out of the Blue, and The Caverns. This annual event takes place at River View Park in Buellton on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. General Admission ($45) begins at 12:30 p.m. Must be 21 and over; identification will be verified at the door. Rain or shine event. No refunds. No coolers. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the day!

May, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Activities in Santa Ynez Valley

There are plenty of fun may events in Santa Ynez Valley all month long, to be sure, but don’t miss these special May, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day activities in the Santa Ynez Valley:

Earth Day In Santa Ynez

  • 15th Annual SYV Earth Day: Free event, Sunday, May 21 from noon until 5:00 p.m. at River View Park in Buellton, hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden. Activities include sustainable solutions, environmental non-profits, water-wise landscaping, Kids Green Zone, family activities and prizes, silent auction, beer and wine garden, food court, live entertainment and guest speakers.
  • Riders in the Sky: Kick off the Solvang Festival Theater season on Friday, May 5 @ 7:30 p.m. when the Grammy Award- winning Riders in the Sky – America’s favorite cowboys – come to Solvang for a special fundraising event. Fun for the entire family with great western music and wit. After the concert meet the artists. Come early and enjoy Solvang Bakery sweets and savories before the show.
  • Rancheros Visitadores Ride for a Cure: Saturday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m. through downtown Solvang to Old Mission Santa Ines. Hundreds of “visiting ranchers” commemorate traditional rides on horseback and in wagons to a public blessing at Old Mission Santa Ines, followed by a private encampment.
  • Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon: Saturday, May 13 from 7:00 am until 12:30 pm. Enjoy a scenic course, running from downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos into Solvang. Celebrate at the post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park. Run the half marathon or the two-person relay.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Painting in the Vineyard: Saturday, May 13 from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm. Treat Mom to a Painting in the Vineyard experience at the gorgeous Brander Vineyard in Los Olivos. A trained artist walks participants through the entire painting process step-by-step. No previous painting experience is necessary. $65 per person includes a full tasting of Brander Vineyard wine and all the supplies necessary to create a landscape masterpiece.
  • Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation Mother’s Day Breakfast: Sunday, May 14 from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School.
  • Memorial Weekend Observances: On Saturday, May 27, crosses and VFW Medallions will be placed on veterans’ graves at the Santa Ines Mission, Chalk Hill, Oak Hill, and Saint Mark’s Cemeteries. The public is invited to view or assist in this observance. VFW Post 7139 Members will hand out Red Poppies at the front of Albertsons in Buellton from 1PM to 3PM on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28.  On Memorial Day, May 29, American Legion Post 160 will conduct short ceremonies at 10AM in Chalk Hill, 10:30AM in Santa Ines Mission, 11AM in Oak Hill, and 11:30 in Saint Mark’s Cemeteries. VFW Post 7139 will conduct a hallowed VFW Memorial Day Ceremony at 12PM, at the Solvang Park Flag Pole. The ceremony will include The Santa Ynez Wind Ensemble; Rear Admiral Brian Brown, Vice Commander, Joint Forces Component Command for Space, from Vandenberg AFB; Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans; American Legion Post 160; Boy Scouts; and a fly over of vintage military aircraft. A barbecue hosted by the Solvang Vikings Club for veterans and their families will follow the ceremony.
  • Memorial Weekend – Live Music at Zaca Mesa: Saturday, May 27 from noon until 3:00 pm at Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos. Enjoy an afternoon full of complimentary live music from Sean Wiggins! Event is free for everyone, so bring your friends, pack a picnic, and buy a bottle of wine to enjoy for a great afternoon.
  • Paint in the Vineyard for Memorial Day: Monday, May 29 from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm at Lincourt Vineyard in Solvang. This painting in the vineyard class provides a beautiful, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine-lover in you. No previous painting experience necessary.
  • Cooking with Pascale Beale: Saturday, May 13 from 1-3pm at Buttonwood Farm Winery in Solvang. Learn to make dishes from farm fresh fruits and vegetables, talk about wine pairings and taste Buttonwood estate-grown wines. Meet and chat with the cook and author of multiple cookbooks. Look for the special Mother’s Day Weekend Package from ForFriends Inn in Santa Ynez.

santa ynez cooking events

If that’s not enough, here is a sneak peek ahead into what’s happening at the beginning of June – the Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival takes place on Saturday, June 3 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm at Lavinia Campbell Park in Los Olivos. This annual festival features wines poured by thirty area wineries, food tastings prepared by thirty chefs, olive products vendors, and great live jazz by some of the biggest names in jazz, for an all-inclusive $65. Tickets are available now.

Visit our website at VisitSYV.com before coming to the Santa Ynez Valley for a listing of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. You’ll also find a complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, in case this hasn’t given you enough ideas!

Come enjoy these May events in Santa Ynez Valley! 

 

 

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Easter Weekend in the SYV

Easter weekend activities and events in the Santa Ynez Valley

Easter weekend is a special time to celebrate and gather with loved ones in the Santa Ynez Valley. We know there’s plenty to do between family gatherings and church outings, so we’ve compiled a list of activities and events over Easter Weekend for you to peruse.

Friday, April 14th

Entertainment

Carr Warehouse
Live Music with Tony Ybarra ~ Flamenco, Latino Guitar Duo
Hours: 5-7pm
Cost of Event: Free Admission, 21+

Standing Sun Wines
Standing Sun LIVE presents Greg Felden with Chi McClean and Lady Rogo
This is an all ages show! Wines will be available for purchase and food will be available for purchase from Tacos Amigos.
Hours: 7pm
Cost: $12 Standing Room / $17 Reserved Seating

Saturday, April 15th

Easter Egg Hunts

Buellton Rec Center’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Hosted by the Buellton Rec Center, Easter Eggstravaganza begins at 10 am sharp! Over 10,000 eggs, prizes and games all taking place at River View Park, Buellton. The Easter bunny will be there too, so don’t be late.
Hours: 10am – 1pm
Cost of Event: Free admission

The Great Bell Street Egg Hunt in Downtown Los Alamos
Hop on out to Los Alamos for a springtime egg hunt! They’ll be hiding treasure-filled eggs along Bell Street, and it’s up to you to find them. Collect super sweet prizes like free wine (for 21+), tasty eats and more.
Hours: 1pm – 5pm
Cost of Event: Free admission

Special Offerings & Entertainment

Loring Wine Company
Tax Relief Day
Join Loring Wine Company at their tasting room in Buellton and take a break from the hectic tax season. Half-off wine tastings and complimentary cheese pairings all day. They’re also taking 15% off all bottle purchases!
Hours: 10am – 4:45pm
Cost of Event: 15% off all wines, half-price tastings, complimentary cheese pairings

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Live Music: Kate Steinway’s Wayfaring Woman Tour
Kate Steinway is bringing her soulful voice and cheerful ukulele to California’s Central Coast this summer on her “Wayfaring Woman” Tour. A world traveler and storyteller, Steinway will be sharing her effervescent and heartfelt songwriting
Hours: 12pm – 4pm
Cost of Event: Free admission, Sunstone wines available to purchase

The Good Life Cellar
Live Music at The Good Life
Enjoy live music with local Country Rock Star – Cash Cooper!
Hours: 8pm – 10:30pm
Cost of Event: Free admission, California craft beer and wine available for purchase

Sunday, April 16th, Easter Day

Brunches

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
Easter Brunch Buffet
The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott’s Easter Brunch Buffet will feature an array of breakfast items, hot and cold dishes and several desserts. There will be a Bottomless Mimosa bar, too! Reservations are required, please call 688-1000.
Hours: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: $45.00 for Adults & Seniors, $30.00 for children 4-10 years, $20.00 for Bottomless Mimosa Bar

Bob’s Well Bread Bakery
Brunch at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery with Live Music

Bob’s will be serving Hot Cross Buns for as long as they last from April 14th through Easter Sunday, April 16th, and will be selling the bakery’s signature Easter Panettone. As a special treat for Easter’s festivities, soulful musician Kate Steinway, currently on the “Wayfaring Woman” tour, will entertain guests with her cheerful Ukulele from 10am to 1pm. Bob’s Well Bread Café menu will be served throughout the day.
Hours: The bakery will be open 7am – 6pm, with live music from 10am – 1pm.
Cost: Easter admission and live music is free; Easter Panettone – $25; Hot Cross Buns – $18 / dozen
Order Details:  All Panettone orders must be submitted by 6:00 pm Friday, April 14th. Choose pick up day of Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  After the 14th, first come, first served. Hot Cross Buns Served from April 14th – April 16th only. Order by calling 805-344-3000.

Easter Egg Hunts

Kalyra Winery
Easter Egg-stravaganza
Easter fun for the entire family, egg coloring, egg hunt for kids & adults, prizes, wine specials.
Hours of Event: 10am -5pm
Cost of Event: Free! Guests can bring a picnic — no outside wine or alcohol allowed

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
St. Mark’s Easter Egg Hunt
Members of the public of all ages are invited to celebrate Easter at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue at the corner of Alamo Pintado Avenue in downtown Los Olivos. The popular St. Mark’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 9:15 am in the courtyard and gardens for toddlers and children through elementary school age (kids, please bring your own basket).
Hours of Event: 9:15 a.m. start time until all eggs are discovered
Cost of Event:  Free to all children from toddlers to elementary school age. Happy Easter!

Vincent Vineyards & Winery
Easter Sunday Egg Hunt

Join Vincent Vineyards & Winery for a special Easter celebration! Bring friends and your own basket for the egg hunt, egg painting, and photos with the Easter Bunny.
Hours of Event: 1pm for ages 1 – 5; 1:30pm for ages 6 – 10; 2pm for egg painting and photos with the Easter bunny

Special Offerings & Entertainment

Global Gardens
2 for 1 tastings on Easter Sunday
Buy one $5 tasting, get another one free! Taste Organic Cerignolas and enjoy $10 off large liter jar.
Hours: 10am – 5pm

Tasting Rooms Open

The following Santa Ynez Valley wineries and tasting rooms will also be open on Sunday, April 16th. We recommend calling ahead to confirm hours.

  • Alexander & Wayne, 11am – 6pm
  • Alma Rosa, 11am – 6:30pm
  • Arthur Earl, 11am – 6pm
  • Barbieri-Kempe, 12pm – 5pm
  • Beckmen, 11am – 5pm
  • Blair Fox Cellars
  • Buttonwood Farm Winery, 11am – 5pm
  • Ca’ Del Grevino, 12pm – 7pm
  • Carivintas,  11am – 7pm
  • Carr Warehouse, 11am – 6pm
  • Casa Cassara Winery, 12 – 6pm
  • Casa Dumetz
  • Dascomb Cellars
  • Dragonette
  • Dreamcote Wine Co, 11am – 5pm
  • Foley Estate Vineyard & Winery, 10am – 5pm
  • Firestone Vineyards, 10am – 5pm
  • Kaena, 11am – 3pm
  • Kalyra, 10am – 5pm
  • Lincourt Vineyard, 10am – 5pm
  • Lucky Dogg Winery, 11am – 5pm
  • Rideau Vineyard, 11am – 4:30pm
  • Sort This Out Cellars & High Roller Tiki Lounge, 10am – 7pm
  • Vincent Vineyards & Winery, 12pm – 5pm
  • Zinke Wine Co., 11am – 5pm

 

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Touring Through the Santa Ynez Valley

SANTA YNEZ, CA - MAY 15: Storm clouds float over Armour Ranch Road in Happy Canyon on May 15, 2015, near Santa Ynez, California. Because of its close proximity to Southern California and Los Angeles population centers, the coastal region of Santa Barbara has become a popular weekend getaway destination for millions of tourists each year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

With so many constraints on and so much demand for our time these days, it’s incredible to get away even for a few days—especially when that time away is in the middle of California’s Central Coast. More specifically, the Santa Ynez Valley. With its gorgeous vineyards to explore, charming inns and B&Bs to stay at, and miles of open road to drive, the Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and forget about real life for a while. And with six distinct communities to discover, all within close proximity of each other, exploring the back roads and byways of the Santa Ynez Valley is simple and fun.

There are few folks who know the open road more than CarRentals.com, which is why we’ve partnered with them to present the top places in the Santa Ynez Valley to explore on your next trip. Here are CarRentals.com’s recommended ways to tour the Santa Ynez Valley.

Buellton

Heading north from Las Cruces on U.S. Route 101, you’ll travel through picturesque countryside, with sprawling pastures at the foot of rolling hills that are covered in flowing green and yellow grasses. You’ll pass by places with names like Pioneer Ranch, Nojoqui Creek Farms, and Moonshine Canyon. You’ll know you have arrived in the Santa Ynez Valley when you reach Buellton, a place where days are spent discovering Mendenhall’s Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Peroliana, exploring hot spots down Industrial Way, or touring the vineyards at Mosby Winery. Grab a bottle of their La Donna, a refreshing chardonnay that’s perfect for enjoying on a warm summer day.

Los Alamos

Also located off the famed U.S. Route 101 is Los Alamos, a town whose Spanish name translates to “the cottonwoods.” Enjoy lunch at one of the cafes like Bell Street Farm or Bob’s Well Bread Bakery that line the downtown street.

Santa Ynez

The wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley—especially the ones around its namesake town—aren’t all about lounging in Adirondack chairs on sprawling estates, checking off boxes for each wine you like. Sometimes the journey to get to them is half the fun. Especially when you begin in the town of Santa Ynez and drive along its unparalleled wine trail. As you make your way past vineyards with names like Crown Point and Vogelzang, you’ll weave your way through horse ranches and produce farms that share real estate space with many of the wineries on this trail. If you only make a stop at one winery, it should be the Italian villa look-a-like, Sunstone Vineyards and Winery. Enjoy a glass of 2015 soleil blanc and a cheese platter while relaxing at this sprawling estate and gazing at the surrounding countryside.

Solvang

A few miles down California State Route 246 will bring you to a quaint town called Solvang, a place that looks like a re-creation of a 17th century Danish village, because that’s exactly what the town’s Danish settlers intended. Park the car and start off on foot along the Solvang Wine Walk, a self-guided tour through the many tasting rooms that occupy storefronts in the downtown district. Begin with a wine and chocolate tasting on the patio at Royal Oaks Winery Tasting Room while a local musician serenades you with soothing tunes. Continue your journey down backstreets like Copenhagen Drive and Park Way, stopping in such esteemed places like Dascomb Cellars and Toccata Tasting Room, before completing your tour with a treat from one of Solvang’s authentic Danish bakeries.

Ballard

When you head east on California State Route 246, you’ll eventually run into Route 154, where you’re going to want to hang a left and continue on until you reach the town of Ballard. Don’t blink, or you might miss this charming little enclave in the middle of the Santa Ynez Valley, which happens to be a perfect place to escape the big city for a day or two. Make your way to Seein’ Spots Farm and make new friends in the form of miniature mules and donkeys. Check out the historic Ballard Little Red Schoolhouse, which has been educating students since 1883. And when your appetite becomes too strong to ignore, head over to The Ballard Inn & The Gathering Table, where you can enjoy an excellent wine and food pairing.

Los Olivos

Any visit to the Santa Ynez Valley is not complete without a scenic drive along the Foxen Canyon Road Wine Trail. Beginning in Los Olivos, you’ll pass through miles upon miles of postcard-worthy landscapes characterized by vineyards, rolling pastures, grazing cattle, and oak-dotted hillsides as far as the eye can see. Since this is, after all, a wine trail, stop off at Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard, where a deeply colored bottle of 2013 Parker West pinot noir will provide a wonderful contrast to the valley’s whites. Continue your bottle-collecting journey at the eponymous Foxen Winery and pick up a bottle of their Foxen 7200 2014 sauvignon blanc. When it’s all said and done and the time to make your way back to your homestead has come, you’ll have more than enough bottles of fine wine to entertain guests at future dinner parties, and just as many wonderful stories to share about the trip. Cheers.

We hope we’ve said it all. We think we’ve said it all. Now, all that is left for you to do is climb behind the wheel and hit the wide-open roads of the Santa Ynez Valley. Remember to enjoy your time in wine country responsibly. California’s Central Coast has never looked so good.

Author: Chris Killen

 

 

 

 

 

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