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13 Reasons to Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, NOW

Sun, fun, food – and wine. Santa Ynez Valley, surrounded by rolling vineyards and fruitful farms, has something delicious in store, year ‘round. Between New Year’s and the next season, in the Valley’s six towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Solvang and Santa Ynez, new wines are released (it’s Rosé time!), and restaurant menus change to reflect the best of what late-winter and early-spring bring to the table. Moderate temps and plentiful sunshine round out the “in between”. So skip the slopes; Santa Barbara Wine Country beckons.

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Romance has nothing on us.

Valentine’s Day celebrations may have passed, but the romance continues in the Santa Ynez Valley. With the approaching wedding and anniversary season, it’s hard to find a more romantic venue than wine country. Santa Ynez Valley accommodations are numerous and varied, so slip away mid-week for a romantic vacation to suit your wildest desires – whether they’re budget-friendly or luxe. And while you’re here, indulge in one of the many events happening at wineries, wine shops, breweries and restaurants all over the Valley.

Wine Country, meet Dine Country.

Escape the Spring Break madness at other destinations. Here, March brings a passport wine tasting experience (now through March 31) good at more than a dozen participating winery tasting rooms, including estate and library wine samplings, wine-paired treats, and winemaker meet-and-greets. Santa Ynez Valley boasts a booming foodie culture with “craft” everything – from wine, beer, spirits and cocktails, to bread, picnic and pantry provisions, to sweets ranging from cakes and pastries to marshmallows and gelato. Restaurants spread throughout the Valley’s six distinct towns offer endless combinations for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night, keeping you satisfied for days.

This is farm-fresh, wine country cuisine done to the nines, by chefs with international culinary resumes and time spent in far-flung locales such as Italy, Israel, Spain and England, and stateside, in Las Vegas, Napa and New York City. Celebrity chefs, and celebrity chef alum, coming from the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay, Rick Moonen, Alain Ducasse, José Andrés, and April Bloomfield, now call the Valley “home”. A Santa Ynez Valley trip in late-winter / early-spring, also affords visitors extra opportunities to taste what we have to offer. On International Women’s Day (March 8), 20+ Santa Barbara County women winemakers join forces with some of the region’s female chefs, bakers and gourmet foods purveyors for the charitable “2nd Annual Women Winemakers Dinner”, held right in downtown Solvang.

Just days later, the “26th Annual Taste of Solvang” (March 14-18) kicks off, ushering in five days of food events all over town, including a Solvang Tasting Trail, Wine & Beer Walk, Farmers Market Dinner and Danish Sunday Brunch. On March 18, the industrial-chic town of Buellton welcomes guests to the 4th Annual Buellton Wine and Chili Festival. Held at the something-for-everyone Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, where you can “glamp” it up or camp barebones, festival-goers will sample wares from more than 25 winemakers, craft brewers and distillers, cast their votes in the festival’s chili and salsa cook-off, and enjoy live music and entertainment for all ages.

Late-March (March 21), The Bear and Star restaurant at the formidably luxurious Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, hosts an intimate, collaborative Chef’s Table Dinner featuring the combined talents of chef/owner John Cox, with that of chef Josiah Citrin of Los Angeles’ Mélisse.

A grand finale: The 36th Annual Vintners Festival (weekend of April 21) brings together more than 100 Santa Barbara wineries, with local fare from farmers, foragers and chefs, in a grand tasting event – which, this year, also features a sparkling wine-centric Bubble Lounge. A Vintners Visa grants access to tasting rooms and vineyards Valley-wide, while weekend happenings are offered throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country.

Geese fly south for a reason.

This time of year, Santa Ynez Valley sees outdoor-friendly daytime temps, while nights provide just enough chill in the air to make the most of those al fresco fireplaces and pits featured at so many of the area hotels.

Take a break from the feasting and imbibing (if you must) and go for a hike, a bike ride (mountain, or road), hop on a horse, play a round of golf, visit a spa, or partake in some of the other things to do in wine country, like yoga or painting in the vineyards.Cyclists will flock to the Valley in March, for the SCOR Solvang Century, Metric & Half-Century races (March 10), while film and outdoors enthusiasts will descend upon Los Olivos for the NatureTrack Film Festival (March 23-25).

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Egg hunts are better with wine.

Break out those baskets: Buellton’s River View Park holds the Valley’s largest Easter fête, the 29th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Easter Egg Hunt (March 31), also featuring an adult-only version of “the hunt”. For kids of all ages, there are activities and games galore, plus Easter crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more. Valley restaurants, event venues, wineries and vineyards will also host egg-and-wine-themed occasions, for both “big” and “little” kids.

Walk. Shop. Wine & Dine…

In the Santa Ynez Valley, midweek means extra discounts and deals. During the monthly Solvang 3rd Wednesday (February 21, March 21, April 18), more than 15 participating Solvang wine tasting rooms, wine and beer bars offer a special discounted tasting opportunity on the Solvang 3rd Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. Select Solvang merchants offer 3rd Wednesday savings on merchandise, a handful of area hotels provide discounted 3rd Wednesday rates, the Solvang Farmers Market offers freshly-harvested local produce and gourmet goods, and certain Solvang restaurants feature a special three-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu for just $25++ per person, à la Restaurant Week.

The Valley’s famously walkable towns provide ample opportunity for retail therapy: Wine-taste as you meander in and out of the upscale boutiques of Los Olivos and Santa Ynez; antique shopping abounds in Los Alamos; and collect iconic baked goods – and memories – in Solvang. Undertake other walkable endeavors in the Valley’s many museums, with exhibits of regionally-unique nature, art, history, culture, lore – and even, automotive interests.

…then post all of your Wine Country experiences to Instagram.

With ample photographic backdrops for capturing your Santa Ynez Valley visit – be that Danish, Old West, Victorian, urban-industrial or agricultural – your winter break will be one you won’t soon forget.

About VisitSYV.com: 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” our  Facebook  page for ideas on planning  Santa Ynez vacations. Email  info@VisitSYV.com  for help planning your next vacation in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Santa Ynez Valley Events


Christmas in the Santa Ynez Valley

 

Below is a guide to making the most of your Christmas 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.

 

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Aebleskiver Café  446 Alisal Road, #5 (805) 688-1250
Christmas Eve: 9:00am-6:00pm
Christmas Day: 10:00am-5:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 9:00am-6:00pm
New Year’s Day: 10:00am-5:00pm
Alisal River Grill & Terrace 150 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-7784
Christmas Eve: 7:00am-3:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 7:00am-3:00pm
New Year’s Day: 8:00am-3:00pm
Aly’s by Alebru Restaurant 451 2nd St
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 697- 7082
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day:
Special seating times 5:00pm & 8:30pm (Set Menu)
New Year’s Eve:
Special seating times 5:30pm & 9:00pm (Set Menu)
New Year’s Day: 5:00pm-8:45pm
Bit O’Denmark Restaurant 473 Alisal Rd #A Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-5426
Christmas Eve: 11:00am-9:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve:11:00am-9:00pm
New Year’s Day:11:00am-9:00pm
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery 550 Bell St
Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-3000 New Year’s Day: 7:00am-3:oopm
Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn 3539 Sagunto St
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-4142 New Year’s Eve: 11:30-2:30; 5:00-9:30pm
Copenhagen Sausage Garden 1660 Copenhagen Dr
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 697-7354
Christmas Eve: 10:00am-10:00pm
Christmas Day: 10:00am-10:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 10:00am-10:00pm
New Year’s Day: 10:00am-10:00pm
Danish Mill Bakery & Café  1682 Copenhagen Dr.  (805) 688-5805
Christmas Eve: 7:00am-2:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 7:00am-6:00pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
First & Oak at the Mirabelle Inn  409 First Street  (805) 688-1703
Christmas Eve: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Christmas Day: 5:00pm-8:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 5:30pm-9:00pm
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Hummingbird Café  453 Atterdag Road  (805) 403-7100
Christmas Eve: 11:00am-5:00pm
Christmas Day: 11:00am-5:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 11:00am-5:00pm
New Year’s Day: 11am-5:00pm
Mad & Vin at The Landsby 1576 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-3121
Christmas Eve: 7:30am-11am; 5-9
Christmas Day: 7:30am-11am; 5-9
New Year’s Eve: 7:30am-11am; 5-9
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
Olsen’s Bakery 1529 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-6314
Christmas Eve: 7:00am-1:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 7:00am-4:00pm
New Year’s Day: 8am-7:00pm
Pea Soup Andersen’s 51 E Hwy 246
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-5581
Christmas Eve: 7:00am-8:00pm
Christmas Day: 7:00am-8:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 7:00am-10:00pm
Root 246 420 Alisal Rd
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-8681  (please call for open hours)
Solvang Brewing Company 1547 Mission Drive (805) 688-2337 New Year’s Eve: 11:00am-2:00am

New Year’s Day: 11:00am-2:00am
The Bistro at Hadsten House  1450 Mission Dr.  (805) 688-3210 (please call for open hours)
The Ballard Inn & Gathering Table 2436 Baseline Ave
Ballard, CA 93463
(800) 638-2466  New Year’s Eve: Two seatings – 6:00PM & 9:00PM (Set Menu/Reservations Required)
The Bear and Star 2860 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-1359
Christmas Eve: 9am-3pm; 5pm-9pm
Christmas Day: 9am-3pm; 5pm-9pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am-3pm; 5pm-9pm (Set Menu)
New Year’s Day: 9am-3pm; 5pm-9pm
The Starting Gate at the SYV Marriott 555 McMurray Rd Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-1000
Christmas Eve: 11:00am-11:00pm
Christmas Day: 11:00am-11:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 11:00am-11:00pm
New Year’s Day: 11:00am-11:00pm
The Willows at The Chumash Casino  3400 CA-246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
 (805) 686-0855
Christmas Eve: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Christmas Day: 4:00pm-11:00pm
New Year’s Eve: 4:00pm-11:00pm
New Year’s Day: 4:00pm-10:00pm

Wineries / Tasting Rooms Open Christmas Eve & New Years

Alma Rosa Winery 181-C Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427  

(805) 691-9395

Christmas Eve: 10:30am -3:30pm
New Yea’s Eve: 10:30am -3:30pm
 

Barbieri Wine Company

 

2369 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA  93441

 

(805) 688-8882

Christmas Eve: 12:00pm-3ish
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 12:00pm-5ish
New Year’s Day: 12:00pm-5ish
Community Craft  

2446 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos CA 93441

 

(805) 338-1403

Christmas Eve: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 12:00pm-7:00pm
New Year’s Day: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
45 Industrial Way
Buellton, CA 934272363
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Alamo Pintado Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 694-2252 ext. 110
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(805) 694-2252 ext. 343
(please call for open hours)
Kalyra Winery 343 N.Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez CA 93460  (805) 693-8864
Christmas Eve: 10:00am-3:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11:00am-3:00pm
New Year’s Day: Closed
Lucas & Lewellen 1645 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463  (805) 686-9336
Christmas Eve: 10:00am-3pm
New Year’s Eve: 10:00am-3pm
New Year’s Day: 10:00am-5:30pm
The Good Life 1672 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-7111
Christmas Eve: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Toccata  1665 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463  (805) 686-5506
Christmas Eve: 10:00am-3pm
New Year’s Eve: 10:00am-3pm
New Year’s Day: 10:00am-5:30pm
Vincent Vineyards  2370 N. Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 (805) 691-4200
Christmas Eve: 12:00pm-5pm
New Year’s Eve: 12:00pm-5pm
New Year’s Day: 12:00pm-5pm
Wandering Dog Wine Bar 1539C Mission Dr.
Solvang, CA 93463
 (805) 686-9126 New Year’s Day: 12:00pm–8:00pm

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Santa Ynez Valley December 2017 Holiday Events Guide

Solvang holiday events

Here are some events coming up in our community that may be of interest to you and your family.

Santa Ynez Valley Food and Drink Events

Holiday Wine and Beer Walk: Saturday and Sunday December 9th and 10th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm is Solvang’s Holiday Wine and Beer Walk. For just $45 per person you will get a 2-day passport that will allow you to stroll the beautiful village of Solvang, sip local wines and sample local beers. There are over 12 different wine and beer tastings rooms and wine bars included in the tour. This event is sure to help you get in the holiday spirit and you will even get a souvenir wine glass with your ticket purchase.

Beauty Behind The (Big) Bottle: Take a walk through the barrel room at Zaca Mesa Winery on Saturday December 9th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and experience an exclusive tasting of large-format Syrahs and find out what makes these amazing wines so unique. The wines will be expertly paired with gourmet cheeses from Cailloux Cheese Shop in Solvang. This event always sells out quickly, so make sure to make your reservations right away. Tickets are $40 for Zaca Mesa club members and $50 for non-members. Call Dianna at (805) 688-9339 ext. 306 for more information.

Solvang Farmer’s Market: The Solvang Farmer’s Market is held on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm on First Street between Mission and Copenhagen Drive, and is a fun, free, family-friendly event. Local farmers gather together in the marketplace to sell their seasonal, colorful agricultural products. There are tons of organic options to choose from, and the event goes on rain or shine! This is a great opportunity to shop and socialize.

Solvang 3rd Wednesday Restaurant Deal: On Wednesday December 20th from 4 to 7 pm select restaurants in Solvang will feature a 3-course “3rd Wednesday” menu for just $25 per person. This event will tie in with the Solvang Farmers Market as well, since the menu will include ingredients straight from the Farmers Market.

Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Events

Olde Fashioned Christmas: Los Olivos is hosting their annual Olde Fashioned Christmas on Saturday December 2nd from 4 to 8 pm. This fun event gives you the chance to experience warm, friendly, small-town fun and start the holiday season off right! There will be an artisan boutique in the Grange from 1 to 8 pm where you can get a start on your Christmas shopping, Santa Claus will be in St. Mark’s parlor, a train ride for kids their parents, live Christmas music, food trucks, live decorated Christmas trees at participating businesses, an Official Lighting of the Christmas Tree and much more!

Julefest Parade: Downtown Solvang is having their annual Julefest Parade on Saturday December 2nd from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. There will be over 400 participants and over 50 entries in the parade. The parade will go down Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive and adjacent streets. After the parade, there will be free visits with Santa in Solvang Park. For more information call (805) 688-6144.

Gingerbread Wonderland: Gingerbread Wonderland is coming to St. Mark’s in Los Olivos on Saturday December 2nd from 4 to 8 pm. Beautiful gingerbread houses decorated by locals, and you can enter a gingerbread house of your own if you want. There will also be a Christmas cookie sale, live music, holiday crafts for the children, food and drinks and photos with Santa. Proceeds from this event will benefit Arts Outreach and St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Preschool, both of which serve children of our Santa Ynez Valley.

Julefest Tree Lighting: To kick off their annual Julefest, the city of Solvang will be having a tree lighting in Solvang Park (First Street and Mission Drive) on Friday December 1st from 5 to 6:30 pm. Come see Solvang sparkle as the tree is lit, watch dancing ballerinas, bands and caroling and see Santa Claus’ arrival in Solvang. This is a free, family friendly event.

Buellton Winter Fest: Buellton will be having their Annual Winter Fest on Sunday December 3rd. Start the day off right by bringing the whole family for a breakfast with Santa, and then continue the day by enjoying the 20 tons of snow, vendors, light parade, tree lighting, wine, beer and food. This is a fun day for the whole family. Call (805) 688-7829.

Los Alamos Christmas Tree Lighting: On December 8th, starting at 6pm at Ferrini Park (corner of Bell and Centennial Streets) in downtown Los Alamos, all are invited to enjoy a traditional tree lighting, carolers, luminaries and fun for the whole family. Call 805-344-3500 for more details.

Nativity Pageant: The Solvang Festival Theater (420 Second Street, Solvang, CA) is having a free nativity pageant, also known as the “Christmas Story”, on Saturday December 9th. The show is free, and there are two showings: one at 5:00 pm and one at 7:00 pm. There will be a choir, actors wearing traditional nativity costumes and live animals on stage. Although the performances are free, there is limited space so seats will be given on a first come, first entertained basis.

8 Days {an Edible Hanukkah Collaboration}: Tuesday, December 12 through Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Santa Ynez Valley locals and visitors will be treated to an exclusive holiday food happening as Chef Drew Terp, Chef/Co-Owner of PICO at The Los Alamos General Store (www.losalamosgeneralstore.com), and Chef Brooke Stockwell, Executive Chef for K’Syrah Catering & Events (www.kscateringandevents.com), team up for a collaborative eight-day Hanukkah food fest: “8 Days {an Edible Hanukkah Collaboration}”.

Elverhøj Museum’s Christmas Party: On the first Sunday in December (December 3rd), Elverhøj Museum is hosting their annual Christmas Party. There will be a 12-foot tall tree decorated with hand-made Danish ornaments, demonstrations of Danish Christmas crafts, bobbin lace making, live music, dancing around the Christmas tree and more fun activities. There will be traditional Danish open face sandwiches, Danish Christmas cookies and chocolates and all-around Danish Christmas cheer. Santa will also stop by to visit the kids, and he usually brings treats too! For more information call the Museum at (805) 686-1211

Holiday Concert: On Saturday December 16th at 7:30 pm and on Sunday December 17th at 3:00 pm the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and Orchestra will perform their holiday concert, entitled “The Festival Of Carols”. The Youth Choir will be joining them in singing and performing holiday-themed music, including traditional caroling songs. The concerts will take place at The Solvang Vets Hall (1745 Mission Drive in Solvang, CA 93463).

Danish Family Christmas Dinner: The Danish Sisterhood is hosting their annual Traditional Family Danish Christmas Dinner on Sunday December 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Bethania Lutheran Church (621 Atterdag Rd). There will be a delicious dinner, dancing around the Christmas tree and a special visit from Santa. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends and family. Call (805) 705-2118 for more information.

VisitSYVAbout VisitSYV.com: 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.


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
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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. 

VisitSYVAbout VisitSYV.com: 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.


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!  

VisitSYVAbout VisitSYV.com: 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.


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

VisitSYVAbout VisitSYV.com: 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.


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.

VisitSYVAbout VisitSYV.com: 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!

 

VisitSYVAbout VisitSYV.com: 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.

VisitSYVAbout VisitSYV.com: 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.