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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!  

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.


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.

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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.

 

Saturday, March 31

Easter Egg Hunts

29th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Egg hunt 
The Valley’s largest egg hunt is in Buellton at River View Park. NEW THIS YEAR… Food Trucks and more! The Easter Eggstravaganza starts at 9am.  Get there early so you don’t have to rush. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:00 am sharp! After the hunt, enjoy activities, games, Easter crafts, a picture with the Easter bunny, food trucks and more! Plus the 3rd Annual Adult-only egg hunt.
Hours: 9am – 1pm
Cost of Event: Free admission

Easter Garden Party at Municipal Winemakers
Join in on an egg hunt plus vinyl DJ set by Daisy Van Tassel at the Municipal Winemakers Los Alamos tasting room!
Hours: 2pm – 5pm
Cost of Event: Free admission

Easter Egg Hunt at Solvang Brewing Company
Hundreds of eggs filled with prizes, toys, and candy!
Hours: 2pm
Cost of Event: Free admission

Entertainment

Standing Sun Wines
Standing Sun LIVE presents The Contenders
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: $15 Standing Room / $20 Reserved Seating

The Good Life Cellar
Live Music at The Good Life
Enjoy live music with Keeping Up With The Joneses!
Hours: 8pm – 10:30pm
Cost of Event: Free admission, California craft beer and wine available for purchase

Sunday, April 1, Easter Day

Brunches

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
Easter Brunch
Hop, skip and jump to this Sunday’s Annual Easter Brunch in the Sycamore Rooms at Alisal Guest Ranch. We’ll be serving a full brunch buffet with a salad, seafood and omelet bar; carving station and dessert buffet.
Hours: 11:00am – 1:00pm Cost: $65 Per Person – $24 Children 12 and Under

Bottlest Bistro
Easter Brunch

Enjoy an Easter Brunch experience at the winery! Go to BottlestBistro.com to see the menu and to make reservations!
Hours: 10:00am – 2:30pm

Root 246
Easter Brunch

Guests can make reservations by calling (805) 686-8681 or at www.root-246.com
Hours: 10:00am – 2:00pm

The Bear and Star
Easter Brunch
Chef Cox’s bountiful Easter Sunday Brunch is perfect for enjoying with family and friends in the Santa Barbara Wine Country. The brunch begins with a generous portions of house-made Pastries and Fresh Fruit served family style for the table; followed by guests’ choice of main course including – Soft Scrambled Duck Eggs with Black Truffle and Chives; Cambridge House-Smoked Salmon Toast with Avocado, Scallion Crema and Watercress; Bourbon Raisin Bread Pudding French Toast with Maple Glaze and Whipped Cream; Country Benedict with Cheddar Biscuit, House Made Ham and Poached Farm Egg; and Gulf Shrimp And Grits with Bacon, Mushroom and Sherry. Dessert is the perfect ending with Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Pudding and Pecan Pie. The Bear and Star will also offer kid-friendly dishes of Scrambled Eggs and Chocolate Chip Pancakes on request and have a few surprises to keep the children entertained during Easter Brunch.
Hours: 10:00am – 2:30pm
Cost: $18.00 – $25.00

Easter Egg Hunts

Kalyra Winery
Easter Party
Easter fun for the entire family, egg coloring, egg hunt for kids & adults, prizes, wine specials.
Hours of Event: 12am -4pm
Cost of Event: Free! Guests can bring a picnic — no outside wine or alcohol allowed

Entertainment

Refugio Ranch Vineyards
Refugio Ranch Vineyards presents John Lyle Live!
Enjoy live music with local, John Lyle.
Hours: 5pm-7pm

Tasting Rooms Open

The following Santa Ynez Valley wineries and tasting rooms will also be open on Sunday, April 1. We recommend calling ahead to confirm hours.

  • Alma Rosa, 11am – 5:30pm
  • Ampelos, 11am -5pm
  • Barbieri-Kempe, 12pm – 5pm
  • Blair Fox Cellars, 12 – 5pm
  • Beckmen, 11am – 5pm
  • Bottlest Winery, 11am – 9pm
  • Cali Love Wine, 11am – 8pm
  • Carivintas,  11am – 5pm
  • Carr Warehouse, 11am – 6pm
  • Casa Cassara Winery, 12 – 6pm
  • Casa Dumetz, 11am-6pm
  • Community Craft
  • CrossHatch Winery, 11am -5pm
  • Kalyra, 11am – 4pm
  • Refugio Ranch, 12 – 7pm
  • Tercero, 11am – 3pm
  • Turiya, 11am – 6pm
  •  Zinke Wine Co.,  11-5pm

 

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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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Why You Should Spend Your Spring Break in the Santa Ynez Valley

Spring is just around the corner and not only does that mean that an end to winter is finally in sight but it also means that it’s nearly time for your Easter holiday! To help you make the most of your time off,

Visit the Santa Ynez Valley has the perfect spring break vacation ideas. Our charming towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang know how to up the springtime celebrations, and love welcoming visitors for a weekend getaway in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Solvang

If your spring break occurs between Wednesday, March 15 and Sunday, March 19, you’ll want to plan a Santa Ynez Valley visit for the 25th Annual Taste of Solvang, which features some delectable foodie festivities:

  • Farmers Market Chef Walks: Solvang Farmers Market, Wednesday, March 15 @ 3:00 PM. Led by Solvang’s prominent farm-to-table chefs. Start with a guided stroll through the Market to find produce that will result in a unique gourmet experience comprised of that day’s haul.
  • Blind Tasting Challenge: Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang, Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 PM. Taste four red wines, while learning to use wine knowledge and sensory skills to arrive at a final conclusion for each.
  • Sip + Savor: Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, Friday, March 17 from 7-9 PM. 25 of the best Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers present a smorgasbord of savory and sweet bites, wine, beer and cocktails, with live music from the Sean Wiggins Band.
  • Tasting Trail: Saturday, March 18 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Shop your way through Solvang as dozens of businesses welcome Trail guests with bite-sized edible treats. The Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, and the Wildling Museum will all offer free admission for ticket holders.
  • Solvang Wine & Beer Walk: Saturday, March 18 from 2-7 PM and Sunday, March 19 from 12-4 PM. Pair shopping with a refreshing sampling from over 15 wine tasting rooms, wine bars and beer bars.
  • Buttonwood Farm Winemaker Dinner: Saturday, March 18 at 6:00 PM at Cecco Ristorante in Solvang. Join Chef David Cecchini and Buttonwood Farm Winery winemaker, Karen Steinwachs, for a locally-inspired, Italian-influenced gourmet dinner.
  • Sunday Brunches: Sunday, March 19. Venture over to “The Backroom” at Valley Brewers for a whole new culinary experience as Starlight Kitchen’s artisanal spread plays with wine country-inspired savory dishes by The Chef’s Touch Catering and Valley Brewers expertly paired brews.  Or let the culinary team at The Landsby treat your taste buds to their unique worldly flavors with a locally-sourced Sunday brunch in the Santa Ynez Valley-inspired dining room of the beautiful Mad & Vin.

Also available are the Weekend Pass and VIP packages. Make reservations now at hotels in Santa Ynez Valley as rooms fill up quickly.

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival

Check out the red-hot Buellton Wine and Chili Festival on Sunday, March 19 from noon until 4:30 p.m. at the beautiful Flying Flags RV Resort. Your ticket includes a souvenir glass, unlimited wine for those over 21, chili tastings, and live entertainment by The Caverns. You can even play bocce ball, horse shoes, table tennis, mega-sized beer pong and cornhole. Tickets are available for guests under 21 who just want to sample chili, and have a good time. Children under 12 are FREE, so bring the entire family to this certified International Chili Society Cook-off!

Buellton

Spring Break Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

Don’t miss these other Easter and spring break activities in the Santa Ynez Valley:

28th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 am. The Valley’s largest egg hunt is in Buellton at River View Park. After the hunt, enjoy activities, games, Easter crafts, a picture with the Easter bunny and more! Free.

Easter Egg Hunt: At Andrew Murray Vineyards in Los Olivos on Saturday, April 15 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The winery will host several games and activities culminating in the Easter Egg Hunt. After all the eggs are found, enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace while the kids play outside. There is a cost involved for this family event.

Easter Egg Hunt Party: At Kalyra Winery in Santa Ynez on Sunday, April 16, from 10:00 AM Easter Egg Hunt– 5:00 PM. Kids can scour the property for eggs to redeem for chocolate, while adults hunt for eggs in the tasting room to redeem for 2 for 1 tastings, discounts on wine, and other fun prizes.

35th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend: April 20-23, 2017. Visit up to twelve tasting rooms from Thursday through Sunday with an all-inclusive Vintners Visa Wine Country Tasting Pass. Many wineries also host their own events, including open houses, winemaker dinners, library tastings, vineyard walks, and barrel tastings. Events for Saturday, April 22 include: Santa Barbara Wine Seminar from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, Festival Grand Tasting from 1-4 p.m. at River View Park in Buellton, and the Big Bottle Bash, starting at 7:00 p.m., at K’Syrah, a new special event venue in downtown Solvang, featuring large format wines brought by guests and winery representatives paired with a delicious family style dinner.

Visit SYV

Visit our website at VisitSYV.com before hopping on over 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,  or check out our suggestions for more Easter and spring break activities.

Happy Spring Break from Visit 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.


February is All About Love in the Santa Ynez Valley

Where is the love? Visit Santa Ynez Valley knows that after the new year begins, you quickly get back into the grind and tackle the new year with a ferocity. With new year goals and new deadlines fast approaching, it’s easy to get lost in work and obligations. But now that you’ve settled back into a daily routine and life per usual, isn’t it time to think about the love again? You and your loved one put a lot of effort into making things great on the homefront and the workplace, so now it’s time to do the same for just the two of you. Come celebrate the good life and find the love again this February with a romantic weekend getaway in Santa Ynez.

We’ve taken out the guesswork for you and have the sweetest recommendations in store – from accommodations, cozy dinners for two, and a lineup of great special events, we have you covered. First, you’ll need to book a room in one of our cozy Santa Ynez Valley hotels or bed and breakfast inns. Built in the traditional style of a Danish village, the Royal Copenhagen Inn in Solvang will have you believing you have traveled to Denmark. Its spacious rooms, suites, and lofts are all decorated in the Danish tradition. Check out their Wine and Spa package, and all you’ll have to do is sit back and feel the love.

Elegant accommodations and award-winning cuisine make Ballard Inn & Restaurant one of the most sought after romantic bed and breakfast inns in the Santa Ynez Valley. With its gourmet cuisine, fine local wines, and comfortable guest rooms (many with fireplaces), you’ll be enveloped in a tranquil atmosphere that exudes romance. For an additional fee, they will sprinkle your room with gorgeous rose petals at bed turn-down, add a bottle of locally acclaimed Laetitia Sparkling Brut Cuvee, leave scrumptious chocolates on the pillows, lower the lights, and set the mood with soft music.

Valentine's Day Vacation Central Coast

Does music put you in the mood? Then you won’t want to miss the ultimate crooner, Johnny Mathis, as he brings “The Voice of Romance Tour 2017” to Chumash Casino Resort on Thursday, February 9 at 8PM. One of the most beloved male vocalists of all time, Johnny Mathis is a legendary member of the Grammy Hall of Fame with a dozen gold or platinum albums. Come swoon to his lush, romantic vocal stylings on adult contemporary favorites including “Misty,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “Chances Are,” and more. And don’t miss the Casino’s “Sweetheart of A Deal BINGO Winnerfest” on Sunday, February 12 at 1pm.  Sales start at 9am.

If it’s wine that does the trick, you’ll want to extend your stay over the President’s Day weekend and enjoy the 12th anniversary of “A Wine Fantasy In February,” from 2/17 through 2/20. Sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association, this is their most popular event of the year. On your self-guided tour, you’ll visit many small, family owned winery tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. It’s the one time of the year where you’ll get to taste reserve and estate wines, meet many of the winemakers and winery owners, and enjoy delicious cuisine along the way.Valentine's Day Vacation Central Coast

For more ideas, review our complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, romantic Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, or check out our suggestions for Valentine’s Day activities below. We are thrilled to share the romance of the Santa Ynez Valley with visitors to our area.

Find the Love with Valentine’s Day Activities in the Santa Ynez Valley

Valentine's Day Vacation Central Coast

Here are just a few Santa Ynez Valley Valentine’s ideas you and your partner will love:

  • Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner: Saturday, February 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Sanford Winery. Enjoy a romantic evening of extraordinary wine and food in the majestic West Barrel Room. In honor of Valentine’s Day, winemaker Steve Fennell will guide you through a full course meal by Pure Joy Catering, and discuss Sanford Winery’s history, winemaking practices and estate wines.
  • Tales From the Tavern: At Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm. Featuring Peter Malvey and Heather Maloney. Tales from the Tavern is an extraordinary concert series and community cultural program that brings together singer-songwriter-storytellers / authentic troubadours and an exceptional listening audience, in the intimate setting of an old roadhouse, to share in a journey of discovery through song and story.
  • EROS DAY 2017: Celebrate with your love on EROS DAY 2017 with the Pre-Release of our 2015 EROS, Sunstone’s “Lovely” Bordeaux style Blend Saturday, February 11, from 11am-4 pm
  • Ride and Wine: Enjoy unsurpassed views with a ranch and vineyard ride at Vino Vaqueros. The rolling hills set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. After your ride, make your way back to the barn and enjoy a glass of wine from Estelle Vineyards.
  • Spend Time Together: Nothing says “I love you” more than spending time together. Explore our charming towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. Discover that treasure you never thought you’d find –  or perhaps never even dreamed of – at more than 200 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent).  Experience local artisans’ wares, jewelry, apparel and crafts from contemporary to vintage. You’ll especially enjoy “Solvang Third Wednesday” on Wednesday, February 15. This is a special day to shop, eat, drink, and play in Solvang. More than 60 unique shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, activities and professional offices offer special sales and discounts every Third Wednesday.

Valentine's Day Vacation Central Coast

You’ll also find plenty of romantic hideaway dinner locations in our quaint towns. And of course there are plenty of romantic walks, bicycle paths, picnic spots and outdoor activities where you can just relax together and talk…or whatever.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Visit Santa Ynez Valley!

Valentine's Day Vacation Central Coast

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