Thanksgiving is a time when many of us welcome family from all parts of the country to our home to celebrate the holiday. If your travels are taking you to the Santa Ynez Valley, you’re in luck. If it will be your first visit, you’re in for a real treat. If you’ve been to the Santa Ynez Valley before then you know about the beauty of the area and all it has to offer.
Located in northern Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley is less than 40 miles away from the Santa Barbara beaches. There is so much to do and see here that you won’t want or need to go anywhere else.
Besides visiting family and friends, there are several other reasons why people put the Santa Ynez Valley on their itineraries. One reason is the Santa Ynez Wine Country. There is some of the best wine tasting around. Numerous wineries call the Santa Ynez Valley home. Be sure to schedule a wine tour when you’re in town.
The Santa Ynez Valley is also a popular spot because of the historic Solvang area. Think of it as a little slice of Denmark situated in California. The area was established in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted their own space in a warm climate. Fast forward more than 100 years and Solvang is a quaint village that is home to several unique museums as well as boutique shopping and craft beer tasting.
Others come to the Santa Ynez Valley for the great outdoors. Horseback riding and a visit to the botanical gardens is often on many people’s checklists when they visit. You can also just enjoy strolling around different areas and taking in all the sights and sounds the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer.
The Santa Ynez Valley is full of beauty and activities this season and all year round. Once you visit once, you’ll want to come back again and again.
Q&A Hot Sheet
Q: We are coming to visit family but need a place to stay. What kinds of accommodations are available?
A: There is a variety of hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts to choose from. You can select the one that best suits your family’s needs.
Q: What does the Santa Ynez Valley offer for nightlife?
A: There are plenty of nightlife options and restaurants to choose from. The Santa Ynez Valley has several different cuisines to choose from. The best part of the area is that there are places you can just go to relax or more high-energy places like the Chumash Casino Resort. It all depends on the type of experience you’re looking for.
Q: What kind of weather can I typically expect?
A: Santa Ynez Valley has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters.
Upcoming Events in the Santa Ynez Valley
Solvang Farmer’s Market-Wednesday November 23, 2016 – Get all the fixins’ for your Thanksgiving feast at the Solvang Farmer’s Market. A wide variety of agricultural products from local farmers are sold from 2:30-6p.m. on First Street. This is held every Wednesday.
Turkey Trot in Solvang-Friday November 25, 2016 – After you eat all of that turkey on Thanksgiving, come to the Turkey Trot on Friday, November 25th. The 5K run/walk takes place at Sunny Fields Park in Solvang from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. It raises money for the local Salvation Army chapter.
Private Barrel Tasting & Pairing at Figueroa Mountain Brew’s 6th Anniversary Party –Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. – There is plenty to drink and eat at this event. Wristbands will be sold for $10 with 4 cask releases throughout the day. A $75 ticket will get you a 6th Anniversary t-shirt and a 22-ounce bottle to take home.
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