Fourth Annual Miracles Happen Charity Golf Tournament


2016 Miracles Happen

SYV Marriott to Host Fourth Annual Miracles Happen Charity Golf Tournament

September is almost here which means it’s time for Santa Ynez Valley golfers to step up and help create a miracle for a local organization – People Helping People.  Register now for the Fourth Annual Miracles Happen Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for September 23, 2016 at the River Course at the Alisal in Solvang.  Visit the tournament site to register and for sponsorship information.


Easter Brunch at SYV Marriott


easter brunchSpring is here and the Marriott Santa Ynez Valley Hotel invites you to celebrate the seasonal rejuvenation with a special Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday, March 27th, 2016!

Gather with friends and family to celebrate Easter weekend and to enjoy the fresh taste of spring. Between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, treat yourself to a scrumptious smorgasbord of eggs, meats, made to order waffles, and other brunch fare. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of our delectable Easter Brunch Buffet Menu:





Easter Brunch Buffet Prices
(Tax and gratuity are not included)
Adults: $45 | Seniors: $36 | Children (ages 6-12): $20
Children (ages 5 and under): FREE

Celebrate the springtime renewal of life with your friends and family at one of the best hotels in the Santa Ynez Valley. Our fresh, bountiful, and inviting accommodations and dining are enough to revitalize and prepare anyone for the beauty of spring.
Reservations are recommended. Please call (805) 688-1000 for reservations or visit the SYV Marriott hotel website for more information.


Taste of Solvang 2016


Taste of Solvang 2016Taste of Solvang 2016 – March 16th – 24th

Experience a taste of Danish life in Southern California at the 24th Annual Taste of Solvang.  Join us as the Santa Ynez Valley celebrates Danish heritage with modern Danish cuisines and traditional farm-to-table meals.  The Danish Capital of America offers sweets, beers, wines, and everything in between.

Aptly meaning “sunny field” in Danish, Solvang is a historical home of Danish-American heritage, offering quaint boutiques, savory dining, and fascinating museums. Drinks and cuisine are inspired by European flavors and make the perfect destination event for food, beer, and wine lovers alike.

Taste of Solvang 2016 festivities begin Wednesday, March 16th, and last until Sunday, March 20th. Wednesday sets the mood for fresh culture and even fresher food with a special, chef-led walk through the farmer’s market. The experience continues with a variety of tastings, sips, and splendor throughout the historic town.

Whether guests want to casually wander through the Solvang boutiques and businesses or stroll through the village discovering new tastes and local favorites, Saturday and Sunday are sure to satisfy anyone’s desire. The two-day Wine and Beer Walk offers more than a dozen wine tasting rooms, bars, and taverns, tantalizing the senses with unique albeit exquisite flavors.

Top off your Santa Barbara Wine Country escape with visits to one of the many wineries and vineyard tasting rooms in Los Olivos, Buellton, and Ballard. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott website features a complete list of Santa Ynez Valley Wineries and a downloadable California wine country map.

Allow a stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott to complete your Taste of Solvang celebration with the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities. Book your hotel accommodations for Taste of Solvang 2016 soon as availability during this popular wine country festival is very limited.

Don’t forget to buy your weekend passport now and read more about the events on tap for 2016’s Taste of Solvang! Tickets go quickly, so if you miss the most popular events at this year’s festival, visit the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott site for a complete list of things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley and other annual wine and beer festivities and events.


2016 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

RestaurantWeekPlate(2016)January 24-30, 2016

Back for its sixth year, the 2016 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week is every food fanatic’s dream! Beginning January 24, 2016, dozens of restaurants throughout the Santa Ynez Valley will be offering three-course meals for a discounted price of only $20.16! Appetizer, dinner, and dessert for only twenty bucks? Count us in!

In fact, SYV Marriott is offering a special Restaurant Week menu of its own. Take a look at our delicious three-course line-up:

Course #1 Santa Maria-style organic baby mix or choice of soup (New England Clam Chowder or Tortilla)

Course #2 Filet Mignon with shiitake demi-glaze and sautéed vegetables with choice of red skin mashed potatoes or basmati rice

Course #3 Chef’s choice dessert

Is your mouth watering yet? Our menu is just one of the many Restaurant Week offerings waiting for you in SYV. For seven delicious days, foodies can snag a table at some of Santa Barbara County’s most raved-about restaurants while enjoying scrumptious savings.

Make sure to check out the full list of restaurants participating in Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week!

**Price excludes tax, tip, and beverages


Santa Ynez Valley Romance Package

syvblog-romancepkgMake your getaway to Santa Ynez Wine Country even more unforgettable with our cozy Romance Package.

Offering deluxe overnight accommodations for two, our Santa Ynez Valley Romance Package is a must for any couple. Guests receive a bottle of champagne or wine upon arrival, as well as delicious chocolate-covered strawberries. In the morning, a decadent breakfast buffet for two awaits at the Starting Gate Restaurant. Enjoy cooked-to-order omelettes, seasonal fruit, fresh juice, and more.

Guests will certainly appreciate our late 2:00 PM check-out. These extra hours allow you more time to focus on each other, without having to worry about packing up and saying goodbye. Relax, indulge, and make the most of your long morning. When you finally do have to say goodbye to beautiful Santa Barbara County, Marriott is happy to present you with a stylish reusable gift bag and monogrammed wine opener.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this package is the perfect gift for someone you love. Click here to book your romantic stay with Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, and start the new year off right!


Solvang Restaurants Open on New Year’s

syvblog-restaurantsinsyvnyeveEveryone loves starting their New Year off with a great meal! However, that can sometimes be difficult since most restaurants are closed for the New Year’s holiday. It’s not impossible, though. Let’s take a look at some of the best Solvang restaurants open on New Year’s!

Actor’s Corner Cafe – This restaurant’s menu is a blend of European roots and California flavors, making for a unique and delicious dining experience. ACC chooses only the finest and freshest ingredients, and sources local organic products whenever possible. Their local wine and beer menu is also top notch. (Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day)

Bacon and Brine – Chef Pink and Courtney Rae are the culinary geniuses behind the smokey pork goodness and savory deliciousness of Bacon And Brine. Using all local organic vegetables and organic, grass fed, pasture-raised animals, B&B is the perfect way to start off your New Year’s resolution. (Open New Year’s Eve)

Belgian Café – This authentic and cheerful European-esque restaurant serves their famous crispy Belgian waffles and crepes all day. The breakfast menu also features French toast, eggs, and a variety of delicious omelets. For the early crowd, burgers, sandwiches, fresh salads, and daily homemade soups are on the lunch menu. (Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day)

Fresco Valley Cafe – Fresco Valley Cafe provides quality meals at a reasonable price. They emphasize fresh, organic, and sustainable Californian cuisine, and are one of the best hidden gems in Santa Barbara Wine Country. The Craft beer and Local wine selection is enough to warrant a reservation. (Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day)

You don’t want to be the only one without New Year’s plans, so make your dinner reservations today! And don’t forget to book your stay at one of the best hotels in Santa Ynez Valley. You deserve it.


Christmas in Santa Ynez Valley

syvblog-christmasinsyvDecember is here, which means Christmas is right around the corner! And according to TIME Magazine, Solvang is one of the most Christmassy towns in America. Check out some of the best events happening across Santa Ynez Valley this holiday season!

Santa Ynez Tree Lighting Celebration – Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Sagunto Street downtown will be the site of the Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting of the largest Christmas tree in the Santa Ynez Valley! Popcorn, cookies, and cider are to be enjoyed as well as a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Julefest in Solvang – December 4, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Tree lighting, parade, nativity pageant, holiday wine walk, shop, mingle, jingle!

Wildling Museum Holiday Marketplace – Saturday, December 5, 2015
Celebrate the holiday season at the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature with a special open house and marketplace. Meet local artists showcasing their handcrafted gifts and artisans using natural materials to create unique items. It’s the perfect time to purchase holiday gifts! 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Olde-Fashioned Christmas in Los Olivos – Saturday, December 5, 2015
Come join the Christmas celebration in Los Olivos with crafts, activities for kids, shopping, tree lighting, and more. 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights – Sunday, December 6, 2015
The 30th annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights with the theme “A Red, White & Blue Holiday” will take place at Santa Barbara Harbor and Sterns Wharf. Santa’s Village is at 3:00 pm and the Boat Parade is at 5:30 pm.

Christmas on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail – December 12, 2015 – December 13, 2015
Foxen Canyon Wine Trail presents “Christmas on the Trail,” a passport event featuring local wineries including Andrew Murray Vineyards, Cambria Winery, Cottonwood Canyon Winery, and more!

Deck the Barrels! – Saturday, December 12, 2015
Deck the Barrels with Sanford Winery! Enjoy the Majestic Barrel Room decorated for the Holidays while indulging in Hors D’oeuvres paired with your favorite Sanford wines. There will be Holiday prizes, special discounts on magnums, Barrel Tastings, and so much more. 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Festival of Carols – Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Ensemble, and Orchestra are delighted to announce their Holiday Concert Series. This holiday celebration includes old-time favorites such as, “Silent Night” and “What Child is This?”, three beautiful renditions of “Ave Maria,” and more. 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Christmas in Santa Ynez Valley is a wonderful experience, and there is no shortage of ways to ring in the holiday season. Make your December even merrier by staying at one of the most luxurious and cozy hotels in Solvang, California.


Feast Your Eyes on This Santa Ynez Valley Thanksgiving Buffet

SYVBlog-thanksgivingThe Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel invites you to a cozy Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, November 26th, 2015. This is the time when Santa Barbara County celebrates its autumnal bounty by serving only the freshest and most delectable cuisines from local growers. Gather with friends and family and taste the fall season in every delicious bite. First seating will start at 11:00AM and last sitting begins at 4:00PM. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of our scrumptious Thanksgiving Day Menu:

Assortment of Seasonal Salads
Smoked Salmon
Jumbo Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce & Mango Salsa
Artisan Cheese Display, Fruit Display

Chef Carving Stations
Whole Roasted Turkey
Herb Crusted Prime Rib

Mahi Mahi with Poblano Lime Cream Sauce
Truffled Red Mashed Potatoes
Chef Pasta Stations
Assorted Pastas, Marinara Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Pesto Sauce
Shrimp, Chicken and Sausages

Cranberry Apple Sourdough Stuffing
Garlic Red Pepper Green Beans
Orange Honey Yams

Chocolate Fountain with Assorted Fruits
Pumpkin Ice Cream, Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream.
Cherries Jubilee and Banana Foster Station
Assorted Pies, Assorted Cakes

Includes Starbucks Coffee, Tazo Hot Teas, Iced Tea, Juice, and Sodas
Sparkling Cider for Kids
Includes a Glass of Champagne


Thanksgiving Buffet Prices
(does not include tax or gratuity)
Adults: $42
Seniors: $37
Children (ages 6-12): $29
Children (ages 5 and under): FREE

There is a cornucopia of things to love! So let one of the best hotels in Santa Ynez Valley give you a Thanksgiving reminiscent of home. Our warm and inviting accommodations and gobble-worthy dining are enough to make anyone feel a little more thankful.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Please call (805) 688-1000


New ChargePoint Charging Stations Added to Marriott Property


Following the immense success of the installation of Tesla charging stations in 2013, Marriott SYV has added two new ChargePoint charging stations to its property. With the use of electric cars on the rise, measures are being taken along the major coasts to ensure fast and convenient charging on the go, and we have happily followed suit.

At this year’s Washington Auto Show, two of the top automakers, BMW of North America and Volkswagen of America, together with ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, announced a plan to create express charging corridors along the most traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. Designed to increase the number of fast charging locations, the initiative was implemented to help meet the growing demand for convenient, publicly available electric vehicle chargers and support the influx of electric vehicles in the United States.

With hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles being sold all over the country, electric vehicle owners need charging flexibility now more than ever. The express charging corridors conveniently located on our property provide electric vehicle drivers access to direct current fast chargers in one central location. In addition to our charging stations, additional stations have been installed both within and between relevant metro areas, strategically spaced at a maximum of 50 miles apart, making it even easier to take long road trips in an electric vehicle.

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is the first Certified Green Hotel in Santa Barbara County, and we intend to keep it that way! We’re joining the movement and helping to reduce our carbon footprint one charging station at a time. The two new ChargePoint charging stations can be found in our rear parking lot next to the Hertz rental car area.

electriccars ChargePoint’s East and West Coast Express Charging Corridor Infographic; Modified to add “MARRIOTT SYV” road marker