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

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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!

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Solvang Restaurants Open on New Year’s

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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.

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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.

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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

Entrees
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

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

Beverages
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

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New ChargePoint Charging Stations Added to Marriott Property

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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.

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October Events in Santa Ynez Valley

SYVBlog-octoberIt’s the first day of October, and you know what that means! Autumn is here, and we have the line-up to prove it. Take a look at some of the best events happening across Santa Ynez Valley this month!

Solvang Farmers Market
October 7 @ 2:30 pm – October 7 @ 6:30 pm
Downtown Solvang

Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of local-grown agricultural products. Seasonal diversity is available year-round without exception! Join us in downtown Solvang every Wednesday on First Street, between Mission Drive (Highway 246) and Copenhangen Drive. Experience the taste of certified-organic produce while supporting your local growers.

Celebration of Harvest Weekend
October 9 – October 12
Various wineries throughout Santa Barbara County

This popular Columbus Day Weekend festival celebrates the year’s grape harvest bounty across Santa Barbara Country. Throughout the weekend, select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners and library tastings, to new wine releases and barrel tastings. A particularly anticipated part of the celebration is when vintners come together to share harvest tales and pour wine at the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang.

Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
October 9 @ 9:00 am – November 9 @ 10:00 pm
Throughout the Santa Ynez Valley

We’re kicking off the fall season with our Annual SYV Scarecrow Fest and Contest on Friday, October 9, 2015, coinciding with the start of Santa Barbara Wine Country’s “Celebration of Harvest Weekend” event. This month-long festival will run through November 9, 2015, during which time visitors and SYV locals are encouraged to stay, play, and enjoy the scarecrow sights and many scheduled events.

Blind Tasting Thursdays
October 15 @ 4:00 pm – October 15 @ 7:00 pm
Wandering Dog Wine Bar
Solvang

Test your knowledge of varietals and regions with this unique blind tasting challenge. Participants will try to match up answers with each wine based on type of wine, region where it is from, price point, and alcohol content. $15/person

Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk
October 21 @ 3:00 pm – October 21 @ 7:00 pm
All around the Village of Solvang

Enjoy wine & beer tasting while strolling through the Village of Solvang on the Third Wednesday of every month. Tickets may be purchased the day of (cash only) at Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539-C Mission Dr. Tickets are $20 and include a Solvang Third Wednesday logo glass, map, and tasting at five places of your choice.

Solvang Halloween Street Festival Beer & Wine Garden
October 31 @ 6:00 pm – October 31 @ 10:00 pm
Solvang Festival Theatre

It’s Halloween time and the 22nd Annual Haunted House and Street Festival is almost here! The Good Life will close at 4pm and move over to 2nd St. to open up the Beer & Wine Garden. All are welcome… come and join us if you DARE!

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Celebration of Harvest Weekend 2015

SYVBlog-harvestOn October 9-12th, the Santa Barbara wineries will host the 25th Annual Celebration of Harvest Weekend at the Santa Ynez Mission!

This popular Columbus Day Weekend festival celebrates the year’s grape harvest bounty across Santa Barbara Country. Throughout the weekend, select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners and library tastings, to new wine releases and barrel tastings. A particularly anticipated part of the celebration is when vintners come together to share harvest tales and pour wine at the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang.

The Celebration of Harvest Weekend events include:

Make sure to purchase your Harvest Festival tickets now! You don’t want to miss this. And don’t forget to use the official festival hashtags #SBCWINE and #COH15 to show off your excitement!

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Labor Day in Santa Ynez Valley

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Labor Day is fast approaching, and where better to spend it than Santa Ynez Valley, one of California’s best hidden gems? Dubbed as the “New Napa,” SYV is filled to the brim with outdoor adventures and wine expeditions. Let’s take a look at just some of the many ways you can spend your Labor Day in Santa Ynez Valley!

Painting in the VineyardSaturday, September 5, 2015
Paint the gorgeous vines and sip delicious wines. No experience necessary to enjoy this 2.5 hour painting class… all step-by-step instructions and materials are provided. Discover your inner artist and take in the beauty of Koehler’s serene vineyard (10:30AM to 1:00PM).

Cachuma Lake Wildlife CruiseMultiple dates and times
Located north of Santa Barbara off Hwy 154, Lake Cachuma offers narrated nature tours where you’ll be able to see waterfowl, osprey, hawks, bald eagles, and various other birds and wildlife.  Call for reservations.

“Wine and Wisdom” Trivia NightFriday, September 4, 2015
You’re in for a fun night at the Sevtap Winery. After all, trivia isn’t fun unless you’re buzzed. Winner gets a bottle of hand-bottled Sevtap wine to take home!

Hot Air BallooningMultiple dates and times
What better way to experience the scenic Santa Ynez Valley than soaring in a Hot Air Balloon? This adventure lasts from 45min – 1 hour and takes you up over the rolling hills of vineyards and beautiful ranches. Truly a romantic and adventurous way to experience the Valley.

Horseback RidingMultiple dates and times
There’s nothing more breathtaking than riding atop a beautiful horse as you venture out on the trail and take in the majestic views of the Santa Ynez Valley. Vino Vaqueros offers a ride into beautiful ranches and vineyards located in the Valley, and end the ride with a glass of wine and the option for lunch.  No experience necessary.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

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As July comes to a close, August quickly becomes the center of attention and fall isn’t far behind. Sure, the weather will start cooling down soon, but Santa Ynez Valley is just getting warmed up.  Here are five events to get excited about to make sure  you end your summer on a high-note.

Concerts in the Park (July 29, August 5, 12, 19)
Ok, ok, so this has been going every Wednesday since mid-June but you still have FOUR chances to get out and enjoy some great live music in the park! This event is held weekly at Solvang Park from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Solvang Park Gazebo. Catch Black Train Bluegrass Roots Trio tomorrow, July 29th, with dining in the park provided by Good2Go Dogs & Cecco. Nothing beats live music especially under the California sunset. You can view the full schedule of the remaining acts here.

Sevtap Winery Grape Stomp Party (August 29)
The 2015 Grape Stomp Party is an SYV staple! Hosted by Sevta Winery, bring in the fall season with live music, food and, of course, wine! (Lots of wine)

Solvang Danish Days (September 18 – September 20)
Back for its 79th, yes 79th, celebration, the Solvang Danish Days Festival got its start in 1936 in honor of the village’s 25th anniversary. Danish Days celebrates Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities. The festival inspires its festival-goers to “live like Vikings” for the weekend. Take the international trip without leaving the USA!

Los Alamos Old Days Celebration (September 25-27)
Los Alamos Old Days Street Festival is a true classic. A celebration of its heritage, the festival includes a car show, parade, vendors, Kids Zone, silent auction, and a Chili Cook Off! The event is free so bring the whole family!

Dallas Cowboys Training Camp (July 31 – August 27th)
Now if you really want to have some fun, take the drive down to Oxnard, California to watch the world’s second most valuable sports team prepare for the 2015 NFL football season. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and the entire Dallas Cowboys football team will be on full display free of charge. Catch some practice, hit the beach and make it a trip you won’t soon forget!

A mix of countryside charm and modern amenities, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is designed for an unpretentious Santa Barbara wine country escape. Envelope your senses and renew your spirit in the serenity and beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley!

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