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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Bike the Valley, Drink the Wine

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The Santa Ynez Valley is known for lots of things: the scenic landscape, friendly people, undeniable small town charm and, of course, world-class wine. But within the last few years, a new trend has taken over.

Biking the Santa Ynez Valley.

From family friendly rides to pro-style cycling, there’s no better way to explore Wine Country!

Here are a couple of routes to take in and around Santa Ynez:

The SYV Coffee House Bike Loop:
Address: Begin at the Valley Grind coffee house, 3558 Sagunto St. Santa Ynez
Bike Route Map: Google Map of The SYV Coffee House Bike Loop
This 17.5 mile loop has it all. Spanning 17.5 miles, the loop begins in Santa Ynez and travels north on back country roads through Ballard and on to Los Olivos, where you can do any shopping or wine tasting. After Los Olivos, this route will take you west through Ballard Canyon, southwest to Solvang and finally back towards Santa Ynez. If wine isn’t your thing, this route passes through five of the best coffee houses in the Valley and several Santa Ynez favorite locations.

A Family Ride:
Address: Park at the Mission Santa Ines, 1710 Mission Drive
This route is perfect for the entire family as it follows a bike path with bike lanes and stops for picnicking and sightseeing. The length can be as little as five miles or as long as ten, depending on the turn-around location. Children will enjoy the beautiful grounds and displays of early life in the Mission era. Ride east on Mission Dr (Hwy 246), the official bike path begins at Alamo Pintado Road, and follow all the way to the intersection of Refugio Road. You may turn around here or turn right at Refugio and make your way to Kalyra Winery, which is one of the locations from the film “Sideways.” Enjoy the kid-friendly environment with a relaxed, nice picnic lunch. Enjoy one of the finest views of the Valley before heading back.

These are just two of the more popular routes you can take in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, with plenty more routes viewable online. Santa Ynez Marriot is the perfect destination for your wine-filled getaway. Travelers come for the wine but stay for all of the SYV attractions. We hope to see you soon, the Valley is calling!

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A Buellton Weekend Getaway

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Located just minutes north of Santa Barbara, Buellton California is one of the five beautiful cities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. The Buellton Visitors Bureau is giving you the chance to sip your way through the city in a Southern California Getaway! Enjoy the many flavors of the Santa Ynez Valley through our award winning wineries and impressive farm to table restaurants. Here’s what one lucky winner will receive….

The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is excited to partner with Buellton in allowing you to explore the beautiful Santa Barbara area. With countless wineries, restaurants, parks and beaches, you won’t be bored!

You’ll look forward to unwinding at the end of your fun-filled days in one of our luxurious guest rooms. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some well-deserved downtime too. Our gorgeous central coast weather will permit sipping on drinks poolside; or elevate your relaxation to a whole new level and allow our on-site massage therapist to ease all your worries.

Enter now so you don’t miss out on this Santa Barbara area weekend of a lifetime!

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2015 Miracles Happen Charity Golf Tournament

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How does this sound: a round of golf with a few of your closest friends set below sunny skies amidst the picturesque mountain backdrop that is the Santa Ynez Mountains and Valley.

Like a perfect day in golfer’s paradise, right?

Now imagine doing all of this WHILE giving back to the community and you’d be talking about the 2015 Miracles Happen Charity Golf Tournament.

Returning to Alisal Ranch, the 3rd Annual Miracles Happen Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015 and is expected to have the biggest turnout yet.

The goal of the tournament is simple: help People Helping People, an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of men, women, and children in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos and the surrounding area by addressing emergency, basic needs and furnishing comprehensive integrated family and individual support services. For more information about the great work they do over at People Helping People, visit the PHP website.

The tournament itself will be played as a Texas Scramble with 4-player teams, although you can also register individually if you’re looking for an excuse to get out of the office for a day! Individual registration is $125 and teams of four for $400. Registration includes golf, barbeque lunch, raffle tickets for prize drawing and the wonderful feeling of doing good!

For organizations and individuals looking to give back in more ways than one, you can also visit the Miracles Happen Charity Golf Tournament website for more Information on sponsorships.

Aside from a day full of fun and sun rays, there will also be $2,500 in total cash prizes up for grabs in longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contests and more throughout the day.

The Santa Ynez Valley Marriot is committed to the well-being of its surrounding community. An official Green Business of Santa Barbara County as well as a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott constantly strives to serve not only their valued guests, but also their community. Join us September 11, 2015 as we give back and watch miracles happen. Find out all about our hotel accommodations and plan your trip today!

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4th of July in the Santa Ynez Valley

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Trying to find a fun way to celebrate America’s favorite holiday? Look no further; the Santa Ynez Valley has you covered this 4th of July! It’s not every day the whole family gets to spend an entire weekend together so make the most of it while you can. With activities for families, kids, and just adults, there won’t be a dull moment this Fourth of July weekend!

These Santa Ynez 4th of July events aren’t something you’re going to want to miss! Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang is hosting the 20th Annual Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Show! From coast to coast travelers gather to watch one of the best shows in Southern California. Other than SYV’s famous local brews, here’s what’s on tap during this year’s July 4th celebration:

  • Food, drink, and game booths
  • Wine Garden
  • Bouncy houses and slides
  • Onstage entertainment
  • Independence Day parade
  • Evening fireworks show
  • Fundraiser drawing with over $2000 in prizes

Aside from cash winnings and an Apple iPad, another lucky winner will receive a 2-night stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott., with delicious breakfasts included. Not that we’re biased or anything, but this gift valued at over $500 is the best prize offered!

Don’t just stay for Saturday, make a weekend out of your 4th of July holiday! Unwind while wine tasting, immerse yourself in culture while touring Santa Barbara’s galleries, or enjoy the great outdoors and play a couple rounds of golf!

Are you sold yet? Everyone else is! Book your SYV area stay before our luxurious guest rooms are completely booked!

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Spend Mother’s Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

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Join us this weekend in celebrating the most important woman in your life! Nobody loves brunching like mom’s do, and the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is hosting a culinary event like no other. Prime Rib, Smoked Arctic Salmon, Carved Stuffed Pork Loin, Chef Prepared Omelets and Belgian Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Cherries Jubilee, and Bananas Foster are just a handful of items off our chef-prepared menu.

The whole family will enjoy a hot buffet, chilled buffet, and desserts, while mom will also be sure to relish in the champagne and Starbucks Coffee. She’ll also love the free photobooth pictures you take together, making this Mother’s Day even more memorable.

Our first brunch seating begins at 10 am while our last one seats at 2 pm, leaving plenty of time to explore the Santa Barbara area before or after! Let mom visit the SYV art galleries and museums or take her wine tasting in the beautiful Santa Barbara wine country.

Complete her special day by surprising her with an overnight stay in one of our luxurious SYV guest rooms. Our heated pool and sun deck, state-of-the-art fitness center, and massage therapy selections are great ways to say “Thank you for everything, Mom!”

Call now at 805-688-1000 to make your brunch reservations and book your SYV room reservations here!

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Plan Your Wedding in the SYV Wine Country

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If you’re reading this blog because you’re recently engaged, congrats! And you’ve found the right place. If you’re reading this blog because you’ve recently been deemed Maid of Honor- good luck. And you’ve also found the right place. Spring has sprung, and it’s brought wedding season along! Planning your special day is exciting but we know it can be stressful too. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott would love to assist you in making your dreams come true.

Invite your guests to join you in escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life during your wedding weekend. A couple hours north of Los Angeles and just off the 101, the SYV Marriott is easily accessible but also beautifully nestled in Santa Barbara’s wine country.

The rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley make for the perfect wedding backdrop, with our 15,000 square feet of event space perfect for weddings on an intimate or grand scale. We would be honored to host your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, and any other wedding to-do you desire. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott offers a multitude of wedding features:

  • Professional wedding team to assist in the planning process
  • Deluxe accommodations for two to hundreds
  • Over 12,000 square feet of wedding and event space
  • Turf Club Ballroom, offering more than 4,000 square feet of space and divisible into three smaller venues
  • Private dining areas available for smaller gatherings including rehearsal dinners and intimate receptions
  • Ballroom with separate entry ideal for grand entrances and quick escapes
  • Spacious pre-reception foyer
  • Complimentary onsite parking
  • Convenient location

Contact our Wedding Specialist here or at (805) 688-1000 to begin planning your California wine country wedding!

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SYV Summer Pass: The Ticket of the Season

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The SYV Wine Country Association is giving you the chance to sip on Santa Barbara all summer long! Their summer pass is “the ticket” of the season.

Nestled in a 6-mile patch of the Santa Ynez Valley are 15 wine tasting rooms. For just $40, you’ll get a taste of each one of them. Your summer pass is good from May 1st through August 31st, or until you’ve tasted each room!  Valued at $150, this is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up.  Plus there are no catches- no required reservations and no blackout dates, allowing you to visit whenever you please. Still need a gift for those friends with summer birthdays? Treat them to a summer pass, and it’ll be a present for the both of you!

Each winery in the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association is family owned with beautifully unique tasting rooms you’re sure to appreciate:

Solvang Tasting Rooms:

  • Buttonwood Farm Winery
  • Cassa Cassara
  • Lincourt Vineyards
  • Lucky Dogg Winery
  • Lucas and Lewellen
  • Rideau Vineyards
  • Toccata

Los Olivos Tasting Rooms:

  • Alexander and Wayne
  • Arthur Earl
  • The Brander Vineyard
  • Daniel Gehrs Wines
  • Dreamcoat Wine Company
  • Toretti Family Vineyards

Buellton Tasting Room:

  • Standing Sun Wines

SYV Tasting Room:

  • Imagine Wine

You’ll want to complete your perfect day with a perfect stay. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is located just 3 minutes from many of the SYV area wineries, so don’t worry- your UBER ride won’t cost much! Unwind on the balcony of your suite as you watch the sunset over California’s beautiful rolling hills. You’ll be relieved to know you have a luxurious Santa Barbara room awaiting you at the end of the day.

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Santa Barbara’s 23rd Annual Vintners Spring Weekend

Wine a little at Santa Barbara’s 23rd Annual Vintners Spring Weekend! Enjoy 4 days of good wine, food, and fun thanks to the city’s best wineries and restaurants. The weekend festivities take place in various locations among the beautiful rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s wine-country. Each winery will host their own series of unique events! They will feature activities including dinners with the winemaker, library tastings, new wine releases, barrel tastings and more. With over 120 participating venues, your taste buds are bound to find something they love.

You’ll want to arrive early with events kicking off on Thursday! You won’t want to miss the first two days of fun prior to The Festival Grand Tasting which takes place on Saturday April 25th. You’ll feel like a local at the Grand Tasting as it’s celebrated with home-grown assortments only! Enjoy relaxing to live music while sipping on unlimited wine selections and munching on an assortment of samples from renowned restaurants and caterers.

Using a designated driver? Parking is free for your convenience! Everyone in your group looking forward to the unlimited wine samples? We are too! Luckily the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is located just over a mile from River View Park in Buellton, home of the Festival Grand Tasting. Spring is our favorite season in Santa Barbara and the perfect time for afternoon strolls to and from the Grand Tasting. You’ll want to book our Buellton hotel now and beat the crowd!

Be sure you carve out some time to shop and play in order to make the most of your weekend getaway! The sky’s the limit in Santa Barbara, with plenty of ways to soak in your beautiful surroundings, including a sensational hot air balloon ride. This year’s Vintners Spring Weekend is the perfect excuse to unwind like you deserve to!

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Springtime Fun Santa Ynez Valley Style

Spring In Santa Ynez Valley Ah, yes, springtime has officially arrived in the Santa Ynez Valley! Located in the heart of sunny California’s Wine Country, Santa Ynez Valley must have been in mind when the phrase “the great outdoors” was coined.  From the mountains to the golf courses, SYV is the perfect destination for your springtime getaway.

Did someone say golf? (We did.)

Santa Ynez Valley plays home to two world-class golf courses, Rancho San Marcos and Sandpiper Golf Club. Both offer a challenging, championship-caliber round whilst being set on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Sandpiper Golf Club was built in 1972 and features rolling fairways, challenging greens, and has been rated by Golf Digest in the top twenty-five public golf courses in the country.  Take advantage of our Sandpiper Golf Club Stay and Play Package which includes: deluxe guest room accommodations, green fee, cart fee, drive practice tee, and Titleist rental sets that are readily available.

Rancho San Marcos offers a par 71 and 6,939 yards of pure California bliss, exuding elegance and exclusivity that only private clubs extol. Enjoy our Rancho San Marcos Stay and Play Package that includes deluxe accommodations for two at the SYV Marriot, breakfast for two at Starting Gate Restaurant, 18 holes of golf for two with cart fee included, and Titleist golf club rental upon request.

If golfing isn’t your thing, the SYV also offers parks that are not only beautiful but also historic!

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park offers some of the last remaining art of the Chumash Native Americans. Located in the shadows of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the sandstone walls of the cave are believed to date back to the 1600s and earlier. For your more classic park adventures, such as swimming, picnicking, surf fishing, and camping, you’ll want to check out Gaviota State Park! The park also plays home to the Gaviota Peak that offers views of the coast and the Channel Islands.

Lastly, you’ll want to check out this extensive list of wineries located in Santa Ynez Valley that will surely quench your thirst for some of the finest wine in the world.

When searching for a Santa Ynez Valley hotel, look no further than SYV Marriot. A place where business meets pleasure, where your senses are indulged and your spirit is renewed, a place where your most pressing decision is shiraz or chardonnay. 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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