Fall Weddings in Wine Country



Fall Weddings in Wine Country

Searching for a wedding destination that will leave you and your guests with an experience beyond compare? We invite you to consider Fall weddings in Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. Our backdrop is the perfect blend of romance, wine and culinary delights, and outdoor adventure. A true feast for all the senses!

Consider the possibilities:

  • Superb Local Vendors – choose from top-of-the-line photographers, florists, musicians, DJs, and officiants.
  • Fabulous weather – 300+ days of sunshine.
  • Something for Everyone – There is plenty for guests to do before and after the big day – from wine tours to horseback riding, bike tours to golf courses.

SBASY-ChampagneLet the planning begin!

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 Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is easily accessible but also beautifully nestled in Santa Barbara’s wine country.

We offer 15,000 square feet of flexible event space which means whether your ideal is an intimate ceremony or a lavish reception, indoor or outdoor, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott has all the options. On-site wedding specialists and custom menus also help ease the planning process so that when your day arrives, it’s one that you can truly enjoy and cherish. We would be honored to host your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, and any other wedding to-do you desire.

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


Live Summer Concerts Santa Ynez Valley


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Summer is in full swing and it’s time to pair the sweet sounds of live Jazz, Blues and even Classic Rock with your favorite pour! Santa Ynez Valley’s wine country offers a fantastic menu of summer sounds and it’s not too late to sip and savor from them all. Here’s where you can sip to the sounds of Live Summer Concerts in Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country:

Solvang Summer Concert Series – These free, Wednesday evening concerts offer the opportunity to picnic in the park while enjoying great company, delicious food and live music. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and fully-outfitted picnics – including their favorite beverages (think local vintners!). Edible delights are available for purchase as is the nearby Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market for stocking up on perfect picnic provisions.

Soirée Thursdays at Refugio Ranch – Visit charming Los Olivos Thursday evenings for Refugio Ranch Tasting Room’s weekly celebration, featuring the best in local live music, food pairings, and wine by the glass specials.

Music on the Patio at Root 246 Solvang is the spot for your favorite songs on this covered patio every Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. Happy Hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m., a full menu of craft-based cuisine, one of the most extensive selections of local wines, whiskey and craft beer,  and refreshing signature cocktails unlike anything you’ve tried before.

Standing Sun Live – Stop on by, grab glass of Syrah, check out the local food truck options, take a walk through The Gallery, and then take a seat and tap your toes to some great artists in a unique intimate setting. Bands from Seattle to Los Angeles, from Austin to Nashville – and everything in-between are featured at this unique industrial winery.

Sunday Concert Series at Zaca Mesa Winery – The last Sunday of every month features live local music out on their patio from 12-3 p.m. It is free for everyone, so bring your friends, pack a picnic, and enjoy a bottle of wine to enjoy for a great afternoon! Don’t miss the summer season wind down with live music by local artist Sean Wiggins on Labor Day, September 5, from 1-4 p.m.

Jazz & Beyond in the Garden Series at the Solvang Festival Theater
Wine country ambiance under the oaks in the garden and delightfully diverse music ranging from a Grammy Award winner to the local best, may be just the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Wine, beer and snacks available for purchase. Tickets are $30 at the gate.

We can’t think of too many things that pair better with a notable glass of Santa Ynez Valley wine than great live music in a cozy, relaxing venue. Well, perhaps delicious craft food bites and a relaxing place to stay the night would complete the picture, but you can be sure Santa Ynez Valley had that covered too! Complete your perfect sounds of summer getaway with a perfect stay. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is located just minutes from many of the SYV area wineries and Solvang, so don’t worry. Contact us to find out about our current specials and packages.



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

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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.