Putting Down Roots in the Santa Ynez Valley


A flutter of golden color here.  A swift red leaf there.  The magical season when trees break out their paint brushes is on its way.  From the festivals celebrating the roots of our heritage to the roots of our crops, come celebrate fall in the Santa Ynez Valley.


Solvang Danish Days – September 16 -18, 2016

The Community’s 80th annual celebration of Danish roots and heritage.  Revel in Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities. Best yet, you don’t need to leave the country – we bring Denmark to you.  Visit the Solvang Danish Days website for more information and tickets.

The Great Grape Stomp 2016 – October 1, 2016

This flagship event has been voted the “Most fun grape stomp on the Central Coast.”  Hosted by Kalrya Winery, this harvest get-together will include live music, food and wine to set the mood for the main event: the stomping of grapes! Find out more and buy tickets at the Grape Stomp website or by phone at 805-693-8864.

Celebration of Harvest Week – October 7 – 10, 2016

Presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners, this four-day wine and food celebration includes winemaker dinners, winery open houses, a vineyard walk and the Saturday Festival Grand Tasting.   The Grand Tasting festival will feature the very best of our local wineries, restaurants, seminars, live music and even a silent auction on the front lawn of the Old Mission Santa Ines.  Visit the Celebration of Harvest website for more information and to sign up for event updates.

Quick Draw Arts Festival – November 4 – 6, 2016

The iconic Quick Draw event, were artist race to complete an original work of art within 60 minutes, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! To commemorate this, the Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association is throwing a weekend festival with artistic activities everyone can get in on. Art walks, live music, art & craft fairs, Art Crawls, even the “Art” of Wine Making and Sunday Brunch will be on display.  Visit the event website for more information.

Santa Ynez Valley Accommodations

Unwind at the end of each fun-filled day in one of our luxurious guest rooms at the Santa Ynez Marriott. Our gorgeous central coast weather will permit sipping on drinks poolside or elevate your relaxation to a whole new level.  Fall is a popular time to visit the Santa Ynez Valley – click or call 805-688-1000 to book now.


Labor Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Labor Day Getaways to SYVLabor Day, the long weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer, is nearly here.  As summer orchards give way to fall harvests, hold on to one more ray of summer fun in the Santa Ynez Valley.  What better place to spend these last long days than the tranquil valley of Santa Ynez with a glass of California’s best wines within your reach?


Blind Tasting Thursdays

Challenge your palate and kick off your Labor Day Getaway with Blind Tasting Thursdays at Wandering Dog Wine Bar.  Test your knowledge of varietals and regions with the vast collections in this blind tasting challenge. Thursdays, 4:00PM to 7:00PM at Wandering Dog Wine Bar.  $15 per tasting.

Jazz and Beyond in the Gardens

Capture the spirit of this time of year with live music in a lush garden with food and drink!  Songs and lyrical melodies play most of the day in this Solvang paradise.  Revelry of the heart is here to be found.  LOCATION: Solvang Festival Theater, Sunday, September 4, 2016, 3:00PM to 11:59PM.  Call 805.686.1789 for ticket information.

Explore SYV on Horseback

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 ends the ride with a glass of wine and the option for lunch.  No experience necessary.  Visit Vino Vaqueros to book your ride now.

Lake Cachuma Wildlife Cruise

This delightful cruise on serene Lake Cachuma offers narrated nature tours led by Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists.  Observe waterfowl, osprey, hawks, bald eagles, and various other birds and wildlife.  Cruise times vary and reservations are recommended. Call (805) 693-0691 for reservations.  Fees are $17 for adults and $7 kids ages 4 to 12 years.

Paint in the Vineyard at Saarloos + Sons

Saarloos + Sons Paint in the Vineyard class provides a beautiful, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine lover in you.  No previous experience necessary to enjoy this 2.5 hour painting class.  Step-by-step instructions and materials provided, including a full tasting of Saarloos + Sons Vineyard wine.  Create your landscape masterpiece! September 3, 2016 10:30AM to 1:00PM.  Call 805-688-1200 for reservations.

Labor Day Hotel Accommodations in the Santa Ynez Valley

With its mix of countryside charm and modern amenities, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is designed for a Santa Barbara wine country escape. Let your spirits be enveloped and renewed in the serenity and sensational beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley!



Danish Days in Solvang



Explore a truly family-friendly mix of tradition and modern Danish culture during Danish Days in Solvang. Experiencing the old-world, authentic charm of Solvang is always a great reason to visit but just in case you need a bit of a nudge, here are 10 reasons to explore Solvang this September 16 – 18!

Add up the fun with us:

  1. The Food! Ever-popular food events highlighting the Aebleskiver – a traditional, fantastically delicious Danish treat.
  2. Danish Style Beer and Wine Garden – Sip imported spirits as well as local offerings.
  3. Viking Encampment – Viking times brought to life through historical reenactments.
  4. Living History Festival – Elverhoj Museum of History & Art presents artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages.
  5. Shopping – an Old World artisanal crafts marketplace and a contemporary Solvang merchant walk.
  6. Parades! The Torchlight Parade – be a part of this beautiful tradition with your own candles, The Children’s Parade – costumes are encouraged, and The Danish Days Parade – the Solvang Village Band, floats, equestrians, Village Dancers and more.
  7. Kid’s Corner – Parents, this is perfect! Snacks, beverages, games and fun in Solvang Park featuring LEGOS and a supervised Play & Rest Area.
  8. Hans Christian Andersen – Young and old alike will enjoy listening to hours of tales from Denmark’s favorite author impersonator.
  9. Concerts! The US Air Force Band of the Golden West, “Galaxy”, the Danish Days Organ Concert, and more.
  10. Danish Days Dinner Dance – a Danish-style barbecue followed by dancing and live music.

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Topping it all off, it’s the 80th anniversary of this Danish time-honored tradition and general admission to Solvang Danish Days is free. Some featured events do charge a minimal admission. There is also an option to  ‘Live Like a Viking’ with the Dane for a Day VIP Package.

Don’t miss this wonderful family opportunity. Book your hotel accommodations for Danish Days soon as availability is very limited during this popular festival. Reserve your room at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott where you will enjoy family-friendly accommodations with the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities.



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.



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.

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


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.