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.



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.


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

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

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


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

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.


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!