Father’s Day is right around the corner so we’d like to share a bit of heartwarming insight into this annual third Sunday holiday in June…it’s actually not a holiday that was cleverly manufactured by the greeting card industry!
It’s roots go back to the wishes of a young girl from Washington State who wanted to honor her father for the incredible devotion he held in raising her and the 5 siblings that were left, without a mother, early in their lives. Today, millions of ‘children’ of all ages honor the dads in their lives as they celebrate Father’s Day.
The true beauty of this holiday is that it can be tailored to fit the father in your life, whether it is dad, or grandpa or your favorite uncle, in whatever way best shows your appreciation. In a special wine country toast to Dads, let us help you get a jump on that celebration planning for this year. Consider going for that hole in one, sip,swirl and catch some fantastic live music at the local wineries, bike for a cause, catch some live theater under the stars, and wind down with a seamless blend of sophisticated comfort and relaxation at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Check out these great Santa Ynez Valley events for Dad and show him how important he really is to you and your family.
All Things Golf
The River Course at the Alisal in Solvang offers breathtaking panoramas of the serene foothills, the meandering Santa Ynez River and four lakes surrounding the course. Gentle mounds of bentgrass greens define the manicured fairways, magnificently accented by mature live oaks, native sycamores and elderberry trees.
Robert Scarpati, PGA Member at the River Course, describes the magnificent course as “extremely playable for all levels.” For Robert’s tips on this spectacular course click here.
The La Pruisima Golf Course, in Lompoc, is a superior 18-hole Championship design by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves. Welcoming golfers of all abilities to come play and test their game here, from PGA pros, celebrities, amateur hopefuls, low handicappers, or just those who enjoy the game. Thousands of golfers visit each year calling it “One of America’s Best Designed Courses…” Known as a challenging test of skill and character, La Purisima rewards the bold and leaves the recently-hooked newcomer loving the game even more. It is beautiful in its naturally undulating landscape, challenging in its hole designs, with tees never far from the preceding greens. La Purisima is a remarkably enjoyable walk, or a pleasant ride on power carts. It is truly the essence of playing golf in a natural environment.
Your Package will include:
Deluxe accommodations for two
Round of golf for two
Cart Rental and green fees
Sumptuous breakfast buffet for two featuring cooked to order omelettes at the Starting Gate Restaurant. Contact our Reservations Department at (800) 638-8882.
While you test our the course at River Course at the Alisal, keep in mind the Santa Ynez Valley Marirott will be hosting the First Annual “Miracles Happen” Charity Golf Tournament, Friday, October 4, 2013 on those amazing greens.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit two amazing charities. The first is Children’s Miracle Network, funding 170 hospitals that work to save the lives of kids in your community. In fact, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute – that’s one child every second. People Helping People Children’s Health Services in the Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc and Los Alamos is the second of the two charities. It is dedicated to improving the lives by addressing emergency and basic needs and furnishing comprehensive integrated family and individual support services.
The Miracles Happen Tournament will be played as a Texas Scramble with 4-player teams. Over $2,000* in total cash prizes will be distributed with classic tournament fun including longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contests and more being played throughout the day. Registration includes golf, barbecue lunch and raffle ticket for prize drawings.Click here for team and individual registration forms. For organizations and individuals who would like to increase their exposure and support of these deserving organizations, sponsorship opportunities are still open. Contact the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott sales team today for more information regarding tee and corporate sponsorship level availability at 805-325-202. Generous sponsorships to date include the Rabobank Corporation and Jim Vreeland Ford of Buelton.
Live Theater under the Stars
In the quintessential story for Father’s Day, treat dad to an outdoor live theater presentation of Fiddler on the Roof. Solvang Theaterfest, a community based non-profit organization, is proudly presenting the story of Tevye, his dairy cart, his wife and five daughters. As the sun rises and sets on his beloved Russian town, he dreams of a better future for his family. In the face of Czarist incursions, his world is changing. Fast. Each daughter makes her marriage match as Tevye stands poised in the precarious balance between tradition and life’s great unknowns. With melodies descending from the rooftops, we’ll discover that ‘wherever you love is home.’ For information and tickets call PCPA at (805) 922-8313 or check online.
Cycling for a Cause
The Wine Country Bike Trek, June 14-16, is the annual fundraising bike ride event that allows participants to choose from a 30 or 50 mile route each day that leads them through the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and covers both flat terrain and rolling hills, and past regionally and nationally recognized wineries and ranches. This is a go-at-your-own pace, fully-supported ride for cyclists of all levels of experience, with free safety checks, well-marked routes, roving support vehicles, and fully catered food and rest (SAG) stops every 10 miles. For the truly adventurous types, camping is offered for two nights in Los Olivos, in which rider’s camp gear is delivered to the campsite and there is a complimentary continental breakfast each day, tee shirts, swag bags, live music and dancing each night. Trattoria Grappolo will be serving delectable Italian fare on Friday and the Kiwanis Club of the South Coast will be contributing and serving the Victory Celebration feast featuring BBQ chicken, tri-tip, and vegetarian options – a donation they have made for 30 years, on Saturday. There is even an event farewell luncheon BBQ on Sunday prepared by the Buellton Rotary Club at Hans Christian Anderson Park. Dad’s bring your family! Children are welcome; under 8 are free.The Spirit of the Wine Country Bike Trek is community, family, and friends.It’s about taking what you thought you knew about yourself and the world and looking at it again, from a new perspective—a perspective where, suddenly, what you thought were only hopes or ideals are real. You may doubt that 150 people will be able to make a difference in the lives of those in need but they will. This is a fundraising event for People Helping People and while fundraising is not required, it is an option. Fundraising efforts will be rewarded with a variety of great prizes and those who qualify for the “Winner’s Circle” will be honored guests at a luncheon celebration in August, a fun reunion for all. Registration is now open.
Money raised from the Wine Country Bike Trek will help support People Helping People’s emergency and basic needs programs, including a Food Program, which provides groceries to over 1,300 people bi-weekly, health care access for adults and children that are underinsured and uninsured, and programs such as counseling for children and teens and an after school youth program. People Helping People has a vision that all men, women and children in the Santa Ynez Valley community have the opportunity to access necessary resources to achieve self-sufficiency with dignity and are able to fulfill their potential.
June 14, 6-9pm, Burning James and the Funky Flames is the feature band at this FREE vineyard concert. Join the fun with great live music, local food and fabulous wine for purchase. The tasting room will offer wine specials all night long and Big Tom’s Backyard BBQ will be on site offering your favorites hot off the grill so come celebrate music in the wine country.
Whether its simply you and dad or the entire family including your family pup, just for a night or an extended getaway…celebrate Father’s Day and book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Located in the heart of of the Santa Ynez Valley, it’s the perfect destination to make sure this Father’s Day is a memorable one. Relax in our outdoor heated pool, savor delicious, innovative cuisine made with local produce and house-made ingredients and sample from a world-class selection of wines from local vintners at our Starting Gate Restaurant. Why not treat Dad to the Father’s Day he deserves!