Labor 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?
THINGS TO DO IN SYV LABOR DAY 2016
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!