Rainy Days in Santa Ynez Valley

California is fortunate to have 300+ days of sunshine every year. However, there are occasional times when the sun can’t come out to play because the rain just won’t go away. It’s to those days that we dedicate this blog post.

What To Do on Rainy Days in Santa Ynez Valley:
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Janaway-Parks Carriage House
Learn the rich pioneer history of the area at Santa Yenz Valley Historical Museum through exhibits, collections and programs.

Old Mission Santa Ines
Founded in 1804, the Santa Ines Mission has been a part of the Santa Ynez Valley from its very beginning. Today an active parish church, the mission is open to visitors and offers beautiful views of the Santa Ynez River Valley and the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges as well as expansive gardens and grounds to roam.

elmuseumElverhoj Museum
Known as California’s “Little Denmark”, Solvang is steeped in Danish history, culture, food and tradition – all of which is celebrated at the Elverhoj Museum. The former home of one of Solvang’s most artistic families, the museum is free to tour with docents available as guides.

SYV Marriott Spa
Perfect for a peaceful afternoon, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Spa offers enough spa treatments including massages and facials to last through a monsoon season.

Shopping on State Street in nearby Santa Barbara
Antique shops, clothing stores, restaurants and art galleries – there’s something for everyone on this popular Santa Barbara street.

andmus1Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Author of more than 160 fairy tales, Hans Christian’s stories have been told to children around the world for generations. Learn more about this unforgettable storyteller at his Solvang museum.

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
Check out a fascinating collection of rare and vintage motorcycles at the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum! Even if it’s not your first visit – the museum regularly rotates the bikes on display so there’s always something new to see!

The Wildling Art Museum
The mission of the Wildling is to connect people with the wonder of America’s wilderness through great art. Featuring the wild places of North America through the talents of world renowned artists, the museum also regularly offers photography competitions, family art days and other community events.

Chumash Casino
Non-stop games including slots, table games, bingo and poker along with a regular line-up of entertainment including comedy, concerts and boxing fights means every day is a great day to visit Chumash Casino.


SYVbeermapBrewery Tour
Although best known as California wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley is also home to a number of local breweries. And with a number of them featuring brewery tours and tasting sessions, a brewery hop sounds like a perfect plan for a rainy day!

The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott has its own roster of rainy day activities to fill your unexpected day indoors. Sleeping-in won’t be difficult thanks to our relaxing Revive beds and a slow breakfast at our Starting Gate Restaurant will ease you into the day. Enjoy a massage in our spa and a haircut with our salon experience followed by an easy afternoon with our complimentary internet, game room, fitness center and lobby lounge.
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Museum Week Inspires in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley Museum WeekIn an era of non-stop text-messaging, virtual reality and on-line everything, finding avenues to live tangibly can be somewhat challenging. Fortunately, there are over 17.500 key places in the U.S. that can help bridge the gap between the virtual and tangible…museums. Consider becoming an explorer of humanity for the day or even a just few hours. Why not take advantage of these simple yet unique opportunities to learn about our past, present and potential future.  Be inspired & enriched, support community and take part in a real cultural conversation!

 

Santa Ynez Valley Museum Week

Santa Ynez Valley Museum WeekThe enchanting towns of the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos, Buellton and Solvang are kicking off a week of museum celebration with a FREE museum day Saturday March 3. This Fifth Annual Museum Week runs from March 3 – 10 and offers an opportunity for your whole family to explore art, history and cultural inspiration in the valley’s local museums and feature many special events for the week. Sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, the following museums will be participating:

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Carriage HouseSanta Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House traces Santa Ynez Valley history from the early Chumash Indians through its 20th-century ranching days. It boasts the largest collection of American made horse-drawn carriages in the Western US. Educational presentations, tours,  exhibits and special celebrate bountiful Santa Ynez Valley history. Activities include Chumash rock painting and other activities in the courtyard for the kids throughout the day, the ever popular 1906 Cretor Popcorn Wagon in front of the Museum popping up fresh, free popcorn for visitors, and 30 minute Carriage House tours at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.

Wildling Art Museum Solvang Santa Ynez Valley

The Wildling Art Museum in Solvang is truly where art and nature meet! The Wildling’s mission connects people with the wonder of America’s wilderness through great art. The museum offers nature-related classes, special events and rotating exhibits throughout the year. On Museum Day, the museum will have free art craft activities for children.

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Solvang Santa Ynez ValleyThe Elverhøj Museum of History & Art  showcases Solvang’s rich history and the Danish-American pioneer spirit of the town’s founders.  Museum Day events include living history demonstrations throughout the day and interactive activities for all ages.  There will be a panel discussion titled “Themes and Variations.” at 4pm with artists whose work is in the “Original/Multiple” exhibition currently on display in the museum gallery.

Old-Mission-Santa-InesOld Mission Santa Ines Museum, Solvang. Founded in 1804 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 19th in the chain of 21 Missions throughout California, Mission Santa Inés proudly possess a collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts used in and around the Mission throughout its history.

Hans Christian Anderson Museum Solvang Santa Ynez ValleyHans Christian Andersen Museum, Solvang. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875),  is considered the “father of the modern fairy tale.” “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Princess and the Pea” are favorites among his more than 150 tales. The museum, filled to the rafters with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, silhouettes and memorabilia, is housed in a second story garret above The Book Loft.

Los Alamos Valley Historical Display & Depot Santa Ynez ValleyLos Alamos Valley Historical Display & Depot features exhibits in the vintage T &T Building & Train Depot. Learn about the history behind this western town established by ranchers John Bell and James Shaw  in 1876 as the United States celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Buellton Historical Society History Room,  offers a glimpse into the past of this charming ‘Service Town USA’ and the Buell Ranch. Conveniently located in Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant above the gift shop, stop in for a bit of history and a cup of the famous soup!

Santa Ynez Valley Mariott

Make it a midweek rendezvous or a weekend immersion in the Santa Ynez Valley’s Museum Week celebration. Book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, making it your home-base for museum exploration perhaps coupled with a bit of world-class wine tasting.

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Loyal Locals Dining ProgramTake advantage of great mid-week rates and join their Loyal Locals Dining Rewards Program offered exclusively by the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Eat. Drink. Earn rewards. Satisfy your palate and earn points towards dining, overnight stays, discount offers and free gifts each time you dine at the Starting Gate Restaurant, Winner’s Circle Lounge, and Lobby Lounge at the Santa Ynez Marriott.

 

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