Danish Days in Solvang

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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.

Skål!

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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.

 

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Taste of Solvang 2016

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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.

Don’t forget to buy your weekend passport now and read more about the events on tap for 2016’s Taste of Solvang! 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.

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Bike the Valley, Drink the Wine

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The Santa Ynez Valley is known for lots of things: the scenic landscape, friendly people, undeniable small town charm and, of course, world-class wine. But within the last few years, a new trend has taken over.

Biking the Santa Ynez Valley.

From family friendly rides to pro-style cycling, there’s no better way to explore Wine Country!

Here are a couple of routes to take in and around Santa Ynez:

The SYV Coffee House Bike Loop:
Address: Begin at the Valley Grind coffee house, 3558 Sagunto St. Santa Ynez
Bike Route Map: Google Map of The SYV Coffee House Bike Loop
This 17.5 mile loop has it all. Spanning 17.5 miles, the loop begins in Santa Ynez and travels north on back country roads through Ballard and on to Los Olivos, where you can do any shopping or wine tasting. After Los Olivos, this route will take you west through Ballard Canyon, southwest to Solvang and finally back towards Santa Ynez. If wine isn’t your thing, this route passes through five of the best coffee houses in the Valley and several Santa Ynez favorite locations.

A Family Ride:
Address: Park at the Mission Santa Ines, 1710 Mission Drive
This route is perfect for the entire family as it follows a bike path with bike lanes and stops for picnicking and sightseeing. The length can be as little as five miles or as long as ten, depending on the turn-around location. Children will enjoy the beautiful grounds and displays of early life in the Mission era. Ride east on Mission Dr (Hwy 246), the official bike path begins at Alamo Pintado Road, and follow all the way to the intersection of Refugio Road. You may turn around here or turn right at Refugio and make your way to Kalyra Winery, which is one of the locations from the film “Sideways.” Enjoy the kid-friendly environment with a relaxed, nice picnic lunch. Enjoy one of the finest views of the Valley before heading back.

These are just two of the more popular routes you can take in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, with plenty more routes viewable online. Santa Ynez Marriot is the perfect destination for your wine-filled getaway. Travelers come for the wine but stay for all of the SYV attractions. We hope to see you soon, the Valley is calling!

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Springtime Fun Santa Ynez Valley Style

Spring In Santa Ynez Valley Ah, yes, springtime has officially arrived in the Santa Ynez Valley! Located in the heart of sunny California’s Wine Country, Santa Ynez Valley must have been in mind when the phrase “the great outdoors” was coined.  From the mountains to the golf courses, SYV is the perfect destination for your springtime getaway.

Did someone say golf? (We did.)

Santa Ynez Valley plays home to two world-class golf courses, Rancho San Marcos and Sandpiper Golf Club. Both offer a challenging, championship-caliber round whilst being set on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Sandpiper Golf Club was built in 1972 and features rolling fairways, challenging greens, and has been rated by Golf Digest in the top twenty-five public golf courses in the country.  Take advantage of our Sandpiper Golf Club Stay and Play Package which includes: deluxe guest room accommodations, green fee, cart fee, drive practice tee, and Titleist rental sets that are readily available.

Rancho San Marcos offers a par 71 and 6,939 yards of pure California bliss, exuding elegance and exclusivity that only private clubs extol. Enjoy our Rancho San Marcos Stay and Play Package that includes deluxe accommodations for two at the SYV Marriot, breakfast for two at Starting Gate Restaurant, 18 holes of golf for two with cart fee included, and Titleist golf club rental upon request.

If golfing isn’t your thing, the SYV also offers parks that are not only beautiful but also historic!

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park offers some of the last remaining art of the Chumash Native Americans. Located in the shadows of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the sandstone walls of the cave are believed to date back to the 1600s and earlier. For your more classic park adventures, such as swimming, picnicking, surf fishing, and camping, you’ll want to check out Gaviota State Park! The park also plays home to the Gaviota Peak that offers views of the coast and the Channel Islands.

Lastly, you’ll want to check out this extensive list of wineries located in Santa Ynez Valley that will surely quench your thirst for some of the finest wine in the world.

When searching for a Santa Ynez Valley hotel, look no further than SYV Marriot. A place where business meets pleasure, where your senses are indulged and your spirit is renewed, a place where your most pressing decision is shiraz or chardonnay. A mix of countryside charm and modern amenities, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is designed for an unpretentious Santa Barbara wine country escape. Envelope your senses and renew your spirit in the serenity and beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Touring Santa Barbara Wine Country with our Escape! Wine Tour Package

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Explore the beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country and Santa Ynez Valley countryside in style this spring with Santa Ynez Valley Marriott’s Escape! Wine Tour Package.

This wine lover’s package includes deluxe accommodations for two, a four hour tour across Santa Barbara County, complimentary gifts and much more that will give you the full Santa Ynez Valley wine country experience.

Santa Ynez Wine Country Getaway

Begin your Santa Ynez wine country getaway with a buffet breakfast for two including made-to-order omelets at the Starting Gate Restaurant. Relax over coffee before venturing out on your own private town car tour through the Valley. With our customizable town car options, the perfect getaway vehicle awaits for your wine country adventure. Our transportation partner, Luxury Limos, also offers upgraded option for an additional fee if you desire an extra luxurious tour.

This four-hour tour across the Santa Ynez Valley is sure to entice with its miles of rural countryside topped with lush vineyards and greenery. Enjoy the view at your own pace with a complimentary California wine country map and a glass of wine in hand. Your Escape! Wine Transportation package includes three buy-one-get-one-free Santa Barbara wine tasting passes so you can explore the Santa Barbara wineries along the way and enjoy the fruits of your host’s labor.

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Visit the SYVMarriott website for a complete list of Santa Ynez Valley wineries and start planning your wine tour itinerary now. Wineries participating in the buy-one-get-one-free pass program vary, so visit often to experience the variety of premium wines SYV has to offer including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot.

Relax and Renew

After a full day of touring the Santa Barbara Wine Country and visiting the local Santa Ynez wineries, unwind in your deluxe Santa Ynez Valley hotel accommodations. Take home your gift bag full of treats including a monogrammed wine opener and two stemless wine glasses to commemorate your wine country getaway.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind package and reserve your stay today! Call (800) 638-8882 or click here to make online reservations at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. For more information please visit http://www.syvmarriott.com/santa-ynez-valley-buellton-solvang-hotel-packages.

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23rd Annual Taste of Solvang comes to the Santa Ynez Valley

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Hidden within the Santa Ynez Valley lives Solvang, Southern California’s very own hint of Europe.  March brings the 23rd Annual Taste of Solvang, “…a culinary journey through Solvang, where wine country meets ‘dine country'”.

Solvang (appropriately Danish for ‘sunny field’) is home to quaint boutiques, fine dining and historic sites.  Drinks and cuisine are Euro-Inspired, making it the perfect destination event for food and wine lovers alike.  Don’t let this tiny town deceive you; they’ve got some pretty big events.

Festivities begin Wednesday March 18th though many visitors continue to trickle in for weekend happenings such as Saturday’s Grand Tasting. At this event, visitors will have the opportunity to snack, sip, and shop throughout Solvang’s charming boutiques and tasting rooms.

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After a Saturday filled with shopping and snacking, guests enjoy unwinding at the 2-day Wine and Beer Walk. Solvang offers over a dozen tasting rooms, bars, and taverns. Each scene provides new flavors of local wine and craft beers unique to this Southern California city.

Complete your Santa Barbara Wine Country escape with visits to the many wineries and vineyard tasting rooms in Los Olivos, Buellton, and Ballard.  The SYV Marriott website features a complete list of Santa Ynez Valley Wineries and a downloadable California wine country map.

Your wine country trip won’t be complete without a stay at The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott – the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities.  Book your hotel accommodations for Taste of Solvang soon as availability is very limited during this popular wine country festival.

Don’t forget to buy your weekend passport now and read more about the events on tap for 2015’s Taste of Solvang!  Tickets go quickly, so if you miss the most popular events at this year’s festival, visit the SYV Marriott site for a complete list of things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley and other annual wine and beer festivals and events.

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Holiday Events in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley California

Christmas in Solvang CAThe Santa Ynez Valley and Solvang CA offer a delightful assortment of things to do during the holiday season for families, couples and even independent travelers looking for solo adventure.  Explore our holiday event guide for ideas on things to do in Solvang and where to celebrate in Santa Ynez Valley and Solvang, California during the holidays of 2014.

Key to Wine Country – December 5 – 7th

Unlock unique and exclusive experiences in Santa Barbara Wine Country this holiday season.  Hosted by the Santa Barbara Vintners, the Key to Wine Country is like a wine tasting passport giving you special offers and deals at 38 participating wineries and 10 restaurants throughout Santa Barbara County December 5th through 7th. Find out more and purchase your key at the Key to Wine Country website.

Solvang Julefest Parade – December 6, 2014 – 11am  

Cozy up with the family and a thermos of hot cocoa in downtown Solvang for this traditional Danish Julefest parade.

Wildling Holiday Marketplace – December 6th

Mark off some items on your holiday shopping list with unique gifts from local Santa Ynez artisans at the Wildling Holiday Marketplace.  Customize your gifts at the art activity station while the kids get their faces’ painted.  The Holiday Marketplace is open from 12pm to 5pm on December 6, 2014.  Find out more at the Wildling Museam website.

Buellton Winter Fest Celebration – December 7th

An all-day spectacular, the city of Buellton invites you to start the day with breakfast with Santa from 9am to noon at the Buellton Rec Center or come in the afternoon for concerts, cookies and cocoa from 4:30 – 6pm. In the evening from 4:30 to 8pm, wander the neighborhood block party on the Avenue of Flags, sampling from food trucks, enjoying beer, wine and spirits from vendors and playing in twenty tons of snow. The Mobile Light Parade will start at 6 pm and the Buellton Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 pm.

Holiday Wine Walk – December 13th and 14th

2014’s Julefest Holiday Wine Walk is a 2-day wine and beer tasting passport at a dozen wine tasting rooms in Solvang.  Tickets are available through the Solvang Visitors Bureau.

Nativity Pageant – Saturday, December 13th

Treat your family to a Christmas classic with the “Christmas Story” as it comes to life in the Nativity Pageant at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater.  Actors in traditional costumes, live animals on stage, a choir and the outdoor setting make this performance unique and fun for the entire family.  Performances are at 5pm and 7pm at 420 Second Street.  They are free and are on a first come first seated basis.

New Year’s Eve Revelry at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

New Years Eve 2014 Santa Ynez Valley MarriottThe Santa Ynez Valley Marriott brings back two of their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration favorites – the New Year’s Prime Rib Buffet Package and New Year’s Eve Evening Out Package with Molly Ringwald Concert tickets.

The New Year’s Prime Rib Buffet Package for 2014 includes one night accommodations for two at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott on New Year’s Eve and prime rib buffet for two.  Dinner is served 5pm to 9pm.  Dinner reservations are required so please call (805) 688-1000 to make your dinner reservations after booking your package.  Click here for more information about your New Year’s Eve Prime Rib  Buffet Package at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Buellton hotel.

The 2014 New Year’s Eve Evening Out Package with Molly Ringwald Project concert tickets includes deluxe accommodations for two at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, prime rib buffet for two, and two tickets to the Molly Ringwald Project Concert and New Year’s Eve Celebration.  Click here to book your New Year’s Eve package and for more information.

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Putting Roots Down – Fall Events in SYV

As summer winds down and we return to more normal schedules of school and work, there’s much to look forward to in Santa Ynez Valley. From festivals celebrating our roots of heritage to festivals celebrating the roots of our crops, let’s celebrate fall!

Fall Events in SYV

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2014 Grape Stomp Party
Bring the season to a start with a classic Grape Stomp Party! Hosted by Sevtap Winery, this harvest get-together will include live music, food and wine to set the mood for the main event. Buy tickets through Sevtap Winery’s website now.

 

Santa Barbara Vinters Celebration of Harvest
Celebrating the fruit (literally) of their labor, this harvest celebration includes wine maker dinners, winery and tasting room open houses and library tastings over the Columbus Day Weekend. There’s never been a better time to visit and discover the magic of this slice of California Wine Country!

1150269_242880415836817_509894190_nDanish Days Festival
A visit to Solvang, CA is almost like making an international trip without leaving the country! And of all times to discover the Danish history that makes Solvang the treasure it is, the September weekend of the Danish Days Festival is simply the best. Danish food and dances will fill Solvang’s streets while its museums and businesses open their doors to visitors’ delight. For a full schedule of events, visit their site.

Los Alamos Old Days Street Festival
A true town of the Old West, Los Alamos celebrates its heritage each year with a festival. Complete with a car show, parade, food and live music, this year’s celebration is one for the whole family. Join them the weekend of September 26-28!

Verdad-16There’s something truly magical about fall in Santa Ynez Valley. And while summer may be coming to a close, that doesn’t mean your traveling has to. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, situated among the area’s gorgeous vineyards, is a perfect place to celebrate the new season. Book our special Biking Package for a crisp, autumn cycle tour of the area or plan a romantic getaway with the one you love.

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Spirits are rising: Visit SYV’s New Distillery

First comes wine, then comes craft beer…then comes moonshine distilleries? It’s true! The latest in local liquid fascinations, a distillery has put down roots in nearby Buellton.

The Business of SYV’s New Distillery

Opening the first legal distillery in Santa Barbara County since the Prohibition Era, Ascendant Spirits is the perfect new addition to Santa Ynez Valley’s growing food and beverage scene.

Surprisingly, whiskey ages well in Santa Ynez Valley for many of the same reasons that wine does – climate. Ascendant Spirits’ products include Breaker bourbon whisky, American Star vodka, Silver Lightning moonshine, single malt whisky and rye.

President and master distiller Steve Gertman explained in a recent interview that their products are infused with other local goods including fruit and rare caviar limes. Strawberries, for example, from nearby Santa Maria are used in Ascendant’s strawberry vodka the same day they are picked.

Gertman’s interest in crafting liquors started after his very first whiskey tasting while on a trip to Scotland. Since then, his love for the drink has only appreciated. “I’ve learned,” he writes on his website, “one thing that unites many different people around the world is a love for fine whisky.”

Speaking on the building of the Ascendent brand, he writes, “It was surreal the first time I saw our whisky, Breaker Bourbon, on the shelf at El Rancho,” Gertman says on Ascendant’s website. “I felt and still feel a great sense of pride and achievement that my dream had become a reality. I haven’t regretted my decision to take this journey, even at the darkest moments. I get intense satisfaction in creating a beautiful product that people enjoy. And I also get to be a mad scientist, creating new flavor combinations.”

They currently offer tastings Friday-Sunday each week. Be sure to visit the distillery on your next visit to Santa Ynez Valley!


For more foodie guides to the Santa Ynez Valley, read about artisan cheese, craft beer, brunch spots and, of course, wine.

Between our Starting Gate Restaurant, Winner’s Circle Lounge, room service, pool-side service and holiday specials, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott also knows a thing or two about food and beverages. Next time you stay, be sure to start or end your day with a meal by our talented team of chefs and cooks.

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