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.

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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.

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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.


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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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Summer 2014 in Santa Ynez Valley

We’ve officially entered the long and sweet days of summer. There’s something about this season that calls for a slower pace, more time dedicated to simple things and dates with our favorite people. Whether you’re an SYV native or visiting for the week, make this list of events a part of your own summer 2014 in Santa Ynez Valley.

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Your ticket to wine tastings at 15 premier boutique wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley, the Summer Pass at $40, is perhaps the best deal of the season! No reservation required, pass is good through August 31, 2014.

Fourth of July Festival & Fireworks Show
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley, these explosions in the sky are considered the best on the Central Coast. Gates open at 1 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. with fun, games and food in between.

Movie Night at Sevtap Tasting Room
Join the fine folks of Sevtap every Thursday for movies and good drinks. Movies range from cartoons to classics, including Casablanca later this month.

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Every Wednesday, dine under the shade of beautiful trees at The Vineyard House and enjoy the sounds of cool jazz all night long. A different artist or band every week, they’ll keep you coming back all summer.

Blind Tasting Thursdays
At Wandering Dog Wine Bar, every Thursday night is a great foodie adventure as you challenge your palate and learn about wine at the same time!

3rd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic
Benefiting People Helping People, join one of the area’s favorite summer events on July 19, 2014. Enjoy the thrill of polo – live and up close, along with a champagne reception and 3-course gourmet lunch. You’re invited to dress for the occasion with creative hats and festive charm.

Summer Concerts in Solvang Park
Every third Wednesday of the month, Solvang Park is filled with the music of the night. Open to the public, the concerts are free so grab your chairs, blankets and picnics and revel in a night of summer air and great music.

Solvang Farmers Market
Every Wednesday, enjoy all things local by shopping at the neighborhood Farmer’s Market.

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Grab the family and head to Solvang Park this summer on Friday nights for classics of all kinds. Still on the roster for this summer? Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie, Frozen and Star Trek.

In the Vineyard and on the Farm
Seated beneath the sky and between the vines at Bernat Vineyards, join wine maker Sam Marmorstein, farmers Debby and Shu Takikawa and Chef Chris Joslyn for an unforgettable dining experience this August.

 

 

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Celebrating the farm-to-table tradition and their 8th year of bounty, Buttonwoods Farm, Vineyard and Winery invites you to a dinner under the stars. In true farm-to-table form, all parts of the meal, from arm-raised meat, farm-grown fruits and vegetables to Buttonwood’s famous peaches and award-winning wines will hail from Buttonwoods own land.

28th Annual Los Olivos Quick Draw & Arts Festival
This August, enjoy the arts in Los Olivos! This festival invites you to step into studios, observe talented artists as they work to complete original pieces of work within 1 hour and then sell them to the highest bid during an exciting live auction. Peruse different artists showing and selling original work, listen to live music, and enjoy delicious food and wine served by Chef/Partner Robbie Wilson and his team as well.

PoolThe Santa Ynez Valley Marriott appreciates all the best things about summer – and we’re proud to help you experience them all during your stay. You’ll enjoy fabulous coastal weather and breathtaking sunsets as you pedal past miles of vineyards and cattle grazing the gentling rolling hillsides of SYV. Dinner al fresco by our outdoor pool will bring your night to a relaxing close while a sound sleep in one of our Marriott Revive beds will ready you for another day of SYV summer adventure! Book your summer stay now.

 

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Miracles Happen in Santa Ynez Valley

This fall, Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is privileged to host the Second Annual “Miracles Happen” Charity Golf Tournament at the River Course at the Alisal in Solvang, CA. As we start ticking down the months and weeks until the event, here’s a short list of what you need to know:
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Miracles Happen: 2nd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Charity Golf Tournament

1. A beautiful, late-summer day at the Alisal instead of the office? How fast can we get here?! The River Course is a picturesque backdrop with views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Valley. Featuring four lakes, the course also often follows the meandering path of the Santa Ynez Valley River, bringing nature straight into the heart of your game. At 6,830 yards, the par-72 River Course is dramatic without being impossible, a good afternoon challenge for golfers of all levels.

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2. The Making Miracles Happen Tournament has one simple goal: to help People people-helping-peopleHelping People benefit children’s health services in Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc and Los Alamos. Serving men, women and children for 20 years, People Helping People is committed to helping others achieve self-sufficiency with dignity and ultimately, fulfill their potential.

3. Teams of all sizes are welcome! Want to go solo? Great. Have three friends that
want to join? Fantastic. Both individual and team registrations (for teams of 4) are available. Registration costs will cover entry into the tournament, barbecue, raffle tickets, fun on one of California’s most beautiful golf courses and the opportunity to help change others’ lives for the better. Long drive, putting and closest to the pin contests are also available with over $2,500 in cash prizes for the taking. And lest we forget, the chance to win a new car with a hole in one!

4. Speaking of prizes, let’s say that again: over $2,500 in cash prizes will be available for the taking, plus the chance to win a new car with a lucky hole in one!

5. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit the event’s site.

For more information and registration forms, visit syvmarriott.com/ or call (805) 325-2020.

The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is committed to the well-being of its surrounding community. An official Green Business of Santa Barbara County as well as a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott constantly strives to serve not only their valued guests, but also their community. Join us September 19, 2014 as we give back and watch miracles happen. For information on room accommodations during the tournament, click here.

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Craft Beer in Santa Ynez Valley

For the past month, the Santa Ynez Valley has been engulfed in the merry, yeast-filled celebration otherwise known has Santa Ynez Valley Craft Beer Month. Perhaps most celebrated for its wine-soaked hills, the towns of SYV have increasingly become known as a place for artisan brews, flight tastings and craft brew festivals as well. Craft Beer Month is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean pint glasses need be put away for the next 11 months.

Here’s a quick guide to experiencing and enjoying craft beer in Santa Ynez Valley:

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SYV Beer Trail Map – When on a mission, it’s always best to have a game plan. The Santa Ynez Valley Beer Trail Map is the perfect one-stop shop for planning all your brewing adventures. Created by VisitSYV.com, the map gives the lay of the land with breweries, brew shops and more, broken down by town. Download your free map today.

 

 

Solvang Brewing Company – Located in Solvang, the “Danish Capital of America,” Solvang Brewing Company is where Danish tradition, craft beer and delicious food come together. With deep roots in the community, including one founding owner who is a fourth generation Solvang born Dane, local pride is a staple here. They brewing company also recently won a Gold Medal in the San Diego International Beer Festival competition.

Valley Brewers – Everything you need for DIY libations, Valley Brewers specializes in home brew, wine and cheese making supplies.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Run by a father/son team, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. has an affinity for top tier beers, particularly those that showcase the unique flavors of the Santa Ynez Valley. Their beers have one numerous awards at the Denver International Beer Competition, Los Angeles International Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and World Beer Championships to name a few. Stop in at their Buellton taproom or Los Olivos tasting room for firsthand experiences!

Firestone Walker Brewing Company – A three time Great American Beer Festival winner and 4 time World Beer Cup champion, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is serious about creating quality brews. The company has come a long way from its first days as a small brewery and now serves the entire Central Coast region of California. For those wanting to learn the ins and outs of their processes, complimentary, guided tours of their brew house and cellar are offered daily.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe – Captured in the Oscar-award winning film, Sideways, Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe has been a must-stop for wine, beer and food lovers since its opening in 1995. Lunch and dinner menus are updated seasonally to capture the tastes of the central Californian coast and beer and wine tastings are available daily until 5 pm.

easyJackFirestoneWalker1Journeys can be taxing – which is why the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott invites you to relax inside our comfortable, spacious walls before, during and after your trip down the SYV Beer Trail. Sleeping in won’t be difficult thanks to our Marriott Revive beds and complimentary wireless Internet, over-sized work desks, sofas, easy chairs and mini-refrigerators mean the comforts of home are never too far away. And even if you don’t make it through the brew map, local favorites including Firestone Walker Brewing and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. are available on-site in our Winner’s Circle LoungeBook your trail-blazing stay now!

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Film Guide to Santa Ynez Valley

There’s no denying the beauty of Santa Ynez Valley. Generations of families have made their home here because of it. Thousands of people visit every year because of it. Even film directors, so delighted with the area, decided to make their movies here because of it. Forever immortalized on the silver screen, here is a brief film guide to Santa Ynez Valley.

Scene It – Movies filmed in beautiful Santa Ynez Valley

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Sideways: Perhaps most famous, Sideways is the 2004 Oscar-award winning film by Alexander Payne. Following Miles and Jack (Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church), the movie traipses through California wine country as the men take one last road trip before Jack’s impending wedding. Capturing the Santa Ynez Valley in a tender, evocative way, Payne makes the land a character all its own, masterfully capturing small towns such as Solvang as well as local wineries, Ostrich Land and Gaviota State Beach. Lacing the land through the scenes and emotions of the men’s journeys, the film instantly makes you want to pay a visit, too.

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Following the film’s success, fans began making their own journeys to the area to retrace the men’s steps. Maps for self-guided tours are available as well as professionally led ones. And ten years later, a celebration is planned this coming October for the film’s 10th anniversary.

Flying Lessons – A 2010 indepent film, Flying Lessons stars Maggie Grace and Hal Hol Brook as an unlikely pair, both struggling to remember their pasts. Shot solely in the Santa Ynez Valley, local director and producer Derek Magyar chose his home turf for the film because he believed it to be a picturesque canvas. Filming locations included downtown Santa Ynez streets and local spots like Maverick Saloon, Artiste Wine Tasting & Gallery and the Fossemalle Dance Studio.

Of Mice and Men – The 1992 film of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era classic has roots in the Santa Ynez Valley as well. Filmed in California’s rugged countryside, the rolling hills of SYV play witness to the friendship, dreams and downfalls of Lennie and George.

It’s Complicated – Nancy Meyers’ 2009 film starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin captures the complicated relationship of a divorced couple while simultaneously capturing the tranquil charm and cool of nearby Westlake Village and Santa Barbara. It’s Meyers’ well-known eye for gorgeous backdrops that pushes SYV into the film as a quiet, but unmissable character.

 

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Knowing that Hollywood has already give its stamp of approval, isn’t it time to experience the movie magic of SYV personally? Proud to be in the very center of the scene, it’s Santa Ynez Valley Marriott’s pleasure to make your stay as film-worthy as possible with adventure packages including bicycle tours, wine tours and romantic getaways as well as VIP accommodations and amenities.

Book your glamorous, cinema stay now.

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Planning a Meeting in the Santa Ynez Valley

Whether escaping hectic Los Angeles or crossing the country, business retreats although a fabulous idea, can seem daunting to plan. Among the quiet, rolling hills of California wine country though, Santa Ynez Valley Marriott awaits with mountains of inspiration. Here’s our list of all you need to know for planning a meeting in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Location, location, location: Just over 2 hours from Los Angeles, Santa Ynez Valley sits in the heart of California wine country. The property is located 45 minutes from Santa Barbara, conveniently accessible from California’s Hwy 101.

IMG_4534-banquetSpace galore – From intimate to extravagant, Santa Ynez Valley Marriott has meeting and event space for every type of group. Over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting and conference space spreads across the property including ballrooms, outdoor pavilions and banquet rooms. Plan a social hour with Santa Ynez Valley as your backdrop on the Outdoor Garden Pavilion and celebrate your team’s achievements in the Turf Club Ballroom!
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Help in planning and executing– Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is more than ready to help with any and all meeting needs! Thanks to professionally accredited, on-site Certified Meeting Planners, who are experienced in coordinating event agendas from executive retreats to full-scale, multi-faceted events for hundreds, you can rest easy. Our award-winning, Certified Meeting Planners are professionally trained to deliver attentive service from inception to execution of your event and our team will be on hand to assist with technology needs, décor and guest accommodations.

IMG_4593-fruit-bev-station2Meal time is always a good time: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott’s on-site culinary team delivers thoughtful menus that can be customized for any budget or event-style. Our Starting Gate Restaurant, Lobby Lounge and in-room dining are also perfect options for individual, down-time meals.

All the business perks: High-speed Internet access, on-site audio-visual services, 24-hour business center and boarding print station will assure your meetings go according to plan from start to finish. And if that’s not enough, our team will be on site to assist for any and all questions or issues.

Down-time fun: There’s plenty of ways to relax after your meeting. Santa Ynez Valley Marriott amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, heated pool, sun deck, tennis court, racquetball court and game room. Spa services include massage therapy and facial treatments and the Finish Line Hair Design offers an intimate and modern salon experience, specializing in precision haircutting and modern color techniques.
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Adventure all around: The small-town charm of SYV will come to life with visits to neighboring towns like Solvang and Los Alamos. California’s natural beauty is also up for grabs with national parks and beaches at every turn. Book a wine or cycling tour. Whatever your interests, Santa Ynez Valley has something for everyone.


screenshot-by-nimbusThere’s never been a better time to get away! Plan the next chapter of your business with crisp California air above you and the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott staff all around you. From beginning to end, we promise to put the skills that earned Santa Ynez Valley Marriott a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, to very good use. For more information, please visit our meetings and events page.

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Guide to Outdoor Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

As spring unfolds, it’s inevitable that warm-weather getaways and summer vacation are increasingly on the brain. Seated in the heart of California’s wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley is certainly no stranger to California’s thrilling outdoor activities. From easy-going to adventure-seeking, when the great outdoors call, here’s where we answer.

Outdoor Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley:

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park 
Some of the finest remaining art of the Chumash Native Americans, these cave paintings are located in the shadows of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Adorning the sandstone walls of a cave, it’s believed that the art dates back to the 1600s and earlier. Be prepared for a steep path that leads to the cave entrance.

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Gaviota State Park
Located on Highway 101, the park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, surf fishing, camping – and if you’re feeling especially ambitious – climbing Gaviota Peak for views of the coast and the Channel Islands. 37 of the beach’s 39 camping spaces can now be reserved for summer dates.

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This 18-hole championship course, designed by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves, is the perfect place to spend the day. Combine the experience of playing a course that’s equal parts challenging and beautiful with Santa Ynez’s spectacular weather and you have a match made in golf heaven. Welcoming everyone from PGA pros to amateur hopefuls, it’s easy to see why the course has twice received a 4 1/2 star score from readers of Golf Digest.


Nojoqui Falls Park 
A short trail leads to the secluded Nojoqui Falls – a 100 foot waterfall. Ideal for a quiet afternoon retreat, the falls are best viewed after a rain, but are available to visit any time of year. Picnic tables, barbecue grills, ball fields, hiking trails and a playground deem the park a true family affair.

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The Alisal Ranch boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses – Ranch Course and River Course – each with a distinct terrain and personality. Offering a variety of golf services from practice facilities and professional instruction to tournament package plans and a fully stocked pro shop, Alisal is serious about making the most of your time on the green.


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Often referred to as Figueroa Lookout, this summit is accessible by car, though some prefer an active bike ride to the top! Upon reaching the 4,000 foot high point, visitors are greeted with a panoramic view of the San Rafael Wilderness and the Santa Ynez Valley that is, in a word, breathtaking.

In the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is passionate about tailoring the great outdoors to your specific stay. Relax with poolside dining and fire pits under the night sky or choose to get active with one of our Stay and Play Golf or Biking packages. No matter your speed, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is thrilled to make California’s magnificent natural beauty a part of your SYV experience.

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A Father’s Day Toast in the Santa Ynez Valley

Father's Day Santa Ynez Valley 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 Alisal

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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.”

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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.

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Deluxe accommodations for two
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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.

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Miracles Happen Golf Tournament 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

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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

Wine Country Bike Trek
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.

People Helping PeopleMoney 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.

 

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2013 Firestone Summer Concert Series at Firestone Vineyard

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.

 

Santa Ynez Valley MariottFantastic Father’s Day Accommodations

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. Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 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!

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