Forks at the Ready for Restaurant Week–Savor Dining Sensations for $20.17

forksFrom Sunday, January 22 thru Saturday, January 28, 2017, you can savor special 3-course menus for only $20.17 per person (excluding tax, tip and beverages) at many of Santa Ynez Valley’s most popular restaurants. The 7th annual Restaurant Week  is sponsored by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley throughout all six communities here.

restaurant-week-syv-solvang-santaynez-valley__sideIn Solvang, consider these establishments and some of their special menus temptations including Cecco Ristorante, First & Oak at The Mirabelle Inn; Fresco Valley Café (Gorgonzola Walnut Salad, Rosemary Seasoned Ground Lamb Patty on a toasted Brioche Bun, and Mixed Berry Crème Brule); The Bistro at Hadsten House (Mixed Green Salad, Top Sirloin Medallion With Demi Glacé; Bread Pudding); Mad & Vin at The Landsby (entrée choices of Herb Crusted Salmon; Short Rib Skillet of braised beef, or fresh pastas); Root 246 at Hotel Corque; Solvang Brewing Company; Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie and Toscana.  The Wandering Dog Wine Bar is offering a flight of 3 Wandering Dog wines each paired with a gourmet cheese and charcuterie for only $20.17.

Naturally, dining hours vary by restaurant and reservations are definitely recommended. So make your plans now to tempt your taste buds and pamper your palate during Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week! For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/santa-ynez-valley-restaurant-week/  

New 2017 Destination Guide Now Available

solvang-2017-vgYou love being in the know—so I’ll bet you’d like to see and know all the great info in the brand new official 2017 Santa Ynez Valley & Solvang Destination  Guide— a full-color FREE magazine encompassing the communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, of course! The 2017 Destination Guide is filled with beautiful color photos featuring attractions, architecture, lush vineyards and historic sites as well as a “Resource” sections that feature attractions, farm stands, unique wedding & event venues, dining and lodging.  Maps include hotels, points of interest and wine & beer tasting rooms open to the public. You can get your FREE copy by mail by calling 1-800-468-6765 or get your copy in person at the Solvang Visitor Center located at 1639 Copenhagen Dr. (Open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily) or even easier, order or view online your new Destination Guide at http://www.solvangusa.com/request-a-visitors-guide/

Hot Hot Hot!

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Crowd Silhoueted by FlamesIf you and your family want to experience a “hot” celebration, then be sure to attend the FREE annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn in the fields at Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive in downtown Solvang from 5:00-7:00 p.m. this Friday, 1/6/17. The lyrics of the classic tune “Hot Hot Hot” really capture the action “It’s in the air – Celebration time — Keep up this spirit — Come on let’s do it — Feeling hot hot hot!”

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Supervised+Ignited by FirefigthersThis popular annual event is supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as one of the largest fire safety demonstrations and community gatherings on California’s Central Coast; and coordinated by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department. There will be free, live entertainment as well as refreshments for purchase. All area residents are invited to bring their tree (stands & ornaments must be removed) to the burn pile between now and Noon on 1/6/17. Join together to see this powerful spectacle ignite the New Year and herald the end of Solvang’s annual Julefest Celebration. For more details, call Solvang Parks & Recreation at 805-688-PLAY.

Cheers to Bubbly Time!

sparkling wineWe’re so fortunate here to be surrounded by some of best vineyards in the world—especially known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals—and increasingly, makers of sparkling wines–perfect to celebrate the fast-approaching year-end and fresh beginnings. The 22 wine tasting rooms in downtown Solvang offer some delicious options.

solvang-wandering-dog-wine-bar-pouring-local-vintages-credit-solvangusa-comAt  Wandering Dog Wine Bar, you CAN ring in the new year on East Coast time from 8-10pm on 12/31/16 at their New Year’s Eve Champagne Party with a “countdown” at 9pm, plus drink specials and lots of fun! Just in time to ring in the 2017 New Year—stroll around and take some sips!  Be sure to check out all the local vintages to bring more “cheer” to your new year! http://www.solvangusa.com/wine-country/wine-tasting-rooms/

Your Last Minute Gift Guide

You know that Christmas is only days away so here’s your gift shopping solution–Solvang has more than 150 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent here) where you can discover gifts you never thought you’d find! Here’s some ideas . . .

solvang-jule-hus-exterior-credit-solvang-jule-husEvery day is Christmas at Jule Hus (with a wide-selection of Old-European Christmas and blown-glass ornaments.  Rasmussen’s is one-stop shopping for all things Scandinavian from Royal Copenhagen porcelain as well as incredible varieties of kitchen items, house wares and decorations. Find the giant red clog outside Solvang Shoe Store and step inside for a variety of high-quality footwear and modern-day clogs. At the impressive Z Folio Gallery be dazzled with Czech art glass, handmade designer jewelry, innovative decor and giclée nature photography along with designer trunk shows and exhibitions. Solvang Antiques is a premier collective featuring restored clocks, music boxes, estate jewelry, American and European furniture, silver, lighting and glass. Judith Hale Gallery (within Solvang Antiques) offers paintings, prints, sculpture and other mediums for discerning collectors.

The Copenhagen House entrance in SolvangThe Copenhagen House is where modern Denmark wares, jewels and watches await your discovery! A readers’ favorite for over forty years, The Book Loft specializes in Scandinavian, antiquarian and children’s books, as well as local interests and California history. What’s on your last-minute shopping list? Fulfill it here! http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/shopping/

 

Third Wednesday Holiday Happenings on 12/21/16

IMG_0458Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Wine+Beer Walk GlassesYou know you love finding great deals (especially this time of year) so make sure you experience everything that December’s Solvang Third Wednesday (12/21/16), has to offer! There are dozens of holiday shopping and entertainment opportunities including deals at local merchants, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market; Solvang Third Wednesday discounts at local hotels; and the Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. If you’re looking for some unique presents, consider these! Check out the Wildling Museum’s Gift Shop at 1511-B Mission Drive, as well as featuring FREE admission from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM during Solvang Third Wednesday. Remember, Solvang also boasts free parking EVERYWHERE throughout the village—giving you more time and funds to have fun! Cheers to your holiday discoveries all over the village! And for more events anytime, be sure to visit www.SolvangUSA.com

Julefest Wine & Beer Walk Is This Weekend—Plus Nativity Pageant, Free Visits with Santa & So Much More

Merlot wine glassesGet yourself and your friends in the holiday spirit (so to speak) with Julefest Wine & Beer Walk this weekend! It’s cheer-fully happening this year on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. You can stroll about downtown and sip local wines and beers from more than 16 tasting rooms. Tickets are only $45 per person for the 2-day passport including a souvenir wine glass (you must be 21 years+ naturally for this adult activity). It’s an incredible value! Tickets are going fast, so purchase yourJulefest Wine & Beer Walk tickets online now!

SolvangNativityPageant-HolyFamilySceneJulefest (pronounced Yule-fest and means Christmas Festival in Danish) has so many activities including the Nativity Pageant (Saturday, 12/10/16, at 5pm and 7pm at Solvang Festival Theater–free admission for live show with choir); free visits with Santa in Solvang Park,  plus Shop, Mingle & Jingle retail therapy at over 150 independent boutiques, shops and stores. For more info, please call 805-688-6144; stop by the Solvang Visitors Center at 1639 Copenhagen Drive (open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or visit www.SolvangUSA.com/julefest

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