Take a Vacation from Your Car!

Solvang, CaliforniaYou can easily stay, dine, wine taste and shop when you “take a vacation” from your car in Solvang. Consider walking, strolling around the village, renting a bicycle or surrey cycle, riding the Solvang Trolley or a Segway to explore car-free. Check out Santa Ynez Valley Transit mini-buses or join a guided tour via limo, jeep, van or horse to discover other areas of the Santa Ynez Valley.

250px-Amtrak_California_Thruway_MotorcoachDid you know that Amtrak provides connecting service to Solvang?  Amtrak offers daily connecting Thruway motor coach services from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo right to the bus stop at 1630 Mission Drive at Solvang Park.

Feel like flying in? Just 7 miles east on Hwy 246, Santa Ynez Airport (IZA) has private aircraft general aviation services. Full-service public airports nearby are Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) 30 miles south with 40+ commercial flights daily; Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) 35 miles north and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 125 miles south.

Arrive in the Valley without your car, or park it (always free everywhere here) and savor the slower pace. It’s fun for you and your family! More details here: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/how-to-find-us/transportation/

Get Ready for $20.15 Restaurant Week

forksForks at the ready! Make plans now since the 5th annual Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week is almost here! From Sunday, January 25 through Saturday, January 31, 2015, you can savor three-course special menus for only $20.15 per person (excluding tax, tip and beverages) at popular Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. Sponsored by our neighbor marketing organization Visit Santa Ynez Valley, more than 20 area restaurants are participating this year including these Solvang establishments: CHOMP–Burger/Fries/Shakes, Fitzpatrick’s Tavern, Fresco Valley Café, Greenhouse Café, Hadsten House Inn; Root 246, Solvang Brewing Company and Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie. Reservations are highly recommended and specific dining hours may apply.

Since all this great food at a fantastic price is available all week long, you should consider spending a night or two—the Solvang Inn & Cottages has you covered—just mention Restaurant Week and receive $20.15 off regular room rates per night when calling direct to make a reservation. For all the delicious details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=7461

2015 Solvang Visitors Guide Debuts

Solvang, CA.  © 2007You know you love being in the know—and I know you’d like to be one of the first to see the brand new official 2015 Solvang Visitors Guide–a 36-page full-color FREE magazine. As the Guide’s Editor, I can tell you that it’s filled with beautiful color photographs featuring attractions, architecture and historic sites as well as sections covering shopping, dining, wine tasting, lodging and resources along with  maps showing downtown Solvang and the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley.

You’re invited to the launch party tomorrow (Wednesday, 1-14-15) at 5:00 p.m. at the Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539-C Mission Drive in downtown Solvang. Complimentary refreshments will be offered as well as discounted wines and beers for purchase. After 1-15-15, 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 2015 Solvang Visitors Guide at www.SolvangUSA.com

Hot Hot Hot!

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Crowd Silhoueted by FlamesThe lyrics of the classic tune “Hot Hot Hot” really capture the action happening this Friday night in Solvang: “It’s in the air – Celebration time — Keep up this spirit — Feeling hot hot hot!”

If 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, 1/9/15. This 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 food trucks & 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 1/9/15.

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Supervised+Ignited by FirefigthersJoin 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 & Rec at 805-688-PLAY.

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Crowds+Flames