Enter the Haunted “Doll House” If You Dare!

Solvang halloween 2015 dollhouse posterSo, will you and your family dare to enter the Haunted “Doll House” this week? THE best way to celebrate the witchy season is at the 22nd annual Solvang Halloween Haunted House & StreetFest happening this Friday, 10/30/15 and Saturday, 10/31/15 from 6:00-9:30pm (kid friendlier version is 6-6:30pm). Where do you ask? At the eerily transformed Solvang Festival Theater at 420 Second Street! Incredibly imaginative Solvang Parks & Recreation staff and community volunteers have done it again— this time creating a creepy, giant doll house filled with weird, scary doll creatures and scenes!

Outside the theater grounds at the StreetFest, check out goodies for purchase from food trucks plus famous Trunk or Treating (on 10/31/15 only). Your cost for all this safe yet spooky fun is only $11 for adults and $9 for kids ages 13 & under. Get tickets in advance online here http://www.cityofsolvang.com/index.php/departments/parks-a-recreation/special-events/halloween-haunted-house or at the gate and don’t be late! “The Doll House” will only be in Solvang for two nights this Halloween season!  http://www.solvangusa.com/events/22nd-solvang-halloween-haunted-house/



Wine, Wash & Wag!

wine_wash__wag_030815You and your pooch (or potential pooch) can really have fun at this month’s Solvang Third Wednesday (10/21/15). It’s an entire day for the dogs in honor of “Adopt-a-Dog Month”. Solvang Third Wednesday and the Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room are partnering on a special, day-long charity event, “Wine, Wash & Wag”, to serve as a fundraiser for the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society. And of course, there’s still plenty of traditional Solvang Third Wednesday  deals at local merchants including boutiques of all sorts, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market;; and the best way to take advantage of it all, the popular Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. Weary from your “dog day” of wine, beer, strolling and shopping? There’s Third Wednesday deals at some of Solvang’s best hotels, like 20% off of the night’s stay.

2012 Solvang Scarecrow Fest #79 Wandering Dog Wine BarAnd don’t miss the amazing Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrowfest displays now through November 9 all around the vicinity! For more details on all the happenings, visit http://solvangthirdwednesday.com/events/


“Real Men Cook” at Flag is Up Farms This Saturday!

Real Men Cook, A Benefit for Arts Outreach Tickets, Solvang EventbriteTasty, tempting and fun are hallmarks of the annual “Real Men Cook” fund-raiser event. Can you imagine more than 50 amateur male chefs preparing their fave recipes like Southern Fried Alligator, BBQ Chicken Strips, Black Bean & Chorizo Stuffed Chiles or Killer Brownies for your tasting pleasure? You’ll get unlimited samples from appetizers to entrees to sides and desserts. Then, add in more than 30 local vintners and microbrewers pouring their best beverages; plus live music and a festive silent auction in one great big barn! The 24th annual “Real Men Cook” is happening this Saturday (10/17/15) starting at 6pm at Monty & Pat Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms, 901 East Highway 246 in Solvang. You don’t want to miss this party that raises much needed monies for Arts Outreach, a local nonprofit arts education organization whose mission is to “bring art to life and life to art” for kids to seniors. Tickets are $65 in advance and $70 at the barn door. Get your tickets now and learn more at www.artsoutreach.org


Fall Fashionable Retail Therapy

Solvang, California

Autumn has officially arrived yet our weather has been traditionally temperate—cool mornings and evenings and warm, sunny skies during the day. I’ve been known to tell friends it’s time to dress like an onion—peel off layers during the day and put them back on in the evening! Some say spring is the time for closet cleaning, however now is a great time to update your wardrobe and make room for the latest “fall” fashions! (Guys, this applies to you, too, enough of the dingy sweatshirts!) With more than 150 independent boutiques to choose fromincredibly chic yet affordable women’s, men’s and kids clothing, fine leather goods and accessories, shoes, boots and clogs will keep you strolling around town looking for items you hadn’t even known you need yet! Get some retail therapy at totally one-of-a-kind clothing shops—just to mention a few such as Atterdag Kids, Del Sol, Design Alternatives, Elna’s Dress Shop, First Street Leather; Parts Unknown; Solvang Shoe Store; True Addiction Women’s Apparel and The Sock Loft. Check out all your fashionable opportunities at: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/shopping/