SolvangFarmersMarket 7-09Are you planning on being in Solvang this week of Thanksgiving? Naturally, we’re thankful to have you visit anytime! Just remember, on this (and every) Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-6:00 p.m., experience the bounty of the county at the outdoor Farmer’s Market on First Street between Copenhagen and Mission Drives. Savor the fact that you can create an entire meal from this one-block long foodie zone. Check out the seasonal fruits, veggies plus fresh flowers & potted plants that make great gifts.

ShopSmall logoYou’ve probably heard that this Saturday (11/28/15) is “Small Business Saturday” –dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In Solvang, every day is easy to shop as if it’s Small Business Saturday! With more than 150 independent and family owned boutiques, art galleries and antique shops, chain stores are virtually non-existent  here (in fact they’re banned by city code, so no worries about Solvang turning into a cookie-cutter shopping district). I love strolling along the main “shop ‘til you drop zones” of Copenhagen Drive, Mission Drive and Alisal Road.  Where will you do your next session of retail therapy? Here’s some ideas:

Turkey Bingo is This Saturday!

Turkey bingo graphicDo you and your entire family want to get into the Thanksgiving holiday spirit with some old-fashioned fun? This Saturday (11/21/15) is the 102nd edition of Turkey Bingo in Solvang. The tradition began here in 1914 when competitors played regular bingo for 10 cents per card, per game, with the hope of winning a live turkey. Yes, that’s right, if you got B-I-N-G-O on your card, you won a live bird! You can imagine the mayhem that ensued with squawking turkeys in burlap bags in the room! Well, some things have changed in the last century—the prizes for B-I-N-G-O are now frozen turkeys—the price per card, per game is still 10 cents! The event was started by Danish-American families and now is coordinated by members of the Alpha Pi charitable organization, whose mission is to assist locals in need of help with everything from groceries to medical bills All ages are invited to join in the friendly festivities at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo games start at 6 p.m. and will continue until the last (frozen) turkey is won. Gobble gobble!

Saluting All Veterans!

2031841_origYou can celebrate national Veterans Day tomorrow (11/11/15) here in Solvang at 11:00 a.m. at the historic Veterans Memorial Hall at 1745 Mission Drive. As is tradition, this free event is open to all ages to honor veterans, their families and troops around the world with music, patriotic speeches and hearty food. The Santa Ynez Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7139 is sponsoring and coordinating this event. Stop by and enjoy live entertainment by the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Band and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale. Following the program, a free luncheon will be served. You may recall that Veterans Day was originally known as “Armistice Day” since at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. The US Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938 and in 1954, Veterans Day was dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Solvang salutes all veterans especially on this day. Please join us!Veterans Day


Get in the Holiday Spirit with the Julefest Wine & Beer Walk

Solvang, CaliforniaCan you believe the calendar says November already? That means that Solvang Julefest is only a month away (say Yule-fest and you’ll sound like a native). To get yourself in the holiday spirit (so to speak), how about marking your calendar and getting tickets now for the Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk? It’s cheer-fully happening this year on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. You can stroll about downtown and sip local vintages at more than 15 wine and beer tasting rooms offering samplings including: Casa Cassara, Dascomb Cellars, Lions Peak, Lost Point, Lucas & Lewellen, Lucky Dogg Winery, Olive House, Pace, Presidio Winery, Royal Oaks, Sevtap, Sort This Out Cellars, The Good Life, Toccata and Wandering Dog Wine Bar and more to be announced. Tickets are only $40 per person for the 2-day passport including a souvenir etched wine glass (you must be 21 years+ naturally for this adult activity). Purchase yours online now at

2015-solvang-julefest__sideFor more info on all the other festive events happening during Solvang Julefest in December including the Christmas Tree Display, Community Tree-lighting Ceremony, Julefest Parade and Nativity Pageant, free visits with Santa in Solvang Park plus Shop, Mingle & Jingle retail therapy–visit