Ride the Clean Air Express Every Saturday Connecting Santa Barbara to Solvang & Santa Ynez Valley

Clean Air Express Bus on First Saturday Service Day 7-11-15 - CropYou, your family & friends can hop on the Clean Air Express bus in Santa Barbara and spend Saturday in Solvang, Buellton or Los Olivos—every week! See the video of the trip here: https://vimeo.com/139230382

Here’s your car free and care-free way sample itinerary—Board the Clean Air Express bus at the Santa Barbara Train Station near the beach (209 State Street) at 10:45 a.m. and you’ll arrive in Solvang Park at 11:40 a.m. You’ll have plenty of time to stroll around the village, dine, do some wine tasting, shop, visit a museum and buy some Danish bakery treats before catching the bus at Solvang Park at 4:20 p.m.; arriving back in Santa Barbara at 5:20 p.m. It’s so affordable—the fare is only $7 cash each way (buy at boarding).

visitsyv-restaurant-week-2016-2And this Saturday (1/30/16), you can still enjoy the deliciousness of Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week (www.dinesyv.com) the final day of $20.16 tasting menus at some great dining spots!

Clean Air Express Saturday service features charter-style buses with free Wi-Fi, reclining seats and places to stash your bicycle if you want to bring it along. For complete downloadable PDF schedule and route information, check out http://www.solvangusa.com/getting-to-solvang/transportation/


Forks Ready? It’s Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week featuring $20.16 Meals!

forks moreMake plans now since the 6th annual Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week is almost here! From Sunday, January 24 through Saturday, January 30, 2016, you can savor three-course special tasting meals for only $20.16 per person (excluding tax, tip and beverages) at popular Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. Sponsored by our colleagues at Visit Santa Ynez Valley, more than 20 area restaurants are participating this year including these Solvang dining spots: Cecco Ristorante, Fitzpatrick’s Tavern, Fresco Valley Café, Hadsten House Restaurant, Mad & Vin at The Landsby, Root 246, Solvang Brewing Company and Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie.

 Solvang, CaliforniaPlus, enjoy special wine-tasting opportunities at these Solvang establishments: Lost Point Winery, Sevtap Winery and Wandering Dog Wine Bar. Restaurant 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—Mention Restaurant Week at these Solvang hotels for lodging discounts: The Hamlet Inn, Hotel Corque and King Frederik Inn. For all the delicious details, visit www.dinesyv.com


Win a Trip to Solvang Aboard Amtrak Pacific Surfliner!

250px-Amtrak_California_Thruway_MotorcoachAll aboard! Did you know that Amtrak provides service to Solvang? Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers daily service via connecting Amtrak Thruway motor coach from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo right to the Solvang Park bus stop at 1630 Mission Drive. Now through 1/23/16, in a first-ever sweepstakes, you can enter to win a 2-night stay for 2 in Solvang.

Here’s what you’ll win in the Pacific Surfliner/Solvang Prize Package promotion . . .

King Frederik Inn logo  CHOMP Restaurant Solvang-Black+Blue Burger      Wheel Fun Bike Rental-Solvang  SolvangRestaurant-AebleskiverPlate WanderingDogWineBarSignLogo

Complimentary train fare for two from any Amtrak Pacific Surflner station (San Diego to San Luis Obispo) AND two nights stay at King Frederik Inn  in a King guest room including continental breakfast for two. This family-owned and operated classic inn is located just steps from the Amtrak coach stop. At the Solvang Restaurant, you’ll enjoy breakfast or lunch for two of traditional Danish & American favorites including the famous aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls). You’ll savor lunch or dinner for two at the classic American-style, family-favorite restaurant CHOMP: Burgers, Fries & Shakes . At Wandering Dog Wine Bar you can select your choice of two “Wandering Dog” tastings (flights of red, white, or bubbly) plus one “Methuselah” Cheese Platter. To cruise around the village, you’ll get a one-hour bike or surrey cycle rental for two at Wheel Fun Rentals .

For your chance to win, just click on this link and scroll down to enter: www.pacificsurfliner.com

It’s so easy to stay, dine, wine taste, tour, relax and shop when you “take a vacation” from your car in Solvang by taking the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner. For more info on being car free in Solvang, click here!

Hot, Hot, Hot–NOT! Solvang Annual Christmas Tree Burn Canceled for 1-8-16

If you’re like me, you’re happy about all the recent rains here in Solvang and throughout California–however, one side-effect is the cancelation of our annual Christmas Tree Burn scheduled for Friday, January 8, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the fields of Old Mission Santa Inés, 1760 Mission Drive. According to our Solvang City Manager Brad Vidro, recent rains have made the staging and viewing area in the field extremely wet and muddy, creating unstable conditions. The City of Solvang is committed to working with contractor Waste Management to remove the trees already piled high and will recycle them via chipping for future use as mulch. So that’s a good thing, yet it IS disappointing to miss the tree burn this year! 

Remember, Solvang was named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Christmas-y Towns in America” and we conclude our annual Julefest Celebration with a Christmas Tree Burn event each January. The Christmas Tree Burn is totally supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and is one of the largest fire safety demonstrations and community gatherings on California’s Central Coast. It’s all coordinated by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department featuring live entertainment, food & beverages available for purchase in a popular family-friendly environment.

So, be sure to mark your calendar for the next Solvang Annual Christmas Tree Burn  scheduled for Friday, January 6, 2017.

For more information about visiting Solvang year-round, please stop by the Solvang Visitors Center at 1639 Copenhagen Drive (open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.); call 805-688-6144 or visit www.SolvangUSA.com

Feeling Hot Hot Hot!

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Crowds+Flames“See people rocking — Hear people chanting — Feeling hot hot hot”—these classic lyrics from Buster Poindexter’s tune capture the spirit of one of Solvang’s “hottest” events of the year! If you and your family want to experience it, 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, January 8, 2016. This popular annual event is coordinated by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department and fully supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. It’s one of the largest fire safety demonstrations and community gatherings on California’s Central Coast. There will be free, live entertainment as well as refreshments for purchase.

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-How it begins-trees being dropped offAll area residents are invited to bring their tree (stands & ornaments must be removed) to the big burn pile between now and 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2016. 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 & Rec at 805-688-PLAY or visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/annual-christmas-tree-burn/

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Supervised+Ignited by Firefigthers