Picnic Time!

Solvang Third Wednesday Picnic in the Park-close-upThe Memorial Day holiday weekend is almost upon us–Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2016–and you can join community members/family/friends in Solvang Park at Noon to honor all those who died while serving in the U.S. military). Having a picnic in Solvang Park after the ceremony–or anytime  is a great way to celebrate. And if you’re like me, I do like to pick up some ready-made items vs. making everything from scratch! (Sorry Mom!) There are choices aplenty for perfect picnic ingredients and settings around Solvang. First of all, did you know ALL Solvang parks are FREE and open to the public daily? My family and friends really enjoy Solvang Park & Gazebo right in the center of town on Mission Drive at First Street—invariably, there’s something going on there (especially on Third Wednesdays). For a more active group, check out Hans Christian Andersen Park at 775 Atterdag Road, with a skate park, play areas and tennis courts within easy walking distance of downtown. Then, there’s the super-fun, built by the community Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road with a Danish-themed wooden play structure, swings, rope bridge, picnic area and ball field. Here’s a few ideas on where to pick up palate pleasing items including gourmet cheeses, local fruits, breads, sandwiches, deli, salads and desserts—Nielsen’s Market (688-3236); El Rancho Market (688-4300). New Frontiers Natural Foods Deli (639-1746) and Vin Hus (688-7117).For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/#Parks  IMG_0349Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Solvang Park Gazebo Crowd Wide Angle