With this warm, sunny weather we’re having, if you’re like me and my family, thoughts turn to the classic summer treat—ice cream! I think you’ll agree that Solvang has more ice cream shops and restaurants per capita offering this cool delight than most any other town our size. Fortunately, with so many places to indulge here, I recommend you stroll around and do some taste testing, then let us know your favorites—are you more of a traditional vanilla or chocolate fan or a cookies & cream, mint or rainbow sherbet aficionado? And let’s not forget frozen yogurts and gelato, too! It’s all here within a few short blocks!
Yummy delights can be found at Solvang Trolley Ice Cream Parlor, Old Danish Food Farm, Kate’s Yogurt, Ingeborg’s Chocolates & Ice Cream Parlor and Café Dolce just to name a few. For more delicious details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/dining/
Have you seen, heard or been playing “Pokémon GO”—the augmented-reality virtual game sweeping the nation? No surprise, locals and visitors of all ages are playing throughout Solvang—and there are more than 40 “Poke Stops” and four “Poke Gyms” in downtown Solvang—including one at the Solvang Visitors Center at 1639 Copenhagen Drive. I have to admit I’m not a Pokémon GO player yet I certainly remember the classic Nintendo video game and TV series in the 1990’s. In case you haven’t heard–the free Pokémon GO game app is downloaded to smartphones. Players walk around real places and find virtual Pokémon creatures by using the GPS and camera on the player’s smartphone. For example, the Solvang Visitors Center is a Pokémon GO game “Poke Stop” location that triggers the display of a digital creature on the player’s smartphone. Remember, the “creature” is only on the smartphone screen! Do enjoy playing Pokémon GO in Solvang, yet please play safely by watching where you walk, avoid trespassing on private property and enjoy discovering Little Denmark on foot! There’s so many attractions, shopping, dining and recreational activities to enjoy in real-time in Solvang, too!
You and your family simply must make plans now to see Shrek The Musical here in all its joy at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater. Performed by acclaimed actors of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre), all the beloved characters you know from the Oscar-winning movie are brought to life on stage in this Tony Award-winning adventure: the reluctant hero Shrek, the Donkey, Fiona, a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and more fairy tale misfits–be ready to cheer and be transformed! Performances are Tuesday-Sunday now thru July 31. Tickets are available online at www.pcpa.org or at the Theater box office located at 420 Second Street. On July 20 (Solvang Third Wednesday) adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child pricing—yet remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and local attractions. As Shrek would say, “For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.”
You know you love hearing live music, especially outdoors in the summertime—and especially when it’s FREE! Make plans now to spend each Wednesday now thru 8/17/16 from 5:00-8:00 enjoying free concerts in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) with these fun musicians!
•July 6, Livewire (Rock)
• July 13, Rock Cats Rock (Rockabilly/Rock)
• July 20, Burning James and the Funky Flames (Funk/Soul); plus Solvang Third Wednesday with even more fun & specials around town.
• July 27, Grass Mountain (Folk/Bluegrass)
• August 3, T-Bone Ramblers (Classic Rock)
• August 10, Soul Cats (60’s Rock/Soul/Pop & Big Band)
• August 17, The Mother Corn Shuckers (Bluegrass/Americana/Country) –plus Solvang Third Wednesday with even more fun & specials around town.
Sponsored by Solvang Third Wednesday and Waste Management, you can pick up picnic ingredients at the adjacent weekly Solvang Farmers Market, or purchase bites at the likes of Big Joe’s Brats and Ranch Guys Catering , or nearby Cecco Ristorante and Cafe Dolce. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs and beverages and say cheers to summer time fun!