Cheers to Bubbly Time!

sparkling wineWe’re so fortunate here to be surrounded by some of best vineyards in the world—especially known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals—and increasingly, makers of sparkling wines–perfect to celebrate the fast-approaching year-end and fresh beginnings. The 22 wine tasting rooms in downtown Solvang offer some delicious options.

solvang-wandering-dog-wine-bar-pouring-local-vintages-credit-solvangusa-comAt  Wandering Dog Wine Bar, you CAN ring in the new year on East Coast time from 8-10pm on 12/31/16 at their New Year’s Eve Champagne Party with a “countdown” at 9pm, plus drink specials and lots of fun! Just in time to ring in the 2017 New Year—stroll around and take some sips!  Be sure to check out all the local vintages to bring more “cheer” to your new year!

Your Last Minute Gift Guide

You know that Christmas is only days away so here’s your gift shopping solution–Solvang has more than 150 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent here) where you can discover gifts you never thought you’d find! Here’s some ideas . . .

solvang-jule-hus-exterior-credit-solvang-jule-husEvery day is Christmas at Jule Hus (with a wide-selection of Old-European Christmas and blown-glass ornaments.  Rasmussen’s is one-stop shopping for all things Scandinavian from Royal Copenhagen porcelain as well as incredible varieties of kitchen items, house wares and decorations. Find the giant red clog outside Solvang Shoe Store and step inside for a variety of high-quality footwear and modern-day clogs. At the impressive Z Folio Gallery be dazzled with Czech art glass, handmade designer jewelry, innovative decor and giclée nature photography along with designer trunk shows and exhibitions. Solvang Antiques is a premier collective featuring restored clocks, music boxes, estate jewelry, American and European furniture, silver, lighting and glass. Judith Hale Gallery (within Solvang Antiques) offers paintings, prints, sculpture and other mediums for discerning collectors.

The Copenhagen House entrance in SolvangThe Copenhagen House is where modern Denmark wares, jewels and watches await your discovery! A readers’ favorite for over forty years, The Book Loft specializes in Scandinavian, antiquarian and children’s books, as well as local interests and California history. What’s on your last-minute shopping list? Fulfill it here!


Third Wednesday Holiday Happenings on 12/21/16

IMG_0458Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Wine+Beer Walk GlassesYou know you love finding great deals (especially this time of year) so make sure you experience everything that December’s Solvang Third Wednesday (12/21/16), has to offer! There are dozens of holiday shopping and entertainment opportunities including deals at local merchants, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market; Solvang Third Wednesday discounts at local hotels; and the Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. If you’re looking for some unique presents, consider these! Check out the Wildling Museum’s Gift Shop at 1511-B Mission Drive, as well as featuring FREE admission from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM during Solvang Third Wednesday. Remember, Solvang also boasts free parking EVERYWHERE throughout the village—giving you more time and funds to have fun! Cheers to your holiday discoveries all over the village! And for more events anytime, be sure to visit

Julefest Wine & Beer Walk Is This Weekend—Plus Nativity Pageant, Free Visits with Santa & So Much More

Merlot wine glassesGet yourself and your friends in the holiday spirit (so to speak) with Julefest Wine & Beer Walk this weekend! It’s cheer-fully happening this year on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. You can stroll about downtown and sip local wines and beers from more than 16 tasting rooms. Tickets are only $45 per person for the 2-day passport including a souvenir wine glass (you must be 21 years+ naturally for this adult activity). It’s an incredible value! Tickets are going fast, so purchase yourJulefest Wine & Beer Walk tickets online now!

SolvangNativityPageant-HolyFamilySceneJulefest (pronounced Yule-fest and means Christmas Festival in Danish) has so many activities including the Nativity Pageant (Saturday, 12/10/16, at 5pm and 7pm at Solvang Festival Theater–free admission for live show with choir); free visits with Santa in Solvang Park,  plus Shop, Mingle & Jingle retail therapy at over 150 independent boutiques, shops and stores. For more info, please call 805-688-6144; stop by the Solvang Visitors Center at 1639 Copenhagen Drive (open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or visit