Free Concerts in the Park this Summer start June 14th!

You know that “summer” is right around the corner since the days are longer with a lot more sunshine which means more time for outdoor fun! Starting this Wednesday, 6/14/17 and EVERY Wednesday thru 8/16/17—you’ll want to be at Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) for FREE concerts from 5-8pm! The blues/rockers of the Mark Roberts Band will kick-off this year’s sounds. Plus there will be four free bonus concerts on Friday evenings 6/30, 7/14, 7/28 and 8/11, too! For the complete line-up of bands ranging from bluegrass to jazz to good ole rock & roll, check out http://solvang3rdwednesday.com/solvang-summer-concerts/

Remember, Solvang Third Wednesday events continue this summer featuring the Wine & Beer Walk (from 3-7pm), where you can enjoy 2 tastings at 5 places of your choice, for just $20 per person; plus, there an added restaurant deal: select Solvang restaurants feature a special 3-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu, for just $25++ per person. As a tie-in to the Solvang Farmers Market, the 3-course menus include ingredients sourced straight from the Market. Participating Solvang merchants offer 3rd Wednesday deals on merchandise. You should definitely consider spending the night with special Solvang Third Wednesday hotel discounts! Cheers to the official arrival of summer in Solvang!

Spring Break = Family Fun Time!

Solvang, CaliforniaBelieve me, there’s plenty of room to run, jump, play and experience family fun in Solvang year-round, yet especially this time of year with spring vacations in full bloom.  So don’t miss the wildflowers in the adjacent Los Padres National Forest. All public parks around town have free admission and are open daily sunrise to sunset. Solvang’s Hans Christian Andersen Park is a woodsy green space with picnic areas, tennis courts, a playground and free Skate Park for boarders. The whimsical wooden playground and ball field at Sunny Fields Park is a personal family favorite. For a two-horse powered tour that kids of all ages can enjoy, hop aboard the Solvang Trolley–an historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of impressive draft horses. If you’re feeling really adventurous, how about the two-wheel Segway of Solvang tour?

ostrich-land-ostrichesVisit nearby OstrichLand USA to see & feed the largest &fastest birds in the world. Discover Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch offering free viewing of 34-inch-and-under equines.Visit local farm stands to fuel all your family’s adventure with fresh produce daily or at the Solvang Farmers Market every Wednesday afternoon! For more ideas, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/family-fun/

Tick Tock–Time for Taste of Solvang!

taste-of-solvang-ca bannerDo thoughts of certain foods make you hungry? Every year for the past 22 years, I start salivating in March since it’s time for the annual Taste of Solvang! Oh yes, this is the food feast that is unique to our village. Events start next Wednesday, 3/12/14 with a free Chef Walk & Demo through the weekly Farmers Market—this year featuring Chef David Cecchini from Cecco (I adore his wood-fired pizzas) and can’t wait to see what fresh veggies & stuff he’ll select then bring back to his ristorante for demonstration cooking (just meet Chef David at the corner of Copenhagen Drive & First Street at 3pm). Of course, the main events are Sweets & Swing (aka Dessert Party) on Friday, 3/14/14 from 7-9pm and then the Solvang Grand Tasting (aka Walking Smorgasbord) on Saturday, 3/15/14 from 11am-4pm offering 40 taste stops (really) of local food & beverages followed by the super popular Wine & Beer Tasting Walk (held on Saturday night AND on Sunday afternoon). A first-ever event this year is Chef Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn fame’s Farm-to-Fork Dinner on Saturday evening 3/15/14 at 6pm at Buttonwood Farm Winery. Delicious and delight-filled doings for sure. Remember, it’s super important to get your Taste of Solvang tickets in advance, since sell-outs certainly happen. Here’s where to reserve and get all the details: www.tasteofsolvang.org

Chef David Cecchini-Taste of Solvang Demo at Cecco Ristorate 3-13-13  Sweet-Solvang_1136 Solvang, California