Beauty and the Beast Opens PCPA Summer Season on June 15th

Have you discovered Solvang Festival Theater yet? This 700-seat outdoor venue in the half-round hosts marvelous live concerts, plays, musicals and comedies; and was built by community volunteers in only 58 days in summer 1974. For the 43rd summer in this magical setting, PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) professional performances are presented under the stars featuring acclaimed actors and stunning sets. Highlights of the 2017 PCPA summer season are Beauty and the Beast (June 15-July 2) a musical version based on the classic fairy tale; Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (July 6-23) a tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance; Disney’s Newsies The Musical (July 27-August 20) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway show telling the true story of those who took on the most powerful names in New York; and concluding with Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night (August 24-September 10). Solvang Festival Theater is located at 420 Second Street within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. You should definitely check out PCPA overnight packages as well as dinner specials available to really enjoy your experience. Here are all the details: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/live-theater-nightlife/

Cheers to the Vintners Spring Weekend!

You can’t miss the “bud break” and “leafy shoots” happening in the vineyards surrounding us here in Solvang— so you know what that means! It’s time for the 35th annual Vintners Spring Weekend. This year, a full 4-day celebration of our local wines is April 20-23, 2017 with a special emphasis on new releases! Sponsored by the non-profit Santa Barbara Vintners organization, there are so many exciting events and activities on offer— you’ll definitely want to come stay, sip and swirl around Solvang for awhile! Don’t miss “The Grand Tasting” Festival event on Saturday, 4/22/17 featuring over 100 wineries and winemakers, more than thirty food purveyors and chefs; and live music at River View Park in nearby Buellton.

Saturday evening , check out the Big Bottle Bash at K’Syrah, Solvang’s new special event venue, featuring large format wines brought by guests and winery representatives paired with a delicious family style dinner. All weekend long there are vineyard tours, winemaker dinners, barrel tastings and special open houses throughout the area. So, you need to make hotel reservations now and get your tickets in advance. Click here for all the details!

Say I Do in “Little Denmark”

happy-valentines-day-everyone-vectorSince today (2/14/17) is Valentine’s Day, your thoughts can turn to love and marriage if you’re like me! Admit it, at some point, you (or someone you know) has dreamed of jetting off to Europe and tying the knot. Yet flying to Europe to get married can be time and cost prohibitive. Yet it doesn’t have to be if you “get hitched” here in Solvang, California’s Little Denmark. Combining amazing Scandinavian architecture, incredibly scenic venues, and mild year-round weather with friendly, professional services is the recipe for any memorable special event.

From just you two or 200 or so, I think you’ll “fall in love” with choice of 18 exceptional hotels plus even more places with banquet/meetings rooms and outdoor areas. Consider some of these options: the gardens at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, the Wildling Museum art-filled rooms; Solvang Festival Theater (private reception area under the oaks), Solvang Park (with its charming gazebo), Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall (so versatile, great hardwood floors for dancing) or Hans Christian Andersen Park (delightful shady picnic groves easily reserved) or historic churches including Old Mission Santa Ines and Bethania Lutheran (pictured at left). Solvang_BethaniaChurch

The staff at the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau is happy to offer recommendations and referrals. Just call 1-800-468-6765 and make your wedding dreams reality in Little Denmark! 

 

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 www.SolvangUSA.com/julefest

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Experience “In the Heights” at PCPA Now Thru September 11

In the heights logo - CopyYou don’t want to miss this superb performance of In the Heights by an outstanding PCPA cast at Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street, in downtown Solvang. In the Heights won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008 and there is no doubt why. The music and lyrics are by Lin Manuel-Miranda, the creator of the current Broadway hit Hamilton. The setting is New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place on the precipice of change, hopes and dreams. This show is about discovering yourself and finding your true home–against any odds. I attended the opening night show and want to tell you that this musical is honest, raw, contemporary and yet has timeless themes. It’s especially poignant while you can watch the stars onstage AND in the sky! This is the final show of the 2016 PCPA summer season in Solvang. For details and tickets, visit http://www.pcpa.org/IntheHeights.html

Labor Day Weekend Fun—First, Make Reservations!

Hamlet Inn Solvang guest roomIt’s almost September already and Solvang is filled with activities and festivities—especially for this upcoming Labor Day “long weekend.” You know you want to getaway and visit—do some shopping, wine tasting, check out the restaurants (including Bacon & Brine in their new location with expanded hyper-local menu), sample Danish delights at five authentic bakeries and just relax & renew!

And be sure to get tickets to see the amazing PCPA production of “In the Heights” (by the creator of “Hamilton”) now being performed under the stars at Solvang Festival Theater.

With 18 inns, hotels and resorts to choose from, there’s lodging options for every taste and budget here in “California’s Little Denmark.” Package deals simplify planning your getaway so check out this link to make it even easier on your wallet and make your hotel reservations now! http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/where-to-stay/deals/

Jazz & Beyond in the Garden

Mads-Tolling-red-back-suitIf you’d enjoy some live, Sunday afternoon entertainment this summer, make plans to attend the “Jazz & Beyond in the Garden” series of concerts at Solvang Festival Theater, located at 420 Second Street. You can relax under the oaks and listen to outstanding musicians while sipping locals vintages and refreshments. Wine, other beverages and fruit & cheese plates are available for purchase before the concert and during intermission.This Sunday’s concert (8/14/16) is already sold out with The Robert Hart Project. Robert is a genre-bending vocalist, saxophonist, pianist, flautist, bassist, composer, engineer and producer.On Sunday, 8/28/16, experience the stylings of internationally renowned violinist and composer, Mads Tolling, a two-time Grammy Award winner accompanied by keyboardist Colin Hogan.TEKAFinally, groove on smooth Bossa Nova and Brazilian Jazz to contemporary pop and lively samba with Téka and NewBossa on Sunday, September 18.

Buy tickets online for only $30 per person at www.solvangfestivaltheater.org/concerts.php or at the gate (opens at 2:30 p.m., and concerts begin at 3:00 p.m.) For complete details on more summer events in Solvang, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/