Fascinating Fauna!

So you’re driving east into Solvang on Highway 246, you glance over and see a rather surprising sight–dozens of ostriches grazing in a field! You’ll definitely want to pull over and visit OstrichLand USA, where a highlight is getting to feed the resident emus and ostriches. Did you know ostriches are the largest & fastest birds in the world and can weigh up to 350 pounds and live up to 75 years? If you think this place looks familiar, you may have seen it featured in the Oscar-winning movie Sideways as well as The Simpsons TV show and most recently, The Great Food Truck Race in 2016. Then, a bit further along Highway 246 is Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where you’re welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. And for some FREE, total cute moments, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., you can visit Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch over on Alamo Pintado Road, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses! Guaranteed family fun for kids of all ages. For more details and ideas, check out http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/family-fun/ 

Velkommen Rancheros Visitadores!

This Saturday (5/6/17), head into downtown Solvang around 3pm to welcome more than 700 members of the Rancheros Visitadores “visiting ranchers” for their free equestrian parade. You can greet them as they head north along Alisal Road then east on Mission Drive to Old Mission Santa Ines for a gathering and blessing by the padres. Watch these handsome horses, riders and carriages stride by—once again, they will be attired in pink shirts to support the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at Sansum Clinic to raise money for local breast cancer patients.

Afterward, the Rancheros will canter/trot/gallop along the Santa Ynez River trail for their week-long trek and encampment nearby. This long-time private men’s membership club is gathering here for the 87th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. For all the happenings around town anytime, be sure to visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/

Fabulous Fauna

ostrich-land-ostrichesSo you’re driving east into Solvang on Highway 246, you glance over and see a rather surprising sight–dozens of ostriches grazing in a field! You’ll definitely want to pull over and visit OstrichLand USA, where a highlight is getting to feed the resident emus and ostriches. Did you know ostriches are the largest & fastest birds in the world and can weigh up to 350 pounds and live up to 75 years? If you think this place looks familiar, you may have seen it featured in the Oscar-winning movie Sideways and The Simpsons TV show. Then, a bit further along Highway 246 is Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where you’re welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. And for some FREE, total cute moments, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., you can visit Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch over on Alamo Pintado Road, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses! Guaranteed family fun for kids of all ages. Check out  http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/family-fun/ 

Fascinating Fauna

ostrich-land-ostrichesYou’ll have to admit, there’s something surreal about driving east into Solvang on Highway 246, glancing over and seeing dozens of ostriches grazing in a field! You’ll definitely want to pull over and visit OstrichLand USA, where a highlight is getting to feed the resident emus and ostriches. Did you know that ostriches are the largest & fastest birds in the world and can weigh up to 350 pounds and live up to 75 years? If you think OstrichLand USA looks familiar, you may have seen it featured in the Oscar-winning movie Sideways and The Simpsons TV show (and recently on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians).

Then, a bit further along Highway 246 is Flag Is Up Farms, home of the amazing Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where you’re welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. For a total cute fix, from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m on Monday through Saturday for free, you can visit Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch over on Alamo Pintado Road, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses! Guaranteed family fun for kids of all ages. For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/family-fun/

Giddy Up! Welcome Rancheros Visitadores!

Rancheros Visitadores at Old Mission Santa Ines in SolvangThis Saturday (5/3/14) starting around 2:00 p.m. on, join us in Solvang as we welcome more than 500 members of the Rancheros Visitadores “visiting ranchers” for their free equestrian parade north along Alisal Road  then east on Mission Drive. Watch these handsome horses, riders and carriages stride by, then head to the Old Mission Santa Ines field to see them blessed by the padres. Afterward, they will head along the Santa Ynez River trail for their week-long trek and encampment nearby. This long-time private men’s membership club is gathering here for the 84th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. I’ve got some fun facts to share. Did you know that Rancheros Visitadores was founded in 1930 and members include riders from all over the world? In the late 1930’s, Walt Disney took part aboard his horse Minnie Mouse. Ronald Reagan rode here in the 1970’s when he was governor of California. In 2014, for the third year in a row, Rancheros Visitadores are partnering with Wrangler’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Foundation to raise money and awareness of local breast cancer care programs. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley are well-known in the equestrian world for our horse ranches, with a focus on quarter horses, thoroughbred and Arabian breeds, as well as respected training, breeding and veterinary facilities. If you’d like to do some horseback riding yourself, check out http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/outdoor-activities/#Horse

Rancheros Visitadores parade on Alisal Road in Solvang     Rancheros Visitadores gather at Old Mission Santa Ines

 

 

 

Fascinating Fauna for Family Fun!

ostrich-land-ostrichesYou’re driving east into Solvang on Highway 246 and there’s something surreal about glancing over and seeing a hundred ostriches grazing in a field! You’ll definitely want to pull over and visit OstrichLand USA (featured in the movie Sideways and The Simpsons TV show), where a highlight is getting to feed the 25 resident emus and 100+ ostriches—did you know they are the largest and fastest birds in the world and can weigh up to 350 pounds and live up to 75 years? Then, a bit further up the road is Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where you’re welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. And for a free total cute fix, every day from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., you can visit Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch over on Alamo Pintado Road, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses! Guaranteed family fun for kids of all ages! Check out http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/family-fun/