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/

Wine Country Marathon & Mother’s Day, Oh My!

So much is happening around these parts here in the merry month of May! For the runner in you, it’s the 11th annual Wine Country Half Marathon crossing the finish line in Solvang on Saturday morning, 5/13/17. The race begins in Santa Ynez and the course winds through Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon before finishing on Copenhagen Drive followed by a celebratory wine festival in Solvang Park. (Registration is still open, so run fast & sign up!)

Sunday, 5/14/17 is Mother’s Day, so remember to remember Mom and celebrate her with some special treats. Here in Solvang, shopping for a gift for Mom (or the Mom-like) person in your life is made pretty simple by choices at 150+ shops, 20 wine tasting rooms and restaurants. (According to my mom, a gift certificate is often the best idea so she can get what she really wants!) Check out all the options here: or better yet, bring Mom for a visit to Solvang—creating lasting memories that you can share year-round!

Delicious! Taste of Solvang is THIS Week! March 15-19, 2017

THE most delicious, desirable “foodie” events are happening from Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19, 2017 during the 25th annual Taste of Solvang! Tickets are still available—so get yours today! Remember, there’s the popular Farmers Market Chef Walk & Dinner on Wednesday, 3/15 with Chef Pink of Bacon & Brine.  Then on Thursday evening, 3/16, Learn To Blind Taste Like a Sommelier at Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

Sip + Savor Opening Night with 25 Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers plus music from the Sean Wiggins Band is Friday evening 3/1. The Tasting Trail with 30+ taste stops around the village is Saturday, 3/18 from 11am-4pm. The always popular Wine & Beer Walk on Saturday & Sunday has extended hours this year. On Saturday evening, there’ll be a Buttonwood Farm Winery Winemaker Dinner at Cecco Ristorante AND on Sunday morning, 3/19 at 11am, Brunch at Mad & Vin at The Landsby.

Purchase your Taste of Solvang ticket package OR individual event tickets “ala carte”  now. Get more tasty, tempting details and buy your tix here: www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017

Loving Those Sweet Treats

Sweet-Solvang_1136You’re probably very well aware that Tuesday is February 14—Valentine’s Day! So, have you shopped for something special for your sweetheart (or sweetheart-to-be) yet? Sharing a treat is a delicious way to show you care—and it’s so easy to do here in Solvang since this is the place to satisfy sweet cravings year-round. So many of us crave chocolate! 2013 Taste of Solvang Pro Winner Dessert-Ingeborgs Dark-Light TrufflesDiscover family-owned/operated Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates that has been using authentic recipes for handmade confections since 1961 (how can you possibly choose between mile or dark chocolate truffles made with filled with so many options?) Also founded in 1961 (what was going on that year?) is the Old Danish Fudge Kitchen that makes the real deal using an impressive copper pot heated over a gas-burning stove mixing 25-pound batches with all-natural ingredients; then poured onto marble tables for cooling (you can watch and sample, try the chocolate peanut butter or yummy dark chocolate and other specialty blends.) And if you can’t make it to Solvang in person right now, both of these shops will ship direct to your sweetheart!IMG_6523Tenley Fohl Photography_Taste of Solvang 2013And of course, Solvang’s five authentic Danish bakeries have plenty of options too!

If you’re really stumped, you can definitely make reservations for breakfast/lunch or dinner treats at one of Solvang’s incredibly diverse restaurants! For more delicious details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/dining

Tempting Taste of Solvang—Tickets On Sale Now!

Solvang, CaliforniaYou definitely don’t want to miss any of tempting flavors and tantalizing events during the 25th annual Taste of Solvang this year from Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19, 2017! This popular celebration features a variety of food and beverage experiences featuring Solvang area chefs, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of the region.

20110517-Solvang_FarmersMarketRemember, there’s the popular Farmers Market Chef Walks on Wednesday, 3/15—this year choose from Chef Pink of Bacon and Brine or Chef Steven Snook of First & Oak; a Learn To Blind Taste Like a Sommelier at Wandering Dog Wine Bar on Thursday, 3/16,; Sip + Savor Opening Night with 25 Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers on Friday evening 3/17; Tasting Trail with 32+ taste stops around the village on Saturday afternoon 3/18; the popular Beer & Wine Walk on Saturday & Sunday with extended hours. New for 2017 . . . on Saturday evening, there’ll be a Buttonwood Farm Winery Winemaker Dinner at Cecco Ristorante AND on Sunday morning, choose from Sunday Brew Brunch at The Backroom at Valley Brewers or Sunday Brunch at Mad & Vin at The Landsby.

Purchase your Taste of Solvang ticket package OR individual event “ala carte” tickets well in advance since these palate pleasing events are alwaytaste-of-solvang-ca banners sell-outs. (And if you’re looking for a great Valentine’s gift for your special someone–think Taste of Solvang!) Get more delicious details and buy your tix here: www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang-2017

Forks at the Ready for Restaurant Week–Savor Dining Sensations for $20.17

forksFrom Sunday, January 22 thru Saturday, January 28, 2017, you can savor special 3-course menus for only $20.17 per person (excluding tax, tip and beverages) at many of Santa Ynez Valley’s most popular restaurants. The 7th annual Restaurant Week  is sponsored by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley throughout all six communities here.

restaurant-week-syv-solvang-santaynez-valley__sideIn Solvang, consider these establishments and some of their special menus temptations including Cecco Ristorante, First & Oak at The Mirabelle Inn; Fresco Valley Café (Gorgonzola Walnut Salad, Rosemary Seasoned Ground Lamb Patty on a toasted Brioche Bun, and Mixed Berry Crème Brule); The Bistro at Hadsten House (Mixed Green Salad, Top Sirloin Medallion With Demi Glacé; Bread Pudding); Mad & Vin at The Landsby (entrée choices of Herb Crusted Salmon; Short Rib Skillet of braised beef, or fresh pastas); Root 246 at Hotel Corque; Solvang Brewing Company; Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie and Toscana.  The Wandering Dog Wine Bar is offering a flight of 3 Wandering Dog wines each paired with a gourmet cheese and charcuterie for only $20.17.

Naturally, dining hours vary by restaurant and reservations are definitely recommended. So make your plans now to tempt your taste buds and pamper your palate during Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week! For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/santa-ynez-valley-restaurant-week/  

Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility” on Stage

stacks-image-b407f35There’s something magical about live theater under the stars! PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) performances in Solvang Festival Theater are wonderful ways to spend summer evenings. So far this season, we’ve enjoyed The Glass Menagerie and Shrek The Musical. Starting this Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 21, 2016, savor Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. This period comedy shares the journey of two sisters—Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—attempting to find balance between rational and realistic romance (if that is even possible)! You can get your tickets at the Festival Theater box office located at 420 Second Street or online at www.pcpa.org

stacks-image-abcfe21Check out this deal—buy tickets online for the Sunday, August 7 performance and receive 50% off EACH adult ticket at online check-out by using AUGUST7. On Solvang Third Wednesday (August 17) Sense & Sensibility adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child ticket pricing—do remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants, wine bars and local attractions. So attend and  discover how just the right mix of humor and romance can make for happy endings in Sense & Sensibility!