Danish Days is Only a Month Away!

Make sure you mark your calendar for Friday, 9/15/17 through Sunday, 9/17/17 for the FREE 81st annual Danish Days celebration. Sponsored by the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this amazing activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. (Hard to believe that was 106 years ago!)

Come be a Dane for the weekend! Want to meet a Viking? Got an appetite for aebleskiver, those delish Danish pancake balls? Want to hear Danish music and do street dancing?  You can enjoy three parades ((Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade and Sunday’s Children’s Parade); two aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contest (how many can YOU eat in 5 minutes?) In Solvang Park check out the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent. There are free concerts and live entertainment all around town. You can experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum. Don’t miss any of these festivities! You can view all the details and start planning your stay by visiting www.solvangusa.com/events/danish-days/

 

Disney’s Newsies The Musical Opens in Solvang on 7/27!

You have to admit, there is something magical about live theater under the stars! PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) performances in Solvang Festival Theater are wonderful ways to spend summer evenings here. So far this season, we’ve enjoyed Beauty and The Beast and Lend Me a Tenor The Musical. Starting this Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, August 20, 2017, experience the stirring music, amazing heart and stunning choreography of Disney’s Newsies The Musical. The show is based on the history-making 1899 newsboy strike that shook up New York publishers William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. You can get your tickets at the Festival Theater box office located at 420 Second Street or online at www.pcpa.org

Read all about this deal—order Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday tickets and use Coupon Code $5OFF17 to save $5 off EACH adult ticket at check out online. On Solvang Third Wednesday (8/16/17) 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. Come experience how the remarkable strength that comes from standing together – one for all and all for one is powerful– no matter what decade!

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!

What to Give Those Grads & Dads

Now is the time for graduation ceremonies (and those fun parties) as well as Father’s Day on June 18th—and if your brain is like mine, you know these are definite gift-giving occasions—so time to get shopping! Thank heavens you don’t have to go far since perfect presents can be discovered along practically every block in downtown Solvang! There are more than 150 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent here). All within easy strolling distance, here’s some ideas to get your gift list handled! Since 1946, Rasmussen’s has featured imports from Europe and Scandinavia—it’s like a general store with so much more!

Check out The Copenhagen House with numerous retail boutiques featuring some of the best contemporary Danish designer brands including Bering (love those watches), Holme Gaard, Louis Poulsen, Rosendahl and Stelton.  How about First Street Leather for luxe wallets, purses, jackets and more. No matter who is on your list, I’ll bet you’ll find The Book Loft is a readers and writers paradise with new and used books, puzzles and games.  Want something one-of-a-kind? How about B.Living offering vintage and modern collections? For ALL your options, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/shopping/

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!

Discover Arts & Antiques & Treasures

Solvang, CaliforniaSolvang has more than 150 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent here). There are some special places where you can discover amazing art and antiques to grace your home and office or for special gifts. At the award-winning 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. A Piece of the Past is an antique and vintage mall with 4,000+ square feet with two dozen different dealers of delights. Artistic Pony Studio has quality handcrafted jewelry, pottery and glassware from 30 artists; Art Hus is a co-op artists ‘collective offering truly unique items. Be sure to check out these Solvang fine art galleries: Christopher L. T. Brown; Gerlach Photography Nature Gallery; Pavlov Art Gallery; and Thomas Kinkade: Places in the Heart. Discover more details here:http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/shopping/

 

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! http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/shopping/