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Solvang Wine Country Activities and Events
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Having fun is easy in the Santa Ynez Valley. Below you will find idea and links to help you plan your vacation. Please call for assistance with your travel plans. We are happy to help make your stay ... extraordinary!

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 27th - February 10th Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week
Eat your way through Solvang with 3 course tasting menus for only $20.19. Come see what Solvang Restaurants have to offer! Reservations are highly recommended. Visit dinesyv.com to see participating restaurants.

February 8th - 10th Garagiste Wine Festival
This is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized American artisan 'garagiste' producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot production wines in the world. Meet the winemakers and taste their passion at this Solvang event! Visit http://californiagaragistes.com/ for more information and tickets.

February 22nd - March 3rd Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
This event provides an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors to celebrate Santa Barbara's flourishing culinary scene, and dine at the area's best establishments for a price of $25 two-course lunch and $40 three-course dinner. Find out which restaurants are participating at https://www.sbrestaurantweeks.com/restaurants/

March 9th Annual Solvang Century Marathon
This is a 100, 70 or 50 mile ride throughout the Santa Ynez and central coast that ends right down the road in Buellton. If you're up to the challenge register and book your hotel by February 20th. Visit http://www.bikescor.com/ for more details.

March 9th The Race of Gentlemen
A true homage to automobile history, the Santa Barbara Drag race will showcase pre and post war era machines, with our beautiful coastline as the backdrop. Visit https://www.theraceofgentlemen.com/santa-barbara for more information and to purchase tickets.

March 15th- 17th Taste of Solvang
Taste your way through dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and wine & beer tasting rooms while you explore the authentic architecture, thatched roof cottages, old-world craftsmanship, traditional windmills and rich Danish heritage. Advanced ticket purchases recommended. https://www.solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang/

March 17th Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
Sample from over 25 wineries, craft breweries and spirits! Over 20 chili and salsa cooks at the beautiful Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton. The Hot Chili Ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine and chili tasting, live entertainment and more for guests 21 and over! Play some bocce ball, horse shoes, table tennis, mega sized beer pong and cornhole! http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/wine-chili-festival/

March 19th- 24th Dark Horse Triathlon Camp
Our lovely inn has been reserved specially to host this camp. Included in the camp will be 4 rides from 30-80+ miles, 3 swims, and 4 runs. This camp is open to both Dark Horse & non-Dark Horse team triathletes. The camp is for intermediate plus triathletes, who are looking to get a boost in fitness before the season starts. The Head Coach Steve Johnson will be leading the coaching and guiding the athletes through some of the best training that Solvang has to offer. Visit https://www.solvangtriathloncamps.com/DHCamp.htm to register for the camp.

April 26th -27th Datsun Roadster Classic
This legendary show is traditionally held the last Saturday in April. Every year close to 100 Roadsters descend upon our quaint little town. This event is open to all Datsun enthusiasts as the show celebrates the history and rarity of the Datsun Roadster. Come one, come all, bring your friends and see what makes these little cars so special. https://solvangroadstershow.wordpress.com/

May 4th- Vintners Festival
Hosted at the beautiful Rancho Sisquoc Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. Enjoy new release wines from over 70 participating member wineries, tastings from more than 30 food purveyors - including regional restaurants, caterers, food artisans and farmers. Live music, wine and culinary demonstrations, local artisans, participation in the silent auction, and free parking all included in the ticket price. http://www.sbvintnersweekend.com/

May 11th- Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon
Organized by the local race and event management company Destination Races, this race takes runners through some of this state's most gorgeous countryside, past rolling farmlands and vineyards on the way to the wine and music festival at the finish line. The 13.1-mile course starts in Santa Ynez, and finishes in downtown Solvang. https://www.halfmarathons.net/california-santa-barbara-wine-country-half-marathon/

May 12th Mother's Day
Treat mom to a weekend away from the stress of it all. Book a stay at our lovely inn, where she can enjoy a room with a jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub. We offer relaxing spa services, wonderfully scented candles and bath gels to add on. Purchase some wine and relax in our courtyard, or travel the short distance to the local wineries and restaurants.

May 27th- Memorial Day
We thank all those past, present and future, for your sacrifice. You are serving your country and spending time away from your families to help everyone. Celebrate, Honor and Remember. Now, Let the Summer Events Begin with this much needed 3 Day weekend! Book now while we still have availability.

Visit our local Chumash Casino while you're in town. See their upcoming events list here https://www.chumashcasino.com/entertainment

Solvang in the Wintertime
Just because the weather has cooled down, doesn't mean there's any less to do here in Solvang!
  • Elverhoj Mesuem
    The Elverhoj museum features exhibits on Danish culture and the history of Solvang as well as a variety of art in a Scandinavian inspired building.
  • Wheel Fun Rentals
    Choose from a number of sizes and rent a bike for the day to make your travel through Solvang a little more leisurely, and a lot more fun!
  • Nojoqui Falls
    For those who enjoy the outdoors, bring a medium weight jacket and enjoy the brisk air and the crisp winter scenery on this short hike. Doubles as a great spot to picnic! Enjoy that great year round weather California is known for.
  • Parks-Janeway Carriage House
    Just a short jaunt away in Santa Ynez you'll find the lovely carriage museum. Featuring nearly every type of horse drawn carriage you can imagine, this is a great place to learn about the types of travel that were so pivotal in western expansion.

Food
There's no shortage of delicious ways to indulge your cravings in The Santa Ynez Valley! Here are some of our favorites.

Breakfast

  • Paula's Pancake house

Easily one of the most popular breakfast spots in the whole valley, head to Paula's pancake house for a hearty meal in a wonderful setting. Don't be surprised by the crowd; it's popularity is well deserved!

  • Fresco Café

For a lighter, and also less crowded breakfast, Fresco Café is absolutely perfect. Try the crepes, and if you love it as much as we do, head back and see their delicious lunch menu as well!

  • Root 246 (Sunday's only)

Enjoy a delicious brunch from 10-2 on Sunday at this fine dining establishment. The food is always top-notch, and how could you go wrong with mimosas on a Sunday!?

Dinner

  • Mad & Vin         

A local favorite, Mad & Vin is attached to the Landsby hotel in Downtown Solvang and has some of the best food in the area. Stop by on a Tuesday night and take advantage of the Local Night specials!

  • SY Kitchen

If you find yourself in Santa Ynez, stop by SY kitchen and try their gourmet Italian food, and enjoy the trendy and modern atmosphere while you dine.

  • Trattoria Grappolo

For a more traditional approach to Italian cuisine, Trattoria Grappolo is one of the best restaurants in the area. With an excellent wine selection and delectable food, this one's sure to satisfy!

  • Dos Carlitos
    Mexican food at it's best can be found in Santa Ynez! Tasty Margaritas and an extensive list of tequilas make Dos Carlitos the place to go for any south of the border cravings.

  • Red Barn

One of the finest Steak Houses in the valley, Red Barn offers a hearty meal featuring some of the best cuts of meat, and many of the best wines from the local area.

  • Hitching Post

No list of restaurants in the SY valley is complete without mention of the hitching post! Along with most of the rest of the towns in the area, this restaurant was made popular by the movie Sideways. If you loved the movie, you'll love the hitching post!

Bakeries

  • Mortenson's Danish Bakery

Quaint, old-timey gift shop & cafe serving coffee & a range of traditional European pastries.

  • Olsen's Danish Village Bakery

Almond ring cake and Danish Butter Cookies are the show-stealers at this classic bakery

  • Old Danish Fudge Kitchen

Featuring multiple flavors of fudge, this dessert shop is sure to sate any sweet-tooth's cravings.

Libations

No trip to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley is complete without trying the wines that the area is so famous for. Cocktails also help round out relaxing evenings and delicious meals, and the area has no shortage of great spots to get either, or both!

Cocktails

  • The Maverick Saloon

Featuring live country or classic rock every Friday and Saturday night, the Maverick is always guaranteed to be an absolute blast, and a great place to get some cocktails or beers. Be prepared to dance!

  • The Landsby

A very nice hotel bar with a robust selection, the Landsby provides a more upscale experience for all late-night drink seekers. Well appointed environment with well mixed drinks.

  • Root 246

Another hotel bar, Root 246 has great cocktail selections in a considerably more intimate setting. For a quiet way to finish off your evening in relaxation, head here.

  • High Roller Tiki Lounge

This tiki inspired bar is tucked into the back of Sort This Out Cellars, and features tiki themed drinks made using wine! True cocktails are not to be expected, due to the lack of a liquor license, but these interesting mixed wine drinks mean you can definitely expect a good time!

Wine Bars/tasting rooms

  • The Good Life craft beer and wine cellar

Helping cultivate the small town local feel so many people love about solvang, The Good Life specializes in artisan and boutique wines sourced exclusively from local wine makers. Hard to find, small batch wines are a staple here. With such a relaxing atmosphere, you might find it hard to leave.

  • Wandering Dog

This aptly named dog friendly wine bar provides an exquisite experience when you choose to pair one of their tasting flights with specially selected cheeses or enjoy a glass paired with a more robust charcuterie. Bring your charm, because tasting at Wandering Dog can be quite the social experience!

  • Sort This Out Cellars
    Drawing inspiration from the Rat Pack and the Sands Hotel of the late 50's and early 60's, Sort This Out has a distinct rockabilly aesthetic that makes for a great time with great friends. You're guaranteed to have fun and get lost in the environment.
  • Sevtap Tasting Room

Named Winery of the Year in 2015 by the California Travel association, this tasting room features wines made by it's namesake, Art Sevtap. A Turkish native with an intriguing story, Mr. Sevtap makes delicious wines in his one-man operation. A great spot for some fantastic Bordeaux style wines.

  • Carrhart Winery

Perfect for sunny days in the Santa Ynez Valley, Carrhart winery in Los Olivos has both indoor and outdoor seating, and features some stellar wines made right here in the valley. A must-do if you find yourself in Los Olivos.

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Solvang Triathlon Camps
www.solvangtriathloncamps.com

Solvang is one of the most beautiful and challenging areas to ride a bike in North America. The city is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, 132 miles north of Los Angeles and just 35 miles from Santa Barbara. Rolling hills, climbs from sea level to 4000ft, a near perfect climate and above all quiet roads add up to make Solvang a unique training area perfectly suited to the endurance athlete.

Whether you would like to join one of our established camps, or have us tailor make a camp for your group, our experienced and professional staff are ready to make Solvang your next memorable training vacation.

Here are the list of Spring 2019 camps that are held at Meadowlark Inn Solvang:
Spring Fling Camp March 11-17 Sold Out
Dark Horse Camp March 18-24
Solvang Triathlon Camps

What to do in Solvang
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/

Solvang Calendar of Events
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/calendar-of-events/

Attractions & Entertainment
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/entertainment

Theatre & Night Life
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/live-theater-nightlife/

Cycling in and around Solvang
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/cycling/

Golf Courses
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/golf/

Family Fun
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/family-fun/

Vineyards & Wineries
solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/wine-country

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