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Indulge in Distinctive European Style Our uniquely appointed guest rooms are all non smoking and feature classic French furnishings, decorative fireplaces, custom mattresses, refrigerators and lavish amenities. Rejuvenate by selecting one of our spa suites or relax in our large indoor heated pool and oversized outdoor whirlpool. Savor dinner in the Hadsten Restaurant open nightly and featuring Wine Country Cuisine. Be pampered in the Haven Day Spa and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine nightly served with cheese & fruit. All rooms include American breakfast daily. Boardroom for 12 and meeting room for 60 available. Please check our website for seasonal offerings and packages.

(805) 688-3210 www.HadstenHouse.com 1450 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463

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Santa Barbara wine country’s premier boutique hotel

400 Alisal Road, Solvang, California, (800) 624-5572, www.hotelcorque.com Hotel Corque is owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

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Welcome! rom strolling a European-style village to discovering Western turn-of-the-century towns along majestic oak-lined roads, the bounty and beauty of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley beckon year-round. Be sure to allow plenty of time for exploring charming rural Ballard; the bustling gateway city of Buellton; the western town of Los Alamos; the artistic community of Los Olivos; the turn-of-the-20thcentury township of Santa Ynez; and the Danish-Americanfounded city of Solvang. Tour and taste acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,

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Syrah and other grape varietals at more than 70 world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Satisfy every shopping desire in art galleries, clothing boutiques, specialty gift shops and antique stores. Savor delicious meals—from gourmet wine-country cuisine to Danish specialties, as well as international and classic American favorites, perfect for any palate. Pick apples, walnuts and berries directly from the branch. Discover the area’s rich multi-cultural heritage at prominent Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Danish museums and the 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés, a National Historic Landmark.

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This picturesque destination in central California’s scenic Santa Barbara County wine country is less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles and offers plenty to experience, share and enjoy.

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Velkommen! Solvang Celebrates its Centennial in 2011

Founded in 1911 by Danish-American educators, Solvang’s rich cultural traditions and warmhearted townsfolk have been welcoming visitors for

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Bicycle, golf, hike, fish and see wildlife. Tour a lavender farm or horse ranch, an ostrich or alpaca farm. Take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard or waterside at Cachuma Lake or Nojoqui Falls parks. Refresh and rejuvenate at a day spa. Experience year-round 24/7/365 gaming and live entertainment at Chumash Casino Resort. At night, do some dancing, take in a live concert or see PCPA Theaterfest’s professional summer performances under the stars. At the end of the day, check into one of 34 comfortable inns, lodges, luxury resorts or full-service hotels—each offering rates, amenities and seasonal or themed packages for every budget. More than two million visitors annually are welcomed here with genuine friendliness and warm hospitality. It’s the perfect time to discover and visit Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.

family and friends are cordially invited to visit the Danish village of Solvang in 2011 to help celebrate 100 years of California’s “Little Denmark.” Plan your first foray or your hundredth lasting memory in what Sunset magazine calls “one of the prettiest towns in the West.” Create your own Solvang story and make life-long connections by becoming a “friend of Solvang” at events celebrating the centennial. Visit www.Solvang100.com for an up-to-the-moment calendar of festivities as the red carpet rolls out with Danish-American style. Discover the charm, history, culture and people that embrace the true meaning of “Velkommen.”

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"Solvang…a spotless Danish village that blooms like a rose in California’s charming Santa Ynez Valley. Old country charm and customs have been successfully fused with the American way of life. Nowadays…the quaint village is busy living up to its affectionate name, ‘Little Denmark’." ~1947 Saturday Evening Post (and still accurate today!) olvang was named by Orbitz Worldwide Travel as one of the “Top 5 US Domestic Destinations with International Flair.” Solvang feels like northern Europe, yet in the center of California. Just as it does in Copenhagen, Denmark’s national symbol the “Little Mermaid” bronze sculpture welcomes visitors to Solvang at the intersection of Mission Drive (Hwy. 246) and Alisal Road. Solvang’s rich heritage dates back to 1911

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when adventurous Danish-Americans from the Midwest traversed the plains to establish a settlement in the golden state of California. They purchased 9,000 sundrenched acres of the former Rancho San Carlos de Jonata and situated their new community adjacent to the historic 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés. To preserve and promote Danish culture, the founders constructed a Danish folk school and church (the building now houses Bit O’Denmark Restaurant,

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Photos clockwise from left: Solvang’s authentic Danish-style architecture underscores its heritage. A bronze “Little Mermaid” statue welcomes visitors and faces the Hans Christian Andersen Museum on Mission Drive. Fresh-baked kringle is a national delight. Locals come out for the annual Danish Days celebration.

473 Alisal Rd.); then built Atterdag College, which opened in 1914 and educated through 1970 (now the site of Atterdag Village Retirement Community, 636 Atterdag Rd.). As the 20th century progressed and Solvang’s population grew, more buildings began to reflect the Danish farm-style architecture—the cross-beamed bindingsvaerk, timbers framing either brick or stucco, handsomely carved eaves and doorways, and roofing of blue-green copper or thatch made of wood shingles cut jagged at the edges. Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church, dedicated in 1928, was built in the architectural style of Denmark’s Bishop Grundtvig churches and features a wooden ship hanging from the nave. The public is welcome inside for tours and worship

(603 Atterdag Rd., 688-4637). Windmills of all sizes catch the first and last light throughout the village. The Danish Days annual festival emerged in 1936 (the first one conducted entirely in the native language) and continues to commemorate Solvang’s heritage during the third weekend of every September. Festivals and celebrations are traditional parts of Solvang’s charm—from the Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Festival every March to the Old Mission Santa Inés Fiesta each August and Julefest during December. Be drawn into Scandinavian culture strolling the flowerlined streets or stepping into authentic bakeries, more than 150 unique shops and art galleries, restaurants and over a dozen wine-tasting rooms. Danish tradition holds that the presence of a stork on a rooftop wards off lightning and brings good luck. Good fortune continues to smile on Solvang and all its visitors today.

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EXPLORING SOLVANG Solvang is a wonderful place to explore on foot, from its flower-lined streets to its picturesque parks along with cultural and historic sites. Enjoy a plethora of authentic bakeries, more than 150 unique shops and art galleries, Traditional touches, such as stork statues positioned on roof-tops for good luck (far left photo), help make Solvang feel like northern Europe on the Central Coast of California.

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420 Alisal Road Downtown Solvang For reservations, call (805) 686-8681 or visit us at root-246.com

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Root 246 is owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

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SOLVANG

Arts & Culture

o appreciate Solvang’s Danish heritage, visit the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art, which occupies an original 18th-century Danishstyle home on a quiet street two blocks from downtown. Its rooms are filled with historic Solvang photographs, artifacts, Danish arts, crafts and period pieces. Friendly docents periodically dress in authentic Danish costumes to create living history. Rotating traditional and contemporary art exhibitions, craft classes and special events are offered throughout the year (1624 Elverhoy Way, 686-1211). Hans Christian Andersen Museum, honoring the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale, is filled to its rafters with originals and copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes and collages. His April 2 birthday is celebrated with a party each year (1680 Mission Dr., 688-2052). A bronze statue of Andersen graces Solvang Park (Mission Dr. & First St.).

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The National Historic Landmark Old (left) is 19th in the chain of 21 Catholic missions built along the coast of California. Tours of the 1804 mission facilities—featuring Spanish artifacts as well as arrowheads, pottery, pestles and mortars used by the region’s native Chumash Indians—weave a tapestry of history for this active parish church (1760 Mission Dr., 688-4815). The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum displays a revolving collection of classic and rare motorcycles, as well as European race bikes, gathered by founder Dr. Virgil Elings, noted physicist/inventor/philanthropist. Open weekends and by appointment (320 Alisal Rd., 686-9522). Just as folks do in Scandinavia, take a moment to relax on the Sladerbænken (Gossip Bench) located in front of the Solvang Inn (1518 Mission Dr.). A replica of Copenhagen’s famous 17th-century Rundetaarn (Round Tower) is located at 436 Alisal Road nestled behind one of the village’s four large windmills. A plaque describes the rebus (word puzzle) that appears on the Tower, another treasure of California’s “Little Denmark.” All area codes are 805.

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Founded in 1911 and celebrating its Centennial next year, Solvang— meaning “sunny field” in Danish— was named by H.C. Hansen, one of the first settlers of the village.

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Take Amtrak Pacific Surfliner庐 to Santa Barbara, then board the waiting Amtrak thruway motorcoach for an easy ride to downtown Solvang.

Travel made simple. Amtrak.com 路 1-800-USA-RAIL Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is a registered service mark of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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Activities

Solvang Festival Theater

ood, wine, recreation and entertainment are hallFor a schedule of recreational events, call 688-PLAY. marks of a visit to Solvang. This year—2010— More than a dozen wine-tasting rooms and gourmet marks the 46th season of the Pacific Conservatory food shops tempt palates throughout the 2.2-square-mile of the Performing Arts (PCPA) Theaterfest in pedestrian-friendly village. The bounty of nearby vineyards Solvang—the only professional resident theater company on and wineries is easily sampled from vineyard designated the Central California coast. Between June and September, tasting rooms to wine bars featuring a variety of vintners. nights in Solvang sparkle under the stars with PCPA’s world- Be sure not to miss the specialty chocolate and fudge shops. class theatrical productions in the 700-seat open-air Solvang For the freshest fruits, veggies, flowers and local items, Festival Theater. The popular musical West Side Story will check out the downtown Farmers’ Market , between Mission highlight this summer’s season (420 Second St., 922-8313). Drive (Hwy. 246) and Copenhagen Drive on First Street, One of the most energetic ways of exploring Solvang is every Wednesday afternoon year-round (962-5354). via bicycles and four-wheeled surrey cycles. Bring wheels of Solvang’s many restaurants and cafés are noted for fresh your own or easy-to-ride rentals offer a pedal-powered way local foods and Danish specialties, as well as hearty Amerito see the sights (Wheel Fun, 688-0091). The Solvang can fare, gourmet wine-country cuisine and international Trolley (also known as the Honen) is an hisfavorites like Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and toric wooden streetcar pulled by a pair German. All area codes are 805. of magnificent draft horses providing 25-minute guided tours around the Danish Cuisine village (794-8958). Year-round Solvang’s Danish heritage is displayed in the culioutdoor family fun and picnics nary delights found in numerous restaurants and are popular in Solvang Park at the bakeries. Not-to-miss Danish favorites include aecorner of Mission Drive and First bleskiver (light and airy pancake balls dusted with Street (center of action for September’s powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam [left]), Danish Days, Julefest in December and frikadeller (meatballs), medisterpølse (Danish sausage), Free Friday Night Movies in summer). rødkaal (red cabbage) and the smorgaasbord (buffet). Many of Solvang’s bakers are Hans Christian Andersen Park on third- and fourth-generation Danes. Pastries, kringles, marzipan, almond rings, cakes, Atterdag Road is a pleasant retreat cookies, tarts and breads are traditional treats at Danish Mill Bakery (1682 with picnic areas, public tennis, a playCopenhagen Dr., 688-5805), Mortensen’s Danish Bakery (1588 Mission Dr., ground and the Skatepark for “board688-8373), Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery & Coffee Shop (1529 Mission Dr., ers.” Kids love the whimsical playground 688-6314) and Solvang Bakery (460 Alisal Rd., 688-5713). and ball field at Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road. 12 W W W . S O L V A N G U S A . C O M

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Visit Historic Old Mission Santa InĂŠs Museum, Church & Garden Tours Complete Catholic Gift & Book Store Open daily 9am to 5pm Museum & Gift Shop closed on major holidays www.missionsantaines.org (805) 688-4815 1760 Mission Dr. Solvang

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SHOP SOLVANG

Shoppers’ Paradise

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Shopping in Solvang is like a kaleidoscope—turn in any direction and delight in an array of colorful items such as clogs, hand-made lace, clothing, ironwork, porcelain, elegant collectibles, beautifully crafted imports, jewelry, arts and crafts, vibrant furnishings and classic toys in more than 150 one-of-a-kind stores. >

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Smørgasbord Specializing in authentic Danish & American cuisine. Family owned and operated. Where the locals eat. Open daily 8am – 8pm

Welcome visitors! Come enjoy a spacious, clean, fully equipped fitness center. The finest cardio & strength training equipment, over 30 fitness classes; spinning, Pilates, yoga and more. Day rates available. Open 7 days a week.

1684 Copenhagen Drive 805-688-6610

320 Alisal Road, Suite 406, 805-688-5000, 805-686-2900 www.performancefitness.biz

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WHEEL FUN RENTALS Wine country bike tours of the valley’s many wineries, lavender, apple and miniature horse farms. Visit our historic Ballard and Los Olivos on your self-guided bike tour—starting at $25 per person. 475 First Street, 805-688-0091 www.wheelfunrentals.com

1580 Mission Drive, 805-688-6601 www.solvangschristmashouse.com

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H. C. ANDERSEN MUSEUM Enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner at Bit O'Denmark, serving American continental cuisine made fresh daily. Full bar and wonderful local wines by the glass, desserts and espressos. Oh—and the best Danish smorgaasbord around. 473 Alisal Rd. Solvang, 805-688-5426

NODDING PLACE QUILT & GIFT BOUTIQUE Visit our newest store in the heart of Solvang for a wide assortment of beautiful hand-made quilts, bedroom decor and unique gifts.

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Solvang’s Christmas House since 1967. Where Scandinavian customs meet your family traditions in blownglass, carved wood or twinkling lights. The Danes treasure the warmth of the Christmas season and you will too.

1662 Copenhagen Drive, 805-688-4858 www.noddingplace.com

Born in Denmark, beloved throughout the world, Hans Christian Andersen (18051875) wrote more than 150 tales, including Ugly Duckling, Little Mermaid, Snow Queeen, Thumbelina & Emperor’s New Clothes. Learn about HCA, his life and work. Browse a wide selection of Andersen titles. Open every day • free admission 1680 Mission Drive • 805-688-2052 Above The Book Loft (no elevator) www.bookloftsolvang.com

MIRABELLE RESTAURANT Solvang's Hidden Gem Intimate, romantic setting serving fresh, innovative and affordable wine country cuisine. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, offering local wines and rare Napa/Sonoma vintages. Catering, private events, wine dinners. Open from 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 409 First Street, 805-688-1703 www.solvanginns.com

SOLVANG SHOWCASE

THE RED VIKING RESTAURANT

PERFORMANCE FITNESS

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olvang is a veritable shoppers’ paradise within a pedestrianfriendly European-style village. The primary retail areas along

Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive, Alisal Road

Shopping Highlights Begin a skattejagt (treasure hunt) at the corner of Mission Drive (Hwy. 246) and Alisal Road at the welcoming “Little Mermaid” statue and fountain. Across the street, find Frederik’s Court with fresh new clothing and gift stores such as Designs in Gold, True Addiction (fashion), Izod, Secret Gardens Salon & Boutique and Jenger’s Exclusive Expressions. Stroll south on Alisal Road and discover Johnson’s Jewel Box; Home Connection with an array of pottery, furniture and Tiffany lamps; Gaveaesken (The Gift Box); and Hanson’s Clock Shop. Strolling west along Mission Drive, seek out The Book Loft, with a superb Scandinavian section; The Mole Hole Gift Shop & Pamper Me Boutique; Bellagio, a chic women's apparel store; and the Back Door Board shop at the corner of Fifth Street. Nearby in Petersen’s Village Square,

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is Solvang’s primary shopping district anchored by Rasmussen’s, an exceptional 5,000-square-foot gift emporium, at the corner of Alisal Road across from the Danish Food Farm. Stroll west along Copenhagen to encounter Natalie’s Doll House; Edelweiss Cottage for fine gifts and jewelry; Ingeborg’s World-Famous Danish Chocolates; the Royal Copenhagen Shop featuring imported porcelain; Gerda’s Iron Art; Z Folio Gallery offering unique jewelry, photography and glassworks; Solvang Shoe Store, with its famous giant red clog in front; Solvang Toyland; Nodding Place Quilt & Gift Boutique; Nordic Knives; and First Street Leather. First Street (between Mission and Copenhagen) features the Solvang Antique Center and the world-famous chiming carillon clock tower with a reminder that there is always plenty of time to enjoy Solvang. Copenhagen Drive

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and the charming side streets beckon with wonderful clusters of shops in courtyards and squares. For more information, contact the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau at 800-468-6765 or 688-6144 or www.SolvangUSA.com.

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Stroll the European-style streets around the village of Solvang; hop aboard the historic horse-drawn Solvang Trolley for a tour or rent a “surrey cycle” to roll through the village. Sample the Danish bakeries and foods, and shop for art and antiques. Learn about history at the Elverhøj Muor the 1804 Old Mission In the summer, enjoy professional theater productions under the stars from Santa Inés.

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Year-round entertainment happens nearby at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez offering 24/7/365 gaming and weekly top-name concerts and live entertainment in the Samala Showroom. val Theater.

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Do some delicious wine touring and tasting throughout the Valley with more than 70 vineyards and tasting rooms to choose between. Go on your own or sign up for a limo, van or even a jeep tour with professional area guides. Have a picnic lunch in a vineyard or next to a waterfall at Nojoqui Falls County Park.

Choose from dozens of dining options from wine country-inspired or international cuisine.

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Absorb local lore at the Santa in Santa Ynez. Then meander through the winetasting rooms, boutiques and art galleries of Los Olivos plus the latest exhibits at Wildling Art Museum. Check out collectables and western history in Los Alamos (the vintage train depot is now an Antique Mall & Wine Pub) and have lunch in a café/art gallery.

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Bicycle country roads or take a short hike into the Los Padres National Forest. Enjoy a guided nature cruise on Cachuma Lake or angle for fish from the dock. Tee off in style at The River Course at the Alisal or Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. Relax and enjoy the sunset. Plan to return soon.

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A Solvang Walking Tour MORNING

Start your day with breakfast at an authentic Danish restaurant or bakery. Don’t miss the popular aebleskiver —deliciously light and airy Danish pancake balls dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam. Meander around the tiny pedestrian-friendly village to enjoy flowerlined streets as well as picturesque architecture including several windmills, a clock tower that plays seasonal tunes plus statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid. Be sure to look for ornamental storks perched on roofs—they are considered good luck in Denmark and Solvang!

Hiking The surrounding Los Padres National Forest has hundreds of miles of trails to explore this ruggedly handsome area filled with mountains, streams, native plants, forests and caves. Within the Forest lies the federally designated Dick Smith Wilderness and the San Rafael Wilderness—mainly covered by chaparral, manzanita,

scrub oak, yucca and potreros (grassy meadows). Most trails follow the creeks and rivers. For complete information, maps and current conditions, contact the Forest Service main headquarters in Santa Barbara at 968-6640, the Santa Barbara Ranger District at 967-3481 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres. For overnight camping information, visit www.recreation.gov. Wildflowers in the spring are especially plentiful and vibrant throughout the For-

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Savor a smorgaasbord to taste frikadeller (meatballs), medisterpolse (sausage) and other Danish favorites for lunch. A shopper’s paradise, Solvang’s streets are filled with more than 150 stores offering unique treasures, handmade lace, music boxes, clocks, jewelry, porcelain, Danish arts and crafts. To learn more about Solvang’s history, visit the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art with its delightfully decorated period rooms, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, or the national historic landmark 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés.

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est, especially off Figueroa Mountain Road and Happy Canyon Road. (For a

wildflower report, call 925-9538, ext. 232.) Sedgwick Reser ve, a

5,883-acre historic ranch now part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, offers seasonal

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Wine and dine your way through the village—there are a variety of cuisines to choose between—from Danish, of course, to French, Italian, Chinese and gourmet winecountry fare. There are more than a dozen wine-tasting rooms downtown (segments of the Oscar-winning movie Sideways were filmed in Solvang), so be sure to sample some of the local wines. In the summer, take in a performance at the acclaimed PCPA Theaterfest’s outdoor theatre. Stay, play and relax in California’s “Little Denmark.”

guided hikes and educational programs (3566 Brinkerhoff Ave., Santa Ynez, 686-1941). A picnic next to a seasonal waterfall is an easy 15-minute hike at day-use Nojoqui Falls County Park, at US Highway 101/Old Coast

Road and Alisal Road (934-6123). Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, 10 minutes south of Santa Ynez, has easy to

moderate trails and Saturday weekly hikes led by docents from its Nature Center (686-5050 or 693-0691).

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SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Six distinctive communities—Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang— are located in the Santa Ynez Valley, encircled by the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges in central Santa Barbara County. The anglicized name “Santa Ynez” (Saint Agnes) derives from the

he modern-day township of Santa Ynez, situated just a mile from the intersection of State Highways 154 and 246, celebrates its western heritage with Old Santa Ynez Day each June including a street fair, a parade and country-western entertainment.

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& Sale every November are highlights (3596 Sagunto St., 688-7889). Santa Ynez’s turn-of-the-20th-century architectural facades still boast plenty of conveniences for modern trail riders including an historic saloon, a variety of restaurants from gourmet to Italian to steakhouse, a luxury AAA 4-diamondrated inn and a bed & breakfast. Prior to the arrival of Spanish and European settlers, Native Americans resided in the Santa Ynez Valley for thousands of years. Today, members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians have a federally recognized reservation featuring the Chumash Casino Resort adjoining the township of Santa Ynez.

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At the intersection of State Highway 154 and Grand Avenue, the community of Los Olivos offers an authentic slice of Victorian style with numerous art galleries, boutiques, more than two dozen wine-tasting rooms and wine stores, an historic stagecoach stop housing a gourmet restaurant, a top-notch inn and cafés from casual to elegant. Wildling Art Museum is an educational institution dedicated to presenting and preserving American wilderness art. The museum offers seasonal exhibitions, as well as nature-related art classes, field trips, films and lectures (2928 San Marcos Ave., 688-1082). Los Olivos (Spanish for “the olives”) celebrates its namesake fruit each June with the Olive & Jazz Festival, art with a “Quick Draw Contest” in August and heritage with “A Day in the Country” every October. Charming rural Ballard, located between Santa Ynez and Los Olivos on Baseline Road, is home to a little red schoolhouse holding classes since 1883, as well as churches, studios and an award-winning inn, restaurant and wine-tasting room. The bustling gateway city of Buellton, conveniently located at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Highway 246, has “everything for the traveler”—from a full-service resort hotel to inns, motels, tasting rooms, a variety of shops, service stations and dining spots. It is known as the “Home of Split Pea Soup” courtesy of Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant established in 1924. In 1949, Buellton was named “Service Town USA,” and travelers can discover more in the Buellton Historical Society History Room located in Andersen’s Restaurant. Los Alamos (Spanish for “the cottonwoods”), located at the northern entry to the Santa Ynez Valley at the junction of US Highway 101 and State Highway 135, is surrounded by vineyards and ranches and has an oldtime rustic sensibility. The seven-block-long main thoroughfare has a large antique mall in the historic train depot, quaint shops, a café in an art gallery, several restaurants and wine tasting, an 1880s hotel, a Victorian bed & breakfast and two motels. Each September, Los Alamos Old Days honors the town’s 1876 founding with a weekend-long celebration. For complete information on Solvang, the Valley’s largest city, please see pages 6 to 16.

Valley Activities No matter the age or activity level, the Valley offers countless outdoor recreational opportunities. Bicycling (road and mountain) is a popular sport and leisure pursuit with several 25/50/100-mile cycling races and pleasure rides held throughout the year. The area proudly hosted the Individual Time Trial stage of the Amgen Tour of California in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and many professional bicycling teams train on valley roads and mountain passes. For free bike maps and routes of this world-class cycling destination, access www.sbbike.org. >

Wondrous Wildlife Checking out fascinating fauna is fun for kids of all ages! All places are open to the public (some fees may apply). Please call ahead for current opening/closing hours (all area codes 805). Start at Ostrich Land, a 33acre breeding farm to see/feed more than 100 ostriches and some emus up close (610 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 686-9696). Just a few blocks to the east is Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where visitors are welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action (901 E. Hwy. 246, Solvang, 688-9709). Proceed east on Highway 246 through Solvang and turn north on Alamo Pintado Road to discover Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, a fascinating breeding facility for

34-inch-and-under horses that welcomes visitors daily for free viewing from 10:00 am–3:00 pm (1555 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 686-4002). Continue north on Alamo Pintado Road, then turn east on Baseline Road to Seein’ Spots Farm, breeders of miniature donkeys and mules who wel-

come visitors who call ahead (2599 Baseline Ave., Ballard, 688-2275). Nearby is Alpacas de Los Olivos, just one of the dozens that provide training, breeding services and boarding facilities for alpacas—the amazing gentle cousins of the llama known for their beautiful soft fiber for garments and blankets (2786 Corral de Quati, Los Olivos, 688-5746)— as well as Alpacas at West Ranch (693-9464).

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Savor the Flavors & Scents Farm-fresh fruits, veggies, food and flowers beckon year-round at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Solvang every Wednesday from 2:30–6:00pm rain or shine—and attract many local chefs seeking the finest, freshest ingredients for their menus (First St., between Mission and Copenhagen Dr., 962-5354). Seasonal farm stands offer fresh produce throughout the valley—plus some opportunities to “pick your own” at Apple Lane Farm (1200 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 686-

5858), Morrell Nut & Berry Farm (1980 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-8969), Greenhaven Orchard /Dittmar Farms (2275 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 264-7100) and Restoration Oaks Ranch Blueberries (Hwy.

101, 5 miles south of Buellton, 689-9014). Los Olivos Homegrown/Stonecrest Birding

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(2323 Old Coast Hwy., 4 miles south of Buellton off Hwy. 101, 714-4420) all offer local delights. Rancho Olivos (2390 N. Refugio Rd., Santa

Ynez, 686-9653) offers free tours, tasting and organic olive oils for purchase. Global Gardens retail store offers locally grown

olives, oils, gifts and tastings daily (2477 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 6931600). Clairmont Farm Lavender Company offers free tours of 6+ acres

of estate-grown top-quality scent and medicinal lavender with a variety of products for sale and a free picnic area (2480 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 6887505), as well as Andre Organic Lavender Farm (Santa Rosa Rd.,

1/4 mile off US Hwy. 101, Buellton, 350-0593).

Buellton, just off US Highway 101 to Gaviota State Beach Park, marked by a magnificent railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota Creek. This oceanfront park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, hiking and camping. Anglers and scuba divers use the pier on the west end of the beach, and surfers use its boat hoist to access the Santa Barbara Channel. Ambitious hikers can climb to Gaviota Peak, offering a spectacular view of the Pacific coastline, and experience a hot sulfur spring along the trail (968-1033).

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throughout the valley takes flight with hundreds of species, including yellow-billed magpie, red-tailed hawk and bald eagle. Docent-led bald eagle and wildlife nature cruises at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area are offered year-round aboard the Osprey, a 45-foot pontoon boat (Hwy. 154, 10 minutes south of Santa Ynez, 6865050). To soar over it all like a bird, experience an FAA-certified glider ride from Windhaven Glider Rides (688-2517) at Santa Ynez Airport, also popular for fly-ins from private non-commercial aircraft. Ready to have an equestrian adventure? Featured on the TV show “Best of America by Horseback” as one of the best places for horseback trail riding in the USA, Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables offers guided rides for the public, ages 8 & up (off Hwy. 154 on Paradise Rd., 683-5110). The Santa Ynez Valley is recognized throughout the equestrian world for its impressive horse ranches emphasizing quarter horses, thoroughbred and Arabian breeds, as well as world-renowned training, breeding and veterinary facilities. For more info: Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association (www.syvea.org, 570-2350) or Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association (www.syvaha.com, 686-4580). To satisfy surf and sand urges, head 11 miles south of

Farms Garlic (corner of Grand Ave. & Jonata,

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VALLEY ENTERTAINMENT

Music, Dance & Chance Alisal Cellars—weekend nights feature live entertainment (Solvang, 686-4329)

Maverick Saloon & Dance Hall—live country-western and rock music, dancing, lessons, free concerts on the deck (Santa Ynez, 686-4785)

world championship boxing contests; exciting monthly bingo events; dances; and more (Santa Ynez, 686-0855)

(Solvang, 922-8313)

Days Inn Windmill Clubhouse Lounge —billiards/pool (Buellton, 688-8448)

Solis, Diana Ross, Jay Leno;

Fore!

Robler Winery —Summer concerts, year-round culinary series (Santa Ynez, 686-2603)

Firestone Walker Brewery & Taproom —darts and entertainment (Buellton, 686-1557)

Chumash Casino Resort —24/7/365 gaming including poker, blackjack and slots plus the Samala Showroom (1,300 riser-style seats for unobstructed views) playing host to top headline entertainers such as Toby Keith, Marco Antonio

PCPA Theaterfest—June through September; professional live drama, comedy and musical performances under the stars at the 700-seat Festival Theater

Vineyard House Restaurant—jazz on the deck (Santa Ynez, 688-2886)

Free Outdoor Movies— Friday nights June–September in Solvang Park & Buellton’s Riverview Park (688-7529)

New Frontiers Marketplace —summertime “Music on the Green” free Thursday concerts (Solvang, 693-1746)

Gainey Winery—summer events in the vineyard (Santa Ynez, 688-0558)

Parks Plaza MovieTheater— first-run feature films on four

Winner's Circle Lounge at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott—big screen sports & more (Buellton, 688-1000).

screens (Buellton, 688-7434)

Enjoy four challenging courses in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley in the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country. Year-round options to tee-off in style include Rancho San Marcos Golf Course set in the mountains 12 miles

outside of Santa Ynez. This Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed gem gracefully saddles the natural topography meandering amid a plethora of ancient oaks. The River Course at The Alisal (photo below) is just south of Solvang's Mission Drive on Alisal Road, situated on the banks of the Santa Ynez River against a backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and was featured in the 2004 Oscar-winning movie Sideways.

Pro Lessons

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Rancho San Marcos 4600 Hwy. 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 683-6334, www.rsm1804.com

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River Course at the Alisal 150 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-6042, www.rivercourse.com

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Zaca Creek 223 Shadow Mountain Dr., Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-2575 (executive course) www.zacacreekgolf.com

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Wine Country “This cozy valley region evolved from a Santa Barbara hideaway to an area with few peers in the production of handcrafted wines. The fruit here is favored by sloped terroir, with ancient riverbed drainage, plus morning sea mists that give way to high midday temperatures. As a rule of thumb, great inns tend to follow great estate vineyards. The Santa Ynez Valley has a plentiful share of both.” —Tom Snyder, “The Two-Lane Gourmet” he Santa Ynez Valley is one of four distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVA)—also known as wine appellations. The other three are Santa Maria Valley, Sta. (Santa) Rita Hills and the newest in 2009, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (located in the eastern most part of the Santa Ynez Valley), and together they comprise more than 23,000 acres of vineyards annually producing more than a million cases of wine in Santa Barbara County. Not only Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, but also superior Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and dozens of other varietals are planted and nurtured in more than 100 vineyards, then crafted into worldclass wines enjoyed around the globe. This region’s eastwest coastal mountains form valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of sea breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals resulting in award-winning wines. The vast majority are small boutique operations run by individuals or families. Since missionaries planted the first grapes here in the early 19th century, through Prohibition to the “modern” era of viticulture that began in the 1960s, area winemakers have combined traditional techniques with the latest cutting-edge innovations, most recently with a focus on sustainable and organic practices. Area wineries welcome visitors year-round either at the winery or in tasting rooms located throughout the Valley—

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Sideways Filmed on location throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley, the movie Sideways premiered in late 2004 and won numerous awards including an Oscar and two Golden Globes in early 2005. Starring Sandra Oh, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Paul Giamatti (pictured left), this tale of two middle-aged men and the women they meet on a weeklong wine-tasting adventure continues to bring worldwide recognition to the region. Visitors can personally experience real-life scenes in the movie with a Sideways Tour map online at www.SantaYnezValleyVisit.com

all within a 2- to 20-minute drive. It is easy and fun to do self-directed wine tours or enjoy guided tours in limousines, jeeps, vans or private sedans provided by local tour companies (see page 52 for details). For maps and complete information on current vintners, events, winemaker dinners and festivals, contact Santa Barbara County Vintners Association (www.sbcountywines.com, 805-688-0881), Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association (www.santaynezwinecountry.com, 800-563-3183), Sta. Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance (www.staritahills.com) and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (www.happycanyonava.com).

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Alexander & Wayne K-22 2922 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-9665 11:00-6:00 daily.

Curtis Winery F-20 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 686-8999 10:00-5:00 daily (Oct-Mar), 10:30-5:30 (Apr-Sept).

Presidio Winery Q-21 1603 Copenhagen Dr. #1, Solvang, 693-8585 11:00-6:00 daily.

Alisal Cellars Q-21 448 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 686-4329 10:00-8:00 Sun-Thu, 10:00-2:00 a.m. Fri-Sat.

D’Alfonso-Curran Wines Q-20 1557 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-3494 11:00-5:00 Fri-Mon, call Tue-Thu.

Qupé/Verdad/Ethan K-22 2963-B Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-4200 11:00-5:00 daily.

Andrew Murray Vineyards K-22 2901-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-9644 11:00-5:00 daily.

Daniel Gehrs Wines K-22 2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-9686 11:00-5:00 daily.

Rancho Sisquoc Winery B-12 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 934-4332 10:00-4:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:00 Sat-Sun.

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards P-13 7250 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, 688-9090 11:00-4:30 daily.

Depot Antique Mall & Wine Pub F-10 515 Bell St., Los Alamos, 344-3315 10:00-5:00 Mon-Sat, 11:00-4:00 Sun.

Rideau Vineyards & Winery N-23 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-0717 10:30-5:00 daily.

Arthur Earl Winery K-22 2922 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-1771 11:00-6:00 daily.

Dierberg/Star Lane/Three Saints M-11 1280 Drum Canyon Rd. @ Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta.Rita Hills, 736-0757, 11:00-5:00 daily.

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery B-10 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 937-8340 10:00-4:00 daily.

Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio 0-25 3569 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 686-2626 11:00-5:00 Thu-Mon.

Epiphany Cellars K-22 2963 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-2424 11:30-5:30 daily.

Roblar Winery L-24 3010 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 686-2603 11:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:00 Sat-Sun.

Avant at Terravant Wine Co., N-16 35 Industrial Wy., Buellton, 686-9400 11:00-8:00 Thu-Sun.

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard E-21 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 688-1545 10:00-5:00 daily.

Royal Oaks Winery Q-21 1651 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-1740 10:00-5:30 daily.

Babcock Vineyards L-9 5175 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 736-1455 10:30-4:00 daily.

Firestone Vineyard G-20 5000 Zaca Station Rd., Los Olivos, 688-3940 10:00-5:00 daily.

Rusack Vineyards L-21 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd., Solvang, 688-1278 11:00-5:00 daily.

Ballard Inn Tasting Room M-23 2436 E. Baseline Ave., Ballard, 688-7770 noon-4:30 Sat-Sun.

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery M-10 6121 E. Highway 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 737-6222 10:00-5:00 daily.

Saarloos & Sons House K-22 2971 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-1200 11:00-5:00 daily.

Beckmen Vineyards L-24 2670 Ontiveros Rd., Los Olivos, 688-8664 11:00-5:00 daily.

Foxen Winery & Vineyard and Foxen 7200 C-15 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 937-4251, 11:00-4:00 daily.

Sanford Winery & Vineyards O-7 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 735-8900, 11:00-4:00 Sun-Thu, 11:00-5:00 Fri-Sat.

Bedford Winery G-10 448-A Bell St., Los Alamos, 344-2107 11:00-5:00 daily.

Gainey Vineyard P-26 3950 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, 688-0558 10:00-5:00 daily.

Scott Cellars K-22 2933 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos, 686-5450 11:00-5:00 Wed-Mon.

Bernat Vineyards & Winery K-22 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7265 11:00-8:00 daily.

Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines P-17 406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 688-0676 4:00-6:00 Mon-Fri, 3:00-6:00 Sat-Sun.

Shoestring Vineyard & Winery Q-19 800 East Highway 246, Solvang, 693-1795 10:00-4:00 Fri-Sun.

Bin 2860 International Wine Shop K-22 2860 Grand Ave., Los olivos, 688-7788 11:00-7:00 Sun-Thu, 11:00-8:00 Fri-Sat.

Imagine Wine Tasting Room & Art Gallery O-25 3563 Numancia St. #103, Santa Ynez, 688-1769, 10:00-5:00 daily.

Sort This Out Cellars N-17 1636 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, 688-1717 10:00-7:00 Sun-Thu, 10:00-10:00 Fri-Sat.

Blackjack Ranch Vineyards & Winery M-22 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 686-4492 11:00-5:00 Thu-Mon. Bradford & Buttler Wine Bar Q-21 1659 Copenhagen Dr., Suite C, Solvang, 688-1133/294-0702, 2:00-10:00 Mon-Thu,

11:00-Mid Fri-Sat, 11:00-10:00 Sun.

Kalyra Winery P-24 343 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 693-8864 11:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:00 Sat-Sun. Koehler Winery E-21 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 693-8384 10:00-5:00 daily.

Brander Vineyard K-24 2401 North Refugio Rd., Los Olivos, 688-2455 11:00-4:00 daily, 5:00 in Summer.

Lafond Winery & Vineyards P-12 6855 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, 688-7921 10:00-5:00 daily.

Bridlewood Estate Winery L-25 3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 688-9000 10:00-5:00 daily.

LinCourt Vineyards N-22 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-8554 10:00-5:00 daily.

Buttonwood Farm Winery O-22 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-3032 11:00-5:00 daily.

Lions Peak Q-21 1659 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-5466 11:00-5:30 Mon-Th, 11:00-7:00 Fri-Sat.

Cambria Winery & Vineyard A-7 5475 Chardonnay Ln., Santa Maria, 937-8091 10:00-5:00 daily.

Longoria Wines K-22 2935 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0305 11:00-4:30 daily.

Carhartt Vineyard K-22 2990-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0685 11:00-5:00 daily.

Los Olivos Tasting Room K-22 2905 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7406 11:00-5:00 daily.

Carina Cellars K-22 2900-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-2459 11:00-5:00 daily.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant K-22 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7265 11:00-8:00 daily.

Carivintas Winery Q-21 476 First St., Solvang, 688-2298 12:00-7:00 Sun-Thu,12:00-9:00 Fri-Sat.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Q-21 1645 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 686-9336 11:00-5:30 daily.

Casa Cassara Winery & Tasting Room N-16 291 Valley Station Dr., Buellton, 688-8691 12:00-6:30 Mon-Wed, 11:00-6:30 Fri-Sun.

Mandolina Q-21 1665 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 686-5506 11:00-5:30 daily.

Consilience Wines K-22 2933-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 691-1020 11:00-5:00 daily.

Melville Vineyards & Winery M-9 5185 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 735-7030 11:00-4:00 daily.

Coquelicot K-22 2884 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-1500 11:00-5:00 Sun-Thu, 11:00-6:00 Fri-Sat.

Mosby Winery P-16 9496 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, 688-2415 10:00-4:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:00 Sat-Sun.

Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery B-6 3940 Dominion Rd., Santa Maria, 937-9063 10:00-5:30 daily.

Olive House Q-21 1661 Mission Dr., Solvang, 686-5159 10:00-5:00 daily.

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Stolpman Vineyards & Winery K-22 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0400 11:00-5:00 Sat-Tu, 11:00-6:00 Fri. Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Q-24 125 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 688-9463 10:00-4:00 daily. Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar Q-21 1656 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-7111, 12:00-8:00 Sun-Thu, 12:00-10:00 Fri-Sat. Tensley Wines K-22 2900-B Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-6761 11:00-5:00 Fri-Sun. The Bench Tasting Room K-22 2367 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 938-7365 11:00-5:00 Thu-Mon. Tre Anelli K-22 2923 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-3000 11:00-5:00 daily. Tres Hermanas Winery C-16 9660 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 937-8451 10:00-5:00 daily. Vin Hus Q-21 440 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 688-7117 9:30-6:00 daily. Wandering Dog Wine Bar Q-21 1539-C Mission Drive, Solvang, 686-9126 11:00-8:00 Sun-Thu, 11:00-10:00 Fri-Sat. Wild Heart Winery K-22 2933-C Grand Ave, Los Olivos, 688-7386 12:00-6:00 Thu, Fri, Mon, 11:00-7:00 Sat. Wine Country K-22 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 686-9699 11:00-5:00 Wed-Mon. Winery Row Q-21 1607 Mission Dr., Solvang, 693-0412 Call for days/hours of operation. Zaca Mesa Winery D-18 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 688-9339 10:00-4:00 daily.

Tasting room hours and days are subject to change. Please be sure to call ahead and confirm. All numbers are (805) area code. (Wineries listed alphabetically).

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Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours is a locally based bicycle touring company that offers both multi-day and daily guided bike tours in the wine country. Road and hybrid bike rentals are also available. Corey Evans & Tim Gorham, Co-Owners 3630 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 888-557-8687 www.winecountrycycling.com

BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE WINERY

SCOTT CELLARS TASTING ROOM A great wine begins in the vineyard. We source our fruit with the utmost care choosing specific rows and clones from exceptional Central Coast vineyards. Stop by our tasting room (one block off Grand Avenue) and enjoy the wines at Santa Barbara’s newest boutique winery. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m., Thu.–Mon. 2933 San Marcos Ave., Suite 101, Los Olivos, 805-686-5450, www.scottcellars.com

CARIVINTÂS WINERY TASTING ROOM Come join us in an environment where the wines are sublime and the cause is good. Child and dog friendly. Tasting room open late.

Our estate exudes the Central Coast lifestyle that is both comfortable and relaxed. Spend some time getting to know us. Enjoy our wines, tour our grounds, sit back on the veranda overlooking our majestic vineyards and catch a glimpse of what Central Coast winemaking is all about. Open 10-5 everyday.

476 First St. Solvang, CA 93463 805-693-4331

3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 805-688-9000, www.bridlewoodwinery.com

WANDERING DOG WINE BAR Enjoy one of our themed tasting flights, or a glass from our extensive selection of wines from artisan producers, local & worldwide. Champagne and beer, too! Open daily 11–8ish.

1539 Mission Dr. "C", Solvang, 805-686-9126, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com

www.carivintas.com

SORT THIS OUT CELLARS A California Boutique Winery Proudly producing limited production wines inspired by vintage Vegas. We created Sort This Out Cellars to make wine for a new generation of wine lovers, grounded in the vintage American adult spirit. Open Daily. 1636 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 805-688-1717 www.sortthisoutcellars.com

TASTES OF THE VALLEYS WINE BAR

LUCAS & LEWELLEN VINEYARDS

A premium full-service wine bar, tasting room, and shop. Come taste Au Bon Climat, Arcadian, Margerum, Happy Canyon, Lane Tanner, Core, and 25 other labels. Open late with music most Saturdays. Available for intimate parties and events. 1672 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805-688-7111, Corner of First St. and Mission Dr. (Hwy 246), www.tastesofthevalleys.com

A small family-owned winery located in the heart of “Sideways” country - Santa Barbara County. We have 400 acres of estate grown, handpicked grapes located in 3 different microclimates. Voted “The Best Tasting Room in the Santa Ynez Valley” by readers of The Santa Ynez Valley News. 1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang 888-777-6663, www.LLwine.com

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Dining Valley Style From gourmet wine-country to signature Scandinavian and international fare, enjoy the incredible variety of savory flavors. Arranged by cuisine, here’s a sampling.

Wine Country Cuisine:

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at Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn emphasizes the California-Hellenic gourmet styling of chef/owner Petros Benekos (Los Olivos, 688-7788). Café Quackenbush offers dining in the Art Brut Gallery while enjoying chef Jesper Johansen’s creative breakfasts and lunches (Los Alamos, 344-5181). River Grill at The Alisal , open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers California cuisine with a panoramic golf course view (Solvang, 688-7784). The Vineyard House Restaurant in a charming Victorian with outdoor verandah serves California cuisine for lunch and dinner Wednesday–Monday (Santa Ynez, 688-2886). The Willows at the Chumash Casino Resort features epicurean dining nightly in a stylish setting rated AAA 4-diamonds (3400 E. Hwy. 246, 688-0855). Other choices include Café Angelica (Solvang, 686-9970), Patrick’s Side Street Café (Los Olivos, 686-4004), The Chef’s Touch Café, lunch only (Solvang, 686-1040) and Trattoria Grappolo (Santa Ynez, 688-6899). International Fare:

Enjoy traditional Scandinavian meals in downtown Solvang at Belgian Café (688-6630), Bit O’Denmark (688-5426), Greenhouse Café (688-8408), Heidelberg Inn

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Petros Restaurant

Chef Bradley Ogden, named 2009 Chef of the Year by the California Travel Industry Association, offers his culinary expertise at Root 246, an elegant new restaurant adjacent to Hotel Corque (above left and center). Ogden’s latest fine dining adventure features his signature farm-to-table gourmet dishes and extensive selection of local wines (Solvang, 688-9003). Ballard Inn Restaurant features award-winning executive chef/owner Budi Kazali’s innovative fusion cooking rated AAA 4-diamonds (Ballard, 688-7770). Brother’s Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern combines historic ambience with the famed culinary talents of sibling chefs Jeff and Matt Nichols (Los Olivos, 688-4820). Hadsten House Restaurant offers contemporary fine dining and wines in a luxe atmosphere (Solvang, 688-3210). Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café has a Mediterraneaninspired California menu for lunch and dinner daily, plus a wine bar and retail shop (Los Olivos, 688-7265). Mirabelle Restaurant offers Thursday–Sunday dinners featuring the finest local ingredients paired with a select wine list (Solvang, 688-1703).

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Exceptional Golf and Fun, Casual Dining S

tretching out along the Santa Ynez River, the River Course offers spectacular views on every hole and challenging play for golfers of all levels.

our lively bar and restaurant V isit at the Alisal River Grill. Open 7 Days, 7am-10pm Large Casual Dinner Menu Tasty Appetizer Menu Fun After Golf or Anytime

Visit River Course online at www.rivercourse.com River Course at the Alisal 150 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 93463 805.688.6042

150 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 93463 805.688.7784

Wine Store Lunch & Dinner Catering Private Dining Room

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DINING Valley Style

Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar

(Santa Ynez, 688-0033) and Las Tres Rosas (Buellton, 688-8883). Tastes of the Orient are discovered at A-RU Japanese Restaurant (Buellton, 6869001), China Panda (Buellton, 6869888), Kabuki Japanese Restaurant (Solvang, 693-8289) and The Mandarin Touch (Solvang, 688-1538).

Taverns & Pubs:

Coffee Houses:

offers wines and beers in an historic rustic train station (Los Alamos, 344-3315). Maverick Saloon & Dance Hall has an authentic old-west atmosphere with current and future top-name countrywestern entertainment accompanied by burgers and chili at The Hayloft Grill (Santa Ynez, 686-4785). Other venues include Cold Spring Tavern (9670066), Firestone Walker

Savor great brew and the local atmosphere at Bulldog Café (Solvang, 6869770), Coffee Cabin (Buellton, 686-1717), Coffee Cup (Buellton, 686-4800), Corner House Coffee (Los Olivos, 688-1722), Rhythms Coffee (Solvang, 686-5678), Roasted Bean (Santa Ynez, 688-7194), Santa

Depot Antique Mall & Pub

Brewing Company

(Buellton, 686-1577), Taproom

Ghostriders Tavern

American Favorites:

Two tasty options at Chumash Casino Resort are Creekside Buffet and the 24/7 Chumash Café (Santa Ynez, 6880855). For steak lovers, AJ Spurs (Buellton, 686-1655), Hitching Post II (Buellton, 688-0676) and Red Barn Steakhouse (Santa Ynez, 688-4142) are excellent choices. Full of Life Flatbread serves organic pizzas, salads and decadent desserts Friday–Sunday evenings (Los Alamos, 344-4400). Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant , serving famous split pea soup and hearty dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1924, is a family favorite (Buellton, 688-5581). At Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, enjoy the Starting Gate Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as evening libations/casual provisions at Winner's Circle Lounge. The Union Hotel serves hearty fare in an 1880 historic landmark (Los Alamos, 344-2744). Other options include all major fast-food restaurants and trusty diners such as Ellen’s (Buellton, 688-5312) and the Longhorn (Santa Ynez, 688-5912). 40 W W W . S O L V A N G U S A . C O M

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(Los Alamos, 344-2111) and Steelhorse Lariat

(Los Alamos, 344-4609).

Saloon

Ynez Valley Coffee

(Solvang, 688-3543) and Sunrise Coffee House (688-3694). The area’s only Starbucks is located in the lobby of Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (Buellton, 688-1000). (All area codes are 805)

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Picnic Fixings There are plenty of choices for perfect picnic ingredients! El Rancho Market is an upscale grocer with full-service

meat counter, fresh local organic produce, wines, spirits and deli (Solvang, 688-4300). Los Olivos Grocery features the best of gourmet foods, artisanal cheeses, meats and wines from the valley and around the world (Los Olivos, 688-5115). Nielsen’s Market has served the area since 1911 with complete grocery, meat and produce lines (including Harris Ranch beef), Scandinavian specialties plus a full-service deli featuring Boars Head meats & cheeses (Solvang, 688-3236). New Frontiers Natural Foods Deli has fresh organic healthy fare (Solvang, 639-1746). Olive House is the place for this savory fruit and other tasty treats (Solvang, 686-5159). Panino has mouth-watering made-to-order sandwiches and salads in two Valley locales (Solvang, 688-0608 & Los Olivos, 699-9304). The Chef’s Touch offers gourmet to-go salads, sandwiches & more (Solvang, 686-1040). Vinhus offers tempting international cheeses, meats, imported sweets and savories as well as wines, beers and ales (Solvang, 688-7117).

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(688-6213), Little Mermaid (688-6141), Paula’s Pancake House (688-2867), Red Viking (688-6610) and The Solvang Restaurant (home of Arne’s famous aebleskiver, 688-4645). Mexican specialties are featured at

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Experience. . . 1804 "Where the Golf Gods Play."

www.rsm1804.com

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Par 71, 18 hole layout measures 6,800 yards and drew inspiration from the property’s rich history. Built on the site of the historic Rancho San Marcos, circa 1804, the golf course gracefully saddles the natural topography meandering amidst a plethora of ancient oaks, and preserved traces of 19th century adobe structures and the rugged San Marcos Stagecoach trail. Rancho San Marcos spectacularly captures the natural beauty and distinctiveness of its surroundings. 4600 Highway 154 ~ Santa Barbara, California 93105

805.683.6334

Enjoy Mexican & Latin Cuisine in n a Relaxed Fun-Filled Environment!

Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner · 11 a.m. — 10 p p.m. ..m.

33544 544 Sagunto St. · Santa Santa Ynez, Ynez, CA CA 93460 93460 (8 (805) 05) 6688-0033 88-0033 · www.DosCarlitosRestaurant.com www w.DosCarlitosRestaurant.com

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From food & wine events to art shows, festivals and historic celebrations, theatrical performances to bicycle rides and marathon races—every season shines in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley with something for every age and interest. For complete listings and specific information, call the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau toll-free at 1-800-468-6765 or 688-6144 or visit the “Events” page online at www.SantaYnezValleyVisit.com or www.SolvangUSA.com. (All area codes are 805)

ANNUAL

EVENTS Seasonal

FEBRUARY

MAY

Fall

Year-round—

Greyhound Fest/West Coast Greyhound Gathering—

Rancheros Visitadores—”visiting

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ranchers” trek & encampment (962-3000).

Danish Days—entire weekend

Wednesday Afternoon Farmers’ Market; First Street and Mission

Drive, Solvang (962-5354).

June through September— PCPA (Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts) Theaterfest

presents critically acclaimed, professional live theatre under the stars at Solvang Festival Theater. A highlight of the 2010 season is West Side Story (922-8313). March through October— Cachuma Lake Nature Cruises

feature area wildlife, wildflowers and resident birds.

Solvang (688-6144). Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series—Bethania Lutheran Church

hosts public programs featuring renown philosophical & spiritual leaders (Solvang, 688-4637).

Winter DECEMBER Solvang Julefest (Winterfest)

—a month-long holiday celebration with tree-lighting, parade, Nativity Pageant, Santa Claus, caroling, concerts, open houses, shopping specials (688-6144). Los Olivos Olde-Fashioned Christmas—caroling,

tree-lighting (688-1222). Buellton Tree-Lighting Party

—merriment on Avenue of Flags (688-7829).

—Santa Ynez/Solvang (688-6144). Santa Ynez Valley US Mountain Bike Classic Race—Los Olivos

(686-0169).

devoted to celebrating Solvang’s heritage (688-6144). Los Alamos Old Days—honoring the town’s 1876 old western roots (344-1717). OCTOBER Chumash Intertribal Pow Wow—

MARCH

Summer

Santa Ynez Valley Museums Free Admission Day Valley-wide

JUNE

experience (686-0053). SCOR Solvang Century and Half-Century—annual 50- or

100-mile bike ride (562-690-9693). Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Festival—

restaurant specials, ‘walking smorgaasbord,’ dessert party and wine tasting events throughout the third week of the month (688-6144).

Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruises focus

on bald eagles and other migratory birds. All cruises aboard the 45-passenger pontoon boat “Osprey” feature a two-hour tour with a naturalist (686-5050 weekdays, 686-5055 weekends).

Wine Country Half Marathon

Spring

November through February—

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Santa Ynez Valley Celebrates National Trails Day—sponsored

by SYVVA (6860053). Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival

Native American music, dance, food, art and culture at Live Oak Camp (688-7997). Celebration of Harvest— sponsored by Santa Barbara County Vintners Association (688-0881).

—food, wine tasting, music (325-2345).

A Day in the Country—food,

art, entertainment in downtown Los Olivos (688-1222).

Old Santa Ynez Day—

parade, food, arts and crafts and live entertainment (688-4878). Live Oak Music Fesival—3 days of concerts and camping (781-3020).

Prelude Bike Ride—25 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles, Solvang (562-690-9693).

Vintners Festival—sponsored

JULY

Sage Hill Competitive Trail Ride—sponsored by the Santa

by Santa Barbara County Vintners Association celebrating area wines and winemakers (688-0881).

Independence Day Parade, Festival & Fourth of July Fireworks—

APRIL

Cachuma Lake Nature Center Trout Derby—fun for

the whole family (693-8381). Solvang Custom Knife Show—

sponsored by Nordic Knives (688-3612).

Solvang (688-6144). AUGUST Old Mission Santa Inés Fiesta—Solvang

(688-4815). Quick Draw Artists Competition & Auction—Los Olivos

NOVEMBER

Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association (710-4471). Vaquero Show and Sale— Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum, Santa Ynez (688-7889). Santa Ynez Valley Artists Studio Tours—sponsored by Wildling

Art Museum (688-1082).

(688-1222). Wheels ’n' Windmills Car Show—classic cars

and vintage vehicles, Solvang (688-6144). 2 0 1 0 S O L V A N G and the S A N T A Y N E Z V A L L E Y Visitors Guide 43

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Quality Inn 630 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-0022, www.qualityinnbuellton.com

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BALLARD Ballard Inn & Restaurant 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463 805-688-7770, 800-638-2466, www.ballardinn.com

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BUELLTON Days Inn Windmill 114 E. Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-8448, 800-946-3466, www.daysinn.com Motel 6 333 McMurray Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-7797, 800-466-8356, www.motel6.com Pea Soup Andersen's Inn 51 E. Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-3216, 800-PEASOUP, www.peasoupandersens.com

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 555 McMurray Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-1000, 800-638-8882, www.santaynezhotels.com Sleepy Hollow Motel 550 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-6638

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LOS OLIVOS Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441 805-688-7788, 800-446-2455, www.fessparker.com

SANTA YNEZ Chumash Casino Resort & Spa 3400 E. Hwy 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 805-686-0855, 800-248-6274, www.chumashcasino.com

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Mirabelle Inn & Restuarant 409 First St., Solvang, CA 93464 805-688-1703, 800-786-7925, www.solvanginns.com

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Petersen Village Inn 1576 Mission Dr., Solvang CA 93463 805-688-3121, 800-321-8985, www.peterseninn.com

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Royal Copenhagen Inn 1579 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-5561, 800-624-6604, www.royalcopenhageninn.com

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Hadsten House Inn, Restaurant & Spa 1450 Mission Dr., Solvang CA 93463 805-688-3210, 800-457-5373, www.hadstenhouse.com

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SOLVANG Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort 1054 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-6411, 800-425-4725, www.alisal.com

Holiday Inn Express 1455 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-2018, 800-465-4329, www.hiexpress.com/solvang Hotel Corque 400 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-8000, 800-624-5572, www.HotelCorque.com

Meadowlark Inn 2644 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93464 805-688-4631, 800-344-9792, www.meadowlarkinnsolvang.com

Wine Valley Inn 1564 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-2111, 800-824-6444, www.winevalleyinn.com

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Camping in the Valley Cachuma Lake Recreation Area offers year-round RV hook-ups, tent and yurt camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, rentals, snack bar and general store (Hwy. 154, 10 minutes south of Santa Ynez, 686-5050). Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables, adjacent to Los Padres National Forest, offers cozy bunkhouse cabins or covered wagon lodging. Bringing your own horse allows RV or tent camping on-site. Heated pool, spa trail rides and camp store are amenities. (3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Valley, 683-5686). Flying Flags RV Park has 260 pull-through sites with utilities, cable TV, tent campsites, 3 RV cabins, store, heated pool, whirlpools, play area, showers, restrooms and laundry (180 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, 688-3716). Gaviota State Park, 11 miles south of Buellton on the ocean, has 40 campsites accommodating tents, trailers up to 25 ft and RVs 27 ft (no hook-ups). Call for seasonal availability and details (968-1033).

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Weddings, Conferences & Events

ore than 30 lodging properties offer banquet and meetings rooms as well as outdoor areas for corporate, incentive, association and tour groups. Rates and facilities range from 4-diamondrated hotels and resorts to charming inns to suit every taste and budget. See Lodging Guide on pages 45-46 for meeting space square-footage stats. For detailed information including audio/visual rentals, caterers, churches, coordinators, day spas, décor, equipment, florists, photographers, officiants and restaurants, contact Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-468-6765 or 688-6144 or www.SolvangUSA.com, or the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association at 800-742-2843 or 686-0053 or www.SantaYnezValleyVisit.com. The three properties with

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the largest number of guest rooms and function space are the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, certified in 2009 as Santa Barbara County’s first “green hotel” (Buellton, 688-1000); the completely remodeled and renewed Hotel Corque and the adjacent Root 246 Restaurant with a glass-enclosed private chef’s table (Solvang, 6888000); and the historic Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, situated on 10,000 acres including a private lake (Solvang, 688-6411). Ideal for executive conferences as well as distinctive occasions is the charming family-owned Petersen Village Inn (688-3121). At the Santa Ynez Inn , this AAA 4-diamondrated Victorian with 21st-century amenities features a 1900s Coach House (688-5588). Intimate Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn especially welcomes nuptials (688-7788).

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Year-round mild climate, incredibly scenic venues and friendly, professional services combine to create memorable special events from two to 700 in the Santa Ynez Valley. Not only weddings and social events sparkle, but also conferences, executive board meetings, reunions, retreats, festivals, fitness camps and cycling training camps excel here. (All area codes are 805)

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has an outdoor koi pond, gardens and private patios (688-2111). Solvang Gardens Lodge specializes in outdoor weddings (688-4404). Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals features a variety of ranches, houses and guest cottages throughout the Valley, as well as event planning services (245-9667). Specialty services are ready to enhance every event here. Classic Party Rentals offers every possible item for event success, even classic cars (6887213). Santa Ynez Valley Elite Event Party Rentals is a source for décor, furnishings and more (686-1500). La Fleur Weddings & Events offers custom consultation (688-7805). Relevé Unlimited is a corporate event production company specializing in meetings, incentives, event production and destinaThe Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

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tion management services since 1992 (688-1434). Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events is dedicated to complete bridal coordination (688-2934). Serenity Spa offers bridal packages, custom services and event consultations (688-9393). Numerous salons and day spas welcome bridal parties. The Little Guest concentrates on childcare at special events and babysitting (688-1812). Many wineries and vineyards as well as ranches and estates are available for weddings, receptions and corporate events. Some popular options include Fess Parker’s Vineyard & Winery (6881545), Firestone Winery (688-3940), Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery (6883940), Gainey Vineyard (688-0558), Lincourt Winery (688-3940) and Sunstone Winery (688-9463).

Clairmont Lavender Farm

(688-

7505), Elverhoj Museum of History & Art (686-1211) and Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House

(688-7888) all welcome private events. On 150 acres, Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse includes a 3,600-squarefoot main house and 600-square-foot guest house (877-431-5200). Other venues include Hans Christian Andersen Park (688-7265), Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (344-2267), Los Alamos County Park (934-6123), Riverview Park (688-7474), San Lorenzo Seminary Retreat Center

(688-5630), Buellton Senior Center (688-4571), Solvang Festival Theater (688-4813) and Solvang Veterans’ Memorial Hall (688-7529).

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Getting Here & Getting Around Located on California’s Central Coast in northern Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley is just 35 miles (56 km) from oceanfront Santa Barbara, 125 miles (201 km) up the coast from Los Angeles and 300 miles (483 km) south of San Francisco. Arriving here is relatively easy, yet leaving the scenic beauty and warm hospitality may be difficult! (All area codes are 805) By Car

The region is easily accessible via US Highway 101 (north to Santa Maria and San Francisco and south to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles) as well as State Highway 154 (north-south to/from Santa Barbara) and State Highway 246 (east-west to/from Buellton/Solvang/Santa Ynez). For current road conditions, call the CalTrans 24/7 info line at 800-GAS-ROAD or 888SBROADS. Parking is FREE everywhere throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. Designated FREE Tour Bus Parking is located behind the Solvang Post Office (430 Alisal Rd.) and daytime FREE RV parking is located at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall lot (1745 Mission Dr.). CAR RENTALS: Hertz office at Santa Ynez Valley Marriot serves entire area (800-654-3131 or 688-4398). TAXIS: A-Taxi/Casino Cab/Santa Ynez Valley Taxi/Solvang Taxi (688-0069) 50

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and Promenade Cab Co. (717-8400). Limousine: Serenity (688-7746) and Vin Dal (598-2356). Car Free AIRPORTS & CONNECTIONS: Santa

(IZA) is a publicly owned facility for private aircraft with general aviation services on a runway of 2,804 feet. (900 Airport Rd., Santa Ynez, 688-8390). IZA is also home to Windhaven Glider Rides , offering flights by FAA-certified pilots to the public (6882517). Nearby full-service general aviation, corporate and public facilities are Ynez Airport

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

(SBA) 30 miles south with more than 70 commercial flights daily (9677111), as well as Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) approximately 35 miles north with 10 commercial flights daily (922-1726). Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately 125 miles south (allow at least 2.5 hours

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drive time, depending on traffic). From Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), SuperRide offers van shuttle service with advance reservations (683-9636). Central Coast Shuttle Services offers daily vans from SBA and LAX with advance reservations (800-470-8818). Coast Flyer travels via motor coach to LAX as well as San Pedro and Long Beach cruise terminals (545-8400). BICYCLE: From rolling country lanes to strenuous mountain climbs, there is something for every level and type of cyclist. For more info and bike maps online, visit www.sbbike.org or contact Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop (1693 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-6263), Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours (3630 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 877-557-8687) and Wheel Fun Rentals (475 First St., Solvang, 688-0091). BUS: Regularly scheduled mini-bus routes by Santa Ynez Valley Transit Monday–Saturday starting at 7 a.m. serve Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang (688-5452). COLT Wine Country Express serves routes from Lompoc to Buellton & Solvang Monday–Friday (736-7666). MTD Valley Express regional commuter bus services run Monday–Friday between Buellton/Solvang and Santa Barbara (683-3702). Chumash Casino operates shuttle service to/from Solvang, Buellton, Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria (800-CHUMASH). TRAIN: Amtrak offers daily connecting Amtrak Thruway Motor Coach service to downtown Solvang (bus stop at 1630 Mission Dr. in Solvang Park) from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner offers ten trains a day coming into Santa Barbara. The Coast Starlight interstate train (Los Angeles to Seattle) stops twice daily in Santa Barbara as well (800-USA-RAIL or www.amtrak.com).

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Visitor Resources Visitor Centers

1639 Copenhagen Drive; open daily 9am–5pm. Walk in or call 1-800-468-6765 or 688-6144 for information and personal assistance.

SOLVANG:

597 Avenue of Flags, Unit 101; open Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm; Sun 10am–2pm. Walk in or call 1-800-324-3800 or 688-7829. BUELLTON:

Weather

Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley’s temperate climate has almost year-round sunny days and cool, crisp nights. Average annual temperatures are from 76 F/32 C to 54 F/12 C degrees. Summer highs can reach into the high 80s F and winter lows into 40s F. Annual rainfall seldom exceeds 12 inches. What to Wear

Dress is casual and comfortable. Early mornings and evenings are generally sweater/jacket time— even in the summer! Emergency Services

Dial 9-1-1 from any phone to reach police, fire or ambulance at any time. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital , 24-hour emergency medical care,

2050 Viborg Road, Solvang; 6886431. Buellton Medical Center, walk-in care Mon–Fri 8:am–4:30pm, 185 W. Highway 246, Suite 102 (686-8555).

Tour Companies Relax and enjoy guided tours of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley via bicycle, limo, jeep, van and horse. These businesses are based in the Santa Ynez Valley or offer regularly

Accessibility

scheduled service in the area. (Listed alpha-

WHEELCHAIR RENTALS:

Valley Tool Rental, open Mon–Sat (Buellton, 688-7213). Wheel Fun Rentals (Solvang, 688-0091)

betically.) Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours has 5–7 passenger custom four-wheel-drive Jeeps, featuring guided open-air adventures including backcountry wine tasting, moun-

Fast Stats

tain, family and sunset tours (646-3200).

(2000 U.S. Census): City of Solvang is 5,332 (2.5 sq. mi), City of Buellton is 3,828 (1.6 sq. mi) and Unincorporated Valley Areas (Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez) approximately 15,000. Feet Above Sea Level: 505 (Solvang), 358 (Buellton). Industries: agriculture/viticulture, ranching, tourism. Time Zone: Pacific, 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8), except during Daylight Savings Time (GMT-7). Telephone Area Code: (805). Postal Zip Codes: Ballard (93463), Buellton (93427), Los Alamos (93440), Los Olivos (93441), Santa Ynez (93460), Solvang (93463, 93464).

Santa Ynez Valley Wine and Horse Tours

Population/Area

offers horse farm tours paired with wine tasting and optional horseback riding (6885984). Solvang Trolley is a historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of horses providing 25-minute guided tours as well as charters (794-8958). Stagecoach Company Wine Tours offers daily 4–5 hour wine-tasting ex-

cursions including transportation to/from hotel, all tasting fees, logo souvenir glass and picnic lunch at a vineyard. Event planning, hourly transportation and private tours also available (686-8347). Sustainable Vine Wine Tours offers professionally guided

tours in biodiesel Mercedes vans to organic Valley vineyards. (698-3911). The Grapeline Santa Barbara Wine Country Shuttle pro-

vides tours with advance reservations from area hotels (888-894-6379). Vin Dal Lim-

DISTANCES from SOLVANG

ousine (Wine Valley in Danish) features

super-stretch luxury limousines and town cars

City/Area

Miles/Km

City/Area

Miles/Km

Cachuma Lake

15/24

San Francisco

297/483

Copenhagen

5,672/9,128

San Luis Obispo

67/108

Disneyland

157/253

Santa Barbara:

Hearst Castle

93/150

via Hwy. 101

45/72

Lompoc

18/29

via Hwy. 154

35/56

Los Angeles

125/201

Santa Maria

36/58

daily accompanied by a professional guide in

Morro Bay

81/130

Vandenberg AFB

28/45

comfortable mini-coaches and vans featuring

San Diego

251/404

Ventura

67/108

for all-inclusive 4-hour wine tours with gourmet lunch, as well as customized excursions

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(598-2356). Vino Vaqueros invites all levels of riders to grab the reins, step in the saddle,

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horseback ride, then taste wines and dine with expert equestrian guides (559-4232). Wine

visits to 4 wineries, gourmet picnic lunch and souvenir tasting glass (965-WINE).

MARK DOLYAK

Edventures offers fun & educational tours

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