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THE WINE COUNTRY’S FA V O R I T E G E TAWAY • 73 cottages with fireplaces • Gourmet breakfast & dinner included • 50 miles of horseback riding trails • Two championship golf courses • 100-acre private lake • Spa & Fitness Center with private memberships

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Only one resort blends gaming, beauty and adventure in Santa Barbara wine country. Escape to Chumash Casino Resort, where stunning scenery and endless excitement combine for an exceptional experience.

3 4 0 0 E H i g h w a y 24 6 , S a n t a Yn e z ¡ 8 0 0 -24 8 - 6 2 74 ¡ C h u m a s h C a s i n o . c o m Chumash Casino Resort supports responsible gaming. For information about problem gambling, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700. Must be 21 years of age or older. Chumash Casino Resort reserves the right to change or cancel promotions and events.



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Reserved for those who enjoy golf where the environment is exquisite, the staff is friendly and a round of golf is relaxing and fun. Located minutes from downtown Solvang.


150 Alisal Road Solvang, CA

V isit our lively bar and restaurant at the Alisal River Grill

or plan a memorable event on the River Terrace. • Serving Breakfast and Lunch Daily • Relaxed Sunday Brunch 9am – 3pm • Full Banquet and Event Facilities with ample indoor and outdoor seating and stunning views


Open 7 Days 150 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 805-688-7784


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2920 Grand Avenue • 805.697.7377 Mon-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm • Sun: 11am-5pm

890 Price Street • 805-773-1055 Mon-Thurs: 10:30am-6:00pm • Fri-Sat: 10:30am-8:00pm Sun: 11am-5pm

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Explore the endless possibilities the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer to find the best food, shopping and fun.


50 ABOUT THE COVER - Locals, Neftali Tapia Palacios, Chante Frelot, and Megan Schumer, take in the sunset at a private hilltop picnic at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang. Cover shoot clothing provided by Wildflower Women in Los Olivos, and styled by Lauren Condit. Turkish rug curtesy of Motif Arts in Solvang. Photographed by Matt Dayka.

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SOLVANG Celebrate Danish heritage, great food, shopping and wine in "Little Denmark".



BUELLTON The Western Gateway to the Santa Ynez Valley experience food, craft beers, wine and spirits.


LOS OLIVOS Galleries, wine tasting rooms, shops and great restaurants amidst restored Victorians.


LOS ALAMOS A classic old western town, with some serious culinary cred.





BALLARD A serene little rural village nestled in the heart of the valley.



SANTA YNEZ A thriving Valley town, filled with a cornucopia of culinary delights, outstanding shopping and premium wine.


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Quiet, Peaceful Location, Rooms with Hillside Views Easy Access to Solvang and Golf Courses Minutes away from over 80 Wineries Heated Outdoor Pool and Whirlpool Lush Grounds with Fire Pits, Bocce Ball Court, Seating Area

The Santa Ynez Valley offers so many ways to get out and play World renowned cycling through golden rolling hillsides and vineyards Gaming, dancing, theater, fine-dining and live music after the sun goes down Find your moment of "Zin" Gastronomic growth and innovation in the SYV Take care of business - throw a party or get hitched in the SYV The 411 on wine in the SYV

Take a tour of the Valley's best courses Relaxed luxury Valley-Style A guide to the Valley's most exciting annual and seasonal happenings

Transportation, touring, vitals, and more

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F R E S C O VA L L E Y C A F É Great Options, Dog Friendly

L O O K I N G A R O U N D T H E S O LVA N G F O O D S C A P E , Matt Raab, owner of Fresco Valley Café, noticed a lack of unique breakfast menus, so he created one. Before that, he says, “It was pretty much pancakes.” Nothing wrong with that, of course, and the café has them, but here, the choices include lemon ricotta pancakes with mixed-berry compote. You can get classic eggs and bacon, or Eggs Rascal - kalamata olive toast topped with artichoke spread and poached eggs - or the killer avocado toast, with chili flakes, feta, lemon and olive oil, and enjoy it in Solvang’s prettiest garden patio. For a truly great start to the day, add a tangerine mimosa, a classic mimosa, or the “Pink Rascal,” a mix of sparkling wine with raspberry lemonade. Got a group? Then get a pitcher. And over a sunny lunch, it’s hard to beat a cold shandy - beer, lemonade and muddled mint - to go with halibut fish and chips, a West Coast Reuben sandwich on marbled rye, or fish tacos with corn tortillas, cabbage, avocado, sriracha aioli, pickled red onion and pineapple pico de gallo. And who doesn’t love a place that’s so dog friendly it has a menu that includes Beastly Bits and Sophisti-Bits (“for the sophisticated beast.”) Two legs or four, breakfast or lunch, the café has you covered seven days a week.

Fresco Valley Café • 442 Atterdag Rd, Solvang • 805.688.8857 • frescovalleycafe.com







WHAT, WHEN & WHY: Two hours north of

Los Angeles, and a scenic four-hour drive south of San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to six distinct communities in California’s Central Coast region. With more than 100 wineries, incredible food, special events and an authentic, relaxed vibe, it’s no wonder so many friends, families and couples converge here to sip, savor, and soak up all the valley has to offer. With so much to do, planning the perfect itinerary can be overwhelming. We’ve taken out the guess work to provide you with a Top 10 list of things you must do to treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in the Santa Ynez Valley.

1. WINE COUNTRY The Santa Ynez Valley is famous for its wineries. With a unique, transverse mountain range that funnels cool air from the Pacific Ocean, our micro-climates and terrains result in one of the most diverse grape growing regions in the world. Take a day to explore the wineries and see the vineyards firsthand. 2. TAKE A SELFIE IN SOLVANG No trip to the Santa Ynez Valley is complete without a visit to Solvang. This quaint little village is famous for its Danish bakeries and architecture and filled with photo-ops. Perfect the art of the selfie in front of the little red clog or one of the town’s many windmills. 3. CULINARY CRAVINGS There are so many great places to dine in the Santa Ynez Valley it can be hard to choose! Italian food aficionados will be pleased to find a handful of eateries serving up Italian favorites. Lovers of traditional American cuisine are well catered for with top-notch sandwiches and classic American steaks. If you’re looking for something with a more modern and creative flavor, the town of Los Alamos boasts innovative flavors, while the towns of Ballard and Los Olivos continue to offer romantic, candle-lit fine dining options. 4. CRAFT BEER If you can drag yourself away from the wineries, why not sample some of the superb local craft beers? From sours to stouts, three major breweries in the area offer award-winning brews sure to please a wide spectrum of beer connoisseurs. 5. TAKE IN A LOCAL EVENT From food-driven to family friendly, the Santa Ynez Valley hosts a number of events to bring everyone together. Regular events include painting in the vineyard at various wineries, kid crafts at local museums, and live music in the evenings on heated patios. Visit from September through December for some special events that celebrate each town’s unique history. 6. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LOCAL CULTURE Drop in and visit one the Valley’s museums. Discover local history and lore at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art and The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, or pop into Wildling Museum to appreciate works of art that draw inspiration from nature. If you’re looking for something a little more niche, find vintage and rare motorcycles at the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, be dazzled by fairytales at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum, or feast your eyes on one of the west coast’s largest petroliana collections at the Mendenhall Museum.




7. DISCOVER YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME Seeking something different from your hotel stay? Santa Ynez Valley hotels offer a more intimate and distinctly local experience. Most hotels here could be better described as Inns, some of which have a unique Danish feel, some provide rich luxury, while some even provide a safari glamping experience. With over 30 unique lodging properties, the Valley has a price and style fit for everyone.


8. ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS Need some fresh air? There’s no better way to clear your mind and relax than getting out and enjoying some of the local countryside. Figueroa Mountain is a great place to unwind and enjoy a picnic in the glorious Californian sunshine. Or if you’re feeling energetic, take a stroll through the adjacent Sedgwick Reserve by appointment, where volunteer staff guides you through the local terrain. If a family picnic is what you have in mind, head over to Nojoqui Falls Park down Alisal Road.


9. FIND ARTISAN TREASURES With specialty shops located in almost every town, you’re bound to discover a hidden treasure. Shops in Santa Ynez Valley stock a range of local artisanal products like jewelry, glassware, handcrafted shoes, leather goods, porcelain, clothing, and a range of traditional and contemporary crafts.





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10. RELAX AND SAY SPAAA Why not treat yourself to a visit to one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s spa and wellness centers? Enjoy a range of wellness services including aromatherapy, Swedish massage, and hot stone therapy. The best way to enjoy these treatments is to book yourself into one of the inns that offers a spa service in their accommodation package.

Now that you know what delights await you in the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll probably need more than a weekend to take it all in! With our doors always open, you can return time and time again. The Valley will always be that special place to you and yours for years to come. Connect with the SYV on Instagram and Twitter @VisitSYV. Share how you experience the SYV with us and tag your photos #syvibes. For more info, go to www.visitSYV.com



EACH OF THE SIX THRIVING TOWNS THAT are considered part of the valley, Los Olivos, Ballard, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Buellton and Los Alamos, are within a short drive of each other, and each has its own unique character that keeps visitors coming back. SOLVANG: (PAGE 20) This town is the world-famous “Little Denmark” founded in 1911 by a group of Danish immigrants looking for a suitable place to build a school for their children. Danish names handed down from early settlers are still prevalent, as are Danish festivals, half-timbered buildings, decorative windmills, Danish sausages and pastries and the ever-popular and delightfully diet-busting sweet treat aebleskiver. BUELLTON: (PAGE 42) A couple of miles west of Solvang, unexpected surprises await in Buellton. On Industrial Way, you can visit urban tasting rooms, craft distillers, a flagship brewery and fan-favorite restaurant within a Frisbee throw of each other. Dining options in Buellton are plentiful and offer up everything from steaks cooked to perfection on an oak fire pit, to restaurants focusing on locavore inspired dishes, and exceptional wood-fired pizza. LOS OLIVOS: (PAGE 50) With more than thirty tasting rooms on its one main commercial street and some excellent restaurants, charming Los Olivos is the central hub of the valley wine industry. Here, you can spend a day tasting and lounging between visits to the many boutiques, antique stores and art galleries that span Grand Avenue and spill over onto the side streets. The town is the perfect mix of styles ranging from country chic to urban-influenced wine-country cool. LOS ALAMOS: (PAGE 60) The more northerly stop is Los Alamos, which is technically separated from the SYV proper by the Santa Rita Hills. However, this gastro center is attracting foodies from far and wide and cool businesses selling sophisticated goods are sprinkled along the 200 yard-long commercial strip. The nickname "Little L.A." plays on Los Alamos’ own initials and on the stream of successful Los Angeles refugees who in recent years have set off a culinary explosion, establishing excellent, quirky restaurants, wine tasting rooms, a bakery, a tap room and more. BALLARD: (PAGE 64) The tiny burg of Ballard, situated midway between Los Olivos and Santa Ynez, began life as a stagecoach stop and has since become a highly prized bedroom community. As the appealing setting for the Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table, it’s the perfect place to disappear for a couple of days while still having easy access to any valley attraction. Don’t miss a visit to the Little Red School House. Built in 1882, it still operates today at its picturesque location on the end of a big field of grass. SANTA YNEZ: (PAGE 66) A couple of miles south, is the tiny town of Santa Ynez. From a distance, it looks like an Old West stage set, but once you arrive, the town’s authentic character reveals itself. You’ll find a boot-stompin’ bar featuring live music on the weekends, as well as farm-to-table restaurants serving upscale Mexican, traditional Italian, and contemporary American wine-country cuisine. And with several lowkey hotels and inns here, it makes a great base camp for daily strikes all over the valley. 18



D RI VI NG DISTANC ES 5.6 miles - Solvang to Los Olivos 4.5 miles - Santa Ynez to Los Olivos 2.4 miles - Ballard to Los Olivos 9.4 miles - Buellton to Los Olivos 11.6 miles - Los Alamos to Los Olivos



"Top-rated Vacation Destination in North America" Expedia.com


California's Denmark USA TODAY readers named Solvang one of the “10 Best Historic Small Towns in America” for its authentic Scandinavian culture & hospitality; and designated Solvang as the “#1 place to enjoy global Christmas traditions in the USA." Expedia.com travelers named Solvang as one of the 50 “Top-rated Vacation Destination in North America” in 2018. Discover Solvang in the center of the Santa Ynez Valley, just 35 miles from the beaches of Santa Barbara, two hours up the coast from Los Angeles and four hours south of San Francisco. Solvang was 20


founded in 1911 by three Danish-American educators who found a place in the central coast of California where land was plentiful and their culture could prosper. Situated on 9,000 acres of land adjacent to the historic 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés, Solvang thrived and settlers carried on Denmark’s traditions of language, folk dancing, music and cuisine. Solvang means “sunny field” in Danish. You can experience living history with the new Solvang Heritage Walking Tour Audio App available for free download at SolvangUSA.com

From Solvang’s beginnings in 1911, over the decades, more village buildings began to reflect Denmark’s farm-style architecture - the cross-beamed bindingsvaerk, timbers framing either brick or stucco and roofing of thatch made of wood shingles cut jagged at the edges. Danish tradition holds that the presence of a stork on a rooftop wards off lightning and brings good luck. Just as it does in Copenhagen, Denmark’s national symbol of the “Little Mermaid” bronze sculpture (a 1/2-size authorized replica) welcomes visitors at the intersection of Mission Drive and Alisal Road. A 1/3-size replica of Copenhagen’s famous 17th-century Rundetårn (Round Tower) at 436 Alisal Road is nestled behind one of the villages’ four large windmills that catch the first and last light. Visiting Solvang is like taking a vacation to Denmark with no passport required! In 1947, idyllic Solvang was “discovered” by the media and described in a Saturday Evening Post feature as a “spotless Danish village that blooms like a rose” and enticed travelers to experience it for themselves. In 2009, Solvang was honored with the prestigious “Preserve America Community” award by the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Solvang celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011 with yearlong Centennial festivities including a visit from Prince Henrik of Denmark, the fourth such visit by Danish royalty over the last century. Be drawn into Scandinavian culture along Solvang’s flowerlined streets. Stroll in any direction within Solvang’s pedestrian-friendly village into more than 150 oneof-a-kind stores, art galleries and antique centers. Step into five authentic bakeries and more than 35 restaurants and cafes—featuring not only Danish cuisine but also winecountry, international and traditional American favorites. Dozens of wine and beer tasting rooms, wine bars and gourmet food shops tempt palates with the bounty of nearby vineyards and farms. When it’s time to turn in for the night, choose from 18 comfortable inns, cozy bed & breakfasts, luxury resorts or fullservice hotels - each offering rates, amenities, as well as seasonal or themed packages enticing you to stay and rejuvenate.

STAY Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort 1054 Alisal Road • 805.688.6411 Atterdag Inn 467 Atterdag Road • 805.691.9125 Hadsten House 1450 Mission Drive • 800.688.3210 Hamlet Inn 1532 Mission Drive • 805.688.4413

Holiday Inn Express New Haven Inn 1455 Mission Drive • 805.688.2018 271 Alisal Road • 805.618.8541 Hotel Corque Royal Copenhagen Inn 400 Alisal Road • 805.688.8000 1579 Mission Drive • 805.688.5561 King Frederik Inn Solvang Gardens Lodge 1617 Copenhagen Dr. • 805.688.5515 293 Alisal Road • 888.688.4404 Kronborg Inn Solvang Inn & Cottages 1440 Mission Drive • 805.688.2383 1518 Mission Drive • 805.688.4702 The Landsby Svendsgaard's Lodge 1576 Mission Drive • 805.688.3121 1711 Mission Drive • 805.688.3277 Meadowlark Inn Viking Motel 2644 Mission Drive • 805.688.4631 1506 Mission Drive • 805.688.1337 Mirabelle Inn Wine Valley Inn & Cottages 409 First Street • 805.688.1703 1564 Copenhagen Dr. • 805.688.2111



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Festivals are traditional parts of Solvang’s charm. Danish Days annual celebration emerged in 1936 and continues to commemorate Solvang’s heritage every September with artisans, folk dancing, three parades, aebleskiver breakfasts and free entertainment for the whole family. Savor the Taste of Solvang every March, Scarecrowfest and the Solvang (Grape) Stomp Wine Harvest Street Festival in October and Julefest (Yule-fest) during the entire month of December. Solvang was named by Time Magazine as one of the “Most Christmassy Towns in America” and MSN.com honored Solvang as one of the "50 Best Christmas Towns in All 50 States" and “America’s 50 Most Charming Small Towns for the Holidays.” Now in its second century, Solvang’s 5,500+ residents of many cultures still continue to enjoy the same traditions as the founders envisioned - welcoming friends, family and visitors from around the world to share the joys of “California’s Denmark”.

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SHOP SOLVANG In 2017, MSN.com named Solvang as one of the "Best 'Main Street' Shopping Districts in All 50 States." Discover that treasure you never thought you’d find - or perhaps never even dreamed of - at more than 150 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent in Solvang). Within easy 5-block strolling distance, experience Scandinavian imports, local artisans’ wares, jewelry, apparel and crafts from contemporary to vintage. Fine art as well as photographic images await to adorn your home along with glassware, porcelain, wood and garden treasures. Porcelain figurines, handmade lace, ironworks and music boxes excite collectors. Incredibly chic yet affordable women’s, men’s and kids clothing, fine leather goods, shoes, boots and clogs will keep you strolling. A popular photo op is the giant red clog at the corner of First Street and Copenhagen Drive. A wide range of art and antiques are on display at inviting galleries, all within steps from each other; delight in an array of elegant collectibles, beautifully crafted imports and classic toys.

FAMILY PLAYTIME There’s plenty of room to run, jump, play all around the area. All Solvang public parks have free admission and are open daily (sunrise to sunset) including Hans Christian Andersen Park (featuring a rad Skate Park) and the whimsical fort and playground at Sunny Fields Park. Pedal bicycles or four-wheeled “surrey cycles,” available for rental daily at Wheel Fun or from Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop. Hop aboard the Solvang Trolley for a two-horse powered tour in a historic wooden streetcar. Check out nearby OstrichLand USA to see & feed the largest & fastest birds in the world. Discover Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch offering free viewing of 34-inch-and-under horses.

Make a luxury retreat to the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. Enjoy vineyard views, award-winning dining and the Danish charm of Solvang – all before you step outside the front door. Then when you do venture out, you'll discover all the sights and treasures of Solvang are just footsteps away. 400 alisal road, solvang, ca 800.624.5572 S hotelcorque.com H ot e l C or q u e is owne d b y t h e Sant a Yne z Band of C h umas h Ind ians

GET OUTSIDE An abundance of sun-drenched days and mild 62 degree average temps year-round make it a breeze to get outside and have fun around Solvang. Golf in style at The River Course at The Alisal situated against a spectacular Santa Ynez Mountains backdrop. Choose easy, moderate or challenging hikes with postcard-perfect scenery or go bird-watching and see spring wildflowers in the adjacent Los Padres VISITSYV.COM 10/17/1723 10:10 AM JOB #: 17277-1_CHU_SYVDG_HotelCorque_3-875x9-75

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The colorful carpets, home decor goods, jewelry, and gifts range in origin from Turkey, Iran, and all over the Middle East.

Meet Ibrahim Ciftcioglu, owner of Motif Arts Buying an antique rug isn’t always easy unless you are fortunate enough to get it from Motif Arts in downtown Solvang. Friendly owner, Ibrahim Ciftcioglu, is equally knowledgeable and passionate about his collection of fine antique and new, modern and traditional, handmade rugs and carpets and his enthusiasm is infectious. His large multi-level gallery, filled with hundreds of options, is a well-organized riot of color and texture. It’s almost mesmerizing to watch Ibrahim flip and fold back and forth through the heavy stacks of carpets, most of which were handmade by women, in their homes, using natural dyes the wool from their own animals. He’s intimately familiar with the inventory, and it’s captivating to hear him tell the origin story of each piece - the location of the village where it was made, the materials used, the many months of hand tying knots, etc. - as it reveals the humanity and craftsmanship behind these exquisite textiles. We caught up with Ibrahim in his bustling gallery and below is what he had to say about Motif Arts. POINT OF ORIGIN: Our carpets

range in origin from Turkey, Iran, and all over the Middle East. We have family sources who buy from villages and families, and we source some from other rug dealers in Turkey and in the states.

OTHER TREASURE: We also carry lovely Turkish made Ottoman-inspired jewelry from Istanbul, along with colorful Turkish towels, purses, carpet and silk pillowcases, silver jewelry, pottery, kilims, furniture pieces, pashmina scarves, gifts, and other home décor items.


SPECIAL: The most extraordinary rug we have in our store is a fine silk piece on display on our wall. It has gold dipped thread woven into it and is very special. Most of our pieces are antiques that we have collected from people’s homes that they made long ago.

TO TOP IT OFF: We offer rug

appraisals, complimentary in-home consultations, free delivery and installation, and shipping in the continental USA. Motif Arts specializes in finding, delivering, and placing the perfect rug for your home.

TURKISH RUGS IN LITTLE DENMARK: I am a Turkish-born American immigrant married to a Scandinavian/English wife from the Pacific Northwest. After traveling almost all 50 states and selling carpets based out of a shop on a small island off Seattle, we decided to escape the rain and thought Solvang would be the perfect spot. The year-round sunshine reminds me of the wonderful Mediterranean climate of Turkey, and I like meeting the many tourists who come to enjoy this cheery town.



National Forest. Explore Cachuma Lake Recreation Area for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and guided nature cruises, as well as the Neal Taylor Nature Center for hands-on discovery of the environment. Check out Segway Tours for a unique perspective on two-wheels.

STARS AFTER DARK Stars are not only in the clear night sky but also can be found in unique venues to brighten evenings with top-notch dining, dancing and live entertainment. Experience PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre professional performances outdoors June-September at Solvang Festival Theater as well as concerts and events there during the rest of the year. In nearby Santa Ynez, the Chumash Casino Resort features 24/7 gaming action including poker, blackjack and slots plus the 1,300-seat Samala Showroom with nationally recognized entertainers, world-championship boxing, bingo events and more. For all the music, karaoke, big-screen TV sports and nightlife happenings year-round, visit www.SolvangUSA.com.

SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS & GATHERINGS Solvang is made for gatherings—from family reunions to group meetings, conferences, weddings and special events from seven to 700. In this mild year-round climate, dozens of lodging properties and one-of-kind venues offer banquet/meeting rooms and outdoor areas for getting together. Rates and facilities range from AAA 4-diamondrated hotels and resorts to charming inns. The three Solvang properties with the largest number of guest rooms and function spaces are Hotel Corque with 122 guest rooms & suites, acclaimed Root 246 restaurant and 7,500 square feet of meeting space; the historic Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort on 10,000 acres with 73 guest units, spa, two golf courses, private lake and 6,500 square feet of meeting space; and The Landsby, a modern Scandinavian-style boutique hotel with 50 guest rooms, popular Mad & Vin restaurant and 2,150 square feet of flexible group space. Within easy walking distance of Solvang accommodations, discover a plethora of venues for groups including Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, K’ Syrah Catering & Events Center, Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang Festival Theater & Patron Garden, Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall and the Wildling Museum. Numerous area wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants and public parks offer private, reserved areas with even more options for groups. Solvang CVB staff can assist meeting and tour groups with activities such as Sweet on Solvang” where up to 20 participants at a time can a take a break from a meeting and learn how to make treats from a fourth-generation Danish baker or get cookie and gingerbread house decorating tips from the baker who’s appeared on national television. Customized 90-minute walking tours of the village are readily available from native Danish-Americans for a nominal fee. For detailed group, meeting and conference information including audio/visual rentals, caterers, churches, coordinators, day spas, décor, equipment, florists, photographers and restaurants, contact Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau staff toll-free at 1-800-468-6765; 805688-6144 or www.SolvangUSA.com

Discover more Solvang info at www.solvangusa.com

Cozy. Contemporary. At the center of everything. European charm meets modern amenities for a memorable visit to Solvang. Hadsten House is steps from downtown and a short drive to views, vineyards and tasting rooms.

1450 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 800.457.5373



Hadsten House is owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

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SOLVANG FESTIVAL THEATER TICKETS & INFO: (805) 922-8313 or PCPA.ORG Groups 12+: (805) 928-7731 ext. 4150



MORNING >> Start your day with breakfast at one of five, authentic Danish bakeries. Or head to a restaurant for the ever- popular aebleskiver deliciously light and airy Danish pancake balls dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam. Meander around the pedestrianfriendly village to enjoy flower-lined streets as well as picturesque architecture including windmills, a tower that plays seasonal tunes plus statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid. Be sure to look for ornamental wooden storks perched on roofs they are considered good luck in Denmark and in Solvang, too! << AFTERNOON 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 for excellent retail therapy. To learn more about Solvang’s heritage, visit the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art with its delightfully decorated period rooms, the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Solvang Museum of Amber at The Copenhagen House as well as the national historic landmark 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés. EVENING >> Wine and dine your way through the village there are so many cuisines to choose between. There are more than 25 wine-tasting rooms and wine bars downtown so be sure to sample some of the local vintages and craft brews. In the summer, take in a PCPA performance at the acclaimed Solvang Festival Theater outdoors. Stay, play and relax another day in "California’s Denmark.” MORE TO

Eat & Drink

Alisal River Terrace A menu that highlights the essence of California cuisine, fresh classics with a Western flair, including authentic barbecue. 1054 South Alisal Road, 805.688.6411, alisal.com Aly's by Alebru Created by small production Alebru Winery, the restaurant serves 100% local organic produce, Natural Meats and local Santa Barbara Fish Market seafood, in a relaxed fine dining setting. 451 Second Street 805.697.7082, alysbyalebru.com BIRKHOLM'S BAKERY Family owned & operated since 1951, using original Danish recipes for pastries, breads, cakes and cookies made from scratch plus lunch fare. Open daily at 7am. Casual indoor & outdoor seating. 460 Alisal Road, 805.688.8188, birkholmsbakery.com

LETS THE GOOD TIMES ROLL Lots of places claim to welcome kids and families. CHOMP, the friendly burger hangout in the heart of Solvang, could write the book on it. This is where pee-wee, junior high, and high school athletes and their friends and families gather after games.

“There are not a whole lot of places that focus on the kids," says proprietor Aaron Petersen. But he is dedicated to doing right by teens. The bussers and servers are all in high school. The youngest are sophomores. The 22-year-old managers are CHOMP’s oldest employees. CHOMP serves classic burgers and milkshakes (and there’s beer and wine for parents), but if you prefer that your kids eat fresh fruit rather than fries, or fruit juice instead of a coke, or you want an awardwinning Jordano’s plant-based burger or a strictly vegan or gluten-free indulgence, they’ll do you a solid at CHOMP. And now a new CHOMP sibling has opened in the same building - the equally kid-, teen- and family-friendly “Coffee House by Chomp.” It’s managed by Petersen’s 23-year-old daughter, Emilie, an art school graduate who has decorated with old desks and comfortable sofas for teens doing laptop time, plus small chairs and tables scaled just right for youngsters enjoying kid-friendly treats like a hot (but not scalding) strawberry milk, along with cookies, cinnamon rolls and other proportionately sized treats.


Chomp offers everything from classic burgers to stricTly vegan and gluten-free indulgences!



LOS ARROYOS Welcomes a New Member To The Family TONY AND MARIA ARROYO opened the first of four Los Arroyos restaurants

in 1999, and Tony has since opened others in Montecito, Goleta, Camarillo and even Carmel, Indiana. These are truly “family” restaurants. At every one, family members are there to make the experience fun and friendly and the food fresh, authentic, excellent and super-satisfying. Tony’s two brothers work with him, and so does Tony and Maria’s 15-year-old son, Diego. The extended family includes many employees who have been together for 12 to 19 years, as well as their children. Now, as the 20-year anniversary approaches, this collection of thriving family restaurants has a new sibling in Solvang, right next to the New Frontiers grocery store in the renovated Merkantile shopping center. The menu has all the familiar handmade, freshly prepared tacos, enchiladas, pozole, tamales, and other beloved dishes that continue to draw patrons from all over SB, California and far beyond. Order at the counter, settle in with a beer or a glass of local wine at the bar, in the dining room, or on the patio, and then let the experience wash over you. You’re among friends - and family. LOS ARROYOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT & TAKE OUT 1992 OLD MISSION DRIVE, SOLVANG • 805.693.2994 LOSARROYOSSOLVANG.COM



Bit O' Denmark Danish/American food & large smorgaasbord daily & a full bar. 473 Alisal Rd, 805.688.5426, bitodenmarkrestaurant.com

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard Enjoy the bounty of the earth from the 39-acre vineyard and tasting room located on this 106-acre historic property also boasting olives, pomegranates, peonies, herbs, summer vegetables and very delectable peaches. 1500 Alamo Pintado, 805.688.3032, buttonwoodwinery.com

CALIFORNIA TACO Affordable, fresh, traditional Mexican fare in a casual and relaxed setting. Limited indoor/outdoor seating with dine in, take-out, delivery, plus catering options. 606 Alamo Pintado Road, 805.691.9495, californiatacos.net

CARIVINTAS WINERY This relaxing wine tasting room blends classic wine making with philanthropy - a portion of profits are donated to charities supporting animal shelters, rescues and more. Pets and kids are welcome here. 476 First Street, 805.693.4331, carivintas.com

Cecco Ristorante Chef/Owner David Cecchini offers seasonally-inspired, rustic Italian-Med cuisine featuring wood burning oven pizza, handmade pastas & antipasti daily. Indoor & outdoor dining. 475 1st Street, 805.688.8880, ceccoristorante.com

One of the most unforgettable dining experiences in Santa Barbara

Chomp Super family-friendly, come-as-you-are vibe. Locally owned and operated; serving satisfying classic American-style fare for lunch and dinner daily. Indoor and outdoor seating. 1693 Mission Dr., 805.688.7733, chompsolvang.com

wine country featuring the ultimate in farm-to-table cuisine.

Copenhagen Sausage Garden Friendly outdoor beer garden featuring ales on tap, familymade sausages and sides as well as live entertainment. 1660 Copenhagen Drive, 805.350.2728, csg-solvang.com

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CROSSHATCH WINERY Wine tasting and wines by the glass in a historical windmill featuring blends from Santa Barbara County. Stop by to enjoy the views from the patio or grab a seat at the bar. 436 Alisal Road, 805.691.9192, crosshatchwinery.com

D. Volk Wine Tasting Room Dana Volk specializes in hand-crafted single vineyard wines from the Central Coast. Experience sipping indoors or on the outdoor patio; dog friendly and kid friendly. 1588 Mission Drive, 805.688.3488, dvolkwines.com

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EL RANCHO MARKET Full service grocery offering palate pleasing items including gourmet cheeses, fruits, veggies, meats, breads plus deli, coffee bar, juice & salad bar, sushi bar and catering services. 2886 Mission Dr., 805.688.4300, elranchomarket.com

First and Oak Chef JJ Guerrero and Sommelier Jonathan Rosenson team up to create a restaurant dedicated to flavor and quality. A seasonal menu of small plates allows guests to create their own tasting menu. 409 First St., 805.688.1703, firstandoak.com

Fresco Valley Café Creative, made-from-scratch fare using local/organic items for delicious breakfast faire plus salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts at lunch. Beer, wine and indoor & outdoor patio. 442 Atterdag Road, 805.688.8857, frescovalleycafe.com

Good Seed Coffee Boutique Enjoy curated coffee seeds locally roasted and crafted along with organic baked goods including gluten free and vegan options in an uplifting atmosphere. 1607 Mission Drive, 805.693.2132, goodseedcoffeeboutique.com

HILL HAVEN PROVISIONS A family-friendly bistro and bar where California fresh melds with Asian fusion. Dishes are designed to compliment the extensive selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails. Indoor and outdoor dining, kid and dog friendly and open late. 448 Atterdag Road, 805.691.9025, hillhavenprovisions.com

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Solvang's Top 10 must see & do

1. DANISH ICONS Stroll the village to

spot the Little Mermaid, Round Tower, four windmills and the giant red clog 2. DANISH PASTRIES & ÆBLESKIVER Try all five authentic bakeries plus more Scandinavian restaurants 3. SHOPPING Browse through 150 boutique retailers for unique treasures 4. WINE & BEER TASTING Sample local wine & beer at 20+ downtown tasting rooms (125+ area vineyards) 5. DANISH & AMERICAN CULTURE Discover the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Vintage Motorcycle, Old Mission Santa Inés, Amber Museum 6. DINING Enjoy international and wine-country cuisine at more than 35 restaurants within easy walking distance of 18 hotels 7. VISIT HISTORIC CHURCHES 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés & 1928 Bethania Lutheran 8. GET OUTSIDE Cycle country roads like the pros; ride a horse, take an audio tour on foot on your mobile phone or on a trolley or Segway, hike and play a round of golf (4 nearby courses) 9. TAKE IN A PERFORMANCE Experience stars in the sky and on the stage at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater 10. ENJOY ANNUAL EVENTS Taste of Solvang (March), Danish Days (September), Solvang Grape Stomp (October) & Julefest (December)




RAREFIED AIR To find First & Oak, you have to wander off Solvang’s main streets. It’s a detour worth making, because this elegant restaurant in the old-worldstyle Mirabelle Inn offers an exquisite dining experience from an ever-changing seasonal menu driven by local ingredients. The kitchen brings precise technique and an obsessive focus on excellence to dishes that are layered with flavor and get the most from every ingredient. A garnish to a main dish might include both roots and flowers of the same vegetable roasted, pureed, and made into chips. It is all done with full awareness of their winecountry location, a wine list offering an even mix of California and European wines, and Thursday-night locals’ dinners. “A lot has gone into the wine industry, and we want to complement that,” says general manager Jonathan Rosenson, whose family owns the property. But for all the concern with flavor and presentation, the overarching goal is to please without pretention. That’s reflected in equally superb vegan, dairy- and gluten-free dishes. “We’re honored that our customers choose to come here,” says Rosenson, “and we want to make sure they can eat here and enjoy themselves.” And if you want to eat “out there,” ask about the First & Oak food truck. FIRST & OAK 409 1ST STREET, SOLVANG 805.688.1703 FIRSTANDOAK.COM



SANGER TASTING ROOM A Mediterranean Valley Welcome

PEND TIME IN THE NEW SANGER FAMILY OF WINES TASTING ROOM IN Solvang, and you’ll literally get a taste of the Sangers’ Mediterranean heritage. It starts with their three wine labels: Marianello reflects northern-Italian and Super Tuscan traditions; Consilience is focused on varieties from Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and Bordeaux; and Tre Anelli wines have their antecedents in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Olive oil from the Sangers’ olive farm trees furthers the connection. The family is dedicated to continuing and sharing the Mediterranean lifestyle, in which wine, food and family are paramount and “the family dinner is sacred,” says Bill, a firstgeneration Italian-American. “The wines are phenomenal, but they’re better because they embody our history. Even our winemaker is of Spanish and Italian descent.” At the tasting room, guests are invited to sit, relax, and really enjoy. “The bedrock for us is providing a sense of place and culture, hospitality and joie de vivre,” Bill says. “We’re driven by a vision to create top-tier wines and to reflect the values of connection, balance, integrity and respect. Whether you’re a master sommelier or someone having your first glass of wine, whether you’re here for two hours and drink only one glass of wine - or water - we want you to feel welcome, like part of the family.” SANGER FAMILY OF WINES TASTING ROOM 1584 MISSION DRIVE, SOLVANG • 805.691.1020 SANGERWINES.COM



HUMMINGBIRD Restaurant Serving Caribbean cuisine plus vegan options with a casual vibe and take out. 453 Atterdag Road, 805.403.7100

K' Syrah catering and events Custom menus on-site at the 3,500 square foot venue or offsite from the full-service self-contained, professional kitchen. 478 4th Place, 805.245.9564, kscateringandevents.com

Leonardo's Ristorante & Pizzeria Leonardo Curti offers his unique variety of classic Italian dishes plus flavorful special recipes for lunch and dinner daily. Open kitchen, custom pizza oven and family-friendly atmosphere. 632 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805.686.0846, leonardoscucina.com

LOUISE'S KITCHEN TABLE Since 2004, Chef Louise Smith offers custom catering from cocktail/dinner parties to brunch, high tea, picnic lunches, wine club release parties and theme parties throughout the region. 805.403.9649, louiseskitchentable.com

Lucas & Lewellen TASTING ROOM Producing 25 different award-winning wines including Bordeaux, Rhône, Burgundy and Italian varietals. Co-founded by long-time viticulturist Louis Lucas & wine enthusiast Royce Lewellen. 1645 Copenhagen Dr., 805.686.9336, llwine.com

Lucky Dogg Winery A dog and kid-friendly tasting room featuring hand crafted locally sourced amazing wines. 1607 Mission Drive,

805.691.9774, Lluckydoggwinery.com

MAD & VIN AT THE LANDSBY Mad & Vin overlooks a lovely courtyard garden and features seasonal ingredients from the California Central Coast, with wine-country cuisine and modern Scandinavian flavors. 1576 Mission Dr., 805.688.3121, thelandsby.com

Mortensen’s Danish Bakery Family owned and operated featuring mouth-watering, buttery-rich flaky pastries using traditional recipes. 1588 Mission Drive, 805.688.8373, mortensensbakery.com

Olsen's Danish Village Bakery Since 1970, Susy and Bent Olsen (a fourth-generation Danish baker) have been making traditional, award-winning kringles, pastries, cakes, cookies and breads. 1529 Mission Dr., 805.688.6314, olsensdanishvillagebakery.com

PAULA'S PANCAKE HOUSE Enjoy world famous Danish pancakes, Belgian waffles and American breakfast standards as well as lunch. 1531 Mission Drive, 805.688.2867, paulaspancakehouse.com


PETROS KAFE Greek born chef/owner Petros Benekos serves up his HellenicCalifornia cuisine. Phyllo, yogurt, dips, dressing and sauces are made from fresh produce and Greek's finest imports. 487 Atterdag, 805.688.5455, petrosrestaurant.com

Red Viking Restaurant Authentic extensive Danish smorgaasbord (buffet) plus American menu and full bar; open daily for breakfast/lunch/ dinner; family-owned and operated. 1684 Copenhagen Dr., 805.688.6610, theredvikingrestaurant.com

RIDEAU VINEYARD This vineyard produces highly-acclaimed, small-lot wines from 13 acres of estate vines. Sample Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, & Roussanne in the historic adobe tasting room. 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805.688.0717, rideauvineyard.com

Root 246 Signature farm-to-table gourmet dishes served in sophisticated, luxe settings with lounge, private dining room and intimate chef ’s table. 420 Alisal Road, 805.686.8681, root-246.com

RUSACK VINEYARDS World-class, handcrafted wines are created at this boutique winery and estate vineyard. Varietals include Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Petite Sirah, as well as their renowned Bordeaux-style red blend, Anacapa. 1819 Ballard Canyon Road, 805.688.1278, rusack.com

BREAKFAST LUNCH & DINNER AUTHENTIC DANISH CUISINE Fresh Smorgaasbord Open-face Sandwiches Aebleskiver



Soups & Salads • Sandwiches Gourmet Entrées

Local Wines • Beer Specialty Cocktails

Feel the Heart of Solvang

Located in Downtown Solvang ~ 1684 Copenhagen Drive ~ 805.688.6610 Open Daily from 8am to 8pm





The Solvang

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Enjoy fabulous award winning wines & craft brews in the charming Village of Solvang.

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2. COPENHAGEN SAUSAGE GARDEN - pairs old world artisan style sausages and salami from around the world, along with the new world of local wines and craft brews. 1660 Copenhagen Drive, 805.697.7354 3. CROSSHATCH WINERY - wine tasting and wines by the glass in a historical windmill featuring blends from Santa Barbara County. We invite you to stop by to enjoy the views from the patio or grab a seat at the bar. 436 Alisal Road, 805.691.9192, crosshatchwinery.com 4. D. VOLK WINES - features award wining varietal tastings, bespoke gifts and alfresco sipping in the heart of Solvang. Founded by Dana Volk with more than 20 years of experience in the wine industry, this small production brand is a toast to her love of the Central Coast. 1588 Mission Dr., 805.688.3488, dvolkwines.com

8. LUCAS & LEWELLEN VINEYARDS - a diverse estate wine collection of Bordeaux, Rhone, Sparkling, Dessert and Rose wines, gourmet foods, gifts, and unique wine related items. 1645 Copenhagen Drive, 805.686.9336, llwine.com 9. LUCKY DOGG WINERY - voted “The Best Tasting Room" in the Santa Ynez Valley presenting an award winning estate wine collection of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, sparkling, dessert and rose’ wines. 447 Atterdag Drive, 805.691.9774, luckydoggwinery.com

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12. SOLVANG BREWING COMPANY - where Danish tradition, the finest craft beers and delicious food come together. Open late. 1547 Mission Drive, 805.688.2337, solvangbrewing.com 13. THE GOOD LIFE CRAFT BEER & WINE CELLAR - retail bottle shop & bar, local, boutique wines and California craft beer , cheese platters, small bites , and live music, and special events in a cozy, underground cellar. 1672 Mission Drive, 805.688.7111, thegoodlifecellar.com 14. TOCCATA - taste estate-grown varietals; Pinot Grigio, Malvasia Bianca, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Moscato, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, and super Tuscan blends in the warm Tuscan styled tasting room. 1665 Copenhagen Drive, 805.686.5506, llwine.com

5. DASCOMB CELLARS - family owned boutique winery, cheese pairings, comfortable seating, and a warm & friendly staff. 1659 Copenhagen Drive, Suite B, 805.691.9175, dascombcellars.com

10. ROYAL OAKS - come experience the sweet taste of Solvang! Royal Oaks features a variety of delicious sweet and dry wines alongside handcrafted, local, artisan chocolates in a fun tasting room environment. 1687 Mission Drive, 805-693-1740, royaloakswinery.com

15. TWENTY MILE WINE - family owned and operated specializing in handcrafted wines. Home of Los Olivos olive oil company. Located on the corner of Mission Drive and Atterdag Road, 805.686.5159

6. FELIZ NOCHE - wine Tasting or by the glass, experience some of Don Felipe’s favorites such as our 2006 Syrah featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine! From our reds to our whites, we believe we have something for everyone. 473 Atterdag Road Suite 103, 805.686.0001, feliznochecellars.com

11. SANGER FAMILY WINES - invites guests to fully savor the Mediterranean lifestyle as they discover three distinctive wine brands that create an exciting portfolio, inspired by the wines of Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. 1584 Mission Drive, 805.691.1020, sangerwines.com

16. WANDERING DOG WINE BAR - voted BEST Wine Tasting Room in the Santa Ynez Valley again! Boutique wines & sparklings, craft beers, shrub cocktails, cheese, charcuterie, gourmet chocolates. Warm inviting atmosphere. Relax with a glass, enjoy a tasting, or take a bottle to go. Open late. 1539C Mission Drive, 805.686.9126, wanderingdogwinebar.com



The new Solvang Heritage Walk Audio Tour App is a free, mobile

self-guided tour featuring 22 “stops” along 1.9 mile tour route in downtown Solvang. Start anywhere along the route and discover more about Solvang’s history, arts and culture. It’s a fun activity for the whole family and it’s free! The Tour is available for download for free for Apple and Android systems on the Solvang Experience App at SolvangUSA.com

Solvang Inn & Cottages Old World Tradition

Take Amtrak to Solvang

Newly remodeled rooms in the heart of Solvang Whether you choose one of our cozy quiet rooms in the Inn, or one of our Romantic get-away cottages, we have guest rooms available for every need. Economy to Suite • Balcony Suite (Overlooking the Garden) Fireplace Cottage • Large and Small Cottages Kitchenettes • Whirlpool Bath

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Solvang is served via Amtrak Thruway Bus service connecting to trains from Santa Barbara as well as San Luis Obispo six times daily (3 northbound, 3 southbound). It’s easy to be car free in California’s Denmark. The Amtrak bus stop is in the heart of the village at Solvang Park is within easy strolling distance to 16 hotels, 35 restaurants, 25 wine-tasting rooms, 150+ boutique shops, 5 authentic Danish bakeries, 6 museums and more activities. Show a current Amtrak train/bus ticket to Solvang at participating businesses to enjoy rewards for taking a vacation from your car. Details at www.SolvangUSA.com/getting-to-solvang/ car-free-solvang/

Cultural Heritage Attractions Museums and historical attractions reflect the fascinating and rich background of the area. Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Occupies an original Danish-style home just two blocks from downtown. The rooms are filled with historic Solvang photographs, artifacts, Danish arts and crafts and period furnishings. Rotating traditional and contemporary art exhibitions, craft classes and special events are offered throughout the year. 1624 ELVERHOY WAY • 805.686.1211 • ELVERHOJ.ORG

Hans Christian Andersen Museum Located upstairs in The Book Loft, this cozy place honors the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale. 1680 MISSION DR. • 805.688.2052 • BOOKLOFTSOLVANG.COM

Old Mission Santa Inés This national historic landmark was founded in 1804; the 19th in the chain of 21 Catholic missions built along the coast of California. Discover exhibits featuring Spanish artifacts as well as arrowheads, pottery, pestles and mortars used by the area’s native Chumash Indians - all weave a tapestry of history in this still active parish church and community center. 1760 MISSION DRIVE • 805.688.4815 • MISSIONSANTAINES.ORG

Solvang Amber Museum at The Copenhagen House The free Amber Museum showcases amber from around the world and Danish amber jewelry from the Stone Age inside plus a six-foot tall Danish Viking and historical displays inside The Copenhagen House with retail boutiques “where traditional Danish Solvang meets contemporary Denmark.”



Solvang Festival Theater Celebrating its 45th year in 2019, this 700-seat outdoor amphitheater is owned and operated by the nonprofit Solvang Theaterfest. Inc. It is the summer home of PCPA, the only resident professional theater company on California’s Central Coast. In spring and fall, it is the venue for rock, country and jazz concerts, and special annual events including a Halloween Haunted House. The 100-seat Patron Garden is ideal for private parties and small weddings. 420 2ND ST. • 805.686.1789 • SOLVANGFESTIVALTHEATER.ORG

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum Classic and rare motorcycles plus European race bikes including AJS, BMW, Ducati, Gilera, Matchless, Moto Guzzi, MV, Norton, Triumph, Velocette and Vincent on display. Open 11am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday and midweek by appointment. 320 ALISAL ROAD • 805.686.9522 • MOTOSOLVANG.COM

Wildling Museum of Art & Nature Where art and nature meet! Showcases paintings, photography, sculpture and other mediums that focus on themes of wild places and wildlife. Enjoy art classes, nature walks, and a gift store. 1511 MISSION DRIVE • 805.688.1082 • WILDLINGMUSEUM.ORG



Sanger Family of Wines Tasting Room Consilience, Tre Anelli and Marianello share a heritage equal parts California Central Coast and Old World Mediterranean; savor the diversity inspired crafted by winemaker Brett Escalera and owners Bill and Jan Sanger at their new tasting room. 1584 Mission Drive, 805.691.1020, sangerwines.com

Santa Ynez Cafe Fresh Mediterranean and American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus catering. 606 Alamo Pintado Road, 805.688.3543, santaynezcafe.com

SantÉ Wine Bar and Lounge Hip place for Central Coast wines and sparkling vintages, local craft beers and entertainment. 433 Alisal Road, 805.691.9641, santewinebarandlounge.com

SEVTAP WINERY TASTING ROOM Taste intriguing wines that won owner/wine maker Ertugrul “Art” Sevtap the California Travel Assoc. "2015 Winery of the Year.” 1622 Copenhagen Dr, 805.693.9200, sevtapwinery.com

SOLVANG BREWING COMPANY A fun mix of Danish traditions with an on-site craft brewery, casual for lunch & dinner along with a full bar & entertainment. Open daily, family owned and operated. 1547 Mission Drive, 805.688.2337, solvangbrewing.com

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The Solvang Bakery has been baking people happy for over 31 years! An award winning bakery known for amazing cakes for all of life's special occasions, and has been recognized by celebrity clients on national TV and social media for their custom personalized gingerbread houses. The bakery is open almost every day of the year. 438 Alisal Road, 805.770.0089, solvangbakery.com

SOLVANG RESTAURANT Home of famous Aebleskiver; serving traditional Danish & American fare daily starting at 6:00 a.m. Owned and operated by the Paaske family. 1672 Copenhagen, 805.688.4645, solvangrestaurant.com


SORT THIS OUT CELLARS California boutique winery and home to High Roller Tiki Lounge has delicious wine cocktails inspired by tiki drinks, live music on the weekends and a serene vibe. 1636 Copenhagen Dr., 805.688.1717, sortthisoutcellars.com

SUcculent Café Savor comfort cuisine made with flair, creativity and local ingredients. Delectable charcuterie, craft beer and an extensive wine list. Indoor as well as outdoor patio dining. 1555 Mission Dr., 805. 691.9444, succulentcafe.com

THE GOOD LIFE CRAFT BEER & WINE CELLAR Wide selection of California craft brews and small lot production wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles; edibles and accessories in this retail shop and bar. 1672 Mission Drive, 805.688.7111, thegoodlifecellar.com

Toccata Wines A fun and relaxed wine tasting experience featuring estate grown traditional Italian varietals plus shop an Old World marketplace for gourmet foods, art and wine-related items. 1665 Copenhagen Dr., 805.686.5506, llwine.com

Toscana Pizzeria Tapas Enoteca

Savor flavorful Italian specialties “small plates” from Chef Michele Mancuso daily for lunch and dinner along with wines and beer on tap. 485 Alisal Road, #163, 805.697.7445, toscanabymancuso.com


Award-winning pizza plus pasta, sandwiches, wings, and much more! Dine-in, takeout, and delivery. 436 Alisal Rd, 805.688.3036 towerpizzasolvang.com



Sample outstanding wines from the Central Coast and worldwide. Relax with flights of red, white, or bubbles or a



Evolution Continues

The Los Angeles Times reveals, “Solvang's restaurants have traditionally played it safe (aebleskiver, Danish pancake balls, remain a popular treat), but new establishments are pushing the envelope.” Now, experience the French-Asian fusion of Chef Budi Kazali (The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn); festive Italian fare from third-generation Chef David Cecchini (Cecco Ristorante), Chef Pink of Food Network fame’s seasonal innovations at Root 246 at Hotel Corque; Chef Anthony Endy’s modern western flair (Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort) or Chef Beto Huizar’s fresh takes on food & wine pairings (Mad & Vin at The Landsby). The farm-to-table way of eating has long been a way of life here due to abundant sunshine, a crop-friendly climate and year-round growing season--served in romantic hideaways, family-friendly diners, rustic pubs, casual cafes plus plenty of al fresco dining options and paired with wine from the area’s 125+ awardwinning vineyards as well as locally-brewed craft beers. Specialty food shops feature olive oils and balsamic vinegars, fruit-based vinegar “shrubs” to fresh-made daily sorbets, Swedish Polkagris candies, old-world fudge and authenticrecipe Danish chocolates. On your culinary calendar, include Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks (January/February); Taste of Solvang (March), Danish Days (September); Solvang Grape Stomp (October) and dozens of wine-maker dinners and events in every season. Held every month, Solvang 3rd Wednesday is a perfect time to walk, shop, wine and dine especially with select restaurants featuring three-course menus and the immensely popular Wine & Beer Walk with two tastings at five places around the village for only $20. For the latest dining and tasting sensations, visit www.SolvangUSA.com

Solvang’s traditional Danish culinary heritage continues with specialties such as aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls served with raspberry jam and powdered sugar), frikadeller (meatballs), medisterpolse (Danish sausage), rødkaal (red cabbage), smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) and smorgaasbord (buffet) at longtime favorite places such as Bit o’Denmark, Paula’s Danish Pancake House, Red Viking and The Solvang Restaurant. Be bold and explore all five authentic Danish bakeries that make treats with a lot of love, just as they are in Denmark, such as butter cookies (great-to-go), real whip cream napoleons, chocolate éclairs, traditional kringles (shaped like pretzels), marzipan, almond rings, cakes of all sizes and shapes, hearty breads, even gingerbread houses and of course, mouth-watering flaky pastries.



glass or two; savor gourmet cheeses, chocolates and charcuterie or choose from two dozen craft beers. 1539-C Mission Dr., 805.686.9126, wanderingdogwinebar.com MORE TO


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Experience retail shops featuring some of the best contemporary Danish designer brands including Bering, Holme Gaard, LEGO, Louis Poulsen, Ole Jensen, Rosendahl and Stelton; two free museums - the Solvang Amber Museum and the Great Hall of The Danes. 1660 Copenhagen Dr., 805.693.5000, thecopenhagenhouse.com

ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART Located in an 18th century Danish farmhouse-style building, discover Solvang’s history through photos, artifacts and displays celebrating the Danish-American

pioneer spirit & heritage of Denmark. 1624 Elverhoy Way, 805.686.1211, elverhoj.org

First Street Leather Luxurious leather and fur jackets, coats, boots, shoes, handbags, sweaters and small leather goods, with first-rate customer service. 1634 Copenhagen Drive,

805.688.5215, first-street-leather.com

Gypsy Studios Get creative and paint the Valley with this full service art studio on wheels. Take a class in their permanent studio location, or book one of their off-site “Painting in the Vineyard” classes, where they focus on plein air (outdoor landscape) paintings in the vineyard. 1669 Fir Ave, 805.990.2105, gypsystudiosart.com

Pavlov Art Gallery The Pavlov Art Gallery brings a contemporary perspective with the dreamscape & abstract original paintings and fine art prints by Chris Pavlov, as well as ceramics, jewelry and photography. 1608 Copenhagen Dr., 805.686.1080, pavlovgallery.com

PACIFIC CONSerVATORY THEATRE The only resident professional theatre company on California’s Central Coast, celebrates its 54th year from June through September. Sit under the stars in the 700-seat open-air theater Solvang Festival Theater and enjoy A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, The Addams Family, A New Musical and The Importance of Being Earnest. 420 Second St. pcpa.org

Rasmussen’s Since 1946, a one-stop shop for all things Scandinavian from Royal Copenhagen porcelain as well as incredible varieties of kitchen items, house wares and decor. 1697 Copenhagen Dr., 805.688.6636, rasmussenssolvang.com Renaissance Antiques Antique gallery, clock and watch repair. Open Saturday and Sunday and weekdays by appointment. 496 1st St., 805.452.5700, renaissanceantiques.com

SEGWAY TOURS OF SOLVANG From City Tours to Figueroa Mountain Adventures, glide effortlessly around town and the Valley on daily tours aboard these two-wheeled personal transportation systems. 453 Atterdag Rd., 805.688.8899, segwaysolvang.com

Solvang Antiques Premier collective featuring restored clocks, estate jewelry, furniture, music boxes, silver and art gallery. 1693 Copenhagen Dr., 805.686.2322, solvangantiques.com

SOLVANG FESTIVAL THEATER Enjoy live performing arts under the stars in Solvang’s historic outdoor theater. Plays, musicals, concerts, even an epic Halloween haunted house are presented at this landmark venue. 420 Second St, 805.686.1789, solvangfestivaltheater.org

Solvang Olive Press Offering premium varieties of extra virgin olive oil, plus flavorful, all natural balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Bottled locally for maximum flavor, nutrition and enjoyment. 463 Alisal Road, 805.686.3030, solvangolivepress.com

Solvang Shoe Store A great selection of shoes & clogs for all occasions. Home of the famous giant red clog in front, too! 1663 Copenhagen Drive, 805.688.4065, solvangshoe.com

TREATS WOMEN'S BOUTIQUE Discover Santa Ynez Valley style with high-quality classic, beautiful fun-to-wear clothing. 1603 Copenhagen Drive #4, 805.686.4358, treatsclothing.com

WILDLING MUSEUM of art & nature Showcasing paintings, photography, sculpture and other mediums focusing on themes of wild places and their wildlife; plus art classes, nature walks, and a gift store. 1511-B Mission Dr., 805.688.1082, wildlingmuseum.org

ZFOLIO GALLERY Be dazzled with contemporary designer jewelry, art glass, wood sculpture and wearable art, innovative decor and nature photography along with designer trunk shows and exhibitions. 1685 Copenhagen Dr., 805.693.8480, zfolio.com 40


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The 2004 Academy Award-winning movie Sideways was filmed in various locations around the city.


BUELLTON THIS THRIVING COMMUNITY IS A SHORT DRIVE ALONG THE COAST just north of Santa Barbara on Highway 101. It’s nestled at the base of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA which enjoys year-round sunny days cooled by afternoon ocean breezes. This prestigious AVA is known for consistently producing world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grapes. Accommodations abound here as visitors can “glamp” at the local RV resort, relax at a hip boutique hotel or indulge in top-notch services and amenities. The cuisine and libation scene satisfies a full range of tastes. 42



Sample exceptional wines, award-winning craft brews, and experience a refreshing variety of cuisine, prepared with the freshest local bounty. There are plenty of places to stay and lots of ways to play in Buellton. Take a stroll through the Santa Ynez Botanic Garden and learn about the area’s native plants or visit one of the West Coast’s largest petroliana collections. The more you explore, the more you’ll discover about this “under the radar” unassuming city. Where else can you feed an ostrich, play a round of golf and visit a distillery all in one day?


Flying Flags RV Resort 180 Avenue of Flags • 805.688.3716 Hampton Inn & Suites 600 McMurray Road • 805.686.1555 Motel 6 Buellton 333 McMurray Road • 805.688.7797 Pea Soup Andersen's Inn 51 E Highway 246 • 805.688.3216 Quality Inn Buellton 630 Avenue of Flags • 805.688.0022 San Marcos Motel 536 Avenue of Flags • 805.688.5511 Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 555 McMurray Road • 805.688.1000 Sideways Inn 114 E Highway 246 • 805.688.8448 OSTRICHLAND USA PHOTO: VISITSYV




Alma Rosa 181 Industrial Way • 805.691.9395 Bradley Family Winery by appointment • 805.886.1289 Brick Barn Winery 795 West Hwy 246 • 805.686.1208 Buscador Winery 140 Industrial Way • 805.242.5206 Cholame Vineyard 140 Industrial Way • 805.610.1122 Dorwood Distillery 201 Industrial Way • 805.691.9259 Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 45 Industrial Way • 805.694.2252 Firestone Walker Taproom 620 McMurray Road • 805.697.4777 Helix Tasting Room 140 Industrial Way • 805.691.9354 Hitching Post II 406 East Hwy 246 • 805.688.0676 Hitching Post Wines 420 East Hwy 246 • 805.688.0676 Industrial Eats 181 Industrial Way • 805.688.8807 Ken Brown Tasting Room 157 West Hwy 246 • 805.688.9400 Loring Wine Company 201 Industrial Way B • 805.691.1300 Margerum Wine Company 59 Industrial Way • 805.686.8500 Martellotto Wine Productions by appointment • 619.567.9244 Mosby Winery & Vineyard 9496 Santa Rosa Road • 805.688.2415 Pence Vineyard & Winery 1909 West Hwy 246 • 805.735.7000 Section Wines 65 Los Padres Way • 805.450-2257 Sideways Lounge 114 East Hwy 246 • 805.688.8448 Standing Sun Wines 92 Second Street Unit D • 805.691.9413


Flag is Up Farms 901 East Hwy 246 • 805.688.6288 Ostrichland USA 610 East Hwy 246 • 805.686.9696 Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden 151 Sycamore Dr. • 805.688.7829 Zaca Creek Golf Course 223 Shadow Mountain Dr. • 805.691.9272





uellton is home to a variety of unique festivals and events. One of the most popular is the BUELLTON BREW FEST. Guests are invited to sample craft beer from over 40 brewers, enjoy a variety of food options, live music, and games. This 21 and over event takes place on May 4 at River View Park.

BUELLTON WINE AND CHILI FEST: Some of the best Valley chefs compete in a chili cook-off and salsa competition. Enjoy live entertainment, wine tasting, and sample beer, wine, salsa, and chili from local vendors. This tasty event takes place at Flying Flags Resort and Campground on Sunday, March 17th, from 12:00-4:30. Minors must be accompanied by adults. Come get in the spirit of the holidays as Buellton hosts their ANNUAL WINTER FEST on December 8th. Starting out the day with a breakfast with Santa and rounding out the day with 20 tons of snow, vendors showcase with wine/beer and food. Enjoy a light parade and help Buellton light their tree in the heart of town. Â Great day for family and friends. For the 2019 SYV Calendar go to pages 92-93.




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ALMA ROSA WINERY Taste high quality, wonderful food-pairing wines. This vineyard is one of the leaders in the organic farming and sustainable agriculture movement. 181 Industrial Way, 805.691.9395, almarosawinery.com BRADLEY FAMILY WINERY A family owned and operated winery featuring wines hand-crafted from grapes planted, maintained and harvested by the winemaker to ensure the highest quality vintages. Production focuses on Syrahs and Sauvignon Blancs. Tastings by appointment. 805.886.1289 BUSCADOR WINERY The winery & tasting room occupy the same space in an industrial warehouse where you can touch the barrels and taste the future. The focus is on bold Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdoh along with silky smooth Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne. 140 Industrial Way, 805.242.5206, buscadorwine.com CHOLAME VINEYARD Taste small production varietals - Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo and Zinfandel from this winery sourced from San Miguel, CA at the southern tip of Monterey County. 140 Industrial Way, 805.610.1122, cholamevineyard.com DORWOOD DISTILLERY A grain to bottle distillery where each small batch is handcrafted, onsite. Tour the facility and try vodka, made from Santa Barbara County wine, Limoncello, or White Hawk Mesquite Smoked Malt Whiskey for a unique experience. 201 Industrial Way, #D, 805.691.9259, dorwooddistillery.com

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The focal point of the Brick Barn Wine Estate is a mid-century-modern-style barn that was built in the 1970s and has now been transformed with refined style to house a beautiful tasting room, a club members’ lounge, a large patio, and private salons for special events. The stateof-the-art winery was built between the barn and the original training arena and can be seen through the tasting room.


ccupying prime land in the Santa Ynez Valley AVA adjacent to the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the property means clay and limestone soil for some vines and sandy loam for others. It’s a kind of varietal heaven. The 35-acre vineyard was planted in 2012, the first grapes were harvested in 2015, and the first varietals in 2016, with award winners among them. Now, celebrated valley winemaker Rob Dafoe is building on that young legacy. The unique tasting room features the original brick flooring, an inviting bar, and modern chandeliers. Outside, plush seating invites relaxation among ancient oak trees that frame soothing vistas all around. And come evening, lanterns glitter in those same trees, as fire pits carry the day’s warmth into night. Does it get better? BRICK BARN WINE ESTATE • 795 WEST HIGHWAY 246, BUELLTON, 805.686.1208 • BRICKBARNWINEESTATE.COM VISITSYV.COM


FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY Buellton is where FMBC got its start and with locations throughout the Central Coast, FMBC continues to attract a wide-ranging clientele for its great beer and energetic ambience. 45 Industrial Way, 805.694.2252, figmtnbrew.com




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FIRESTONE WALKER TAPROOM & BARRELWORKS Enjoy brew house bistro cooking and award-winning Firestone Walker beers. The Barrelworks tasting room features beers from the wild ale program and one-off selections from Firestone’s single and small batch barrel-aging spirits program. 620 McMurray Road, 805.697.4777, firestonebeer.com

HITCHING POST II Established in 1986 and prominently featured in the Academy Award winning film Sideways, this iconic eatery serves outstanding steaks, ribs, and seafood grilled over an open fire of red oak, along with what the LA Times called the "best" french fries in Southern Cal. Make a perfect pairing with a Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post wine, made exclusively for the restaurant by owner /chef Frank Ostini and his good friend Gray Hartley. 406 East Highway 246, 805.688.0676, hitchingpost2.com HITCHING POST WINES Sample vintages from renowned winemakers, Frank and Jami Ostini and Gray and Charlotte Hartley, in their mid-century farmhouse tasting room, located next door to the famed Hitching Post 2 restaurant. Order lunch from the Hitching Post 2’s take-out menu and enjoy in the tasting room or picnic on the grounds. 420 East Highway 246, 805.688.0676, hitchingpost2.com INDUSTRIAL EATS Known for exceptional food, forged in wood fired ovens, a craft butcher shop filled with unique offerings, tap wines and beers, communal farm table seating in a lively atmosphere, and pies that hit the sweet spot every time. 181 Industrial Way, 805.688.8807, industrialeats.com KEN BROWN WINES Ken Brown Wines is a small family winery focusing on Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley, and produces very small lots from some of the region’s most acclaimed vineyards. 157 West Highway 246, 805.688.9400, kenbrownwines.com LORING WINE COMPANY This small winery in Lompoc has a tasting room in Buellton specializing in single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Check out the wine flights paired with sweet and savory artisan cookies and enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces. 201 Industrial Way B, 805.691.1300, loringwinecompany.com

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MARGERUM WINE COMPANY Sample wines from Santa Barbara food and wine industry pioneer Doug Margerum. The company makes limited quantities of wines from grapes grown on their estate vineyard and from grapes purchased from other top vineyards in and around Santa Barbara County. Open on Saturday & Sunday only. 59 Industrial Way, 805.686.8500, margerumwines.com



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f feeding ostriches isn’t already on your bucket list, add it now and head straight to OstrichLand USA. This 33-acre working ranch, home to over 100 ostriches and emus, is a reasonably inexpensive thrill at $5 per adult and $2 for children under 12 for admission and $1 per bowl of feed. Guests enter through the charming gift shop, which is curated with a unique assortment of ostrich-related goods - feathered fans, ostrich leather bags, ostrich jerky, ostrich plush toys, hats, various curios, jewelry, tee shirts, and of course, when in season, ostrich eggs. There’s even a cabinet full of ostrich eggs autographed by famous visitors like Billy Bob Thornton and Ray Romano. Once you’ve made your way through the gift shop, the real adventure begins. Grab a bowl of feed and head out to the main attraction - the big birds! Once you approach the fence get ready because the herd comes in hot. Hang onto the bowl and let the feeding frenzy begin. Although the initial interaction with these enormous creatures can be a little intimidating, just follow the guidelines and enjoy the thrill. For a slightly more subdued experience meander down the path to meet the smaller and conceivably more docile “cousins” of the ostrich family - the emus. These unique creatures are all at once majestic, bizarre, graceful, comical and definitely worth the stop. OSTRICHLAND USA • 610 E HIGHWAY 246 • 805.686.9696 • OSTRICHLANDUSA.COM VISITSYV.COM


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MARTELLOTTO WINE PRODUCTIONS Open by appointment only, this tasting room offers a host of varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo. 100 Los Padres Way, 619.567.9244, martellotto.com MOSBY WINERY AND VINEYARD Indulge in Cal-Italia wine, made from estate-grown Italian varietals, including Cortese, La Seduzione, Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio. A charming red barn tasting room is nestled among the vines on the Italian themed vineyard. 9496 Santa Rosa Road, 805.688.2415, mosbywines.com PENCE VINEYARD & WINERY This small vineyard and winery is located within a 200-acre working ranch and produces estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Private tours and current release tastings are available by appointment only. 1909 West Highway 246, 805.735.7000, penceranch.com SECTION WINES A wine cooperative, featuring Tuscan-born winemaker Marco Lucchesi’s Rhone, Bordeaux, and Tuscan blends, made from biodynamically, sustainably farmed fruits of the Santa Barbara wine regions. 65 Los Padres Way, 805.729.2911, sectionwines.com SIDEWAYS LOUNGE Located just a short stroll from Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground, the Sideways Inn on-site lounge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy innovative cocktails, local microbrews, fine wines, a daily happy hour and weekly specials. 114 E Highway 246, 805.688.8448, highwaywestvacations.com 48


STANDING SUN WINES This unique concept melds music, wine and art together. It's an industrial winery, tasting room, modern art gallery and live music venue for touring bands across the country. 92 Second Street # D, 805.691.9413, standingsunwines.com MORE TO

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FLAG IS UP FARMS Visit Monty Roberts' ("the man who listens to horses") internationally renowned equine learning center 901 East Hwy 246, 805.688.6288, montyroberts.com MENDENHALL MUSEUM One of the West Coast’s largest petroliana collections, including gasoline pumps, globes, road signs and more. This impressive collection includes race cars, racing memorabilia, license plates and other interesting antiques. 24 Zaca Street, 805.689.2402 (call ahead to book a tour), mendenhallmuseum.com OSTRICHLAND USA Visit this working ostrich ranch and beloved Central Coast landmark to feed and interact with the resident ostriches and emus. Shop ostrich-related goods, including eggs when in season, in the quaint gift shop. 610 East Hwy 246, 805.686.9696, ostrichlandusa.com STA. RITA HILLS WINE REGION This American Viticulture Appellation located just outside of Buellton, is considered a perfect environment for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other cool climate wine grape varieties. (for directions and a printable touring map go to staritahills.com)



Los Olivos was first named after a nearby ranch made up of 5,000 olive trees.

LOS OLIVOS CALIFORNIA HISTORY MELDS WITH MODERN-DAY WINE TASTING rooms, art galleries and upscale shops in this picture-perfect country town in the northeast part of the valley. Centered by an iconic WWI memorial flagpole monument, Victorian homes and businesses cluster nearby around the community hub at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Alamo Pintado Avenue. Vineyards, lavender farms, orchards, ranches and horse trails surround Los Olivos. It’s a laid-back place where locals sit on wooden porches and chat with friends and visitors. In the early 1860s, the town was a welcome stagecoach stop on the route 50



that ran from San Francisco to San Diego. County Historical Landmark Mattei’s Tavern, which still stands today, was built in 1887 to house and feed those passengers. Don’t be deceived by the Victorian vibe because behind the historic doors the offerings are distinctly modern and sophisticated - elegant clothing and jewelry boutiques, antiques, art galleries, and gourmet dining. And then there’s the wine tasting - and world-class wine tasting. Sip local vintages at a tasting room - choose among more than 30 within a 5-block area. Los Olivos has something to offer the most discriminating of visitors.

STAY Fess Parker Wine Country Inn 2860 Grand Avenue • 805.688.7788

EAT/DRINK Andrew Murray Vineyards 5249 Foxen Canyon Road • 805.693.9644 Artiste 2948 Grand Avenue • 805.686.2626 Barbieri Wine Company 2369 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.688.8882 The Bear and Star 2860 Grand Avenue • 805.686.1359 Beckman Vineyards 2670 Ontiveros Rd. • 805.688.8664 Brander Vineyards 2401 N. Refugio Road • 805.688.2455 Brewer Clifton 2367 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.866.6080 Coquelicot Estate Vineyard 2884 Grand Ave. • 805.688.1500 Crawford Family Wines 2477 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.698.3889 Demetria 6701 Foxen Canyon Road • 805.686.2345 Dragonette Cellars 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.693.0077 E11even by Andrew Murray 2963 Grand Avenue • 805.318.6680 Epiphany Cellars 2974 Grand Avenue • 805.686.2424 Evan's Ranch Winery 2901 Grand Avenue • 805.688.0558 Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard 6200 Foxen Canyon Road • 805.688.1545 Figueroa Mountain Brewing 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.694.2252 Firestone Vineyard 5000 Zaca Station Road • 805.688.3940 Kaena 2890 Grand Avenue • 805.688.4069 Los Olivos Lemons 2971 Grand Avenue • 805.350.0772 Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe 2879 Grand Avenue • 805.688.7265 Refugio Ranch Vineyards 2990 Grand Avenue • 805.688.5499 Saarloos & Sons 2971 Grand Avenue • 805.688.1200 Sides Hardware & Shoes 2375 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.688.4820 Solminer Wine Company 2890 Grand Avenue • 805.691.9195 Story of Soil 2963 Grand Avenue • 805.318.6680 Zaca Mesa Winery 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd. • 805.688.9339 Zinke 2366 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.691.9718


SEE/SHOP/DO Ace Rivington 2920 #B Grand Avenue • 925.248.2772 First Street Leather 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.688.7496 Gallery Los Olivos 2920 Grand Avenue • 805.688.7517 Global Gardens 2450 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.307.0447 Honey Paper 2933 #E Grand Avenue • 805.325.9320 J. Woeste in Los Olivos 2356 Alamo Pintado Ave. • 805.693.1951 KAP Land & Cattle 6300 Foxen Canyon Rd. • 805.325.3658 Los Olivos General Store 2900 Grand Avenue • 805.688.8148 Pedego 2948 San Marcos Ave. • 805.691.3045 The Style Junction 2948 Nojoqui #4 Rd. • 805.455.1008 Wildflower Women 2920 Grand Avenue • 805.697.7377



FESTIVALS & EVENTS LOS OLIVOS JAZZ AND OLIVE FESTIVAL Spend a Saturday afternoon tasting wine from 30 local wineries, listening to world-class, professional jazz musicians, and sampling 30 different olive-themed dishes prepared by local chefs. This tasty event is hosted by the Rotary Club every June in Lavinia Campbell Park. ANNUAL DAY IN THE COUNTRY Experience a dose of small town charm at this local event, held every October for the past thirty-five years. Indulge in the great food and family fun which defines the Los Olivos lifestyle. OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS Kick off the holiday season with this annual family-friendly celebration. Enjoy musical performances, treats and carolers, the tree lighting ceremony, luminaria adorned streets, and the smell of roasted walnuts wafting through the crisp winter air. Photographer: Daniel Colvin

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THE BEAR AND STAR Located in the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, experience refined ranch cuisine sourced from Wagyu cattle, heirloom fruits and organic vegetables sourced from the Parker Home Ranch, along with an extensive wine list, full bar, and wood-fired meat and pizza. 2860 Grand Avenue, 805.686.1359, thebearandstar.com LOS OLIVOS WINE MERCHANT AND CAFE Wine-country Mediterranean cuisine with an exceptional wine list with a ranking on Open Table's "top 100 wine lists in the country". 2879 Grand Avenue, 805.688.7265, winemerchantcafe.com

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SIDES HARDWARE AND SHOES Brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols create farm to fork American craftsmanship cuisine, from fresh local purveyors, along with an impressive list of Central Coast wines. 2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.688.4820, sidesrestaurant.com MORE TO

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ACE RIVINGTON A menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle brand and mercantile inspired by the spirit of adventure. Shop US made jeans, classic tees, button-ups, hats, and signature Homespun French Terry sweatshirts, and a well-curated selection of lifestyle goods and gifts - Pendleton towels, Manready Mercantile candles, AVI-8 watches, and more. Head over the pass to check out the flagship store located in Santa Barabra. 2920-B Grand Avenue, 925.248.2772, acerivington.com

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café - CHILL SPOT


hasing your favorite varietal along rural roads in the Santa Ynez Valley can be a blast. But sometimes - like when it’s hot or raining or you just want to chill - it’s nice to settle in someplace where the food is farm-to-table fresh, the welcome is warm, the pretense is non-existent, and wine offerings from Santa Barbara to Mendocino are right at your fingertips. Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café is just such a place. Choose from the wraparound bar, the comfortable dining room, or the shaded outdoor tables in front, and let the enjoyment begin. Proprietors Sam and Shawnda Marmorstein provide much of the produce from their organic family farm, about a mile away, adding a seasonal signature to “Mary’s chicken,” homemade gnocchi with seasonal vegetables, salads that are fresh-picked crisp and other dishes. Feel like having just a beer and fries? Then get that, or a dessert to share or a whole meal. “It’s about providing the experience the customer wants, whatever it is,” Shawnda says. “That and providing a place where people can meet local winemakers,” which happens here at special monthly events. Happy hour runs from 3-6 pm weekdays, with value-priced bar food, beer and wine. It’s a good time to try the Marmorsteins’ first Bordeaux-style blend, bottled under the Bernat family label. LOS OLIVOS WINE MERCHANT & CAFE 2879 GRAND AVENUE 805.688.7265 WINEMERCHANTCAFE.COM

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Sense of Place

"Our philosophy is to use the best ingredients and prepare them for our guests in a way that’s consistent and trustworthy.”


eff and Matt Nichols open restaurants looking to connect - with history, tradition, community and the building that houses their enterprise. That’s as true at Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez as it is at the ever-popular Sides Hardware & Shoes in Los Olivos. In fact, the name of the latter - not exactly a culinarily conspicuous one - was borrowed from the store that occupied the site a hundred years ago. Accordingly, the understated dining room, with its high, patterned tin ceiling, has a bit of an old-time feel. Here, you’ll find straightforward, carefully made American food: great sandwiches like “The Hammered Pig” (breaded, fried pork tenderloin with cabbage and pickles), seasonal market salads, house-made desserts, and good-as-it-gets burgers. Tip: try anything with their handcrafted Brothers bacon. Brined, slow-roasted, applewood smoked and then griddled with honey, it enhances the four-cheese grilled cheese, the Sides bacon burger, diver scallops with braised leeks and even the Bloody Bacon Mary. For dessert, don’t miss the upside-down cake with blueberries, peaches or other seasonal stars. “Our philosophy is to use the best ingredients and prepare them for our guests in a way that’s consistent and trustworthy,” says Jeff. Who can’t connect with that? 2375 ALAMO PINTADO AVENUE • 805.688.4820 • SIDESRESTAURANT.COM



Lucy & Lady

“J. Woeste, for whimsical, original garden and indoor treasures.” -Town and Country Magazine

2356 Alamo Pintado Ave • Los Olivos, CA 93441 • www.jwoeste.com • info@jwoeste.com • Open daily 10-5


Shop, See & Do


AVEC MOI DECOR A unique store with a beautifully curated treasure trove of European inspired gifts, antiques, home decor, jewelry, women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories. 2906 Grand Avenue, 805.688.5700, facebook.com/avecmoidecorinc FIRST STREET LEATHER Luxurious leather and fur jackets, coats, boots, shoes, sweaters, handbags and small leather goods for men and women, with firstrate service. 2434 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.688.7496, first-streetleather.com GALLERY LOS OLIVOS The gallery showcases work from more than 40 regional artists. A variety of media rotates through the gallery, including paintings, graphite drawings, photography and sculpture. 2920 Grand Avenue, 805.688.7517, gallerylosolivos.com GLOBAL GARDENS Owner Theo Stephan, sells her artisanal organic olive oil, natural fruit vinegars, all natural beauty products and gourmet food items at her charming farm stand and mini 3-acre garden, complete with a tasting bar. 2450 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 800.307.0447, globalgardensonline.com

HONEY PAPER Bridal lounge and stationery design studio selected greeting cards, custom stationery, paper, ribbon, & gifts. Owner Michelle Castle color maps and illustrations for one-of-a-kind Avenue #B, 805.325.9320, honey-paper.com

specializing in handinvitations, wrapping creates custom water designs. 2933 Grand

J. WOESTE IN LOS OLIVOS A haven for home and garden lovers, plants, succulents and whimsical garden treasures and a cottage brimming with distinctive gifts, books and art. 2356 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.693.1951, jwoeste.com KAP LAND & CATTLE Saddle-up for a 90-minute horseback ride through the historic 714acre Parker Family Ranch. Fully customizable for all levels. Guests can also enjoy a luxury picnic lunch catered by The Bear & Star restaurant. 6300 Foxen Canyon Road, 805.325.3658, kaplandandcattle.com LOS OLIVOS GENERAL STORE A modern take on a classic general store, specializing in art, home goods, & locally made products & a tasting room featuring Larner Vineyard and Winery selections. 2900 Grand Avenue, 805.688.8148, losolivosgeneralstore.com PEDEGO Experience the beauty and tastes of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country on an electric bike. Rent and explore on your own or select from one of the available tours. 2948 San Marcos Avenue, Suite E, 805.691.3045, pedegoelectricbikes.com VISITSYV.COM




1. HIGH TIME Elevate your every day look with a sturdy, yet luxurious timepiece from AVI-8.


2. LAYERED EFFECT Add a few of our Super Soft Crew Neck Tees to freshen up your wardrobe and to layer under button ups and sweaters for warm Valley days and cool nights. 3. SETTING THE TONE The timeless appeal of Johnny Cash, a bass-baritone rebel with plenty of cool, is the perfect soundtrack for the rugged, yet refined Ace Rivington vibe. 4. LET THE SUNSHINE IN, but just not in your eyes. It's always sunny in the SYV, so treat your peepers to some quality shades from Santa Rita Parlor.


Guest Editor

5. ON THE ROCKS This 4 piece whiskey tumbler set from Manready Mercantile is my "go-to" guy gift.

Beau Lawrence - storyteller, designer, and founder of men’s lifestyle brand Ace Rivington gives us the lowdown on Santa Ynez Valley swagger, style, and a few tips for a wardrobe tune-up.


6. LIVIN’ THE LIFE Our designs are built in small batches with most of our products being made in Los Angeles. 7. LEATHER UP No wardrobe is complete without a good leather jacket. The ever versatile A.R. Cafe Leather Racer Jacket is a no-brainer. Wear it with a casual tee by day, and dress it up with a button up for dinner out. 8. MAN CRAFT This scrimshaw knife kit is an awesome way for guys to get their craft on and a great starter introduction into the art of scrimshaw.


9. WONDERWALL Our Wall of Denim ensures that customers find the best fit and fabric for their needs. And it’s not just the guys who shop here women love our denim, especially the Slim Tapered Stretch Selvedge style and our high rise skinny. 10. THE WHOLE ENCHILADA We've got the guy thing covered - tees, button ups khakis, denim, sweaters, sweat shirts, lifestyle goods, accessories, gifts, and more. Next time you are in Los Olivos pop in to see what's new or just stop by and say "hi."

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Ace Rivington is a men’s lifestyle brand inspired by the spirit of adventure. The jeans are California conceived and made in the USA from Italian milled fabric. Classic tees, button-ups, hats, and signature Homespun French Terry sweatshirts round out the collection. The vibe is cool, the fits are modern, and the looks are straightforward. Relax, hang-out, and enjoy a beer while shopping the well-curated, wanderlust-inducing selection of lifestyle goods and gifts - Pendleton towels, Manready Mercantile candles, AVI-8 watches, and more - at the Los Olivos outpost. Head over the pass to Santa Barbara to check out the flagship store located on State Street in the historic La Arcada shopping center. LOS OLIVOS • 2920 B GRAND AVENUE • 925.248.2772 | SANTA BARBARA • 1114 STATE STREET #25 • 805.881.2999 | ACERIVINGTON.COM 56


SAVANNAH ROSE BY DENNEE’S Filled from floor to beamed ceiling with fabulous farm house finds - rustic chic gifts, accessories, lighting fixtures, artwork, and furniture for the bedroom, living room, and more. 2935 Grand Avenue, 805.693.1343 THE STYLE JUNCTION Indulge in vintage and new designer women's apparel, accessories, and beauty products at this impressively edited and curated collection of goods from Versace, Westwood, McQueen, Dolce, Gabbana, Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, and more. 2948 Nojoqui Avenue, 805.4551008, thestylejunction.com WILDFLOWER WOMEN Shop this lovely boutique for a perfect blend of timeless and on-trend, effortless and edgy clothing, shoes, boots, accessories, lifestyle, and beauty products, plus an adorable children's selection. 2920 Grand Avenue, 805.697.7377, wildflowerwomenboutique.com MORE TO


ANDREW MURRAY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Blanc, Syrah. Vineyard, 5249 Foxen Canyon Road, 805.686.9604, andrewmurrayvineyards.com ARTISTE WINERY & TASTING ROOM STUDIO Vino E' Sole - Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Musee d' Orsay - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend. 2948 Grand Avenue, 805.686.2626, artiste.com BARBIERI WINE COMPANY Rose’, Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Petit Syrah. 2369 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.688.8882, barbieriwines.com BECKMAN Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cuvee', Syrah. 2670 Ontiveros Road, 805.688.8664, beckmenvineyards.com BRANDER Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cuvee'. 2401 North Refugio Road, 805.688.2455, brander.com


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BREWER CLIFTON Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 2367 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.866.6080 COQUELICOT Sustainable, certified organic Red, White, Rose’, and dessert wines. 2884 Grand Avenue, 805.688.1500, coquelicotwines.com CRAWFORD FAMILY WINES Taste micro-production lots of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Rhone varietals made "garagiste" style. 2477 Alamo Pintado Ave., 805.698.3889, crawfordfamilywines.com DEMETRIA Premium Rhône and Burgundy style wines. 6701 Foxen Canyon Rd., 805.686.2345, demetriaestate.com DRAGONETTE CELLARS Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah. 2445 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.693.0077 E11EVEN WINES BY ANDREW MURRAY Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Blanc, Syrah. 2901-A Grand Avenue, 805.693.9644, andrewmurrayvineyards.com




EPIPHANY CELLARS Syrah, Grenache, Petit Syrah, Roussanne, Syrah Cabernet. 2974 Grand Avenue, 805.686.2424, epiphanywineco.com EVAN'S RANCH WINERY Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah. 2901 Grand Avenue, 805.688.0558, evansranchwines.com FESS PARKER WINERY & VINEYARD Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Viognier. 6200 Foxen Canyon Road, 800.841.1104, fessparker.com FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY Paradise Road Pilsner, Danish Red Lager, Hoppy Poppy IPA and specialty beers. 2363 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.694.2252, figmtnbrew.com FIRESTONE VINEYARD Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Sayrah, Merlot, Reisling, Chardonnay. 5017 Zaca Station Road, 805.688.3940, firestonewine.com KAENA Chardonnay, Sayrah, Riesling, Viognier, Grenache, Grenache Blanc. 2890 Grand Avenue, 805.688.4069, kaenawine.com



LARNER VINEYARD AND WINERY Estate GSM Blend, Rose', Malvasia Bianca, Estate Syrah, Estate Grenache. 2900 Grand Avenue, 805.688.8148, larnerwine.com LOS OLIVOS LEMONS All-natural, fresh squeezed, small-batch lemonade made fresh daily, along with craft-made simple syrup - lavender, mint, blueberry and more! 2971 Grand Avenue, 805.350.0772, losolivoslemons.com REFUGIO RANCH VINEYARDS Roussanne, Sangiovese, Rose', Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah, “Barbareño” blend. 2990 Grand Avenue, 805.688.5400, refugioranch.com SAARLOOS & SONS Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir, Sauvignon Blanc. 2971 Grand Avenue, 805.688.1200, saarloosandsons.com SOLMINER WINE COMPANY Gruner, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Riesling, Sparkling Red. 2890 Grand Ave., 805.691.9195, solminer.com STORY OF SOIL Small batch Syrah, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc. 2362 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.686.1302, storyofsoilwine.com THE BUBBLE SHACK Fesstivity Blanc De Noirs, Fesstivity Blanc de Blancs, Fesstivity Brut Cuvee, Sibling Bubblery Sparkling Grenache. 2970 Grand Ave., 805.688.8276, fessbubbles.com ZACA MESA Syrah, Roussanne, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Cuvee Blanc, Grenache. 6905 Foxen Canyon Road, 805.688.9339, zacamesa.com ZINKE Hand crafted, single vineyard Rhone varietal wines sourced from the Grand Crus. 2366 Alamo Pintado Avenue, 805.691.9718, zinkewines.com




w/ Sue Turner-Cray, Curator Extraordinaire & Proprietress of The Style Junction The most exceptional vintage in Los Olivos doesn’t always come in a bottle. The Style Junction is one of the Valley’s most unexpected treats. Home

to decades worth of coveted vintage designer goods, the looks run the gamut, from rock and roll to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and everything in between. These are definitely not your grandmother’s clothes unless she frequented CBGB in the late 70s or Paris runway shows in the 90s. An edgy-chic vibe permeates the space and the Union Jack painted on the floor gives a nod to owner, Turner-Cray’s British roots. Sprinkled throughout the funky, yet elegant clothing assortment is a mixture of new designer pieces and contemporary street wear. In the back of the store, you’ll find a fabulous selection of safe, high performing, American made, skin care and make up. We chatted with Turner-Cray over a cup of tea recently, and here’s what she had to say about her sartorial adventure.

V Turner-Cray rocked the red carpet at the Grammys last year in these Alexander McQueen stilettos, with her Grammy awardwinning husband Robert Cray and their son.

THE INSPO: I left a successful acting career in Los Angeles behind, as my husband and I relocated to the Valley in search of a more magical childhood for our son. I decided to go back to my early roots in the fashion industry and see if a vintage and new designer women's clothing store would appeal to locals and visitors. To my delight, it has been so well received I had to move to a larger location a few years ago.

CULTIVATING FASHION: My English grandmother loved glamour and my Irish mother, a window dresser in London and Leicester, was also a talented house decorator, so I’ve always been interested in color, clothes, and fashion. Luckily, I was pretty and leggy as a teen and walked the runway for Sonia Rykiel, Junko Koshino, Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo, and others from 1983-1990.

OTHER OFFERINGS: I have a showroom of the entire line, available to sample, of American made, high performing, safe skin care, and makeup products from Beautycounter. After years of working with top makeup artists as a model and actress, I know all of the tricks of the trade. I want women to feel beautiful in every chapter of their lives, so by appointment only, I offer makeup and skin care consultations.

THE TRUTH BE TOLD: I am always truthful, if something doesn't work on you I will be honest. I love seeing my clients skip out the door, with items that will be worn and never collect dust in the back of the closet. The store is off the beaten path, down a dusty little road, but definitely worth the walk.

GOOD WARDROBE HUNTING: I get inside leads from several LA stylists I’m still in touch with from my acting years. On trips to London, to visit family I shop for different items not easily found in the US. I drive my husband and son a bit mad by stopping at every estate sale or interesting shop we encounter on trips to visit family and friends in New York or Seattle. I’m virtually always on the hunt for that hidden treasure - a cool Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood or John Galliano piece that I don't have to charge an arm and a leg for. 2948 NOJOQUI ROAD SUITE 4 • 805.455.1008 • THESTYLEJUNCTION.COM VISITSYV.COM


Residents today still pick up their mail from the Post Office downtown, as no street delivery is available.

LOS ALAMOS SURROUNDED BY RANCHES, FARMS AND VINEYARDS AT THE northern “entry” to the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos is located at the junction of US Highway 101 and State Route 135. Bell Street, the main thoroughfare, is only seven blocks long yet reflects as much Old West heritage as any small town on California’s Central Coast. Founded in 1876 and named in Spanish for “the cottonwoods” that still grace the area - it looks and feels vintage yet boasts a burgeoning food, wine, arts & antique scene. One-of-a-kind lodging includes a Victorian-style 60



bed & breakfast with six themed suites and a modern motor court with a view. Buildings old and new house art galleries, antique shops, and wine tasting rooms along with a surprising variety of restaurants for every type of taste from locavore to carnivore. During the last weekend of September, Los Alamos Old Days honors the town’s western heritage with a celebration including an arts & crafts fair, BBQ, car show, dance, and parade – an excellent time to wrangle a visit with free fun for the whole family.

STAY Alamo Motel 425 Bell Street • 805.344.2852 Skyview Los Alamos 9150 US 101 • 805.344.3770 Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast 326 Bell Street • 805.344.1300






1880 Union Freshly-renovated historic landmark available for private bookings. 362 Bell Street • 805.344.2744 Babi’s Beer Emporium A vast selection of quality craft beer and ciders. 380 Bell Street • 805.344.1900 Bedford Winery Sip Syrahs, and other varietals such as Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Franc and picnic in the adjacent garden courtyard. 448 Bell Street • 805.344.2107 Bell's French bistro-inspired fare with a small yet eclectic wine list highlighting local and European labels in the former Bell Street Farms space. 406 Bell Street Instagram@bellslosalamos Bob's Well Bread Bakery Old world European techniques are used to create delicious hand-made bread & baked goods, made with only the finest ingredients. 550 Bell Street • 805.344.3000 Bodega Open-air wine and beer garden with bocce ball, a fire pit, and a wellcurated greenhouse and gift shop, filled with pottery, succulents, and other goodies. 273 Bell Street • 323.790.4194 Casa Dumetz Boutique artisan winery & inviting tasting room specializing in lovely small batch handcrafted wines. 388 Bell Street • 805.344.1900 Municipal Winemakers Sip high quality wines in the tasting room or around fire pit located on the Alamo Hotel property. Open Thu-Sun. 423 Bell Street • 805.245.5524 Norman California fare with nods to the country roots of Los Alamos along with a locally-focused wine list, and classic and artisan cocktails. 9150 US-101 • 805.344.0080




The perfect place to kick off your dusty boots and hang a while when visiting California’s newest food and wine destination Los Alamos. Blending rustic Western and industrial elements, each of our four apartments offer everything tuckered-out cowboys and cowgirls need to relax and rejuvenate: eclectic furnishings and attention to design, the most comfortable beds in the West, spacious well-appointed baths, fully stocked kitchens, and an unbeatable location right in the very heart of town. Come see us your next visit. You’ll be happy you did.



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Pico Approachable Californian cuisine and an extensive wine list including Nuclear Wines, available for tasting at the wine bar. Shop for gifts and goods at the adjoining general store. 458 Bell Street • 805.344.1122 Plenty on Bell Locally driven, elevated comfort food, with glutenfree and vegetarian/ vegan options, and an extensive Santa Barbara County wine and beer list. 508 Bell Street • 805.344.3020 Valle Fresh Fresh, local California culinary creations by Conrad Gonzales via professional cooking services, catering, pop-up dining, events and more, with a taco bar open Thu-Sun. 380 Bell Street • 805.865.2282

SEE/SHOP/DO Los Alamos County Park Kick back, picnic, enjoy a game of softball or horseshoes or watch the woodpeckers at work at this “hidden treasure”, 51-acre park at the mouth of the Drum Canyon. 500 Drum Canyon Road • 805.934.6123 Sisters Gift and Home Peruse vintage home decor, gifts and more from two local artists and seven one-of-a-kind vendors at this historic home turned antique store. 349 Bell Street • 805.357.9415 The Depot Antique Mall & Wine Pub Once the depot for the Pacific Coast Railway, this historic building with over 60 vendors is now home to one of the top ten antique malls in CA. 515 Bell Street • 805.344.3315 The Gentleman Farmer Antiques Vintage, original & reproduction farm, canine, country & English sporting equine art, gifts & accessories, fine vintage linens & jewelry. 363 Bell Street • 805.344.4111



BALLARD THE SERENE VILLAGE OF BALLARD IS THE OLDEST AND smallest of the region’s towns and holds some of the valley’s most treasured gems, including two Santa Barbara County Historical Landmarks. The Ballard Elementary School, also known as the “Little Red Schoolhouse” has been educating local children since 1883. The other noteworthy landmark is the picturesque Ballard Presbyterian Church - now Ballard Country

Mickey Rooney & Ava Gardner were married in Ballard on January 10, 1942



Church - erected in 1889 is replete with a classic steepled belfry, stained glass windows, and fish-scale shingles. The community is also home to The Ballard Inn & The Gathering Table – one of the most romantic and luxurious B&Bs in the region where delectable award-winning French-Asian cuisine is savored. It’s well worth a visit to Ballard to experience the serenity and charm of a well-preserved country burg.


The Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table Owner and Chef, Budi Kazali

EAT/SEE The Gathering Table 2436 Baseline Avenue 800.638.2466 Little Red School House 2425 School Street 805.688.4812 Ballard Country Church 2465 Baseline Avenue 805.688.6684

STAY Ballard Inn & The Gathering Table 2436 Baseline Avenue 800.638.2466



Experience the relaxed smalltown charm, natural beauty and cultural history of this Valley town.


SANTA YNEZ IN THE VINTAGE township of Santa Ynez, with its period-style falsefront building facades, feed stores and random horses hitched to posts, it’s sometimes hard to tell if it’s 2018 or 1884. However, this somewhat sophisticated cowboy town boasts plenty of conveniences for modernday trail riders. The streets, with horse shoe-embedded crosswalks, are lined with a variety of clothing boutiques, home decor stores, galleries, restaurants and even an original California honky-tonk saloon. If you have 66


an appetite, this is the place to be, as the dining options range from classic burgers, pancakes and waffles, to steaks, seafood, regional Italian fare, Latin fusion and locavore cuisine. The Chumash Casino Resort, adjacent to the township, offers 24/7 gaming, live entertainment, dining and luxurious accommodations. Cyclists gravitate to Santa Ynez for a world-class training center, tours or just the chance to ride a bike along quiet country roads. There’s plenty to see, do and eat in the town that gave the Valley its name.


ForFriends Inn 1121 Edison St. • 805.693.0303 Santa Ynez Inn 3627 Sagunto St. • 805.688.5588


Brave & Maiden Estate 649 N. Refugio Rd. • 805.693.2989 Brothers at the Red Barn 3539 Sagunto St. • 805.688.4142 Carr Winery 3563 Numancia St. • 805.688.5757 Dos Carlitos 3544 Sagunto St. • 805.688.0033 Gainey Vineyard 3950 E. Highway 246 • 805.688.0558 Grassini Family Vineyards 805.897.3366 Happy Canyon Vineyards by appointment only • 805.203.0749 Kalyra Winery 343 N. Refugio Road • 805.693.8864 McKinney Family Vineyards by appointment only • 805.399.0595 Roblar Winery 3010 Roblar Road • 805.686.2603 Santa Ynez Billiards & Cafe 1000 Edison St. • 805.697.7109 Sunstone Vineyard & Winery 125 N. Refugio Rd. • 805.688.9463 S.Y. Kitchen 1110 Faraday Street • 805.691.9794 The Baker's Table 3563 Numancia St. • 805.688.4856 The Lucky Hen Larder 1095 Meadowvale Rd • 805.691.9448 The Willows 3400 E. Highway 246 • 805.686.0855 Trattoria Grappolo 3687 Sagunto St. • 805.688.6899 Vincent Vineyards 2370 N. Refugio Road • 805.691.4200 Westerly Wines by appointment only • 949.289.1457




Carmichael Training Systems 3640 Sagunto St. • 805.694.8651 Chumash Casino 3400 E. HWY 246 • 800.248.6274 SYV History Museum 3596 Sagunto St. • 805.688.7889 Vino Vaqueros 2178 Mora Avenue • 805.944.0493 YMCA 900 N. Refugio Rd. • 805.686.2037





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Eat & Drink

Brave & Maiden ESTATE By appointment only wine tasting experiences, showcasing limited production wines, including Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, Sauvigon Blanc, and critically acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. 805.693.2989, braveandmaiden.com Brother’s RESTAURANT AT THE RED BARN Every detail of this restaurant exudes the essence of the Santa Ynez Valley including the delicious food, casual and rustic ambiance and excellent service. 3539 Sagunto Street, 805.688.4142, brothersredbarn.com Carr VINEYARDS AND WINERY Specializing in ultra-premium, limited production wines from Santa Barbara County. Enjoy tastings, wines by the glass, wine on tap, and live music on Friday evenings. 3563 Numancia Street, 805.688.5757, carrwinery.com Dos Carlitos Mexican and Latin inspired flavors combined with traditional favorites like tamales, seafood enchiladas, chile rellenos, and chicken mole. 3544 Sagunto Street, 805.688.0033, doscarlitosrestaurant.com gainey VINEYARD Tour the vineyards by Jeep, try blindfolded tastings in the Cellar Room, or picnic on the lawn. 3950 East Highway 246, 805.688.0558, gaineyvineyard.com GRASSINI FAMILY VINEYARD AND WINERY This beautiful and sustainable estate vineyard located in Happy Canyon is known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Hosting private and scheduled tastings. 805.897.3366, grassinifamilyvineyards.com HAPPY CANYON vineyards Complementary, by appointment only tours and tastings at this family owned estate vineyard, offering award winning Bordeaux varietal wines. 805.203.0749, happycanyonvineyard.com KALYRA WINERY The tasting room, gift shop, and bar have a laid-back beachcomber's vibe and the large deck and side lawn are fantastic picnic spots. 343 N. Refugio Road, 805.693.8864, kalyrawinery.com MCKINNEY FAMILY VINEYARDS The McKinney family produces wines of exceptional quality and character working with Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundy varietals, using grapes from the 5 Santa Barbara County AVA's. 805.399.0595, mckinneyfamilyvineyards.com Roblar winery Nestled in an oak tree-studded 40-acre vineyard with a 5,000 square foot tasting room, Roblar’s focus is estate-grown varietals including Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Grenache and Semillon. 3010 Roblar Avenue, 805.686.2603, roblarwinery.com SANTA YNEZ BILLIARDS & CAFE Play billiards, foosball, and darts or watch sporting events at this casual cafe, which also has delicious Mediterranian food, pub fare, beer, and an outdoor patio to enjoy a hooka. Edison Street, 805.697.7109, santaynezbilliardsandcafe.com S.Y. KITCHEN S.Y. Kitchen offers fresh, modern Italian dishes in any of the three rooms of their Italian-inspired California farmhouse. 1110 Faraday Street, 805.691.9794, sykitchen.com Sunstone VINEYARDS AND WINERY A beautiful and tranquil retreat where you can enjoy a glass of wine in their lavender and rosemary-filled courtyard, in their stone barrel-aging caves, or perhaps enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables. 125 Refugio Road, 805.688.9463, sunstonewinery.com


OPEN DAILY Lunch • Dinner Full Service Bar

3539 SAGUNTO ST. • SANTA YNEZ • 805.688.4142 • BROTHERSREDBARN.COM The Baker’s Table Artisan breads, flaky croissants, everything from sandwich to salads, each item is a work of art. 3563 Numancia Street, 805.688.4856, thebakers-table.com THE LUCKY HEN LARDER This gourmet & specialty foods shop features artisan sandwiches, cut-to-order cheese and hard to find culinary items. Charcuterie boards, sandwich platters, boxed lunches, picnic baskets and catering services. 1095 Meadowvale Rd., 805.691.9448, theluckyhenlarder.com TratTORIA GrapPOLO The right combination of great food, a family-style atmosphere, impeccable service, and creative and authentic Italian dishes served with gusto. 3687 Sagunto St., 805.688.6899, trattoriagrappolo.com VINCENT VINEYARDS Estate grown and bottled Bordeaux varietals and expansive outdoor terrace and well-appointed bar. Relax and enjoy exquisite views of the vineyard and Santa Ynez mountains. 2370 N. Refugio Road, 805.691.4200, vincentvineyards.com WESTERLY WINES Produces a diverse portfolio of esteemed craft wines, private tasting appointments are available on a very limited basis. 1733 Fletcher Way, 949.289.1457, westerlywines.com MORE TO

Shop, See & Do

CARMICHAEL TRAINING SYSTEMS The premier destination for personal fitness, nutrition, and performance coaching and camps for athletes of all ability levels. 3640 Sagunto Street, 805.694.8651, trainright.com Chumash Casino A 190,000 sq. ft. complex featuring an 21-and-older, 24 hour gaming floor, live entertainment, awardwinning fine dining, with a AAA Four Diamond-rated Hotel and Spa. 3400 East Highway 246, 800.248.6274, chumashcasino.com The SYV HistorY Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House Celebrates the rich history of the Valley, its pioneering settlers and the five early townships of the region, through its collection and exhibits. 3596 Sagunto St., 805. 688.7889, santaynezmuseum.org YMCA Nonprofit offering programs in Youth and Teen Activities, Sports & Recreation, Health & WellBeing, Family Activities, Childcare, Camps, Aquatics, and Active Older Adults. 900 N. Refugio Rd., 805.686.2037, ciymca.org VISITSYV.COM



The Santa Ynez Valley abounds with options for adventurous visitors and locals alike. From a sedate cycle through the vines to drifting on the breeze hundreds of feet above them, there's sure to be something to tempt you out of doors. MIGHT WE SUGGEST...



6 WAYS TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN SYV: 1. Hiking trails like Grass Mountain & Lizard's Mouth 2. Nojoqui Falls 3. Cycling 4. Lake Cachuma 5. By horseback with Vino Vaqueros 6. In a balloon with Sky's the Limit




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Barbara County offer a wide range of hiking trails throughout the Los Padres National Forest, including the Dick Smith Wilderness and San Rafael Wilderness areas. For current trail conditions and more information call 805.968.6640 or go to fs.fed.us


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picnic & Play Cachuma Lake Recreation Area: A beautiful destination amidst oak woodlands with everything for a relaxing getaway - cabin, yurt, RV and tent camping, lake side picnic areas, boating, boat and kayak rentals, naturalist-guided Wildlife Cruises, fishing, nature walks and Junior Ranger and family-friendly programs, the Neal Taylor Nature Center, bird watching, hiking, and a general store. 805.686.5054. Reserve camping online at sbparks.org Hans Christian Andersen Park and Skatepark: Beautiful park with oak trees, a skate park, playgrounds, musicmaking station, rock-climbing wall & picnic tables. 633 Chalk Hill Rd., 805.688.7529, cityofsolvang.com Nojoqui Falls County Park: A 15 minute moderate hike on a well maintained trail leads to a beautiful waterfall - the perfect picnic spot! 3250 Alisal Road, Solvang, 805.688.4217 PAWS Dog Park: Let your four-legged friends go for a romp at this Buellton park. 568 Dawn Drive, syvpaws.org River view Park: Take in the beautiful view of the Santa Rita Hills. 151 Sycamore Drive, Buellton, cityofbuellton.com, 805.688.5177 Solvang Park: In downtown Solvang, host to festivals, free movies and concerts in the summertime, Julefest in the winter, and is a popular picnic spot year-round. Mission Drive and First Street. Sunny Fields Park: Great family park with beautiful wooden Danish-themed structures, a giant tire swing, rope bridges, and ample seating for adults. 900 Alamo Pintado Road, 805.688.7529 72


2. BIKE IT With its varied elevations, terrain, beautiful scenery and temperate climate, the SYV attracts serious and recreational cyclists from all over the world. Tour the wineries at a leisurely pace, along serene country roads or go big, for the 50 mile, 4350 foot elevation gain ride required to reach the top of Figueroa Mountain. Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop: A great selection of road and mountain bike rentals and the Valley’s resource for bicycles, cycling accessories, parts & service. This shop caters to everyone including the high end cyclist, hardcore mountain bike and BMX riders & families. 1693 Mission Drive, Solvang, 805.688.6263 drjsbikeshop.com 3. BY HORSEBACK With numerous thoroughbred

ranches, training facilities, and riding clubs, along with Cowgirl Hall of Famers and Olympic champions, it’s no wonder the Valley is one of the most active equestrian locations in the nation. Events and competitions are held almost every weekend at the Valley’s equestrian center. Go to syvea.org for a schedule of equine events. No horse, no problem. You can still “go native” and saddle-up with one of the local guide companies. Rancho Oso Horseback Riding: Guided trail rides on safe, gentle horses, suitable for beginners, ages 8 and up! Reservations recommended 1-2 days in advance. 3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, 805.683.5110, ranchooso.net

4. FROM THE SKY Santa Barbara Soaring: Silently soar above one of the most picturesque gliding areas in the country. Located at the Santa Ynez Airport, 900 Airport Road, Santa Ynez, 805.688.2517, sbsoaring.com. Sky's the limit: Soar to new heights with daily morning Santa Ynez Valley balloon rides! With over 100 wineries in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley, the year-round near perfect climate and light prevailing winds in the Central Coast of California makes this an ideal place for ballooning. Sky's the Limit Ballooning Adventures, 800.558.5828, santabarbaraballoonrides.com

HIT THE BEACH Explore the Coastline: Head over the pass to beautiful Santa Barbara for a day and learn to sail, charter a sailboat or power boat, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board, go whale-watching or take in a sunset cruise with Santa Barbara Sailing. Located at the Santa Barbara Harbor, 132-A Harbor Way, next to the launch ramp. 805.962.2826, sbsail.com El Capitan State Beach: A nice sandy beach, with tide pools, sycamore and oak trees along El Capitan Creek. It’s great for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. 2 El Capitan State Beach Road, Goleta Gaviota State Beach: 11 miles south of Buellton, marked by a tall Southern Pacific railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota Creek, the park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, surf fishing and camping. 17620 Gaviota Beach Road, Gaviota, 805.968.1033, parks.ca.gov Jalama BeacH: A beautiful site for camping, surfing, swimming, fishing, kite flying, bird watching, beach combing, wind surfing, whale and dolphin watching, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes or beach walks. There is also a small store and restaurant. 9999 Jalama Road, Lompoc, 805.736.3504 Refugio State Beach: Excellent coastal fishing, trails and picnic sites. Palm trees planted near Refugio Creek give a distinctive look to the beach & camping area. 10 Refugio Beach Road, Goleta

fresh picks Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours, located in the village of Solvang, offers daily guided cycling tours for riders of all abilities including a farm-totable picnic lunch at a vineyard. Carbon road, hybrid and electric-assist bike rentals ARE also available.

flora & fauna Clairmont Lavender Farm: A five acre all organic lavender farm. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the fields, enjoy a picnic or shop the boutique. 2480 Roblar Ave Los Olivos, 805.688.7505, clairmontfarms.com Flag is Up Farms/Monty Roberts: Home to “the Man Who Listens to Horses”. The farm is the internationally renowned starting point for some of the world’s most successful performance horses, racehorses and the Monty Roberts Int'l. Learning Center. 901 E. Highway 246, Solvang, 805.688.6288, montyroberts.com Neal Taylor Nature Center: Located within the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, the center offers exhibits on the local environment that educate visitors about the rich natural environment and cultural history of the Cachuma Lake area. 2225 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, California 93105, 805.693.0691, clnaturecenter.org OstrichLand USA: Feed the 50+ ostriches and emus or just stand back and enjoy the antics of these unbelievably large birds. Shop a variety of ostrich and emu related products. 610 East Highway 246, 805.686.9696, ostrichlandusa.com Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch: Visitors are welcome to stop in and walk around the ranch and get to know (and hopefully pet) the resident mini-horses free of charge. Mon.-Sat. from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 1555 Alamo Pintado Road, 805.686.4002, qsminis.com Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden: Built by the community for the community. Visit the garden to learn about the natural environment of the entire valley. Enjoy an educational class, workshop or the Children's Amphitheater. 151 Sycamore Drive, santaynezvalleybotanicgarden.com Figueroa Mountain Road/Los Padres National Forest: Take a drive (north from Los Olivos) to see the brightly colored lupine, California poppies and wild mustard that carpet the hillsides in the springtime. An Adventure pass is needed if you plan to hike or walk around. Passes are available online or at the Ranger Station at the top of Figueroa Mountain Road. fs.fed.us

FOLDED HILLS FarmStead: Showcases organically grown seasonal produce, heritage farm animals and locally made goods. Fri-Sun, 11-5. Spring-Summer only. 2323 Old Coast Highway, Gaviota, 310.918.9400, foldedhills.com/the-farmstead Morell Nut and Berry Farm: U-pick raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries, yellow raspberries, sunflowers and other assorted flowers. Seasonal. 1980 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, 805.688.8969 Rancho Olivos: The only farm in the Santa Ynez Valley where you can taste artisan extra virgin olive oil right next to olive groves. 2390 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, 805.686.9653, ranchoolivos.com Santa Barbara Blueberries: A u-pick, pesticide-free blueberry farm. Also offered: pomegranates, wild honey, blueberry jams and other natural products. 1980 Highway 101, Gaviota, 805.686.5718, santabarbarablueberries.com Solvang Farmers’ Market: (every Wednesday afternoon, year-round) Copenhagen Drive & 1st Street, 805.962.5354, sbfarmersmarket.org

Vino Vaqueros

Experience the most breathtaking ranches and vineyards in the region on a guided private, 90-minute ride, followed by wine paired with a gourmet deli lunch. 2178 Mora Avenue, Santa Ynez, 805.944.0493, VinoVaqueros.com



& g n i k i H d n u o r gA n i s r o H y e l l a V the HIKING IS one of the best ways to drink in the beauty of a region, and the SYV’s extensive network of trails affords hikers of all ages and abilities a perfect taste of the area’s splendor. Area trails are bursting with natural beauty and provide access to everything from wildflower-blanketed hillsides and commanding ocean views to more mellow walks through the endless acres of vineyards.

For a breathtaking ocean view check out the Gaviota Peak and Hot Spring trail at: santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/ frontcountry/gaviota


IF BELLYING up to a tasting room bar is not your thing, and you’d rather raise your heart rate along with a glass, then consider a vineyard hike. Buttonwood Farm, Winery & Vineyard Santa Barbara Wine Country (buttonwoodwinery.com) offers two annual treks around their Cycling Tours offer first-class hike and bike adventures, professionally beautiful, sustainably farmed vineyard. Taste grape varietals right led by local guides. Transportation off the vine, sample the current vintage and then make your way to the vineyard pond and enjoy a seasonal, farm-fresh lunch. to and from the trailhead and There’s even an option for your four-legged companions as Zaca a farm-to-table picnic lunch is Mesa (zacamesa.com) hosts annual spring and fall Dog Hikes included. For more details go to in the Vineyards. Bring your furry friends and accompany the winecountrycycling.com winemakers on a walking tour of the vineyards and enjoy wine and a catered BBQ lunch.


“Of all the paths you take in life make sure a few of them are dirt.” - John Muir

HIKING SAFETY & ETIQUETTE • Stay on the trails.                    • Carry and drink plenty of water. • Be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions. • Horses and mules have the right of way on trails. • Do not litter. Leave no trace. • High Fire Hazard Area. Fires and smoking are prohibited. • Stay alert. The area is home to bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, rattlesnakes, and ticks. • Dogs must be on-leash.

Grab a picnic lunch or reward, refuel and rehydrate at the end of the trail at one of these nearby stops. Los Olivos Grocery | losolivosgrocery.com Panino | paninorestaurants.com Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. | figmtnbrew.com Brother’s Restaurant at the Red Barn | brothersredbarn.com Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe | winemerchantcafe.com Sides Hardware & Shoes | sidesrestaurant.com




LOCALS' FAVE Lover’s Loop Trail is part of the Midland Schools Trail system and rewards with lovely grass and oak-studded hillsides and views. Hikers can do a small portion of this trail for a leisurely hike or the entire loop for a more challenging trek. The stats - Distance - 0.8 miles for the easy short loop; a moderate 1.2 miles to end of meadow; 2.7 miles across and down to the creek; a moderately strenuous 3.65 miles for the entire loop. Permit required. For permit information, directions to the trailhead and other great hikes go to sbtrails.org/maps/Midland-TrailMap-2016.pdf


PHOTOS: KAP Land and Cattle Co.

LONG BEFORE CARS AND ROADS transported people around Valley and into the surrounding backcountry, horses and trails did. The western heritage, still honored today, remains deeply ingrained in the SYV culture. It’s not unusual to see a few trusty steeds hitched to a post outside of a local restaurant while their riders enjoy some farm fresh fare. And thankfully, for visitors who didn’t happen to ride into town on horseback, Santa Ynez Valley has a variety of top-notch, qualified local outfitters and guides to introduce everyone, from firsttime “city-slickers” to seasoned equestrians, to the joys of exploring the local landscape in true Valley fashion. Enjoy a relaxing ride through breathtaking vineyards and working ranches, picnic in style with a gourmet lunch, take an early morning ride into the hills and cozy up to a crackling campfire for an authentic western breakfast, or end the day with a ride off into the sunset and a glass of local wine. SADDLE UP WITH ONE OF THESE LOCAL OUTFITTERS, EACH WITH THEIR UNIQUE OFFERINGS.


Vino Vaqueros - 805.944.0493, vinovaqueros.com Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort - 805.683.5110, rancho-oso.com KAP Land and Cattle Co. - 805.325.3658, kaplandandcattle.com The Alisal Guest Ranch (overnight guests only) - 805.688.6411, alisal.com

Have you ever considered taking a break from the city and envisioned yourself pedaling by vineyards sprinkled with majestic oaks? Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours makes a cycling vacation daydream a reality. THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, just a short drive from Los Angeles, has become internationally regarded as a premier cycling destination. This bikefriendly community, 30 miles from Santa Barbara, with its rolling back roads and sweeping views of the Los Padres National Forest is a California gem. Select one of our wine country day tours or enjoy one of our multi-day destination cycling vacations that extend throughout the region. Our guests have been enjoying the personal touches and first class service of a European cycling excursion without the hassle of international travel since 2005; firmly establishing SB Wine Country Cycling as the Central Coast’s premier cycling tour ambassador. The Farm-to-Table experience has been a staple in the Santa Ynez Valley for decades and we have made it our passion to combine great cycling with a delightful culinary experience. Farm to Table picnic lunches are prepared fresh and served in picturesque vineyards. Wine, chocolate, olive oil and beer tasting are also available, as are the many spa treatments and massages offered locally. Our region is also home to over 40 world-renowned AVAs (American Viticulture Areas); making the rows of grapes lining our bike routes and the picturesque vineyards where lunch is served the perfect setting for your next cycling adventure. The “Vines to Coast Tour” offers the best of both worlds with 4 days of cycling in the Santa Ynez Valley, followed by several days on the coast of Santa Barbara, where your party will relax on the shores of the American Riviera.

Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours caters to all riders’ abilities and their friendly staff is skilled at customizing routes to ensure everyone has fun. Multi-day vacations include guided tours, premiere accommodations and local dining. Only in town for a day or two? Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling also offers “Daily Wine Country Bike Tours”. Each daily tour includes bike rentals and helmets, a professional local tour guide, a souvenir water bottle and an authentic farm-to-table picnic lunch, including an artisan charcuterie with locally-sourced, seasonal, heirloom organic salad, a homemade French baguette and fresh fruit served in a picturesque vineyard. Tours depart from the Solvang storefront shortly after 9:00 am and return at around 2:30 pm. Guided hiking tours are also available, complete with an epicurean picnic lunch on the trail. Daily Wine Country Bike Tours, Guided Hiking and Multi-Day Cycling Vacations are available for everyone from the novice to seasoned active tourist. Electric-Assist guided bike tours available, as well self-guided bike rentals. Custom and private groups welcomed including wedding parties, corporate retreats and active family vacations. For more information visit - WineCountryCycling.com or call them directly at 888.557.8687




Tour local microbreweries and artisanal distilleries to see brewmasters put their own unique and innovative spin on creating real hand-crafted beer and spirits. The annual Buellton Brew Fest draws microbrew aficionados to the Valley to sample craft beer from over 40 brewers along with food, live music, games and more. River View Park - Buellton, May 4th. HERE’S A LIST OF SOME OF THE VALLEY’S BEST Babi’s Beer Emporium: 380 Bell Street, Los Alamos, 805.344.1911 Community Craft: 2446 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 805.686.1158, communitycraftlo.com Dorwood Distillery: 201 Industrial Way #D, Buellton, 805.691.9259, dorwood-distillery.com Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co: 45 Industrial Way, Buellton and 2363 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, figmtnbrew.com Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Taproom Restaurant & Barrelworks: 620 McMurray Ave., Buellton, 805.225.5911, firestonebeer.com Root 246: 420 Alisal Road, Solvang, 805.686.8681, root-246.com Solvang Brewing Company: 1547 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805.688.2337, solvangbrewing.com The Good Life: 1672 Mission Drive, Solvang, 805.688.7111, thegoodlifecellar.com

The Night SHIFT

After a full itinerary of adventuring, touring, or tasting throughout the Valley the day may be done, but the night time fun is just getting started. Perhaps it’s time to wind down with a craft cocktail in a cool lounge or gear up for some line dancing and live entertainment. From sports bars to wine bars, and everything in between, you’re sure to find your nocturnal niche in the SYV. In addition to the fine dining and world-renowned wine, and there’s also plenty of good times to be had after the sun sets. Revel in live music, concerts, dancing, lively local bars, world-class theatrical productions beneath the stars, and if you’re feeling lucky, a roll of the dice. Chumash Casino Resort: AAA Four Diamondrated Hotel and Spa with a 24-hour gaming floor, award-winning fine dining and live entertainment, concerts, championship boxing events and more. 3400 California 246, Santa Ynez, 805.686.0855, chumashcasino.com Figueroa Mountain Brewery CO: A local favorite with a wide range of IPA, stout and ale beers featuring occasional live music on the weekends. Two valley locations - Buellton Taproom: 45 Industrial Way and "At the Cottage" In Los Olivos: 2363 Alamo Pintado, Suite C, 805.694.2252, figmtnbrew.com The Good Life: A wine and craft beer cellar with a comfortable, yet luxe ambiance. Choose from a diverse selection of Central Coast wines, California craft beers, and local eats. Occasional live music. 1672 Mission Drive, Solvang, 805.688.7111, thegoodlifecellar.com The Landsby: Warm and welcoming modern “Scandinavian style” lobby bar serving craft cocktails, “shrubs,” beer, and acclaimed locally produced wine, with seasonal, live entertainment under the stars in the garden courtyard. 1576 Mission Dr. Solvang, 805.688.3121, thelandsby.com Maverick Saloon & Dance Hall: With daily hours from 12:00pm until 2:00am, there’s always something fun happening at this original California saloon. With live music, line dancing, Bloody Mary bars, happy hours, Beer & Burger and Honky Tonk nights, it’s always a good time. Santa Ynez, 805.686.4785, mavericksaloon.org Norman - Get your mid-century fix at the recently


renovated Skyview Los Alamos motel. Guests can dine and drink inside or poolside until 9 pm daily at the new on-site restaurant and bar, aptly named, Norman. skyviewlosalamos.com PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre: June through September, under the stars at Solvang Festival Theater experience world-class musical, drama and comedy performances by the only resident theater company on the Central Coast; now in its 55th season. 420 Second Street, Solvang, Box Office, 805.922.8313. For the 2019 season schedule go to pcpa.org Root 246 Ultra Lounge at Hotel Corque: Warm modern comfort, offering premium wines, whiskey, craft beer, and top-shelf alcohol selections especially creative cocktails. 420 Alisal Road, 805.686.8681 root-246.com Santa Ynez Billiards & Cafe: Authentic Mediterranean food and pub fare, beer, wine, billiards, foosball, darts, large screen TVs for sports viewing and an outdoor hookah lounge. 100 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, 805.697.7109, santaynezbilliardsandcafe.com Sante’ Wine Bar & Lounge: A cool bar with a modern vibe, offers Central California Coast and local sparkling wines, French champagnes and a variety of microbrews. Live music on the weekends. 433 Alisal Road, Solvang, 805.691.9641, santewinebarandlounge.com Sideways Lounge - Located on-site at Sideways Inn and just steps away from Flying Flags RV Resort, the renovated lounge, open to 12:00 p.m. daily, is a great late night hot spot and offers an array


of innovative handcrafted drinks, local beer, and wines from the SYV. highwaywestvacations.com Solvang Brewing Company: Family owned and operated in a restored windmill, offering fine ales made on premises, fresh fare, and a festive atmosphere. Live music, karaoke, entertainment on the weekends. 1547 Mission Drive, Solvang, 805.688.2337, solvangbrewing.com Sort This Out Cellars: A California boutique winery tasting room with live entertainment on weekends plus is home to the High Roller Tiki Lounge featuring tiki-inspired wine-tails. Enjoy delicious wines plus tiki-inspired cocktails. The vibe is hip, festive and full of friendly people. 1636 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, 805.688.1717, sortthisoutcellars.com Standing Sun: An industrial winery, family and dogfriendly tasting room, modern art gallery, and one of the leading live entertainment venues in the Valley hosting bands touring across the country. Food trucks are frequently on-site to provide tasty fare. 92 Second Street #D, 805.691.9413, standingsunwines.com Tales From the Tavern: A concert series showcasing singer-songwriter-storytellers, acclaimed artists, including Hall of Famers, National Medal of Arts recipients, cultural icons and underground heroes. 805.688.0383, talesfromthetavern.com Wandering Dog Wine Bar: Specializes in boutique wines, craft beers, gourmet cheeses and a selection of small bites plus delicious fruit-based vinegar “shrubs.” Periodic live entertainment, game nights and special events. Offers indoor and outdoor seating and is dogfriendly. 1539 C Mission Drive, Solvang, 805.686.9126, wanderingdogwinebar.com

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Om Away From Home


Relax, rejuvenate, and experience the healing benefits of yoga + wine at one of Vineyard Yoga SYV's outdoor vineyard or candle light cave sessions at a local winery, followed by a tasting flight. Practicing yoga prior to tasting wine opens up the senses and will allow you to experience the wine more deeply. vineyardyogasyv.com

wellness + relaxation in wine country Perhaps the Santa Ynez Valley is best known for its world-class wine and farm-fresh cuisine, but the natural beauty and slower pace also make it an ideal place to restore mind, body, and spirit. Here, you can combine the pleasures of wine country with the holistic benefits of wellness for a perfect pairing.

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The Earth & Sky Couples Treatment at The Spa at Chumash Casino Resort starts with a crushed grape and essential oil body buff and includes a warm mineral mud body paint, a soak in the couples tub, a body butter massage, and a wild rose mask for the hands.

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort Spa offers the Trail Blazer Treatment. Indulge in a full body exfoliation with vibrant aromas of a gingerlime scrub, and after a refreshing rinse, enjoy a tension-releasing massage.

Raise a Glass TO YOUR HEALTH

The Spa at Chumash Casino Resort 805.691.1755 chumashcasino.com The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort Spa 805.686.7721 alisal.com

Studies suggest that moderate wine consumption can lead to a healthier heart, strengthen bones, sharpen minds, and even help protect against some cancers. And with more than 100 wineries, the Santa Ynez Valley has much to offer. For a map of area vineyards and tasting rooms go to pages 86 & 87.

The Haven Day Spa at Hadsten House 805.688.3210 hadstenhouse.com The Spa at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn 805.686.9202 fessparkerinn.com

For more info on planning a relaxing wellness wine vacation to the Santa Ynez Valley go to: visitsyv.com VISITSYV.COM


You need only a single word to describe the Santa Ynez Valley food scene: exploding. Gastronomy

S CENE The town of Santa Ynez is home to Brothers at the Red Barn, one of two restaurants owned and operated by brothers Jeff and Matt Nichols. Over time, dominant valley themes have been cattle and horses, cowboys and ranches, organic farms and Vinifera vines. The meat-focused Red Barn is right in step with all that, offering superb mesquite-grilled meats and seafood, and a cellar full of perfect wines. A skip away, the Ballard Inn is the ideal place to relax and enjoy memorable food at The Gathering Table restaurant. Indonesianborn, Santa Barbara–raised, French-technique-trained chef, Budi Kazali, turns out incredible valley-fresh Asian-fusion fare made with the best local ingredients. Naturally, wine plays a big role in enjoying the ever-changing menu, as does super-friendly service and, in winter, a blaze in the big fireplace.


Grand Avenue in nearby Los Olivos is lined with tasting rooms, galleries, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. Just off Grand, Sides Hardware and Shoes, the Nichols Brothers’ other local restaurant, is a casual place serving super-fresh, straightforward small bites and sandwiches, beautiful salads, and local seafood and meat dishes - food the brothers like to refer to as “trustworthy.” Just around the corner is Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café. This relaxed and welcoming place sells a tremendous variety of Central Coast wines, offers winemaker dinners, and turns out delicious food featuring seasonal produce from proprietors Sam and Shawnda Marmostein’s own organic farm. Relax at the bar, in the dining room or on the shaded front porch.



here is growing and evolving in every geographic and culinary direction. Wine was the first recent change agent in the valley, and now the food is catching up, with more diversity and innovation than ever before. Here are a few of the players.

In the Danish town of Solvang, a whole lot of people like to start their day at the Solvang Restaurant, ordering Danish sausage and some diet-busting aebleskiver, the spherical, pancake-like treats topped with jam and powdered sugar. Tip: ask for translations of the funny Danish sayings painted onto the ceiling beams. Continue the Danish - and more broadly Scandinavian - theme at the Red Viking in Solvang, serving both purely American and authentically Danish fare. The latter includes Danish sausage as well as pork meatballs served with red cabbage, potatoes and gravy. Or indulge in a Swedish-style smorgasborg buffet of hot and cold dishes. They do aebleskiver, too! Solvang locals love Fresco Valley Café for its giant patio, its quiet location and its simple, satisfying and familiar food. Sandwiches, including the pastrami, the chicken salad, the BLT, and the French dip, are true to the classics. Ditto the Cobb salad and the Caesar. Says, owner First and Oak Matt Raab, “It’s what you remember as a kid.” Got family? Then CHOMP has you covered. It’s the local hangout for kids and parents looking for burgers, shakes and fries - or even a vegan burger and juice - after a game, before homecoming, or any other time. CHOMP is run with youth in mind, but moms and dads can get a glass of wine or a beer. Since 1999, Tony Arroyo has been winning fans for the authentic Mexican food he serves at his several Los Arroyos restaurants in and around Santa Barbara. Finally, there’s one in Solvang. The menu has all the familiar handmade tacos, enchiladas, pizole, tamales, and other beloved dishes that continue to draw patrons from far beyond the area. At Root 246 in Solvang’s Hotel Corque, Chef Pink, is raising the bar. She offers brightly flavored 21st-century California cooking that highlights amazing local ingredients, from braised octopus stew, and Niman Ranch osso bucco to grilled steaks and local seafood. Save

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The Gathering Table

With more than 21,000 acres of wine grapes, 200-plus wineries and six American Viticultural Areas, the right wine is always close in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here’s a quick guide to a few common varietals. Keep in mind that different styles of the same wine may pair better with different foods, and that the most important rule is to drink what you like. CHARDONNAY: Great with seafood, pasta or poultry dishes with a rich, creamy sauce. SAUVIGNON BLANC: Fruit, tangy cheese, and anything from seafood to poultry or veal with a tart dressing or sauce.


They say it’s all about the ingredients, and Santa Ynez is awash in them. Every kind of comestible is farmed or raised here, from honey, herbs and olives to organic produce, poultry, pork and beef. Local waters are home to world-class uni (sea urchin), plus spot prawns, halibut, rockfish, sea bass, calamari and more. You’ll find chefs selecting just-picked fruits and vegetables at the Solvang Farmers Market, Wednesdays from 2:30 – 6:30, and nearby Lompoc has another Fridays from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Organic farms dot the valley, as do producers of wholesome meats, like Rancho San Julian, which has raised grass-fed beef since 1817, and Jimenez Family Farms, which specializes in rabbit, lamb, pork, goat, and chicken.

SPARKLING: Extremely food friendly, especially with salty dishes; great with spicy Asian dishes. VIOGNIER: Spicy food and seafood, shellfish, chicken, veal and pork. FRENCH-STYLE (DRY) ROSÉ: Great with picnics: tangy cheeses and fruit. PINOT NOIR: Versatile, can go with roasted meats, spicy Asian food, tangy cheeses, tagine. SYRAH: This varietal’s spicy notes go perfectly with highly seasoned meats. CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Steak and other red meat with dark reduction sauces. VISITSYV.COM


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room for desserts, like the Huckleberry Buckle or the Hard Rootbeer Float. At First & Oak, in Solvang’s Mirabelle Inn, the welcome is warm, and the everchanging seasonal menu reflects perfect ingredients and precise technique. This is carefully considered and prepared food, with layers of flavors and individual ingredients often being treated three or four different ways in a single dish. The wine list is a 50-50 mix of California and European offerings. On a hill in Los Alamos, called “Little L.A.” for the number of Los Angeles refugees who have made this sleepy burg a culinary hot spot, are the mid-centurystyled Skyview Motel and its restaurant, Norman. Cheese plates, charcuterie, burgers, steaks, chicken and seafood are all offered in ingredient-driven farm-totable style. Enjoy it all with good wines and wine-country views to match.

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Great food and fantastic libations are everywhere you look in the valley, especially at the following events.

Santa Barbara Vintners Grand Tasting Weekend, April. See why SB County is an oenophile’s paradise, with dozens of local vintners pouring their best at River Park in Lompoc. celebrationofharvest.com

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Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks, Jan. 27 - Feb. 10: Participating restaurants offer threecourse tasting menus for $20.19, excluding tax and tip. Check for participants in December. dinesyv.com 80

Buellton Brew Fest, May 4: River View Park is also the site of this lively event, which attracts some 50 local breweries, 10 wineries, myriad food trucks, bakers, chefs, and winemakers.

Taste of Solvang, March 13-17: everything everyone loves about the valley - farmers, chefs, bakers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artisans fill the streets to showcase the valley. solvangusa.com/taste-of-solvang


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At Solvang Restaurant, Aebleskiver are a favorite!

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Traditional Danish food includes buttery pastries, pork, beef, potatoes, cabbage, pâtés, pickled herring and gravlax. Capers are common and quite a few dishes call for caraway seeds. Danish cheeses include danbo, Havarti and blue. Danish pastries - made from a versatile buttery dough and often featuring marzipan and custard - are referred to collectively as wienerbrød, which means “Viennese bread” and refers to the dough’s Austrian origins. Kruegel and butter ring are two of the most popular varieties. In Solvang aebleskiver are a favorite. The spherical, pancake-like sweets are often filled with apples in Denmark but in Solvang are topped with preserves and powdered sugar. During winter they may be teamed with gløgg - mulled wine with spices and citrus peel. Morning, noon or night, Danish pork sausages, called medisterpølse, are always on the menu; for lunch or dinner, they might be served with sautéed red cabbage, boiled potatoes and gravy, a traditional treatment that also given to frikadelle - flattish

pork meatballs made with onions. Another hearty Danish lunch or dinner entrée is aebleflaesk, cured or salted pork belly fried with apples, thyme and sugar. Lunch is the time for smorrebrod, which are open-face sandwiches made from a variety of cold ingredients arrayed on a table. It is not to be confused with its near cousin, Swedish smörgasborg, which includes sandwiches plus a variety of other hot and cold dishes. Indulge in open-faced sandwiches at Red Viking Restaurant.

HUNGRY FOR MORE DINING TO-DO'S IN THE SYV? >>> VISITSYV.COM FOR ALL THE TASTIEST HAPPENINGS. Los Alamos Old Days, late September: “Little L.A.” pulses with the “Greatest Small Town Parade, a car show, music, and comestibles - a chili cookoff, a tri-tip barbecue, a pancake breakfast and all that good food on Bell Street.

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Jazz & Olive Festival, first week of June: 30 wineries, olivebased food tastings from 30 amateur and professional chefs, plus superb live jazz.

Solvang Danish Days, MidSeptember: Get closer to 1911, when Danish settlers literally found their place in the sun. Enjoy parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians performing around town, and, of course, aebleskiver.

Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley: October 17-20: 4 days of special events that celebrate the incredible bounty of the Valley’s 6 communities. visitsyv.com




BOOK IT, PLAN IT, HOST IT IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY The Santa Ynez Valley plays host to special events, corporate retreats, meetings, family reunions, girl’s weekend getaways, and of course, weddings. The variety of unique venues sprinkled throughout the region can accommodate everything from an intimate party of seven or a large group of 700. For corporate meetings and retreats, why not trade the boardroom for a wine cave? The area’s inspiring offerings allow guests to work hard and play even harder. Block out some time on the agenda to go wine tasting, hiking, gambling or just relax in the beautiful Valley setting. It’s a dreamy place to gather and celebrate special occasions. The consistently sunny days, mild year-round climate and romantic backdrop inspire memorable outdoor celebrations and fairy tale sunset weddings. Here local industry pros tell us why they love to host, meet and make plans in the Valley.

"Surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the wine country, Alisal Guest Ranch has become a top meeting and event destination. Offering nearly 7,000 square feet of indoor meeting spaces and 10,000 acres of outdoor possibilities, the Ranch has hosted retreats for Disney, Ford and Boeing, countless weddings and other memorable gatherings." Sherrie FitzGerald, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

"The elegant beauty of Santa Barbara County is a constant source of inspiration for event stationery, hand illustrated watercolors and maps. I have the honor of creating custom designs, which celebrate the unique experience and destinations my clients want to celebrate with their family and friends."


Michelle Castle, owner of Honey Paper



"I describe the Santa Ynez Valley as THE "accessible destination experience” offering free-flowing wine, stunning vistas, boutique hotels, farm-to-table cuisine, event spaces from rustic to refined and activities which offer high-octane adventure or full-immersion relaxation."



Rani Hoover, Owner of Rani Hoover and Director of Events for Ca’ Del Grevino


"Nestled in the heart of wine country, Santa Ynez Inn makes for a beautiful backdrop for a variety of special occasions. As a boutique, 20-room property, guests can enjoy all the amenities of a luxury hotel with the exclusivity of a private estate. Additionally, our 2000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space allows us to create a bespoke experience for each guest to ensure a memorable event."

Veronika Libao, Marketing Manager for The Landsby & Santa Ynez Inn

From business brunches to family fiestas, the SYV is event-planing paradise.

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort alisal.com Ballard Inn & Restaurant ballardinn.com Chumash Casino Resort chumashcasino.com Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa fessparkerinn.com Flying Flags highwaywestvacations.com ForFriends Inn forfriendsinn.com Hadsten House Inn & Spa hadstenhouse.com Hampton Inn & Suites hamptoninn3.hilton.com Holiday Inn Express Solvang ihg.com Hotel Corque hotelcorque.com King Frederik Inn kingfrederikinn.com Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn peasoupandersens.com Royal Copenhagen Inn royalcopenhageninn.com Santa Ynez Inn santaynezinn.com Santa Ynez Valley Marriott marriott.com Sideways Inn highwaywestvacations.com Sunstone Vineyards & Winery sunstonewinery.com The Landsby thelandsby.com


All Purpose Flower allpurposeflowerco.com Amaranto Catering amarantocateringco.com Fresco Valley Cafe frescovalleycafe.com K’Syrah Catering & Events kscateringandevents.com Los Olivos Lemons losolivoslemons.com Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe winemerchantcafe.com Louise’s Kitchen Table louiseskitchentable.com Valley Craft Gelato valleycraftgelato.com Valle Fresh vallefresh.com Valley Piggery valleypiggery.com



"The Santa Ynez Valley boasts the most incredibly gorgeous venues for events of all types. Not only is the Valley idyllic for its views, wineries, landscapes, and weather, but also because of the people who live here. Designing florals is my passion, and being able to work and live in the Santa Ynez Valley is truly a dream come true."

Renae Brubaker, Proprietress of Renae’s Bouquet

Breakaway Tours & Event Planning breakaway-tours.com Complete Weddings & Events completeweddingsantabarbara.com Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events ranihoover.com

O TH ER HE LP F U L S T U F F Renae’s Bouquet renaesbouquet.com

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27,000 Approximate acreage under vineyards in SB County


Horses and cattle were once the main cash crops of the Santa Ynez Valley,

a legacy of the Spanish rancho days. But when visionary winemakers began planting vinifera and exploring the area's varied terrain in the 1970s, a sea of change was quickly afoot. Oh sure, you can still see thoroughbred horses running in green pastures here, as well as lavender farms and some of the best organic produce anywhere. But these days wine is king - and queen and president and prime minister, too. Vines flourish from the valley floor to mountainside plots 1,500 feet above it. Tasting rooms and restaurants in the towns attract visitors from around the world, who come to taste spectacular wine and enjoy this gorgeous part of the planet.

200 Approximate number of wineries in SB County 50 Number of grape varieties grown here $151.6 million Value of the grapes harvested in SB County in 2016 $1.7 billion Estimated annual economic impact of the industry, Santa Barbara County’s most valuable agricultural segment



Pierre Lafond opens Santa Barbara Winery, the first winery since Prohibition.


UC Davis horticulturalists Uriel Nielson and Bill De Mattei establish the county’s first commercial vinifera vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley. Ten years later, major Northern California producers are purchasing their Chardonnay grapes.


Father Junípero Serra plants the area’s first grapevine cuttings, establishing mission vineyards in what is now the city of Santa Barbara.

The Wine Country Experience

L i ke wi n e reg i ons a ro u n d th e w o rl d , th e S a n ta Y nez Val l ey combines incredible natural b ea ut y wi t h th e s tu n n i n g re su l ts o f h u m a n effor t , pa s s ion a nd co mmi tment . F ood a n d w i n e a re e v e ry w h e re , a nd t here a re s o ma ny wa ys t o en j o y i t . M ul t i p l e c om p a n i e s m a k e i t p o ss i b l e t o hire a dr iver who ca n lea d you t o the b es t s i t es i n o n e o f se v e ra l AVAs . F o r a more, um, pedes t r ia n jour ney, you can go c a r- f ree, and s i m p l y h o o f i t to th e m a n y t a s t ing rooms in L os Olivos or So l van g . O f c our s e, a l l l o c a l re s ta u ra n ts a n d h o t els s t ock loca l wines a nd t heir ow n par t i c ul ar c har m . An d d o n 't fo rg e t th e c l as s ic wine- count r y picnic. P a ck s ome cheese, c harc ut er i e a n d b re a d o r c ra c k e rs , a n d go. You'll be s ipping under a n oa k t ree so o n enoug h.



Central Valley grower Louis Lucas partners with Al Gagnon and Dale Hampton to establish the 800-acre Tepusquet Vineyard, one of the earliest in the region.

SANTA MARIA VALLEY AVA (1981): Fog and wind keep temperatures cool, especially in the western part of this near-coast AVA, Santa Barbara’s first. Known for cool-weather-loving Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it also produces excellent Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Franc.

HAPPY CANYON AVA (2009): The most eastern growing region is also the warmest, with hills reducing ocean breezes and fog. Cabernet Sauvignon and warm-weather styles of Sauvignon Blanc predominate, with extensive plantings of Syrah as well.

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY AVA (1983): The largest AVA in SB County contains four sub-AVAs. Predominantly east-west oriented, it is cut by hills that produce numerous microclimates. World-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grow in the cooler western part of the AVA, while Rhône and Bordeaux varieties thrive in the warmer, eastern areas.

BALLARD CANYON AVA (2013): Windy, foggy, and with wildly shifting temperatures, Ballard Canyon occupies a middle ground between the coolest and warmest parts of the valley. The Rhône grape Syrah rules here, accounting for more than half the planted acreage, and local Syrahs are every bit the equal of the French counterparts.

STA. RITA HILLS AVA (2001): The odd spelling of “Saint” is the result of a settlement involving a Chilean AVA of the same name. Slightly warmer than the adjacent Santa Maria AVA. This is Pinot Noir country, which makes up nearly two-thirds of the vineyard acreage, followed by Chardonnay.

LOS OLIVOS DISTRICT AVA (2016): Containing the towns of Los Olivos, Solvang and Santa Ynez. Generally lower in elevation and less precipitous than other SB County AVAs, its moderate climate and microclimates allow a range of grapes to thrive, including Italian and Spanish varieties.












Richard Sanford, who discovered that the Santa Rita Hills were ideally suited for Pinot Noir, becomes the only Santa Barbara County winemaker to be inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame in Napa.



Brothers Stephen and Bob Miller plant Bien Nacido Vineyard, today one of the valley’s most-famous and enduring sources of superb cool-weather grapes.

On Thanksgiving a year after their tiny inaugural harvest grapes from Viognier vines planted accidentally on their land, the Sunstone family enjoys their first bottle of estate wine.


The wine-centric romantic comedy Sideways puts Santa Ynez Valley wine country on the map for millions and gives local Pinot Noirs, in particular, their place in the Hollywood sun.

LAY OF THE LAND Most mountain ranges run in a north-south direction, but the coastal San Raphael and Santa Ynez mountains that form the Santa Ynez Valley and the greater Santa Barbara County wine region run east to west. As such, they act like a funnel for cool air and fog from the Pacific Ocean, creating myriad micro-climates at various elevations suitable for a wide range of varietal grapes. Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other grapes that like hot days and cold nights predominate in the eastern region, while consistent, cool weather to the west favors such Burgundy varietal grapes as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Both regions provide long growing seasons and extended “hang time” for the fruit, allowing there sugars and acids to develop slowly and fully, essential for great wines. VISITSYV.COM PHOTO: GEORGE ROSE






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The River Course at the Alisal presents golfers with breathtaking panoramas of the brilliant hues of the foothills and the Santa Ynez Mountains and Valley. The Course features four lakes and often follows the meandering path of the Santa Ynez River. Gentle mounds define the manicured fairways and bentgrass greens accented by mature live oaks, native sycamores and elderberry trees, creating a "must play" golf experience for all. At 6,830 yards the layout is challenging, but not punishing. The strategic placement of a variety of hazards rewards length & accuracy without severely penalizing recreational golfers. 150 Alisal Road, 805.688.6042 rivercourse.com

Designed by legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Rancho San Marcos became the talk of the community by offering a world class golf course on 300 spectacular acres. This course is both a treasure to behold and a strategic challenge that no golfer can resist. The 6,939-yard course offers stunning views of the Santa Ynez River Valley, distant furrowed peaks, and eagles soaring above Lake Cachuma without a trace of urban development in sight. Rancho San Marcos, tucked deep into the valley floor of the Santa Ynez Mountains, has kept the essence of the old ranch, which was located here since the Spanish land grant of 1804. 4600 Highway 154, 805.683.6334 rsm1804.com

Designed by legendary Billy Bell, the Ranch Course, open since 1955, is exclusively for Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort guests and members. This par-72 course stretches for 6,500 yards and is distinguished by tight fairways. It is surrounded by venerable oaks, sycamores and eucalyptus and features an imposing barranca that winds through the entire course. The Ranch Course offers a wellappointed pro shop, full-service restaurant for breakfast and lunch, professional instruction and excellent practice facilities. Electric carts, handcarts and clubs are available for rent. 1054 Alisal Road, 805.688.6411 ranchcourse.com La Purisima Golf Course 88


Rancho San Marcos

Par 71, Stroke rating from men’s tees: 73.1; slope rating, 135.

Ranch Course at The Alisal Par 72, Stroke rating from men’s tees: 71.9; slope rating, 128.

River Course at The Alisal LaStroke Purisima Par 72, rating from men’s

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The SYV is home to a profusion of excellent dining options. World-renowned local wines, the fresh bounty from the fields, and the majestic beauty that surrounds the Valley draw celebrated chefs from all over the world. Here’s a few cream of the crop cuisine stops that currently top our list. Break free from the appetizer and entree format to create the tasting menu of your dreams at Solvang’s First and Oak (firstandoak.com), where small plates are exquisitely packed with big flavor. Also in Little Denmark is Hotel Corque’s Root 246 (root-246.com) which serves a full menu of cuttingedge, craft-based cuisine like Braised Octopus Stew, along with an extensive selection of local wines, whiskey, craft beer, and signature cocktails. Just a few miles away at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez you’ll find fine dining - fresh local fare, prime steaks, and seafood, paired with local and imported wines - at the Four Diamond-rated restaurant Willows. (chumashcasino.com) At The Ballard Inn, French-technique-trained chef, Budi Kazali of The Gathering Table (ballardinn.com) offers his innovative Asian-fusion dishes made with Valley fresh seasonal ingredients.

World-class Wine Tasting True oenophiles aren’t concerned about the aesthetics of a vineyard, winery, or tasting room, as long as the wine delights the palate. Luckily however, discerning Valley tasters can have it both ways. If exclusive vineyard and wine cave tours, luxe locales, and meetthe-winemaker sessions are your thing, you’ll want to set aside some time to visit one of these topflight wineries where the curated tasting experiences are on par with the superior vintages.

Brave & Maiden Estate - At this new Santa Ynez estate winery tastings include a personal guide to walk you through flights of their limited production wines. braveandmaiden.com Brick Barn Winery - Elegant décor, comfy indoor seating, an outdoor fireplace under the oaks, and superb vintages crafted by winemaker Rob DaFoe make for a memorable tasting experience at this cool mid-century modern, former Arabian horse ranch. brickbarnwineestate.com Sanger Family of Wines - Relax and feel like family at this beautifully designed new tasting room, designed for guests to settle in and indulge in a Mediterranean wine experience, Central Coast style. sangerwines.com Spear Vineyards & Winery - Nestled in the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation, this sustainable and certified organic vineyard is rustic luxury at its best. Kick back in the tasting room, created from the historic footprint of the original dairy barn built on the property in the 1920s. By appointment only. spearwinery.com



Santa Ynez Inn

Accomodations Acclaimed

Luxe locations, well-appointed rooms, some with sweeping Valley views, combine with top notch service and amenities to put these inviting lodgings on our lap of luxury radar.

THE ALISAL GUEST RANCH & RESORT a laid-back resort known for its casual luxury, impeccable guest services, and exclusive ranch related adventures on 10,000 private acres of fun 50 miles of horseback riding trails , golf, tennis, fishing, fine dining, and wildlife sightings aplenty.

FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN an effortlessly elegant Valley experience with amenities galore - full spa services, heated pool, on-site fine dining, wine tasting, and within walking distance to dozens of Los Olivos tasting rooms.

SANTA YNEZ INN 4 Diamonds worth of modern luxury and amenities - gourmet breakfast, tea and cookies in the parlor, wine in the lush garden, or a whiskey by the fire - in a sophisticated turn-ofthe-century designed inn.

FLYING FLAGS RV RESORT next-level “glamping” in exceptionally appointed safari tents, vintage trailers and Airstreams, and deluxe cozy cabins.


ore LUXE info can be found online at visitsyv.com

BALLARD INN an elevated AAA 4 Diamond rated B&B experience with award-winning, on-site gourmet dining and uniquely decorated guest rooms, designed to capture aspects of the Santa Ynez Valley’s beauty and rich history.


-Exclusive Experiences-

THE LANDSBY a low-key, high-style boutique hotel with a nod to Scandinavian design, with on-site dining featuring fresh wine country cuisine, a cool lobby bar, and gorgeous courtyard with fire pits, tucked away in the heart of Solvang.

An extraordinary setting affords EXTRAordinary opportunities - private farm-to-table feasts, wine-making workshops, dude ranch round-ups, and spiritual spa experiences. Here’s a small sampling of enticing adventures available throughout the SYV. THE ALISAL GUEST RANCH AND RESORT - Saddle-up for a breakfast horseback ride to the Alisal historic Adobe Camp and settle in next to a crackling fire under the giant Sycamore trees and enjoy a cowboy-sized flapjack feast - eggs, bacon, sausage, quesadillas, cereals, pastries, coffee, and more. FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN The Fess Parker Parker Ranch to Restaurant Experience includes a Home Ranch horseback tour through meadows and vineyards, an enhanced VIP Taste the Terroir tasting at the winery, and a four-course Chef’s Tasting at The Bear and Star. events@fessparker.com

A private hilltop BBQ dinner at Fess Parker Home Ranch, coordinated by Rani Hoover, Inspired Weddings & Events. PHOTO: BLAKE BRONSTAD

THE SPA AT CHUMASH CASINO RESORT - If you’ve never had your body buffed with essential oil infused crushed grapes, consider booking the signature Earth & Sky Couples Treatment at the newly renovated spa with couples’ suites with copper soaking tubs. chumashcasino.com * For more info on places to get pampered go to page 77. SUNSTONE WINERY VILLA - Private wine tastings, wine blending workshops, artisan lunch boxes, and other oneof-a-kind, magical vineyard experiences are hosted throughout the unique, private spaces of this spectacular winery. sunstonewinery.com VISITSYV.COM



C al e n dar JANUARY 4: Annual Christmas Tree Burn & Safety Demonstration: Community Christmas trees are piled high in a huge bonfire. Enjoy free live music, plus food and warm drinks for purchase. 5-7 pm. 1760 Mission Drive, 805.688.7529, cityofsolvang.com DINE FOR A DEAL 27-Feb 10: Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks: Presented by VisitSYV,

dine on three-course tasting menus for $20.19 at participating restaurants throughout the Santa Ynez Valley (excludes tax, tip & beverage). dinesyv.com

17: Buellton Wine and Chili Fest: Sample wine, craft breweries, and spirits; try chili and salsa made by competing local chefs, plus live entertainment at Flying Flags RV Resort. 805.688.7829, buelltonwineandchilifestival.com 22-24: Nature Track Film Festival: Deepen your connection to the outdoors through the power of film, docent-led hikes, dinners, and wine tastings focused on specific films and filmmakers. naturetrackfilmfestival.org APRIL 20: 29th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Easter Egg Hunt: The Valley’s largest egg hunt starts at 10:00 am sharp at River View Park in Buellton. Free. visitbuellton.com MAY

FEBRUARY 22-24: Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series: Bethania Lutheran Church in Solvang hosts public programs featuring renowned philosophical & spiritual leaders. fmlectures.org MARCH 9: SCOR Solvang Century, Metric & HalfCentury: 37th annual 50, 62 or 100-mile amateur bicycle ride for charity.bikescor.com

4: Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Festival: Celebrate local vintages with wine & food tastings, entertainment and more festivities at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, 6600 Foxen Canyon Road, sbcountywines.com 4: Rancheros Visitadores: More than 600 “visiting ranchers” commemorate traditional travel on horseback and wagons and parade through downtown Solvang to a public blessing at Old Mission Santa Ines. 1760 Mission Drive RAISE A PINT!!


13-17: Taste of Solvang: Since 1993, this culinary journey is where wine country meets "dine country.” Events include Chefs Demos; Sip + Savor Opening Night; Tasting Trail; Beer & Wine Tasting Walk, and more. solvangusa.com

4: Buellton Brew Fest: Sample craft beer from over 40 brewers, plus food, live music, games, vendors at River View Park in Buellton. buelltonbrewfest.com 11: Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon: Run a scenic course from downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos to Solvang. Celebrate at the post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park. 7-12 pm, Santa Ynez. destinationraces.com JUNE

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8: Old Santa Ynez Day: Celebrate the town with a street fair, parade, kids’ games, food, antiques, arts & crafts, live music, and entertainment. All proceeds benefit Elks Charities and local Valley schools. syvelks.com



8: Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival: Savor local wines paired with food prepared by thirty chefs, plus olive product vendors, and world-class live jazz. 1-4 pm, Lavinia Campbell Park, downtown Los Olivos, jazzandolivefestival.org

14-16: Wine Country Bike Trek: Go at your own pace and choose from a 20, 30, 50, 100k mile route through the SYV. For cyclists of all levels and experience. Funds raised benefit People Helping People programs. syvphp.org 29: 8th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic: A celebration and polo match featuring some of the highest rated players in the world and local Santa Ynez Valley polo celebrities, benefiting People Helping People. Happy Canyon Vineyard, syvphp.org JULY 4: Independence Day Parade, Festival & Fourth of July Fireworks Solvang: The parade starts at 11:00, followed by a BBQ at Solvang Park, and afternoon activities and evening fireworks at 9:00 at Old Mission Santa Ines. solvangsua.com 27: Vintners 5 Miler & 1 Mile Wine Walk: Run the mixed terrain and enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the Sanford Winery. Finish Line Festival celebrates the harvest with wine tasting, food, live music, and kids’ fun zone. 805.688.0881, sbvintnersrun. com 27: Buellton BBQ Bonanza: Enjoy a barbeque, activities, demonstrations and learn about local clubs and organizations. River View Park, visitbuellton.com

AUGUST 16-18: Wine and Fire: Winemaking members of the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance showcase wines from the appellation with an opening party Friday night, followed by a weekend of seminars, wine tasting, and food. staritahills.com 4: Buellton Brew Fest: Sample craft beer from over 40 brewers, plus food, live music, games, vendors at River View Park in Buellton. buelltonbrewfest.com 24: Wheels 'N Windmills Car Show: 300+ vintage vehicles line the streets of Solvang. 805.688.6112, wheelsnwindmills.com SEPTEMBER 14: Santa Ynez Elks 5th Annual Classic Car Show: A fulfilled day of cool cars, food, vendor booths, music and prize drawings. 805.688.3448, syvelks.com 20-22: 83rd Annual Solvang Danish Days: Celebrate Solvang’s Scandinavian heritage with authentic foods, free music, live entertainment, dancing, 3 parades (Torchlight on Friday night, Main Parade on Saturday afternoon and Children’s on Sunday afternoon), arts & crafts, Living History exhibits, plus aebleskiver breakfasts, beer & wine garden and more. solvangdanishdays.org


27-29: Los Alamos Valley Old Days: The community gathers to honor, preserve and celebrate the town’s authentic Western heritage, with the Chili Kick-off and dance, vintage car show, arts & crafts, and Sunday morning parade. losalamosvalleyolddays.com

20-22: Buellton Vintage Trailer Bash: Over 180 vintage travel trailers from California and the West Coast gather for a fun weekend at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground. Trailers open for public viewing on Saturday from 11-3 pm. 805.688.3716, flyingflags.com OCTOBER 1-31: Santa Ynez Valley “Scarecrow Fest”: Throughout the month enjoy more than 200 scarecrows around the Valley, with the public invited to vote for their favorites. syvscarecrows.com 5-6: Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow: Native American music, dance contests, drum competitions, food, arts and crafts, pottery, jewelry and more. Live Oak Campground. santaynezchumash.org

COUNTRY LIVING 19: Los Olivos Day in the Country: Experience the unique small-town charm and friendly Los Olivos lifestyle, with great food and local fun. Enjoy the Fun Runs, local parade, booths, and live music. Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, losolivosca.com 30-31: Solvang Halloween Haunted House and Street Fest: 6:00-9:30 pm. Scary, wholesome family fun in the transformed Solvang Festival Theater, accompanied by food, drinks, and games along Second Street - Courtesy of Solvang Parks & Recreation Department. 805.688.7529, cityofsolvang.com 31: Santa Ynez Halloween Street Faire: Live music, food vendors, a costume contest, games, candy, free pony rides from Ponies & Paints, a tricycle racetrack & bounce houses make this a fun family celebration. 5:00-8:00 pm. 805.350.8517, santaynezchamber.org 17-20: Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley: A traveling multi day festival celebrating the food, wine, and experiences in each of our communities. visitsyv.com 19: Solvang (Grape) Stomp: At the 2nd Annual “Footie” Wine Harvest Street Festival you can stomp grapes, taste vintages from 25+ worldclass area wineries, enjoy fare from popular local food trucks, listen to live music, and participate in the “Lucy & Ricky Ricardo Look-a-Like Contest.” First Street between Mission and Copenhagen Drives in downtown Solvang. 805688-6144. solvangusa.com/stomp NOVEMBER 2: Buellton Holiday Bazaar, Arts and Craft Fair: 10am-3pm. Start your holiday shopping early and enjoy all of the creative talent the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer. Free. Buellton Rec Center, 805.688.1086, buelltonrec.com 8-10: Vaquero Show & Sale: Celebrate and honor the lifestyle & renowned horsemanship of the California Vaquero, and enjoy food, demonstrations and live music. Held at The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and ParksJaneway Carriage House, 805.688.7889, santaynezmuseum.org 30: Turkey Trot: 10 am 5k fun run/walk benefits local Salvation Army chapter - starts at Sunny Fields Park in Solvang. 805.688.7529, cityofsolvang.com

November 29 - January 5: SOLVANG JULEFEST (Yule-fest) Solvang’s holiday celebration features free visits with Santa in Solvang Park, Nisse Adventure treasure hunts, candlelight caroling tours, open houses and special concerts, Community Tree-lighting (12/6), Saturday Parade (12/7), Outdoor Nativity Pageant (12/7), Skål Stroll Wine & Beer Walk (12/14-12/15 & more. solvangusa.com 7: Olde-Fashioned Christmas in Los Olivos: A fun-filled day of activities for the entire family, including a variety of crafts and activities for the kids and shopping for adults, and a Gingerbread Wonderland fundraiser at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley. 2-8 pm. Los Olivos, losolivosca.com 8: Buellton Winter Fest: Have breakfast with Santa, enjoy an afternoon holiday concert, and an evening of fun on the Avenue of Flags featuring 20 tons of snow, music, food, wine, beer, spirits, vendors, a light parade, and tree lighting. visitbuellton.com

YEAR-ROUND & SEASONAL Solvang Village Farmers Market: Every Wednesday, featuring local and organic produce, meats, herbs, cheeses, jams, honey, flowers and more at First Street between Mission Dr. (Hwy 246) & Copenhagen Dr., 2:30-6:30 Summer, 2:30-6 Winter, sbfarmersmarket.org Solvang 3rd Wednesday: Held monthly with over 60 stores, restaurants, bakeries & wine tasting rooms offering special discounts all day; plus Beer & Wine Walk; Summer Concerts in the Park and more. solvangthirdwednesday.com JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents critically acclaimed, professional productions under the stars from June – September at Solvang Festival Theater. The 2019 schedule includes the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Million Dollar Quartet (celebrating Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins), The Addams Family, and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. 420 Second Street, pcpa.org Want to plan your own event in the SYV? Turn to page 82-83 for all the local info.

DECEMBER November 29 - January 5: Solvang Julefest: (Yule-fest) details, see next column LIGHTS, COOKIES, ACTION!

1: Santa Ynez Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Enjoy the lighting of a 75-foot tall redwood tree, the largest Christmas tree in the Santa Ynez Valley, along with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, visits with Santa, live entertainment, cookies, and cider. 805.350.8517, santaynezchamber.org




4. Motel 6 333 McMurray Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-7797, 800-466-8356, www.motel6.com/BuelltonCa


5. Pea Soup Andersen's Inn 51 E. H wy 246, Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-3216, 800-PEASOUP, www.peasoupandersens.com ♦♦♦


6. Quality Inn Santa Ynez Valley 630 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-0022, www.choicehotels.com/california/buellton/quality-inn-hotels/ca238 ♦♦


7. San Marcos Motel 536 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-5511, www.buelltonmotel.com


8. Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 555 McMurray Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-1000, 800-638-8882, www.syvmarriott.com ♦♦♦


9. Sideways Inn 114 E. H wy 246, Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-8448, www.highwaywestvacations.com/properties/sidewaysinn


10. Alamo Motel 425 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440 (805) 344-2852, www.rememberthealamomotel.com/


11. Skyview Los Alamos 9150 US-101, Los Alamos, CA 93440 (805) 344-0104, www.skyviewlosalamos.com/


12. Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast 326 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440, 805-344-1300, www.thevick.com





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


17. Atterdag Inn 467 Atterdag Rd, Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 691-9125, www.atterdaginn.com


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


19. Hamlet Inn 1532 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-4413, www.thehamletinn.com


20. Holiday Inn Express 1455 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-2018, 800-465-4329, www.hiexpress.com/solvang ♦♦


21. Hotel Corque 400 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-8000, 800-624-5572, www.HotelCorque.com ♦♦♦♦


22. King Frederik Inn 1617 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-5515, 800-549-9955, www.kingfrederikinn.com ♦♦


23. Kronborg Inn at Wine Country Manor 1440 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-2383, www.kronborginn.com


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


25. Mirabelle Inn & Restaurant 409 First St., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-1703, 800-786-7925, www.MirabelleInn.com


26. New Haven Inn 271 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 618-8541, www.newhavensolvang.com


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


28. Solvang Gardens Lodge 293 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-4404, 888-688-4404, www.solvanggardens.com


29. Solvang Inn & Cottages 1518 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-4702, 800-848-8484, www.solvanginnandcottages.com ♦♦


30. Svendsgaard's Lodge 1711 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-3277, 800-733-8757, www.svendsgaardslodge.com ♦♦


31. The Landsby 1576 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-3121, www.thelandsby.com ♦♦♦


32. Viking Motel 1506 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-1337, www.vikingmotelsolvang.com ♦


33. Wine Valley Inn and Cottages 1564 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-2111, 800-824-6444, www.winevalleyinn.com ♦♦♦


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3. Hampton Inn & Suites Buellton/Santa Ynez Valley 600 McMurray Road, Buellton, California, 93427 (805) 686-1555, http://bit.ly/HamptonInnBuellton

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2. Flying Flags RV Resort & Campgroung 180 Avenue Of The Flags Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-3716, 877-783-5247, www.highwaywestvacations.com/properties/flyingflags

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1. Ballard Inn & The Gathering Table 2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, CA 93463 (805) 688-7770, 800-638-2466, www.ballardinn.com ♦♦♦♦



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14. ForFriends Inn 1121 Edison St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460 (805) 693-0303, www.forfriendsinn.com 15. Santa Ynez Inn 3627 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460 (805) 688-5588, 800-643-5724, www.santaynezinn.com ♦♦♦♦



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GETTING HERE & G E T T I N G A RO U ND getting around the valley CAR RENTAL Hertz (Located at the Marriott in Buellton) 555 McMurray Road, Buellton, 805.688.4398, hertz.com BY TAXI Promenade Taxi: 805.717.8400, solvangtaxicab.com Compass Wine Tours: 805.701.0918, compasswinetours.com Solvang Taxi & Wine Tours: 805.688.0069, solvangtaxi.com Wine Country Cab: 805.769.8294, santayneztaxicab.com BY BUS Santa Ynez Valley Transit: 805.688.5452, cityofsolvang.com Mon-Sat Service Clean Air Express Saturday Service: Santa Ynez to Goleta/ Santa Barbara, 805.692.1902, cleanairexpress.com Wine Country Express: 805.736.7666, lompoctransit.com Connects the city of Lompoc with the SYV. Runs M-F. Chumash Casino Shuttle: 800.247.7919, chumashcasino.com FOR FUN SB Wine Country Cycling Tours: 1693 Mission Drive, 888.557.8687 Segway Tours of Solvang: 453 Atterdag Road, 805.688.8899 Wheel Fun Rentals: 1564 Copenhagen Drive, 805.688.0091 Dr. Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bicycle Shop: 1693 Mission Drive, 805.688.6263 Solvang Trolley and Carriage Company: 1618 Copenhagen Drive 805.794.8958, solvangtrolley.com Vino Vaqueros: Santa Ynez Valley on horseback, private, 90 minute rides, 805.944.0493, vinovaqueros.com

getting here

Located in northern Santa Barbara County, California, the Santa Ynez Valley is just 35 miles from the beaches of Santa Barbara, 125 miles up the coast from Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. BY CAR The region is easily accessible via U.S. Highway 101 and State Highways 154 & 246. BY RAIL Amtrak train service is available daily via transfers to Amtrak Thruway Coach from Santa Barbara, with connecting bus service to Solvang. 800.872.7245, amtrak.com BY AIR Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): 30 miles south, 805.967.7111, santabarbaraca.gov Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX): approx. 35 miles north, 805.922.1726, santamariaairport.com Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): approx. 125 miles south (allow at least 2-3 hours drive time from LAX due to traffic), 310.646.5252, lawa.org Santa Ynez Airport (IZA): for private aircraft landings. 900 Airport Road, 805.688.8390, santaynezairport.com Central Coast Shuttle Services: (to LAX) : 800.470.8818, centralcoastshuttle.com

wine country tours

Locally based companies offer a variety of ways to see the SYV and wine country. Breakaway Tours & Event Planning: 805.783.2929, breakaway-tours.com Classic Wine Tours of SB: 805.453.4063, sbclassicwinetour.com Compass Wine Tours: 805.701.0918, compasswinetours.com Eat This, Shoot That!: 805.364.0564, eatthisshootthat.com Grapeline Wine Tours Santa Barbara: 888.894.6379, gogrape.com Los Olivos Limousine & Wine Tours: 805.245.1509, losolivoslimo.com Next Adventure Tours & Tasting: 805.741.7866, nextadventure805.com SB Wine Country Tours: 805.965.1414, winetours-santabarbara.com SB Wine Country Cycling Tours: 888.557.8687, winecountrycycling.com Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours: 805.686.8347, winetoursantaynez.com

what to pack

Layers, layers, layers. Warm, sometimes downright hot sunny days and refreshingly cool mornings and evenings demand lightweight jackets or sweaters to put on and take off accordingly. Comfortable shoes are essential as you explore the rows of vines and stroll downtown for shopping time. Top off your look with a hat to keep you cool; remember those hot sunny days we mentioned? Keep your reusable water bottle on hand because the sun + wine tasting + walking (a lot) = dehydration. Unless itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wedding, no suits or ties required in the casual comfort of the SYV.

visitor vitals

SYV Weather Stats: Average annual temperatures range from 76 F/32 C to 54 F/12 C. Summer highs 80-90 F and winter lows to 40 F. August is typically the warmest month and December the coolest. Average seasonal rainfall is 9-17 inches. February is typically the wettest month. Economy: Agriculture, ranching, the equine industry, and tourism drive the SYV economy. Emergency Services: Dial 911 to reach police, fire or ambulance at any time. EV Charging Stations: Found throughout downtown Solvang and the Chumash Casino. SYV Marriott in Buellton has Tesla EV Super Chargers. Parking: Free throughout the Valley. Free daytime RV parking at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall lot, 1745 Mission Drive. Population: Approximately 20,000 throughout the six communities. Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST), 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) Visitor Centers: Buellton: 597 Avenue of Flags, Unit #101, 800.324.3800 and Solvang: 1639 Copenhagen Drive, 805.688.6144

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Industrial Eats

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Solvang, CA

The Sanger Family of Wines invites guests to fully savor the Mediterranean lifestyle as they discover three distinctive wine brands that create an exciting portfolio, inspired by the wines of Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. 1584 MISSION DRIVE, SOLVANG • 805.691.1020 • SANGERWINES.COM VISITSYV.COM




Far from the ordinary. Close to your heart.



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