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Celebrating 60 Years in Solvang Incorporated in 1951, Solvang Lutheran Home took its first step into the history books. With the help of generous donations and community volunteer service, we have grown from 13 to 140 residents. Today we are a continuing care retirement community, which offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. As retirement needs have changed, so have we, including changing the name to Atterdag Village of Solvang. We have embarked on an ambitious master plan to bring new services, programs, buildings and amenities to serve the Santa Ynez Valley. With our name change and planning, we etirees. will appeal tto future generati generations of ret Wee welcome your inquiry and visits to see how our goal of Healthy Retirement Living is accomplished.

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The Atterdag College stood from 1914 to 1970 It wa w s razed to make way for our skilled nursing facility, the Santa Ynez Valley Recovery Residence.

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10 Welcome An Overview of Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley 12 History Solvang Then and Now 14 People Four Profiles of Prominent Solvang Personalities 20 Explore Myriad Attractions within the City of Solvang 25 Centennial Events Special Events Celebrate the City’s 100th Anniversary

Annual Events 27 Calendar A Comprehensive Listing of Yearly Shows, Festivals and Special Events

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22 Walking Solvang 38 Santa Ynez Valley Attractions 58 Wine Tasting in the Valley

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Epitomizing the spirit, multi-generational family traditions, volunteerism and hospitality of Solvang, pictured making aebleskiver during the 2010 Danish Days Celebration are Laura Hanberg and her daughter Kristine, the 2007 Danish Maid. Kristine’s father Max Hanberg is Chairman of the Danish Days Foundation. Kristine’s grandparents Paul and Asta Hanberg both emigrated from Denmark to Solvang. Velkommen!

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Santa Ynez Valley 40 Exploring Santa Ynez Valley What to See and Do Throughout the Valley 46 Music, Dance and Chance Live Entertainment, the Chumash Casino and Golf Listings 48 Itineraries Four Days in the Valley and a Solvang Walking Tour

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60 Public Wine Tasting Rooms Sample Vintages from Area Vintners 64 Weddings, Conferences

and Special Events Resources for that Special Occasion 66 Getting Here and

Getting Around Transportation and Alternatives 69 Lodging Accommodations, Rates and Amenities

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72 Visitor Resources Useful Facts and Contacts

Published annually in cooperation with Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) and Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (SYVVA). All rights reserved. SCVB and SYVVA have made every effort to maintain the accuracy of information presented in this guide; but assume no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. Laura Kath, Editor-in-Chief; Nancy Ransohoff, Contributing Editor.

Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 70, Solvang, CA 93464 Visitors Center: 1639 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang Toll-Free: 1-800-468-6765 Phone: (805) 688-6144 www.SolvangUSA.com

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Congratulations to a century of success! We congratulate all the hard working local businesses, organizations and Santa Ynez Valley residents for making Solvang a success for 100 years. At Montecito Bank & Trust we too are committed to making the communities we serve better places to live and work. We’re proud of our role serving the financial needs of the Santa Ynez Valley and for our community participation. Year in and year out through programs such as our Community Dividends®, Anniversary GrantsSM and the Montecito Bank & Trust Scholarship Fund, it is our privilege to support the organizations and individuals in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. Community commitment for the years to come — one of the many Paths to prosperity® you’ll find at Montecito Bank & Trust. What’s your path? COMMUNITY BANKING U COMMERCIAL LENDING WEALTH MANAGEMENT montecito.com Call for more information Valley Oaks Branch: 591 Alamo Pintado Road U Solvang, CA U 805 778-0611 Member FDIC


Happy 100th Birthday

The Danish Societies Dania & Dannebrog Congratulate Solvang on its Centennial.

On behalf of the 2010 City Council and the citizens of Solvang we welcome you to the 2011 Centennial Celebration of the Danish American City of Solvang, California.

Our Solvang Dania Lodge, Hejls Minde #23 will be 100 years old in 2012, when Solvang will host the Dania Dannebrog Convention. www.danishsociety.com

Solvang Centennial 1911-2011 Bethania Lutheran Church Centennial 1912–2012

We wish a Happy 100th Birthday to Solvang

Velkommen! Worship Services Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 603 Atterdag Road, Solvang, CA 93463 www.bethanialutheran.net (805) 688-4637

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Happy 100th Birthday Solvang Happy 90th Birthday Solvang Chamber of Commerce

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Congratulations Solvang on 100 amazing years from your Friends at El Rancho Market.

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Welcome A picture-perfect playground for all ages and interests, the Santa Ynez Valley truly has something for everyone. Looking for world-class wine tasting? Bracing hikes complete with spectacular scenery? Outdoor fun like boating, golfing, horseback riding, bicycling and fishing? Plenty of those, too, along with warm, sunny days so you can enjoy it all year ‘round.

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here’s no better time to visit, as the Danish village of Solvang celebrates 100 years as California’s “Little Denmark” in 2011. Founded in 1911 by DanishAmerican educators, Solvang embraces its rich history and traditions while offering plentiful activities for 21st century visitors. You’ll find a delightful surprise around every geranium-draped corner in this quaint European-style village. (Visit www.Solvang100.com for a current calendar of festivities.) The Santa Ynez Valley is one of variety—explore the charming, tiny gem of rural Ballard, the bustling gateway city of Buellton, the western town of Los Alamos, the artsy community of Los Olivos and the turn-of-the-20th-century town of Santa Ynez—it’s easy to meander from one to the other, as they’re clustered closely together like wine grapes. Savor warm hospitality from friendly folks, complemented by a breathtaking backdrop of sage-green and golden oak-studded hills. Tour and taste at some of the more than 75 world-class wineries and tasting rooms offering Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,

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Syrah and other varietals—and pack a picnic with savories from a local farm stand. Or take a spin around a lavender farm or horse ranch, an ostrich or alpaca farm, or get a hawk’s-eye view soaring from a glider ride. Shop at art galleries, clothing boutiques, specialty gift shops and antique stores, or recharge at a day spa. Then hit the town for a scrumptious meal—choose from elegant wine-country cuisine, farm-to-table dining, Danish specialties and international and classic American favorites. Still have energy? How about a live concert, dancing or a experiencing a professional performance under summer stars at PCPA Theaterfest? Or take in live entertainment and glamorous gaming at Chumash Casino Resort. When it’s time to turn in for the night, choose from 34 comfortable inns, cozy bed & breakfasts, luxury resorts or full-service hotels—each offering rates, amenities and seasonal or themed packages for every budget. At the end of your Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley getaway, the only thing you’ll be wishing for is a longer stay—so make plans to return soon! 2011 SOLVANG and the SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

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SOLVANG Then & Now

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Spanish missionaries founded Mission Santa Inés, now on the edge of Solvang’s village area. Named for Saint Agnes (Inés in Spanish), it is 19th in the chain of 21 missions established in Spain’s Alta California.

The grist mill (for corn & wheat) and fulling mill (for cleansing wool cloth) were built near Mission Santa Inés (the future site of Solvang Mission Mills State Historic Park). In 1821, Mexico achieved independence from Spain. California, as part of Mexican territory, was no longer under Spanish rule.

On September 9, 1850, California became the 31st state in the United States. In 1858, the first stagecoach traversed the Santa Ynez Valley.

On October 1, 1910, the DanishAmerican Colony Co. was incorporated in California. The search for suitable land began under the leadership of Rev. Benedict Nordentoft, Rev. Jens M. Gregersen and Professor Peder Pedersen Hornsyld, Danish-American educators from the Midwest.

On Jan.23, the Danish-American Colony Co. bought 9,000+ acres of Rancho San Carlos de Jonata for $75,000 and named it “Solvang”, First folk school completed in November (473 Alisal Rd., now Bit O’ Denmark restaurant)

Atterdag College (successor to Solvang’s original folk school) built. It followed principles of Danish folk schools, known as “schools for life” stressing character development and personal enlightenment.

Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road, was built in the architectural style of the Bishop Grundtvig churches in Denmark. Dedicated on July 8, Bethania is still a vibrant community institution today.

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ality 0+ acre Valley es, yet h hurch, Opposite Left to Right: Mads Frese (land agent), Co-founders P.P. Hornsyld, Benedict Nordentoft, and J.M. Gregersen. This page: Old Mission Santa Ines and Solvang c. 1912. Today, colorful shops along Alisal Road reflect the valley's Danish heritage.

grocery, lumber yard, creamery, bakery, and other enterprises. In this paradise, the settlers carried on Danish traditions of language, folk dancing, music, and cuisine. Volunteer organizations promoting philanthropy and cross-cultural friendships such as Dania Lodge, Danish Brotherhood, Danish Sisterhood, Danish Days Foundation and Rebild Park Society emerged and today still reflect the town’s giving spirit. Midcentury, after the conclusion of World War II, idyllic Solvang was “discovered”

by the media and described as a “spotless Danish village that blooms like a rose” and enticed travelers to experience it for themselves. Now in the 21st century, Solvang’s 5,000+ residents of many cultures still continue to enjoy the same traditions as the founders envisioned— embracing the warm, sunny weather, authentic Danish cuisine, hospitality, and old-world charm—while welcoming friends, family and visitors from around the world to share the joys of “the Danish Capital of America.”

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In 1936, Solvang celebrated its 25th anniversary with a 3-day festival and a tradition was born-“Danish Days” held annually on the third weekend of September. In 1939, Danish royalty Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Ingrid were welcomed to Solvang.

Saturday Evening Post magazine published a major article with photos heralding Solvang as “Little Denmark.” Visitors come to experience the Danish-American cuisine, culture and hospitality.

Danish street names were adopted. Structures were built or remodeled in the Danish provincial style. Roofs were made of simulated thatch, tiles or copper; walls half-timbered; stained glass windows and decorative ironwork added. Wooden storks perched on roofs for good luck.

In 1960, Princess Margrethe (now Queen Margrethe II of Denmark) visited; she returned in 1976. In 1961, Solvang celebrated its Golden Jubilee with 3 days of festivities.

The wine industry emerged. In 1974, dedicated community members built 700-seat outdoor Solvang Festival Theater in 58 days; still in proud use today. In 1976, official authorized replica of the “Little Mermaid” statue edicated at Mission rive & Alisal Road.

On May 1, Solvang established its charter and became legally recognized as a California city with an authorized image of the Little Mermaid on the seal.

Old Mission Santa Inés designated a National Historic Landmark and continues as an active parish church today.

Solvang awarded “Preserve America Community” by the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, one of only 30 communities so honored in California.

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Essential Solvang g Solvang like the friendly smiles, deep roots, civic pride and generosity of its locals. Here are just a few of the many fascinating folks you may encounter in this big-hearted small town.

Bent Olsen Danish Baker and More The beckoning aromas of cinnamon, spice and fresh-baked breads fill the air at Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery, where fourth-generation baker Bent Olsen has been turning out mouthwatering Danish pastries, butter cookies, almond butter rings, strudel, kringles, cakes and much more for forty years. “The recipes are pretty much the same as my grandfather’s. We use modern machinery, but as far as the recipes go, it’s the same,” says Bent, “We keep the old Danish bakery tradition alive.” Three other Danish bakeries in town —Mortensen’s Danish Bakery, Danish Mill Bakery and Solvang Bakery— also keep up the tantalizing customs. While growing up, Bent worked at his family’s bakery in Denmark. He came to Solvang in 1965 and soon met and married his wife Susy, who still serves customers at Olsen’s. “Solvang is a considerably better place today than when I came to town, says Bent, the founders of Solvang businesses had a great vision. Solvang looks more and more like an old town in Denmark. But Solvang’s a real town—people make a living, raise a family. I love Solvang and its history. I wouldn’t live anyplace else.” Bent and his family also own the Solvang Inn & Cottages and the Red Viking Restaurant and he serves on the board of the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association. He nurtures his roots with membership in all the Danish cultural organizations and by chatting in Danish with contented customers when he isn’t working the bakery’s ovens. “Not a day goes by when I don’t speak Danish,” reveals Bent. And what about those pastries? With blue eyes sparkling, the tall, thin Dane says,“I eat my wares every day!”

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Erik and Hans Gregersen Solvang Founding Family Members Sitting in the living room of Erik and Sandy Gregersen’s comfortable, modern ranch-style home, perched high above Solvang’s Ballard Canyon, Erik observes, “We’re not incentivized to travel much.”

ne can easily see why, gazing at panoramic Valley views of sun-drenched, oak-dotted hills and well-kept vineyards with a backdrop of so-blue-you-could-touch-it sky. Erik and his brother Hans, along with their wives, live on about 600 acres of Rancho San Carlos de Jonata, an original Mexican land grant. Erik, Hans and their cousin Peter Gregersen have retained this precious parcel from the original 9,000 acres that was purchased in 1911 by their grandfather, Reverend Jens M. Gregersen, along with partners Reverend Benedict Nordentoft and Peder Hornsyld.

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The dream of the three Danish-American educators was to establish a Danish community and folk school on the West Coast. Their dream came true, and the town of Solvang was founded. The Gregersen family has continued through the generations to demonstrate their love for Solvang and its Danish heritage; giving back to the community that’s meant so much to them. Erik’s and Hans’ father along with two of their uncles donated the land for Solvang Park at the corner of Mission Drive and First Street downtown to the village in the late 1930s. It remains a popular place still today

for community celebrations, family picnics, concerts, summer outdoor movies and more. The Gregersens have a deep respect for their land, a large chunk of which has not been disturbed for the past 100 years or more. Though the Gregersen brothers have lived all over the world, they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than Solvang. Erik notes, “The people here are wonderful ...the scenery is beautiful, the weather is better than most parts of the world. It’s just a great place to live.”

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Louis Lucas Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards You could say that grapes are in Louis Lucas’ blood. Dubbed “Dirtman” by his college cronies for his farming background, Louis grew up in California’s Central Valley, where his father was a leading table grape grower for decades.

n 1970, he founded Tepusquet Vineyards with his brother and a partner, becoming one of the first commercial wine grape growers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. A pioneer in the Central Coast wine industry, Louis is also a master at utilizing innovative growing practices and techniques. “It’s a passion,” says Louis, “You rarely get the opportunity to see the fruits of your labor...the working of human hands. Growing grapes is still farming, but I’ve never thought of it as work. There are a lot of different variables...the challenge of the vineyard, its climate,

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its soil, its trellising...it requires care. It’s personal.” In 1996, he joined forces with retired Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Royce Lewellen. The dynamic duo has about 400 acres of vineyards planted to 24 varieties of grapes in the three principal wine grape growing regions of Santa Barbara County—Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Los Alamos Valley. Their Solvang tasting room, opened in 2002, showcases the French varietals of Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards; another Solvang tasting room followed two years later for their Italian varietals of the

Mandolina (soon to be Toccata) label. Never too far away from his vines, Louis, his wife Jill and their six daughters live in Solvang, overlooking one of their well-tended vineyards. Besides the top-notch grape-growing conditions, what keeps him in Solvang? “I love being in Solvang with its quaintness, the mission, and its small community. And of course, the people...we probably all have a little Danish in us by now. I haven’t found a wine yet to go with aebleskiver, but I’m working on it!” Lucas & Lewellan Vineyards will celebrate their 39th harvest in 2011.

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Blake Colvin Solvang’s Next Generation

he bright, energetic teenager is the creator of Cupcakes for Cancer, a non-profit that she started in 2007 to help a fellow eighth-grader who had just been diagnosed with leukemia. Blake is a healthy chemo survivor herself, and has been well for the past four years. With the help of her cupcake crew, Blake baked and sold cupcakes after school and at local events, initially raising $5,000 in six weeks. The momentum spread like cupcake batter. Blake has since devised a program to inspire kids around the coun-

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try to become involved. “It’s called Frosting Hope Across America,” reveals Blake. Upon request, she says, “We send a cupcake starter kit with an apron, instructions and directions on how to register the bake sale with Cupcakes for Cancer.” The funds raised are sent to CureSearch, a national pediatric cancer research foundation. Cupcakes for Cancer has also donated to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara and has granted six wishes to children on the Central Coast through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So far,

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Blake and her “cupcake angels” have raised over $55,000 as of fall 2010. Blake took a break from her parttime job scooping ice cream at Mortensen’s Bakery & Ice Cream shop, owned by her Danish-American grandfather Earl C. Petersen, to talk about her goals. “I hope to raise at least $100,000 before my high school graduation in 2012.” Seeing the passion, commitment and caring in the next generation makes the future look bright...and sweet.

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Sixteen-year-old Blake Colvin is making a difference and changing the world one cupcake at a time.


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Exploring Solvang Today Velkommen til Solvang! Solvang’s rich heritage dates back to 1911 when adventurous Danish-Americans from Iowa traversed the plains to establish a settlement in the golden state of California. They purchased 9,000 sun-kissed acres of the former Rancho San Carlos de Jonata adjacent to the historic 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés for $75,000 (a considerable sum at the turn of the 20th century).

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hey situated their new community adjacent to the Old Mission and along the banks of the fertile Santa Ynez River adjoining the Santa Ynez mountain range to the south. Solvang—meaning “sunny field” in Danish—was named by H.C. Hansen, one of the first settlers of the village. To preserve and promote Danish culture, the founders constructed a Danish folk school and church (the building now houses Bit O’Denmark Restaurant, 473 Alisal Rd.); then built Atterdag College, which opened in 1914 and educated thousands through 1970 (now the site of Atterdag Village of Solvang, a retirement community, 636 Atterdag Rd.). As the 20th century progressed and Solvang’s population grew, more buildings began to reflect the Danish farmstyle architecture—the cross-beamed bindingsvaerk (timbers framing either brick or stucco), handsomely carved eaves and doorways, and roofing made of wood shingles cut jagged at the edges. Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church, dedicated in 1928, was built in the architectural style of Denmark’s Bishop Grundtvig churches and features a wooden ship hanging from the nave. The public is always welcome inside for tours and worship (603 Atterdag Rd., 688-4637). The Danish Days annual festival emerged in 1936 (the first one conducted entirely in the native language)

and continues to commemorate Solvang’s heritage during the third weekend of every September. Festivals and celebrations are traditional parts of Solvang’s charm—from Taste of Solvang every March to Old Mission Santa Inés Fiesta each August and Julefest during December. In 1947, a major article in the Saturday Evening Post (an influential magazine of the day) put Solvang on the national map and stated, in part, "Solvang…a spotless Danish village that blooms like a rose in California’s charming Santa Ynez Valley. Old country charm and customs have been successfully fused with the American way of life. Nowadays…the quaint village is busy living up to its affectionate name, ‘Little Denmark’."

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“One of the Top 5 US Domestic Destinations with International Flair.” Orbitz Worldwide Travel

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Today, still be drawn into Scandinavian culture strolling the flowerlined streets or stepping into authentic bakeries, more than 150 unique shops, restaurants and more than a dozen wine-tasting rooms. Danish tradition holds that the presence of a wooden stork on a rooftop wards off lightning and brings good luck. Good fortune continues to smile on Solvang and all 22

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of its visitors. Solvang still feels like northern Europe, yet in the center of California. Windmills of all sizes catch the first and last light throughout the village. Come see why Solvang was named by Orbitz Worldwide Travel as one of the “Top 5 US Domestic Destinations with International Flair.” (Continued on pg. 30)

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2011 SOLVANG CENTENNIAL EVENTS The 100-year anniversary of the founding of the "Danish Capital of America” is marked with special public themed events during every month of the year-long celebration. For more details and new events, visit www.Solvang100.com or call 1-800-468-6765 or (805) 688-6144.

AUGUST Cultural Diversity

JANUARY History: 1911-2011

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Centennial Exhibition Opening at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

FEBRUARY Education

Opening at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum. 25-27 Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series: The Legacy of N.F.S.

Grundtvig, featuring renowned philosophical & spiritual leaders held at Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Agricultural Heritage

14 40th Annual Old Mission Santa Ines Fiesta: A day of food, games,

7 Centennial Fest: Opening festivi-

12 "Celebrating President Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday:” Exhibit

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7 81st Annual Rancheros Visitadores “Visiting Ranchers” Blessing at the Old Mission; 500+ horses & riders

participate. 20 Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Solvang Individual Time Trial: The largest, most prestigious

US professional bike race attracting world-class cyclists.

1- 2 Chumash Intertribal Pow Wow:

dancing, music & family activities on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark.

Native American music, dance, food, art & culture.

27 American Premiere of My Fairytale: Opening Night

Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association.

Celebration at Solvang Festival Theater under the stars. This Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) musical about the famous Dane, Hans Christian Andersen, is presented by renowned PCPA Theaterfest. My Fairytale was originally conceived by noted Danish actor/director Flemming Enevold as Mit Eventyr in 2005, as part of Denmark’s bi-centennial celebration of Andersen’s birth. Performances run through September 25.

8 Celebration of Harvest:

30-31 18th Annual Solvang Halloween Haunted House at Solvang Festival Theater: Scary,

but wholesome family fun created by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department.

NOVEMBER Homecoming

5 SCOR Solvang Prelude Bike Ride:

25, 50 or 100 mile amateur cycling event for charity. 24 Thanksgiving Day: A traditional time for homecoming & fellowship.

MARCH Culinary

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mile amateur bike ride for charity. 18-20 19th Annual Taste of Solvang:

Dessert party, ‘walking smorgaasbord,’ wine tasting & picnic events sponsored by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau.

APRIL Cultural Arts

2 Hans Christian Andersen Birthday Party: Storytelling, music &

refreshments at HCA Museum. 16 Vintners’ Festival: Sponsored

by Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association.

JUNE Sports & Recreation

3 National Trails Day: Free hikes &

DECEMBER Julefest Traditions

guided walks for the entire family sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association.

1-31 Solvang Julefest: Month-long holiday celebration throughout the village including tree-lighting, parade, caroling, concerts & shopping specials.

5 Solvang Centennial History Exhibit at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum. Runs through August 2.

ONGOING JULY Celebrating Danish-American Friendship

4 Solvang Independence Day Parade, BBQ & Fireworks: Traditional festiv-

ities for the whole family.

Solvang Speaks: Informal talks reflectSEPTEMBER Living History

ing on Solvang history presented by Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

8 Solvang Chamber of Commerce 90th Anniversary Party 10-15 Team Solvang 100 Bike Ride:

From San Francisco along the coast to Solvang featuring international dignitaries & officials.

Solvang-Denmark Links: Lectures about Danish culture and American links presented by Elverhoj Museum of History & Art and the Solvang Library. Heritage Trail Dedications: Connect-

ing historical sites and points of interest.

16-18 75th Annual Danish Days:

Entire weekend devoted to celebrating Solvang’s heritage with authentic foods, music, folk dancing & three parades plus surprise activities. 17-18 Living History Festival at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art:

Experience special crafts, displays & interactive opportunities with docents & artisans. 26-OCT. 7 Centennial Tour to Denmark: Open to all to enhance

cultural ties, foster friendships; visiting Copenhagen, sister city of Aalborg & environs.

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

SEASONAL

WINTER

Year-round

December

Solvang Village Farmers Market; every Wednesday afternoon, across from Solvang Park at First Street and Mission Drive (962-5354).

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Los Olivos Farmers Market; Saturday morning, Alamo Pintado Avenue and San Marcos Avenue across from Wildling Art Museum (315-1292). Cachuma Lake Nature Cruises highlight area wildlife, wildflowers, resident birds and, from November– February, bald eagles. All cruises aboard the 45-passenger pontoon boat “Osprey” feature a twohour tour with a naturalist (686-5050 weekdays, 686-5055 weekends). June through September PCPA (Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts) Theaterfest presents critically acclaimed, professional live theatre under the stars at Solvang Festival Theater. A highlight of the 2011 season is the American premiere of My Fairytale saluting Hans Christian Andersen (922-8313).

olvang Julefest a onth-long holiday celebration with tree-lighting, arade, Santa Claus viss, caroling, concerts, pen houses, shopping pecials throughout the illage sponsored by Solvang Visitors ureau (688-6144). os Olivos Oldeashioned hristmas—caroling, ree-lighting by an angel” (315-1292). uellton Tree-Lighting arty—traditional merriment on Avenue of Flags (688-7829). anuary anta Ynez alley Restauant Week—dine n $20.11 special enus and enjoy ulinary activities, ponsored by anta Ynez Valley isitors Association 686-0053). February Greyhound Fest/West Coast Greyhound Gathering—Solvang welcomes dogs and heir human companons for a blessing at he Old Mission, trade how, special activities 688-6144). arstrup-Mortensen ecture Series—Bethania utheran Church hosts ublic programs featuring enown philosophical and piritual leaders (Solvang, 88-4637).

by the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau (688-6144).

SPRING March

April Santa Ynez Valley Free Museums Day free admission at eight area museums sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (686-0053). SCOR Solvang Century and HalfCentury annual 50- or 100-mile amateur bike ride for charity (562-690-9693). Taste of Solvang “walking smorgaasbord,” dessert party and winetasting events throughout the third weekend of the month sponsored

Vintners Festival Weekend— sponsored by Santa Barbara County Vintners Association celebrating area wines and winemakers with four days of special tastings, open houses, winemaker dinners highlighted by Saturday afternoon festival with 100 wineries, restaurants, live entertainment (688-0881). Cachuma Lake Trout Derby— weekend of fishing fun for the whole family (693-8381).

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ANNUAL EVENTS May Rancheros Visitadores—”visiting ranchers” blessing at the Mission, trek and encampment (962-3000). Wine Country Half Marathon— runners race through Santa Ynez/Los Olivos/Solvang (688-6144). Santa Ynez Valley USA Mountain Bike Classic Race— Los Olivos (896-0673). Amgen Tour of California Time Trial— largest professional US bike race, Solvang (688-6144).

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SUMMER

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June Santa Ynez Valley Celebrates National Trails Day—free hikes and guided walks sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (686-0053). Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival— food, wine tasting, music (325-2345). Old Santa Ynez Day— parade, food, arts and crafts and live entertainment (688-4878). Live Oak Music Fesival—three days of concerts and camping surrounded by stars (781-3020). July Independence Day Parade, Festival & Fourth of July Fireworks— Solvang (688-6144).

FALL eptember anish Days— ntire weekend evoted to celerating Solvang’s candinavian eritage with uthentic foods, usic, folk dancing nd three parades plus ving history exhibits 688-6144). os Alamos Old Days—weekend estival honoring he town’s 1876 old estern roots with hili kick-off, dances, ld-fashioned eddlers’ mart, classic ar show, parade and arbecue (344-1717). October humash Intertribal ow Wow—Native American music, ance, food, art and ulture at Live Oak Camp (688-7997). Celebration of Harest—sponsored y Santa Barbara County Vintners

Association. Fetes area wines and winemakers with four days of special tastings, open houses and winemaker dinners highlighted by the Saturday afternoon festival with 100 wineries, restaurants, live entertainment (688-0881). A Day in the Country—food, art, entertainment, book faire in downtown Los Olivos (688-0658). 25 Hours of Halloween Mountain Bike Race—sponsored by RideSB.com, Los Olivos (896-0673). Halloween Haunted House at Solvang Festival Theater—scary, wholesome family fun courtesy of the Solvang Parks and Recreation folks (688-PLAY).

November SCOR Prelude Bike Ride—25-, 50- or 100-mile amateur cycling event (562-690-9693). Sage Hill Competitive Trail Ride—weekend equestrian event sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association (688-2851). Vaquero Show and Sale— celebrating and preserving western heritage of the cowboy lifestyle at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House, Santa Ynez (688-7889). Santa Ynez Valley Artists Studio Tours—sponsored by Wildling Art Museum (688-1082).

Dogtoberfest—all things canine including a parade, vendor booths, contests, prizes in Solvang Park, sponsored by Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation (260-2386).

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Solvang Arts & Culture To really appreciate Solvang’s Danish heritage, visit Elverhøj Museum of History & Art, which occupies an original 18th-century Danish-style home on a quiet street two blocks from downtown. Its rooms are filled with historic Solvang photographs, artifacts, Danish arts, crafts and period pieces. Periodically, friendly docents dress in authentic Danish costumes to create living history. Rotating traditional and contemporary art exhibitions, craft classes and special events are offered throughout the year (1624 Elverhoy Way, 686-1211). Hans Christian Andersen Museum, honoring the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale, is filled to its rafters with originals and copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes and collages. His April 2 birthday is celebrated with a party each year (1680 Mission Dr., 688-2052). A bronze statue of Andersen graces Solvang Park (Mission Dr. & First St.). 30

The National Historic Landmark Old Mission Santa Inés is 19th in the chain of 21 Catholic missions built along the coast of California during the 18th and 19th centuries. Tours of the 1804 mission facilities—featuring Spanish artifacts as well as arrowheads, pottery, pestles and mortars used by the region’s native Chumash Indians—weave a tapestry of history for this active parish church (1760 Mission Dr., 688-4815). This 95-acre historic district also includes Santa Inés Mission Mills, currently under development as a State Park (contact Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, 965-0093).

Architectural Treasures of “Little Denmark” ust as it does in Copenhagen arbor, the Little Mermaid bronze sculpture (Denmark’s national symbol) welcomes visitors to Solvang at the intersection of Mission Drive (Hwy. 246) and Alisal Road. A 1/3-size replica of Copenhagen’s famous 17th-century Rundetaarn (round tower) is nestled behind one of the village’s four large windmills (436 Alisal Rd.). A plaque describes the rebus (word puzzle) that appears on the tower. As folks do in Scandinavia, take a moment to relax on the Sladerbænken (gossip bench) located in front of the

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

Solvang Inn & Cottages (1518 Mission Dr.).

displays a revolving collection of classic and rare motorcycles, as well as European race bikes, gathered by founder Dr. Virgil Elings, noted physicist/inventor/philanthropist. Open weekends and by appointment (320 Alisal Rd., 686-9522).

Solvang’s world-famous chiming carillon

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clock tower atop the Solvang Antique Center at 486 First Street plays seasonal tunes—and serves as a reminder that there is always plenty of time to enjoy Solvang.

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Culinary Delights Solvang’s dozens of restaurants and cafés are noted for fresh local foods and gourmet wine-country cuisine, hearty American fare and Danish specialties, of course! The bounty of nearby vineyards and wineries is easily sampled from more than a dozen wine-tasting rooms and wine bars featuring a variety of vintners (for a map and current list, visit www.SolvangUSA.com). For the freshest fruits, veggies, flowers and local items, check out the downtown Farmers’ Market, between Mission Drive (Hwy. 246) and Copenhagen Drive on First Street, every Wednesday afternoon year-round (962-5354).

Gourmet food shops tempt palates throughout the 2.2-square-mile pedestrian-friendly village. Since 1982, the third weekend of March each year celebrates Danish and local foods, wines and live entertainment during the Taste of Solvang. Friday evening kicks off the weekend with a dessert reception and live entertainment. Saturday is the Walking Smorgaasbord with 40 taste stops downtown from 11am–4pm followed by a Saturday evening Wine Tasting Room Walk featuring local vintners. Weekend passports or individual event tickets may be purchased from the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (www.SolvangUSA.com).

Aebleskiver! No visit to Solvang is complete without enjoying a Danish favorite called aebleskiver— light and airy pancake balls (pronounced aye-bell-ski-ver). The name may lead you to believe there are apple slices inside—and in many places of Denmark, that is how they are served—but in Solvang, the tradition is aebleskiver dusted with powdered sugar and served

Danish Food Finds

with raspberry jam. Legend has it that when Vikings were roaming up and down the

Solvang’s Danish heritage is displayed in the culinary delights found in numerous

coasts of Europe they used their dented

restaurants and bakeries: frikadeller (meatballs), medisterpølse (Danish sausage),

horn helmets and shields to cook their fa-

rødkaal (red cabbage) and the smorgaasbord (buffet). Solvang’s bakers create Danish

vorite pancakes—which turned out round!

pastries, kringles, marzipan, almond rings, cakes, cookies, tarts and breads at Danish Mill Bakery (1682 Copenhagen Dr., 688-5805), Mortensen’s Danish Bakery (1588

Aebleskiver Recipe Courtesy of The Solvang Restaurant

Mission Dr., 688-8373), Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery & Coffee Shop (1529

(www.SolvangRestaurant.com)

Mission Dr., 688-6314) and Solvang Bakery (460 Alisal Rd., 688-5713).

Ingredients:

Besides the acclaimed Danish baked treats, sweet offerings include

2 cups buttermilk

Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates—handmade chocolates and an old-

2 cups flour 2 eggs

fashioned ice cream parlor, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and

2 tsp. baking powder

Old Danish Food Farm with tempting fresh fudge and candy apples.

1/2 tsp. Salt 1/2 tsp. soda 2 tbsp. Sugar

Instructions: Separate eggs. Mix egg yolks and all other ingredients together at one time and beat until smooth. Allow batter to set for 30 minutes to let baking powder work. Beat egg whites stiff and fold in last. Heat aebleskiver pan. Put 1 tsp. salad oil in each hole and fill completely with batter. Let bake until slightly crusty on bottom. Turn slightly with a knitting needle or skewer. Continue cooking, turning the ball to keep it from burning, until the knitting needle comes out clean when stuck in the center. Serve aebleskiver hot with powdered sugar, jam or jelly. 32

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Solvang Recreation With nearly 300 days of sunshine annually, any time of the year is the perfect time to visit Solvang. Year-round outdoor family fun and picnics are popular in Solvang Park at the corner of Mission Drive and First Street (center of action for September’s Danish Days,

Julefest in December and Free Friday Night Movies in summer). Hans Christian Andersen Park on Atterdag Road is a pleasant retreat with picnic areas, public tennis, a playground and the skatepark for “boarders.” Kids love the whimsical Viking-style playground and ball field at Sunny Fields Park on Alamo

Pintado Road. For a schedule of public recreational events, call 688-PLAY. One of the most energetic ways of exploring is via bicycles and fourwheeled surrey cycles. Bring wheels of your own, or easy-to-ride rentals offer a pedal-powered way to see the sights (Wheel Fun, 688-0091).

The American Premiere of “My Fairytale”at PCPA Theaterfest This year—2011—marks the 47th season of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) Theaterfest in Solvang, the only professional centennial celebration, PCPA Theaterfest is pleased to present the American Premiere of My Fairytale, a musical about the famous Dane Hans Christian Andersen, created by Stephen Schwartz, the award-winning composer of Godspell, Pippin and Wicked. This exclusive engagement will preview in Santa Maria’s Marian Theatre August 12–19, then preview under the stars in Solvang Festival Theater on Friday, August 26, with a festive opening night on Saturday, August 27, playing through September 25. My Fairytale was first produced by Flemming Enevold as Mit Eventyr in 2005 as part of Denmark’s bicentennial celebration of Andersen’s birth. This gorgeous new musical is both a delightful revelry in the stories from Andersen’s imagination, an enlightening journey into the soul of the artist, and a heartfelt celebration of the wonderful influence of the Danish spirit on the world, especially fitting during Solvang’s 100th anniversary year.Between June and September, nights in Solvang sparkle under the stars with PCPA’s world-class theatrical productions in the 700-seat open-air Solvang Festival Theater (420 Second St., 922-8313). 34

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resident theater company on the Central California coast. During Solvang’s


THE RED VIKING RESTAURANT Rustic Italian cuisine and Entoteca. Authentic woodburning pizza. Cecchini and Palmina wine tasting room.

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

1684 Copenhagen Dr. 805-688-6610

475 First St. 805-688-8880 www.ceccoristorante.com

THE JULE HUS

WHEEL FUN RENTALS

The best of Old World Christmas since 1967. Not only at Christmas, but all the year through, the gift you give to others, is a joy that returns to you.

Wine country bike rentals/tours of the valley’s many wineries, lavender, apple and miniature horse farms. Visit historic Ballard and Los Olivos on your self-guided bike tour— starting at $25 per person.

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

475 First St., 805-688-0091 www.wheelfunrentals.com

BIT O’ DENMARK

GAVEAESKEN Enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner at Bit O'Denmark, serving American continental cuisine made fresh daily. Full bar and wonderful local wines by the glass, desserts and espressos. Oh—and the best Danish smorgaasbord around.

473 Alisal Rd. 805-688-5426

NODDING PLACE QUILT & GIFT BOUTIQUE Come see the largest selection of quilts and accessories in California. Located in the heart of downtown Solvang, we also feature a wide assortment of charming and unique gifts.

1642-A Copenhagen Dr., 805-688-4858 www.noddingplace.com

A unique store specializing in Danish paper cuts, Scandinavian Christmas items and American crafts.

433 Alisal Rd. 805-686-5699

H. C. ANDERSEN MUSEUM Born in Denmark, beloved throughout the world, Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) wrote more than 150 tales, including Ugly Duckling, Little Mermaid, Snow Queen, Thumbelina and Emperor’s New Clothes. Learn about HCA, his life and work and browse a wide selection of Andersen titles. Open every day. Free admission. 1680 Mission Dr., 805-688-2052 Above The Book Loft (no elevator) www.bookloftsolvang.com

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The Solvang Trolley (also known as the Honen) is an historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of magnificent draft horses providing 25-minute guided tours around the village (794-8958). Checking out fascinating fauna is fun for kids of all ages! Ostrich Land is a 33-acre breeding farm to see/feed more than 100 ostriches and emus up close (610 E. Hwy. 246, west of Solvang). Flag Is Up Farms is the home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where visitors are freely welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action (901 E. Hwy. 246, west of Solvang). Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch is a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses that welcomes visitors daily for free viewing from 10am–3pm (1555 Alamo Pintado Rd., just north of the village). 36

Shop Solvang Shopping in Solvang is like a kaleidoscope—turn in any direction and delight in an array of colorful items such as clogs, handmade lace, clothing, ironwork, porcelain, elegant collectibles, beautifully crafted imports, jewelry, arts and crafts, vibrant furnishings and classic toys in more than 150 one-of-akind stores. Solvang is a veritable shoppers’ paradise within a pedestrianfriendly European-style village. The primary retail areas along Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive, Alisal Road and the charming side streets beckon with wonderful clusters of shops in courtyards and squares. Here are just a few of the many unique shopping experiences to look for in Solvang that you won’t find anywhere else—Bellagio Boutique &

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Back Door Board Shop, Book Loft, Clock Shop Jewelers, Designs in Gold, Elna’s Danish Dress Shop, First Street Leather, Gaveaesken “Gift Box,” Gerda’s Iron Art, Home Connection, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, Johnson’s Jewel Box, Jule Hus, Mole Hole, Nathalie’s Doll House, Nordic Knives, Old Danish Food Farm, Olive House, Rasmussen’s Gifts, Royal Copenhagen Shop, Solvang Antique Center, Solvang Shoe Store, Solvang Toyland, Vin Hus, Z Folio Gallery and dozens more—for addresses and complete details visit www.SolvangUSA.com.

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Turn in any direction and delight in an array of colorful items such as clogs, handmade lace, clothing, ironwork, porcelain, elegant collectibles, beautifully crafted imports, jewelry, arts and crafts, vibrant furnishings and classic toys in more than 150 one-of-a-kind stores.


THE SOLVANG RESTAURANT

VIN HUS A shop like no other. Wine, cheese, candy, gourmet foods, coffee and tea. All the good stuff for the perfect picnic or gift basket!

440 Alisal Rd. 805-688-7117 www.solvangvinhus.com

1672 Copenhagen Dr., 805-688-4645 www.Solvangrestaurant.com

GERDA’S IRON ART GIFT SHOP

THE BOOK LOFT Booklovers' favorite for over 40 years. A general bookshop specializing in fiction, children's books, books about the Vikings and of Danish and Scandinavian interest. New, used and antiquarian. Also, maps, travel guides, magazines and family games. Great service. Evening hours. Coffee shop adjacent. Home of the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. 1680 Mission Dr., 805-688-6010 www.bookloftsolvang.com

THE HOME CONNECTION The Home Connection was established in 1990 by a Mother-Daughter team. They take pride in offering many American made collectible lines, family game and newly added custom Amish Furniture.

A unique Danish owned gift shop, established in 1950, specializing in Danish collectibles, curtains and laces, antique copper and brass, jewelry, teawares and souvenirs. 1676 Copenhagen Dr. 805-688 3750

NATALIE’S DOLL HOUSE We have a great selection of toys for kids of all ages. While you're in Solvang come in for a visit... We're a kid friendly store!

425 Alisal Rd., #D 805-686-4553 phone/fax www.solvanghomeconnection.com 1693 Copenhagen Dr., 805-688-6533

RASMUSSEN'S

PERFORMANCE FITNESS Rasmussen’s original department store featuring Scandinavian and European imports. Solvang Centennial Plate available at Rasmussen's.

1697 Copenhagen Dr. 805-688-6636 www.rasmussenssolvang.com

Come enjoy a spacious, clean, well-equipped fitness center in Solvang. Cardio and strength training equipment, over 40 weekly fitness classes; spinning, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and more. Open 7 days a week. Massage and Watsu by appointment. 320 Alisal Rd., Suite 406 Lydia Adame, Gym Manager. 805-686-2900 www.performancefitness.biz

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"Aebleskiver"—Solvang's most sought after Danish dessert. Featured at Solvang Restaurant.


Exploring The Santa Ynez Valley

ere you can tour and taste acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and other grape varietals at more than 75 worldclass wineries and tasting rooms. Satisfy every shopping desire in art galleries, clothing boutiques, and specialty gift and antique stores. Savor delicious meals—from gourmet wine-country cuisine to Danish specialties, as well as international and classic American favorites—perfect for any palate. Pick apples, walnuts and berries directly from the branch. Discover the area's

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rich multi-cultural heritage at prominent Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Danish museums and the 1804 Old Mission Santa Ines, a National Historic Landmark. Bicycle, golf, hike, fish and see wildlife. Tour a lavender farm or horse ranch, an ostrich or alpaca farm. Take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard or waterside at Cachuma Lake or Nojoqui Falls parks. Refresh and rejuvenate at a day spa. Experience year-round 24/7/365 gaming and world-class live entertainment at

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Chumash Casino Resort. At night, do some dancing, take in a live concert or see PCPA Theaterfest's professional summer performances under the stars. At the end of the day, check into one of 34 comfortable inns, lodges, luxury resorts or full-service hotels—each offering rates, amenities and seasonal or themed packages for every budget. Any time is the perfect time to discover Santa Ynez Valley.

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Encircled by the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges in central Santa Barbara County, visitors and residents alike can revel in the scenic beauty that celebrates a rural, yet casually sophisticated lifestyle in the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley.


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Six Distinctive Communities Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos,

and Solvang are all located in Santa Ynez Valley. The anglicized name “Santa Ynez” (Saint Agnes) derives from the 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés, the first Spanish settlement in the valley (located in Solvang). Prior to the arrival of Spanish and European settlers, Native Americans resided in Santa Ynez Valley for thousands of years. Today, members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians have a federally-recognized reservation adjoining the township of Santa Ynez, featuring the Chumash Casino Resort. Santa Ynez Valley's communities are all known for genuine old-world hospitality and friendliness, each offering distinctive character and amenities. The modern-day township of Santa Ynez, situated just a mile from the intersection of state highways 154 and 246, celebrates its western heritage with Old Santa Ynez Day each June including a street fair, a parade and country-western entertainment. Santa Santa Ynez

Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Car-

founded in 1961, has eight fascinating rooms of memorabilia from the Chumash Indians through 20thcentury ranching days and contains the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles and accessories west of the Mississippi. Periodic exhibits and the annual Vaquero Show & Sale every November are highlights (3596 Sagunto St., 688-7889). Santa Ynez’s turn-of-theTOP RIGHT: MIKE PERRY, BOTTOM LEFT: MARK DOLYAK

riage House,

20th-century architectural facades still boast plenty of conveniences for modern trail riders including an historic saloon, a variety of restaurants from gourmet to Italian to Mexican to steakhouse, a luxury AAA 4-diamond-rated inn and a bed & breakfast, and a fine variety of retail emporiums. At the intersection of Highway 154 and Grand Avenue, the community of Los Olivos offers an authentic slice of Victorian style with art galleries, boutiques, more than two dozen wine-tasting rooms and wine stores, an historic stagecoach stop housing a gourmet restaurant, a top-notch inn and cafés from casual to elegant. Wildling Art Museum is an educational institution dedicated to presenting and preserving American wilderness art. The museum offers seasonal exhibitions, as well as nature-related art classes, films and lectures (2928 San Marcos Ave., 688-1082). Los Olivos (Spanish for “the olives”) celebrates its namesake fruit each June with the Olive & Jazz Festival, its artistic heritage with a “Quick Draw Art Festival” each August and its cultural heritage with “A Day in the Country” every October. Charming rural Ballard, located between Santa Ynez and Los Olivos on Baseline Road, is home to a little red schoolhouse holding classes since 1883, as well as churches, studios and an award-winning inn, restaurant and wine-tasting room. The bustling gateway city of Buellton, located conveniently at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Highway 246, has “everything for the traveler”—from a full-service hotel to inns, motels, popular RV resort, tasting rooms for wine and beer, a variety of shops, public parks, service stations and dining spots of every style. It is known as the “Home

Take a Hike

Santa Ynez Valley celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in the month of June with free guided hikes and walks on some of the most popular valley venues. The surrounding Los Padres National Forest has hundreds of miles of trails, allowing visitors to explore this ruggedly handsome area filled with mountains, streams, native plants, forests and caves. Within the forest lies the federally designated Dick Smith Wilderness and San Rafael Wilderness—mainly covered by chaparral, manzanita, scrub oak, yucca and potreros (grassy meadows). Most trails follow the creeks and rivers. For complete information, maps and current conditions, contact the forest service main headquarters in Santa Barbara at 968-6640, the Santa Barbara Ranger District at 967-3481 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres. For overnight camping information, visit www.recreation.gov. Wildflowers in the spring are especially plentiful and vibrant throughout the forest, especially off Figueroa Mountain Road and Happy Canyon Road. (For a wildflower report, call 925-9538, ext. 232.) Sedgwick Reserve, a 5,883-acre historic ranch now part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, offers seasonal guided hikes and educational programs (3566 Brinkerhoff Ave., Santa Ynez, 686-1941). A picnic next to a seasonal waterfall is an easy 15-minute hike at day-use Nojoqui Falls County Park, at Highway 101/Old Coast Road and Alisal Road (934-6123). Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, 10 minutes south of Santa Ynez, has easy to moderate trails and Saturday weekly hikes led by docents from its nature center (686-5050 or 693-0691).

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of Split Pea Soup,” courtesy of Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant established in 1924, which still provides familyfriendly dining. In 1949, Buellton was named “Service Town USA,” and travelers can discover more in the Buellton Historical Society History Room located in Andersen’s Restaurant. Annual events include Art on the Avenue of Flags in July and holiday festivities that celebrate the city’s home-town hospitality. Los Alamos (Spanish for “the cottonwoods”), located at the northern entry to Santa Ynez Valley at the junction of US Highway 101 and State Highway 135, is surrounded by vineyards and ranches and has an old-time rustic sensibility. The seven-block-long main thoroughfare has a large antique mall in the historic train depot, quaint shops, a café in an art gallery, several restaurants and wine-tasting rooms, an historic 1880s hotel, a Victorian bed & breakfast and two motels. Each September, Los Alamos Old Days honors the town’s 1876 founding with a weekendlong celebration. For complete information on the valley’s largest populated city, the Danish-American village of Solvang (celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011), please see pages 12 to 37.

More Valley Recreation No matter the age or activity level, the valley offers countless outdoor recreational opportunities. Bicycling (road and mountain) is a popular sport and leisure pursuit with several 25/50/100mile cycling races and pleasure rides held throughout the year. The area proudly hosted the Individual Time Trial stage of the Amgen Tour of California in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and many professional bicycling teams train on valley roads and mountain passes. For free bike maps and routes of this worldclass cycling destination, access www.sbbike.org. Birding throughout the valley takes flight with hundreds of species, including yellow-billed magpie, red-tailed hawk and bald eagle. Docentled bald eagle and wildlife nature cruises at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area are offered year-round aboard the Osprey, a 45-foot pontoon boat (Hwy. 154, 10 minutes south of Santa Ynez, 686-5050).

To soar over it all like a bird, experience an FAA-certified glider ride from Windhaven Glider Rides (688-2517) at Santa Ynez Airport, also popular for fly-ins from private non-commercial aircraft. For complete information on great golf options, see page 46.

Equestrian Action Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables, featured on the TV show “Best of America by Horseback” as one of the best places for horseback trail riding in the USA, offers guided rides for the public, ages 8 and up (off Hwy. 154 on Paradise Rd., 683-5110). Santa Ynez Valley is recognized throughout the equestrian world for its impressive horse ranches emphasizing quarter horses, thoroughbred and Arabian breeds, as well as world-renowned training, breeding and veterinary facilities. For more info: Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association (www.syvea.org) or Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association (www.syvaha.com).

Wondrous Wildlife Checking out fascinating fauna is fun for kids of all ages! All places are open to the public (some fees may apply). Please call ahead for current opening/closing hours (all area codes 805). Start at Ostrich Land, a 33-acre breeding farm to see/feed more than 100 ostriches and some emus up close (610 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 686-9696). Just a few blocks to the east is Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” where visitors are welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action (901 E. Hwy. 246, Solvang, 6889709). Proceed east on Highway 246 through Solvang and turn north on Alamo Pintado Road to discover Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses that welcomes visitors daily for free viewing from 10am–3pm (1555 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 686-4002). Continue north on Alamo Pintado Road, then turn east on Baseline Road to Seein’ Spots Farm, breeders of miniature donkeys and mules, who welcomes visitors who call ahead (2599 Baseline Ave., Ballard, 688-2275). 42

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Craving the beach? Just head 11 miles south of Buellton, just off Highway 101, to Gaviota State Park, marked by a magnificent railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota Creek. This oceanfront park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, hiking and camping. Anglers and scuba divers use the pier on the west end of the beach, and surfers use its boat hoist to access Santa Barbara Channel. Ambitious hikers can climb to Gaviota Peak, offering a spectacular view of the Pacific coastline, and experience a hot sulfur spring along the trail (968-1033).

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Music, Dance & Chance Stars emerge in the clear night sky, and unique valley venues brighten evenings with top-notch dining, dancing and live entertainment. Be sure to check the events calendar at www.SantaYnezValleyVisit.com or www.SolvangUSA.com for current listings and special happenings. Here are some of the options (listed alphabetically): Free Outdoor Movies—Friday nights June–September in Solvang Park and Buellton’s River View Park (688-7529). Maverick Saloon & Dance Hall— live country-western and rock music, dancing, lessons, free concerts on the deck (Santa Ynez, 686-4785). Music on the Green at New Frontiers Marketplace—free summertime Thursday afternoon concerts (Solvang, 693-1746).

Chumash Casino Resort— 24/7/365 gaming including poker, blackjack and slots plus the Samala Showroom (1,300 seats for unobstructed views) playing host to top headline entertainers such as Toby Keith, Marco Antonio Solis, Foreigner, Cheryl Crow, Jay Leno;

world championship boxing contests; exciting monthly bingo events; dances; and more (Santa Ynez, 686-0855). Days Inn Windmill Clubhouse Lounge—billiards/pool (Buellton, 688-8448).

Parks Plaza Movie Theater— first-run feature films on four screens (Buellton, 688-7434). PCPA Theaterfest— June–September; professional live drama, comedy and musical performances under the stars at the 700-seat Festival Theater (Solvang, 922-8313).

Root 246 at Hotel Corque— big screens in the lounge, call for entertainment (Solvang, 686-8681). Tales from the Tavern— this seasonal mid-week concert series features singers and songwriters (traditionally at the Maverick Saloon). Call for current performers and times (Santa Ynez, 688-0383). Solvang Brewing Company— live entertainment and big screens (Solvang, 688-2337). Vineyard House Restaurant— jazz on the outdoor deck (Santa Ynez, 688-2886). Winner's Circle Lounge at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott— big screen sports and more (Buellton, 688-1000).

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Enjoy four challenging golf courses in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley in the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country. Year-round options to tee-off in style include Rancho San Marcos Golf Course set in the mountains 12 miles outside of Santa Ynez. This Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed gem gracefully saddles the natural topography meandering amid a plethora of ancient oaks. The River Course at The Alisal (photo below left) is just south of Solvang's Mission Drive on Alisal Road, situated on the banks of the Santa Ynez River against a backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and was featured in the 2004 Oscar-winning movie Sideways. Driving Range

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Do some delicious wine touring and tasting throughout the valley with more than 75 vineyards and tasting rooms to choose between, as well as some breweries. Go on your own or sign up for a limo, van or even a jeep tour with professional area guides (see adjacent sidebar). Have a picnic lunch in a vineyard or next to the waterfall at

To explore the Danish heritage and culture of “Little Denmark,” stroll the European-style streets in the village of Solvang; hop aboard the historic horse-drawn Solvang Trolley for a tour or rent a “surrey cycle.” Sample the Danish bakeries and foods, and shop in 150 oneof-a-kind shops and boutiques for art, antiques, apparel, jewelry and gifts galore. Learn about history at the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art or the 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés. In summer, enjoy professional theater productions under the stars from PCPA Theaterfest at Solvang Festival Theater.

Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House in Santa Ynez. Check out col-

lectables and western history in Los Alamos (the vintage train depot is now an antique mall and wine pub) and have lunch in a café/art gallery. Then meander through the wine-tasting rooms, boutiques and art galleries of Los Olivos plus the latest exhibits at Wildling Art Museum, stopping for dinner at an historic stagecoach stop or another fine restaurant here.

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For dinner, choose from dozens of dining options from wine country-inspired or international cuisine with settings and prices to satisfy every budget.

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DAY FOUR Bicycle country roads or take a hike into Los Padres National Forest. Enjoy a

guided nature cruise on Cachuma Lake or angle for fish from the dock. Tee off in style at The River Course at The Alisal or Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. Yearround evening entertainment happens at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez offering 24/7/365 gaming and weekly top-name concerts and live entertainment in the Samala Showroom. Be sure to relax and enjoy the sunset. Plan to return soon.

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A Solvang Walking Tour MORNING

Start your day with breakfast at an authentic Danish restaurant or bakery. Don’t miss the popular aebleskiver—deliciously light and airy Danish pancake balls dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam. Meander around the pedestrian-friendly village to enjoy flower-lined streets, as well as picturesque architecture including several windmills, a clock tower that plays seasonal tunes plus statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid. Be sure to look for ornamental 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 offering unique treasures,

handmade lace, music boxes, clocks, jewelry, porcelain, Danish arts and crafts. To learn more about Solvang’s heritage, visit Elverhøj Museum of History & Art with its delightfully decorated period rooms, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum or the

National Historic Landmark 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés.

Guided Touring Options Relax and enjoy guided tours of

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Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley via bicycle, limo, jeep, van or horse. These businesses are based in Santa Ynez Valley or offer regularly scheduled service. (Listed alphabetically, all area codes 805) Adventure Company of Santa Barbara offers customized guided experiences and a newly popular wine and cupcake tasting tour (884-9283). Captain Jack's Wine Country Tours are in air-condi-

tioned vans at value-oriented prices (564-1819). Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours has 5- to 7-passenger custom four-wheel-drive Jeeps,

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

featuring guided open-air adventures including backcountry wine tasting, mountain, family and sunset tours (646-3200). Experience the Santa Ynez Valley provides customized tours and concierge service (693-5762). Nojoqui Falls ATV Tours has guided esperiences on a private ranch (208-8033). Promenade Cab & Wine Tours offers affordable options 24/7 throughout the Vally (4504588). Santa Barbara Backroads features open-air H1 Hummer vehicles for touring and tasting adventures (705-0562). Santa Barbara Sedans & Serenity Limousine specializes in custom wine tours in luxury limousines (568-5466). Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours offers two-wheeled options with or without guides as well as overnight packages (877-557-8687). Santa Ynez Valley Wine & Horse Tours offers horse farm tours paired with wine tasting and optional horseback riding (688-5984). Solvang Getaway Bicycle Tours has fully escorted and concierge services (245-7311). Solvang Trolley is an historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of horses providing 25-minute guided tours as well as charters (794-8958). Stagecoach Company Wine Tours offers daily 4- to 5-hour wine-tasting excursions as well as airport transfers and custom charters (686-8347). Sustainable Vine Wine Tours offers professionally guided tours in biodiesel Mercedes vans to

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organic and bio-dynamic Valley vineyards (698-3911). The Grapeline Santa Barbara Wine Country Shuttle provides numerous mini-coach tours with advance reservations from area hotels (888-894-6379). Vin Dal Limousine (Wine Valley in Danish) features limos and town cars for all-inclusive wine tours as well as customized excursions (598-2356). Vino Vaqueros invites all levels of riders to grab the reins for a horseback ride with expert equestrian guides, then taste wines and dine in vineyards (559-4232). Wine Edventures offers educational and fun tours daily accompanied by a professional guide in comfortable mini-coaches (965-WINE). 2011 SOLVANG and the SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

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Gateway to Neighboring Solvang, Buellton is conveniently located at the crrossr ossroads of Hwy 101 & Hwy 246. Surrounded by the Santa Rita Hills, Buellton is a friendly city offering everything for the traveler. From great accommodations including camping to award winning restauraan nts, winerries ies aand nd m icro b reweries, micro brewer this bustling little City is ready for you to explore. When viisiti siting the Santa Ynez Valley, make Buellton your home away from home. Buellton - Where it all begins!

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Valley Dining Style Here’s a sampling of the incredible variety of valley dining options to suit any palate. Arranged by cuisine and listed alphabetically within each category, please call the restaurant directly for serving hours, reservations and specials.

Avant Tapas & Wine at Terravant— pairing gourmet ‘bites’ with more than 30 boutique wines for lunch and dinner Thu–Sun (Buellton, 686-9400). Ballard Inn Restaurant—awardwinning Executive Chef/Owner Budi Kazali’s innovative fusion cooking rated AAA 4-diamonds (Ballard, 688-7770). Brother’s Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern—historic ambience with the famed culinary talents of sibling Chefs Jeff and Matt Nichols (Los Olivos, 688-4820). Café Angelica—California cuisine with an Italian influence (Solvang, 686-9970). Café Quackenbush—outdoor patio or indoor dining in the Art Brut Gallery, Chef Jesper Johansen’s creative breakfasts and lunches (Los Alamos, 344-5181). Hadsten House Restaurant— innovative gourmet dinners and local wines served in a contemporary atmosphere nightly (Solvang, 688-3210).

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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café—Cal-Med menu emphasizing local organic produce, meats, fish, pastas and pizzas for lunch and dinner daily (Los Olivos, 688-7265). Mirabelle Restaurant—Master Chef Norbert Shultz offers Thu–Sun intimate dinners with the finest local ingredients (Solvang, 688-1703). Patrick’s Side Street Café—lunch and dinner from salads to salmon to schnitzel (Los Olivos, 686-4004). Petros Restaurant at Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn—eclectic California-Hellenic gourmet styling of chef/owner Petros Benekos (Los Olivos, 688-7788). River Grill at the Alisal—for breakfast, lunch and dinner, California cuisine with panoramic golf course and mountain views (Solvang, 688-7784). Root 246: A Restaurant by Bradley Ogden (named 2009 Chef of the Year by the California Travel Industry Association)—features his signature farm-to-table gourmet dishes (Solvang, 688-9003). Vineyard House Restaurant—in a charming Victorian with outdoor

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verandah serving California cuisine for lunch and dinner Wed–Mon (Santa Ynez, 688-2886). The Willows at Chumash Casino Resort— rated AAA 4-diamonds; epicurean dining nightly in a stylish setting (3400 E. Hwy. 246, 688-0855).

American Favorites Chumash Casino Resort’s Creekside Buffet—extensive lunch and dinner offerings and theme menu nights; Chumash Café serves a variety of fare 24/7 (Santa Ynez, 688-0855). Cold Spring Tavern—stagecoach stop circa 1886 serving hearty steaks, seafood, burgers and bison in the log cabin (San Marcos Pass, 967-0066). Ellen’s Pancake House—friendly diner with breakfast served all day (Buellton, 688-5312). Fresco Valley Café—freshly prepared gourmet American food for lunch and dinner daily, indoor/outdoor patio casual dining. (Solvang, 688-8857). Full of Life Flatbread—organic made-on-premise pizzas, salads and decadent desserts served Fri–

Sun evenings plus local wines & ales (Los Alamos, 344-4400). Longhorn Coffee Shop—hearty breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices with a cowboy vibe (Santa Ynez, 688-5912). Maverick Saloon, Dance Hall & Hayloft Grill—authentic old-west atmosphere with current and future top-name country-western entertainment plus famous burgers and chili (Santa Ynez, 686-4785). Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant—a family favorite since 1924, serving famous split pea soup and substantial dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (Buellton, 688-5581). Starting Gate Restaurant at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott—breakfast, lunch and dinner plus holiday buffets and theme nights, as well as evening libations at Winner's Circle Lounge. (Buellton, 688-1000). The Burger Barn—has been voted “Best Burger” by local newspaper readers and also serves full breakfast & lunch menus (Santa Ynez, 688-2366). The Union Hotel & Saloon—hearty fare in an 1880 historic landmark (Los Alamos, 344-2744).

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“Where’s the Beef?,” here are some answers. AJ Spurs, family friendly dining with huge portions (Buellton, 6861655); Cowboy Way BBQ, plentiful tri-tip, chicken, pork, ribs and fixings (Solvang, 691-9194); Hitching Post II, (right) steaks, seafood, duck, ostrich, even artichokes grilled over red oak paired with Chef/Owner Frank Ostini’s famous wines (Buellton, 6880676); Red Barn Steakhouse, western-style lunch and dinner menu with full bar (Santa Ynez, 688-4142).

Scandinavian Fare Enjoy traditional Scandinavian-style meals in downtown Solvang at Belgian Café (6886630) featuring famous waffles and crepes as well as a full breakfast and lunch menu, Bit O’Denmark (688-5426), Greenhouse Café— a Nordic Bistro (688-8408), Little Mermaid (688-6141), Paula’s Danish Pancake House features traditional pancakes and medisterpolse (Danish sausage) starting at 6 am daily (6882867), Red Viking (688-6610) and The Solvang Restaurant (688-4645). For more details on Danish cuisine and bakeries, see page 32.

International Tastes Inspired Mexican and Latin cuisine handcrafted from the freshest ingredients are featured daily for lunch and dinner along with 50 different tequilas at Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar

(Santa Ynez, 6880033). Traditional Mexican favorites are served at Manny’s (Solvang, 688-3743) and Las Tres Rosas (Buellton, 688-8883). Tastes of the Orient are discovered at A-RU Japanese Restaurant (Buellton, 686-9001), China Panda (Buellton, 6869888), Kabuki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Solvang, 693-8289) and The Mandarin Touch (Solvang, 688-1538). Trattoria Grappolo offers Tuscan regional food (Santa Ynez, 688-6899). Cecco Ristorante serves Italian-inspired cuisine (Solvang, 688-8880).

Coffee Houses Take pleasure in flavorful java at Bulldog Café (Solvang, 686-9770), Coffee Cabin (Buellton, 686-1717), Coffee Cup (Buellton, 686-4800), Corner House Coffee (Los Olivos, 688-1722), Rhythms Coffee & Smoothies (Solvang, 6865678), Santa Ynez Valley Coffee Company (Solvang, 688-3543), Starbucks at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (Buellton, 688-1000).

Picnic Fixings There are plenty of choices for erfect picnic setngs and ingredints around the alley! Consult the rea Map on pages 8-39 for public arks, all free and pen to the public. Many wineries and tasting rooms offer picnic places for their patrons as well. Here’s where to shop for palate-pleasing items including gourmet cheeses, local fruits, breads, sandwiches, deli, salads and desserts: Nielsen’s Market has served the area since 1911 with complete grocery, meat and produce lines (including Harris Ranch beef), Scandinavian specialties plus a full-service deli featuring Boars Head meats and cheeses. (Solvang, 688-3236), El Rancho Market (Solvang, 688-4300), Los Olivos Grocery (Los Olivos, 688-5115), New Frontiers Natural Foods (Solvang, 639-1746), Panino—three valley locales (Santa Ynez, 6880213; Solvang, 688-0608; Los Olivos, 699-9304) and Vin Hus (Solvang, 688-7117).

Beer Brews Here, Too! In the heart of Santa Ynez Valley wine country in 2010, two new breweries opened. Committed to “capturing the essence and taste buds of the region” with an initial run of eight beers, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company was founded by Jaime Dietenhofer and his father with a beer-tasting room at their retrofitted industrial warehouse (Buellton, 694-2252). Managing owners Cari Jackson-Renfrow (who traces her roots to early Solvang settlers Poul and Niels Iverson in 1911) and her husband Steve Renfrow founded Solvang Brewing Company in a completely revamped windmill building featuring a pub and restaurant offering family-style dining with American and Danish food, a full bar and entertainment in the Viking Room, with brewing done on premises (Solvang, 688-2337). In 1996, winemaker Adam Firestone and his English-born brother-in-law David Walker founded Firestone Walker Brewing Company and the Taproom showcases award-winning Firestone Walker beers while offering gourmet American cuisine in a casual, contemporary atmosphere (Buellton, 686-1577). 54

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Wine Country In Santa Barbara County’s wine country, Santa Ynez Valley is one of four distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVA)—also known as wine appellations. The others are Santa Maria Valley, Sta. (Santa) Rita Hills and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (located in the eastern-most part of Santa Ynez Valley). Together, they comprise 23,000+ acres of grape vineyards that annually produce more than a million cases of wine—including popular Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, but also superior Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and dozens of other varietals. Planted and nurtured in more than 120 vineyards, these grapes are crafted into world-class wines enjoyed around the globe. he area’s east–west coastal mountains form valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of sea breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals resulting in award-winning wines. The vast majority are small boutique operations run by individuals or families. Since missionaries planted the first grapes here in the early 19th century, through Prohibition to the “modern” era of viticulture that began in the 1960s, area winemakers have combined traditional techniques with the latest cutting-edge innovations, most recently with a focus on sustainable and organic practices. Area wineries welcome visitors year-round either at the winery or in tasting rooms located

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throughout the valley—all within a 2- to 20-minute drive. It is easy and fun to do self-directed wine tours or enjoy guided tours in limousines, jeeps, vans or private sedans provided by local tour companies (see page 60 for details). For maps and complete information on current vintners, events, winemaker dinners and festivals, contact Santa Barbara County Vintners Association (www.sbcountywines.com, 688-0881), Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association (www.santaynezwinecountry.com, 800-563-3183), Sta. Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance (www.staritahills.com), Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association

(www.santamariavalleywinecountry.com) and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (www.happycanyonava.com).

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

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Around theValley Alexander & Wayne K-22

Byron K-22

2922 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-9665 11:00-6:00 daily.

2367 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 938-7365 11:00-5:00 Daily.

Andrew Murray Vineyards K-22

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery M-10

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

6121 E. Highway 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 737-6222 10:00-5:00 daily.

Rideau Vineyards & Winery N-23

Fontes & Phillips Wines K-22

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery B-10

2366 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, 688-2030 10:00-5:00 Wed-Sun

6020 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 937-8340 10:00-4:00 daily.

Foxen Winery & Vineyard and Foxen 7200 C-15

Roblar Winery L-24

1562 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-0717 10:30-5:00 daily.

Cambria Winery & Vineyard A-7

7200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 937-4251, 11:00-4:00 daily.

2901-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-9644 11:00-5:00 daily.

5475 Chardonnay Ln., Santa Maria, 937-8091 10:00-5:00 daily.

3010 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 686-2603 11:00-4:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:00 Sat-Sun.

Gainey Vineyard P-26

Royal Oaks Winery Q-21

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards P-13

Carhartt Vineyard K-22

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

1651 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-1740 10:00-5:00 daily.

7250 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, 688-9090 11:00-4:30 daily.

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

Arcadian Winery Tasting Room Q-21

Carina Cellars K-22

1607 Mission Dr. Suite 307, Solvang, 688-8799 10:00-4:00 Mon-Fri; Sat-Sun by appt.

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

Arthur Earl Winery K-22

476 First St., Solvang, 688-2298 12:00-7:00 Sun-Wed,12:00-9:00 Thu-Sat.

2922 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-1771 11:00-6:00 daily.

Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio K-22 2948-E Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-2626 11:00-5:30 daily.

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

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

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

Beckmen Vineyards L-24

Carivintas Winery Q-21

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

Coghlan Vineyard & Jewelers K-22

2860 Grand Ave., Los olivos, 688-7788 11:00-7:00 Sun-Thu, 11:00-8:00 Fri-Sat.

Blackjack Ranch Vineyards & Winery M-22 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 686-4492 11:00-5:00 Thu-Mon.

Blair Fox Cellars K-22

92-A Second St. Buellton, 686-1343 Noon-5:00 Fri-Mon

Consilience Wines K-22

Kalyra Winery P-24

5360 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 693-8384 10:00-5:00 daily.

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

Coquelicot K-22

LinCourt Vineyards N-22

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

Curtis Winery F-20 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 6868999 10:00-5:00 daily.

D’Alfonso-Curran Wines Q-20 1557 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-3494 11:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:00 Sat-Sun.

Daniel Gehrs Wines K-22 2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 693-9686 11:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 11:00-6:00 Sat.

Dascomb Cellars Q-21 1659-C Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 691-9175 Noon-7:00 Thu-Mon

Depot Antique Mall & Wine Pub F-10

Bon Voyage! International Wine Bar Q-21

Dierberg/Star Lane/Three Saints M-11

Brander Vineyard K-24

3563 Numancia St. #103, Santa Ynez, 688-1769, 10:00-5:00 daily.

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

2902-B San Marcos Ave, Los Olivos, 691-1678 Noon-5:00 Fri-Sun, 11:00-2:00 Mon

1539-A Mission Dr., Solvang, 693-9300 10:00-8:00 Sun-Thu; call for extended hours Fri-Sat

Imagine Wine Tasting Room & Art Gallery O-25

Koehler Winery E-21

3940 Dominion Rd., Santa Maria, 937-9063 10:00-5:00 daily.

Bin 2860 International Wine Shop K-22

4892 Hapgood Rd., Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills 736-3854 11:00-5:00 Fri-Sun.

Cold Heaven Cellars N-17

Bedford Winery G-10

2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7265 11:00-8:00 daily.

Huber Vineyards & Cellars M-9

2366 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 686-2395 Call for hours

Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery B-6

Bernat Vineyards & Winery K-22

406 E. Hwy. 246, Buellton, 688-0676 4:00-6:00 Mon-Fri, 3:00-5:00 Sat-Sun.

343 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 693-8864 11:00-5:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:00 Sat-Sun.

2670 Ontiveros Rd., Los Olivos, 688-8664 11:00-5:00 daily. 448-A Bell St., Los Alamos, 344-2107 11:00-5:00 daily.

Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines P-17

515 Bell St., Los Alamos, 344-3315 10:00-5:00 Mon-Sat, 11:00-4:00 Sun. 1280 Drum Canyon Rd. @ Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta.Rita Hills, 736-0757 11:00-5:00 daily.

Dragonette Cellars K-22 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos, 693-0077 11:00-5:00 Thu-Mon

2401 North Refugio Rd., Los Olivos, 688-2455 11:00-5:00 daily.

Epiphany Cellars K-22

Bridlewood Estate Winery L-25

Evans Ranch (Gainey) K-22

3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 688-9000 10:00-5:00 daily.

2963 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-2424 11:30-5:30 daily.

1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-8554 10:00-5:00 daily.

Lions Peak Q-21 1659 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-5466 11:00 daily; call for closing.

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

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

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

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

Sanford Winery & Vineyards O-7 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 735-5900, 11:00-4:00 Sun-Thu, 11:00-5:00 Fri-Sat.

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

Sevtap Winery Q-21 1576 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 693-9200 10:00-6:00 Thu-Mon

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

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

Stolpman Vineyards & Winery K-22 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0400 11:00-5:00 Sat-Tue, 11:00-6:00 Fri.

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Q-24 125 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 688-9463 10:00-4:00 daily.

Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar Q-21

Los Olivos Wine Merchant K-22

1656 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-7111, 12:00-8:00 Sun-Thu, 12:00-10:00 Fri-Sat.

2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7265 11:00-8:00 daily.

Tensley Wines K-22

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Q-21

2900-B Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-6761 11:00-5:00 Fri-Sun.

1645 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 686-9336 11:00-5:30 Sun-Thu, 11:00-8:30 Fri-Sat.

Toccata (Formerly Mandolina) Q-21

Melville Vineyards & Winery M-9

1665 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 686-5506 11:00-5:30 Sun-Thu, 11:00-8:30 Fri-Sat.

5185 E. Hwy. 246, Lompoc/Sta. Rita Hills, 735-7030 11:00-4:00 daily.

Tre Anelli K-22

Mosby Winery P-16

2923 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-3000 11:00-5:00 daily.

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

Tres Hermanas Winery C-16

Olive House Q-21 1661 Mission Dr., Solvang, 686-5159 10:00-5:00, Sun-Fri, 10:00-5:30 Sat.

9660 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 937-8451 10:00-5:00 daily.

Vin Hus Q-21 440 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 688-7117 9:30-6:00 daily.

Presidio Winery Q-21

Wandering Dog Wine Bar Q-21

2901 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-0558 Noon-5:30 daily

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

1539-C Mission Drive, Solvang, 686-9126 1:00-8:00 Mon-Thu, 11:00-10:00 Fri-Sat, 11:00-8:00 Sun.

Buttonwood Farm Winery O-22

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard E-21

Qupé/Verdad/Ethan K-22

Zaca Mesa Winery D-18

1500 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-3032 11:00-5:00 daily.

6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 688-1545 10:00-5:00 daily.

2963-B Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 686-4200 11:00-5:00 daily.

6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 688-9339 10:00-4:00 daily.

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


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FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING CO. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. is a Central Coast brewery based in the Santa Ynez Valley, committed to capturing the essence and taste buds of the region. We are proud to have the Great American Beer Festival's Brewer of the Year, Jason Courtney, as our Head Brewmaster! 45 Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-694-2252 www.FIGMTNBREW.com

NOJOQUI FALLS ATV TOURS

IMAGINE WINE TASTING ROOM Only at Imagine Wine is the winemaker, Ross Rankin, on site to pour and discuss his handcrafted wines. Relax and taste an extraordinary flight of wines while enjoying the contemporary fine art of local artists. A unique and pleasant experience in the small town of Santa Ynez. Open daily 11am. 3563 Numancia St. #103 Just off hwy 246 in Santa Ynez 805-688-1769, www.imaginewine.com

SORT THIS OUT CELLARS Come explore the Valley's unique landscapes and views on a guided ATV Tour. For more information, log onto the website.

805-208-8033 www.syvatvtours.com

Proudly producing limited production wines inspired by vintage Vegas. We created Sort This Out Cellars to make wine for a new generation of wine lovers, grounded in the vintage American adult spirit. Open daily. Live music Fri-Sat, 6-10pm. 1636 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 805-688-1717 www.sortthisoutcellars.com

Savory Flavors & Scents In addition to wine tasting and touring (see pages 58-59), the valley is paradise for savoring farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, food and flowers that beckon year-round at two weekly events—Solvang Village Farmers Market every Wednesday from 2:30–6pm (First St. between Mission and Copenhagen Dr., 962-5354) and Los Olivos Farmers Market every Saturday from 8am–noon (Alamo Pintado & San Marcos Ave. across from Wilding Art Museum, 315-1292). Both attract many local chefs seeking the finest, freshest ingredients for their menus. Seasonal farm stands offer fresh produce throughout the valley—plus some opportunities to “pick your own” at Apple Lane Farm (1200 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 686-5858), Morrell Nut & Berry Farm Restoration Oaks Ranch Blueberries (Hwy. 101, 5 miles south of Buellton, 689-9014). Los Olivos Homegrown/Stonecrest Farms Garlic (corner of Grand Ave. and Jonata St., Los Olivos, 448-1140), Summerset Farms (3450 Baseline at Hwy. 154, Santa Ynez, 682-7800) and Classic Organic Farm and Produce Stand (2323 Old Coast Hwy., 4 miles south of Buellton off Hwy. 101, 714-4420) all offer local delights. Rancho Olivos (2390 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 686-9653) offers free tours, tasting and organic olive oils for purchase. Global Gardens retail store offers locally grown olives, oils, gifts and tastings daily (2477 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 693-1600). Clairmont Farm Lavender Company offers free daily tours of 6+ acres of estate-grown topquality scent and medicinal lavender with a variety of products for sale and a free picnic area (2480 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 688-7505), as does Andre Organic Lavender Farm (926 W. Hwy 246, Buellton, 350-0593). 62

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BOTTOM FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: MARK DOLYAK, CHUCK PLACE

(1980 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 688-8969), Greenhaven Orchard/Dittmar Farms (2275 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, 264-7100) and


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

BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE WINERY

Sit, Sip, Stay. Wine tasting and sales, wine by the glass, kid and dog friendly. Across from the park. Open late. Mention this ad for 2 for 1 tasting.

476 First St., Solvang 805-693-4331 www.carivintas.com

ARTISTE WINERY

A destination all its own, Bridlewood blends a modern, artisan winery with rustic Spanish-style architecture reminiscent of California’s historic missions. Bring in this ad for one complimentary classic tasting.

Paint while you taste wine at our working artist studio in Los Olivos. Artiste Winery blends wine and art in a unique way that makes for a memorable tasting experience. Open daily, 11am – 5:30pm.

3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez 800-467-4100 www.bridlewoodwinery.com

2948 Grand Ave, Studio E Los Olivos, 805-686-2626 www.Artiste.com

WANDERING DOG WINE BAR

AMPELOS CELLARS

Enjoy one of our themed tasting flights, or a glass from our extensive selection of wines from artisan producers, local and worldwide. Champagne and beer, too! Blind Tasting every Thursday and Wine Classes on Tuesday evenings throughout the year! Check our website for the current schedule. Open Late Everyday! 1539 Mission Dr. "C", Solvang, 805-686-9126, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com

TASTES OF THE VALLEYS WINE BAR A premium full-service wine bar, tasting room, and shop. Come taste Au Bon Climat, Arcadian, Margerum, Happy Canyon, Lane Tanner, Cass, and 30 other labels. Open late with music most Saturdays. Available for intimate parties and events. 1672 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805-688-7111, Corner of First St. and Mission Dr. (Hwy 246), www.tastesofthevalleys.com

GREEN viticulture… GREAT wine… (really) GOOD story… come share a glass with winemakers Peter and Rebecca Work.

312 N 9th St., Suite A Lompoc, 805-736-9957 www.ampeloscellars.com

DASCOMB CELLARS Memorable hand-crafted wines! Family owned and operated. Available for private events. Located in the heart of Solvang, at the corner of First Street and Copenhagen (entrance on First Street).

1659 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang 805-691-9175 www.Dascombcellars.com

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ore than 30 lodging properties offer banquet and meetings rooms as well as outdoor areas for corporate, incentive, association and tour groups. Rates and facilities range from 4-diamond-rated hotels and resorts to charming inns to suit every taste and budget. See Lodging Guide on pages 69-70 for meeting space square-footage stats. The three properties with the largest number of guest rooms and function space are Santa Ynez Valley Marriott with 149 guest rooms and suites and 12,000 square feet of meeting space, certified as Santa Barbara County’s first “green hotel” in 2009 (Buellton, 688-1000);

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with 122 guest rooms and suites, acclaimed Root 246: A Restaurant by Chef Bradley Ogden and 4,000 square feet of meeting space in the heart of Solvang (688-8000); and the historic Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort on 10,000 acres has 73 guest units, a spa and 5,500 square feet of meeting space, as well as two golf courses and a private lake (Solvang, 688-6411). Ideal for executive conferences, as well as distinctive occasions, is the charming family-owned Petersen Village Inn (688-3121). At Santa Ynez Inn, this AAA 4-diamond-rated Victorian with 21st-century amenities features a 1900s coach house for private events Hotel Corque

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(688-5588). Intimate Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn especially welcomes executive groups, as well as nuptials (688-7788). Wine Valley Inn & Cottages has a deluxe board room, outdoor koi pond, gardens and patios (688-2111). Solvang Gardens Boutique Country Inn

specializes in outdoor weddings (688-4404). Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals features a variety of ranches, houses and guest cottages throughout the valley, as well as event planning services (245-9667). Numerous wineries and vineyards, as well as ranches and estates, are available for weddings, receptions and corporate events. Some popular options in

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Weddings, Conferences & Events

Incredibly scenic venues and friendly, professional services combine to create memorable special events for two to 700 in Santa Ynez Valley. Weddings and social events sparkle here, but also conferences, executive board meetings, reunions, retreats, festivals, fitness camps and cycling training camps excel in the mild year-round climate.


Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley include Fess Parker’s Vineyard & Winery (6881545); Firestone Winery (688-3940); Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery (6883940); Gainey Vineyard (688-0558); Lincourt Winery (688-3940) and Sunstone Winery (688-9463). Clairmont Lavender Farm (6887505); Elverhoj Museum of History & Art (686-1211); and Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage

(688-7888) welcome private events. Figueroa Mounon 150 acres includes a 3,600-sf main plus 600sf guest house (877-431-5200). Other group venues include Buellton Community Recreation Center (688-1086); Hans Christian Andersen Park (6887265); Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (344-2267); Los Alamos House

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Nojoqui Falls County Park

(934-6123); Riverview Park (688-7474); Solvang Festival Theater (6884813); Sunny Fields Park (688-7529); and Solvang Veterans’ Memorial Hall

(688-7529). For detailed information including audio/visual rentals, caterers, churches, coordinators, day spas, décor, equipment, florists, photographers, officiants and restaurants, contact Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-468-6765 or 805-688-6144 or www.SolvangUSA.com, or Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association at 800-742-2843 or 805-686-0053 or www.SantaYnezValleyVisit.com.

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BY CAR

CAR FREE

The region is easily accessible via US Highway 101 (north to Santa Maria and San Francisco and south to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles) as well as State Highway 154 (north–south to/from Santa Barbara) and State Highway 246 (east–west to/from Buellton/Solvang/ Santa Ynez). For current road conditions, call the CalTrans 24/7 info line toll-free at 1-800-GAS-ROAD or 1-888-SBROADS. Parking is FREE everywhere throughout Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley. Designated FREE tour bus parking is located behind the Solvang Post Office (430 Alisal Rd.) and daytime FREE RV parking is located at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall lot (1745 Mission Dr.).

Airports & Connections: Santa Ynez

Car Rentals: Hertz office at Santa Ynez Valley Marriot serves entire area (800654-3131 or 688-4398). Taxis: A-Taxi/Casino Cab/Santa Ynez

Valley Taxi/Solvang Taxi (688-0069); Pete’s Preferred Taxi (403-5912); and Promenade Cab Co. (616-0032).

Airport (IZA) is a publicly owned facility for private aircraft with general aviation services on a runway of 2,804 feet (900 Airport Rd., Santa Ynez, 6888390). IZA is also home to Windhaven Glider Rides, offering flights by FAAcertified pilots to the public (6882517). Nearby full-service general aviation, corporate and public facilities are Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) 30 miles south with more than 70 commercial flights daily (967-7111), as well as Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) approximately 35 miles north with 10 commercial flights daily (9221726). Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately 125 miles south (allow at least 2.5 hours drive time, depending on traffic). From Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), SuperRide offers van shuttle service with advance reservations (683-9636). Central Coast Shuttle Services offers daily vans from SBA and LAX with advance reservations (800470-8818). Coast Flyer travels via motor coach to Goleta/Santa Barbara

Take a Vacation From Your Car Travel green and save some green with the Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley’s new Car Free Vacation initiative. Arrive in the valley without your car or park it (always free everywhere) while you explore and receive valuable discounts from hotels, restaurants, attractions, even Amtrak (which provides connecting thruway motor coach service from Santa Barbara to Solvang). You can easily walk, stay, dine, wine taste and shop without a car in downtown Solvang and utilize Santa Ynez Valley Transit buses, rent bicycles or join a guided tour to see the rest of the valley. For current Car Free Savings offers and more info, visit www.SolvangUSA.com or www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org 66

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and LAX as well as San Pedro and Long Beach cruise terminals (545-8400). Bicycle: From rolling country lanes to strenuous mountain climbs, there is something for every level and type of cyclist. For more info and bike maps online, visit www.sbbike.org or contact Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop (1693 Mission Dr., Solvang, 688-6263), Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours (3630 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 877557-8687) and Wheel Fun Rentals (475 First St., Solvang, 688-0091). Bus: Regularly scheduled mini-bus routes by Santa Ynez Valley Transit Monday–Saturday starting at 7am serve Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang (688-5452). COLT Wine Country Express serves routes from Lompoc to Buellton and Solvang Monday–Friday (736-7666). MTD Valley Express regional commuter bus services run Monday–Friday between Buellton/Solvang and Santa Barbara (683-3702). Chumash Casino operates shuttle service to/from Solvang, Buellton, Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria—be sure to call for current schedule (800-CHUMASH). Train: Amtrak offers daily connecting Amtrak thruway motor coach service to downtown Solvang (bus stop at 1630 Mission Dr. at Solvang Park) from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner offers ten trains a day coming into Santa Barbara. The Coast Starlight interstate train (Los Angeles to Seattle) stops twice daily in Santa Barbara as well (800-USA-RAIL or www.amtrak.com). Tour Companies: See complete listing

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Getting Here & Getting Around

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


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

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

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Solvang Gardens Boutique Country Inn 293 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-4404, 888-688-4404, www.solvanggardens.com

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Solvang Inn & Cottages 1518 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-4702, 800-848-8484, www.solvanginn.com

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

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Viking Motel 1506 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93453 805-688-1337, www.vikingmotelsolvang.com

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Wine Country Manor (formerly Kronberg Inn) 1440 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93464 805-688-2383, 800-788-8932, www.winecountrymanor.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cachuma Lake Recreation Area offers year-round RV hook-ups, tent cabin and yurt camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, rentals and general

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

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

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Pea Soup Andersen's Inn 51 E. Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-3216, 800-PEASOUP, www.peasoupandersens.com

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 555 McMurray Rd., Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-1000, 800-638-8882, www.santaynezhotels.com

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20

LOS ALAMOS Alamo Motel 425 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440 805-344-2852

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22

Skyview Motel 9150 Hwy. 11, Los Alamos, CA 93440 805-344-3770, 888-226-6665, www.theskyviewmotel.com

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32

Union Hotel 362 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440 805-344-2744, www.unionhotelvictmansion.com

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13

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

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6

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20

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

oooo 106

Edison Street Inn 1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 805-693-0303, www.edisonstreetinn.com

n/r

5

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables 3750 Paradise Rd., Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 805-683-5686, www.rancho-oso.com

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15

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22

Sanja Cota Lodge 3099 E. Hwy 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 (805) 688-5525 Santa Ynez Inn 3627 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460 805-688-5588, 800-643-5724, www.santaynezinn.com

70

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6,916

12,000

1,000

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800

1,000

3,800

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Sleepy Hollow Motel 550 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-6638

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

Call

2,120

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

Meeting/Banquet Square Footage

Pet Friendly

Air Conditioned Rooms

108

Laundry Facilities

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Kitchenettes

BUELLTON Days Inn Windmill 114 E. Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427 805-688-8448, 800-946-3466, www.daysinn.com

Swimming Pool

Whirlpool

Dining Room/Coffee Shop

Cocktail Lounge

Health Club

Complimentary Breakfast

Outdoor Receptions

Complimentary Coffee

Television

Room Service

Senior Rates

Group Tours Accepted

Special Packages

Internet Access

$81-$150

Under $80

Number of Rooms

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Over $150

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

AAA Rating or Not Rated (independent)

LODGING


Visitor Centers Solvang: 1639 Copenhagen Drive;

open daily 9am–5pm. Walk in or call 1-800-468-6765 or 688-6144 for information and personal assistance. For 24/7 hotel availability and reservations, visit www.SolvangUSA.com or call 1-888-795-7922

To make your stay in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley even more enjoyable, check out this insider information and some background facts.

police, fire or ambulance at any time. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 24-hour emergency medical care, 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang; 688-6431. Buellton Medical Center, walk-in care Mon–Fri 8am–4:30pm, 185 W. Highway 246, Suite 102 (686-8555).

Emergency Services

Dial 9-1-1 from any phone to reach

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8), except during Daylight Savings Time (GMT-7). Alcoholic Beverage Consumption

Accessibility

Wheelchair rentals: Valley Tool Rental, open Mon–Sat (Buellton, 688-7213). Wheel Fun Rentals (Solvang, 688-0091) Fast Stats Population/Area (2000 U.S. Census):

City of Solvang is 5,332 (2.5 sq. mi), City of Buellton is 3,828 (1.6 sq. mi) and Unincorporated Valley Areas (Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez estimated 8,000) for Valley total of approximately 17,000 people. Height Above Sea Level: Solvang is 505

feet (154 meters) and Buellton is 358 feet (109 meters).

DISTANCES from SOLVANG

72

Buellton (93427), Los Alamos (93440), Los Olivos (93441), Santa Ynez (93460), Solvang (93463, 93464).

Time Zone: Pacific, 8 hours behind

Weather

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

Postal Zip Codes: Ballard (93463),

all numbers are (805)

101; open Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm; Sun 10am–2pm. Walk in or call 1-800324-3800 or 688-7829.

What to Wear

ranching, tourism.

Telephone Area Code:

Buellton: 597 Avenue of Flags, Unit

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

Industries: agriculture/viticulture,

City/Area

Miles/Km

City/Area

Miles/Km

Cachuma Lake

15/24

San Francisco

297/483

Copenhagen

5,672/9,128

San Luis Obispo

67/108

Disneyland

157/253

Santa Barbara:

Hearst Castle

93/150

via Hwy. 101

45/72

Lompoc

18/29

via Hwy. 154

35/56

Los Angeles

125/201

Santa Maria

36/58

Morro Bay

81/130

Vandenberg AFB

28/45

San Diego

251/404

Ventura

67/108

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It is illegal in the state of California for anyone under 21 years of age to consume alcohol (wine, beer, liquor or spirits) in any quantity at any time. To purchase alcohol in a bar, tasting room, restaurant or store, you must be able to produce photographic identification that proves your age. Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense in California—where a person is considered legally drunk when the concentration of alcohol in the blood is.08% or above. Some Rules of the Road

In the state of California, the driver and all passengers must wear their safety seatbelts at all times when traveling in a vehicle. Any child too small to be protected by a seatbelt must be secured in a child safety seat. Note that California law prevents drivers from using hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle. Play it safe and use a hands-free controller if you must use a phone while on the road. To leave the driving to professionals, see the list of tour companies and taxis on pages 49 and 66.

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