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1/9/2015 2015 Solvang, CA, Fact Sheet
California's Little Denmark, Solvang, CA, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley in northern Santa Barbara County wine country on the Central Coast of California....more
1/9/2015 Solvang Celebrates Art & Culture Throughout the Year
For a complete calendar of events, visit www.SolvangUSA.com 23rd Annual Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Festival is March 18-22, 2015 Regional, local and Danish foods, wines and live entertainment celebrate the cultural and agricultural heritage of the area. Beginning Wednesday with the Farmers Market Chef Walk & Talk, Friday evening kicks off the weekend with a Sips & Sweets dessert reception & live entertainment. Saturday is the Grand Tasting (Walking Smorgaasbord) with 30 taste stops downtown. The Wine & Beer Tasting Walk featuring more than a dozen vintners as well as local beer brewers on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. New this year is Bubbles & Brunch on Sunday. For more information, visit www.SolvangUSA.com/tos...more
1/6/2015 Solvang Group Tour Services
Solvang welcomes group tour planners, motor coach operators and travel agents. There is so much to see and do here that is equally enjoyable for individuals as well as groups for a day, overnight or week-long stay in “Little Denmark.” We are committed to providing detailed and specific information, referrals, assistance in creating itineraries, and promotional materials free of charge. Plus, Solvang provides FREE PARKING not only for cars but also a specially designated FREE BUS PARKING area in the center of the village—within easy walking distance of all major attractions, shopping, dining and activities....more
1/6/2015 Aebleskiver Recipe
Enjoy authentic aebleskiver (pronounced aye-bill-ski-ver, singular and plural) year-round in Solvang—however these Danish “pancake balls” are especially popular during the annual Taste of Solvang—held the third weekend of March every year as well as the annual Danish Days Celebration every September. Enjoy!...more
1/6/2015 Get Outside in Solvang
GET OUTSIDE IN SOLVANG Answer the call of the outdoors that’s loud and clear in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley—where year-round mild weather and an abundance of sunny days make it easy to get outside and have fun. There’s something here for all ages and interests. All within 2-20 minutes of the village of Solvang, you can golf at four different courses, hike mountainous and ranch trails and peaks, fish at Cachuma Lake and see wildlife from a boat or shore....more
1/6/2015 Solvang Sample Tour Itineraries
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....more
7/18/2014 JUST THE FACTS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
Just 30 minutes from the beaches of Santa Barbara, two hours from Los Angeles and four hours from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the San Fafael Mountains in Santa Barbara County, California...more
7/18/2014 ARTS AND CULTURE: TELLING THE STORY OF THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.)—From the Danish traditions of Solvang to the Western roots of the entire region, arts and culture have played an important role over the last century in bringing together the six communities of the Santa Ynez Valley. The past is still celebrated today in the museums, art galleries and historical buildings found throughout the region. Following is a town-­‐by-­‐town list of the region’s most notable cultural attractions:...more
7/18/2014 WINE COUNTRY OF THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY: FROM HIDDEN GEM TO HOLLYWOOD STAR
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.)—When it comes to wine, it’s no secret that California is home to some of the best in the world. But until recently, one of the most unique wine regions in the state was also one of its best kept secrets. Then a little movie called Sideways, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014, happened....more
7/18/2014 THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY BRAND CELEBRATES ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.)—With six distinct communities encompassing everything from California wine country to Northern European traditions to the very best of the Old West, the endless possibilities of the Santa Ynez Valley can make it difficult to describe the region in just a few words. By distilling the Santa Ynez Valley experience to its core essence, we’ve set out to begin a conversation that inspires visitors to learn more and visit. As part of an overall rebranding campaign, the following brand statement was developed to capture the essence of the region:...more
7/18/2014 HISTORY COMES ALIVE IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.)—The history of the Santa Ynez Valley is perhaps one of the most unique stories in all of California. The region has been home to a variety of cultures throughout the centuries, each adding their own indelible contribution to the Valley’s rich heritage....more
7/18/2014 DINING IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY: LOCAL INGREDIENTS, WORLD-­-CLASS CUISINE
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.)— From Scandinavian sweets and cowboy cuisine to gourmet wine pairings and farm-­‐to-­‐table fare, the Santa Ynez Valley is a foodie destination unlike any other. Thanks to mild, sun-­‐soaked days and a year-­‐round growing season, the Valley has long been a source for both fresh ingredients and exceptional cooking....more
7/18/2014 ALWAYS ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE: SPECIAL EVENTS MAKE THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY A YEAR ROUND ATTRACTION
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.)—From the region’s incredible food, wine and beer, to its Danish and Western heritage, there’s always something to celebrate in the Santa Ynez Valley. The region is host to fun, festive and family friendly events and special activities all year long. Notable events include:...more
7/18/2014 Celebrate Sideways Movie 10th Anniversary at Merlot Taste-Off! Event in Solvang on Saturday, September 13, 2014 ~Public Invited to Sample Merlot Wines & Appetizers with Proceeds Benefiting Solvang Festival Theater
Solvang, California, USA— The public is invited to enjoy the Merlot Taste-Off! sponsored by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the award-winning movie Sideways, filmed on location in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. The event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the garden courtyard of the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street in downtown Solvang....more
7/17/2014 WITH SIX DISTINCT TOWNS, THERE’S ALWAYS ONE MORE REASON TO STAY IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.) - Just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, the six distinct communities that make up the wine country destination of the Santa Ynez Valley combine to take visitors to a place that feels like a world away. Tucked in between the Santa Ynez and San Fafael mountain ranges and located just minutes away from each other, the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley offer rustic hospitality and friendliness while each providing a distinct character and personality....more
7/15/2014 Summer at the Wildling Museum
Solvang, CA ~ The Wildling Museum (1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang) is celebrating summer. Now through Labor Day kids 16 and under are free everyday! The Museum is open late on Fridays and Saturdays; visit the current exhibitions until 7:00 pm. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays discover the fun crafts you can make with recycled materials at the free drop-in art activity station in the Museum lobby. Create animals from egg cartons, cardboard tubes, and more!...more
9/22/2013 2013 Solvang Danish Days Aebleskiver Eating Contest Winners
Solvang, California, USA - One of the most tasty and competitive activities of the annual Solvang Danish Days celebration are the aebleskiver eating contests....more
9/22/2013 77th Annual Solvang Danish Days Parade Sweepstakes Winner Named
Solvang, California, USA - For the 77th time, the not-for-profit charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation celebrated its Annual Danish Days from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22, 2013, with the theme of "Best Danish...Fill in the Blank!" This three-day annual event honors the establishment of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911 and helps preserve Solvang's authentic heritage. The closing ceremonies of the 77th annual Solvang Danish Days today (Sunday, 9/22/13), featured remarks from 2013 Danish Maid Emma Andersen, 2013 Danish Days Foundation Chair Brenda Anderson and Danish Days Media Relations Director Laura Kath....more
7/29/2013 Tracy Farhad Elected 2013-14 President of California's Central Coast Tourism Council
Solvang, California, USA - Ms. Tracy Farhad, Executive Director of the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) pictured above, has been elected to serve as the 2013-14 President of California's Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC); a non-profit group comprised of more than 240 member organizations, businesses and individuals committed to enhancing public and travel industry awareness of the region--stretching along a spectacular 300-mile area of unspoiled coast encompassing Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Bay regions....more
3/5/2013 21st Annual “Taste of Solvang” Delicious Details
Solvang, California, USA – Presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau since 1993 with sponsorship support from the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, Taste of Solvang features locally grown foods, wines and diverse cuisine to celebrate the rich cultural and culinary heritage of the area. The 2013 Taste of Solvang will offer five days of savory flavors and sensory sensations from Wednesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 17, 2013....more
9/16/2012 76th Annual Solvang Danish Days Parade Winners Announced
The non-for-profit charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation celebrated its Annual Danish Days from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16, 2012 this year for the 76th time with the theme of “Tak for Mad – Velbekomme! (Thanks for Food – You’re Welcome!)....more
9/13/2012 Solvang Officials webcome "Tour Solvang"
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, a chorus of ringing cowbells and cheers of “Velkommen til Solvang!” greeted 18 Danish cyclists of 2012 “Tour Solvang” after their successful five-day, 400- mile bicycle ride from San Francisco. Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson, City Council Member Joan Jamieson, City Manager Brad Vidro, Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Tracy Farhad, staff and friends welcomed the group at Solvang Park with refreshments and Solvang-themed gifts....more
9/7/2012 76th Annual Solvang Danish Days Names Agnes Larsen Grand Marshal
76th Annual Solvang Danish Days Names Agnes Larsen Grand Marshal ~Festivities Begin Friday, 9/14/12 with Torchlight Parade; Conclude with Children’s Parade on Sunday, 9/16/12 Solvang, California—Rodney Nielsen, co-chair along with Max Hanberg of the 76th annual Solvang Danish Days has announced that long-time Solvang resident Agnes Larsen will preside over the weekend festivities as this year’s honorary Grand Marshal—and lead the main parade on Saturday, September 15, 2012....more
8/13/2012 Solvang Welomes 30 Danish Students Today
Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College was founded in 1881 and is the largest business college in Denmark, providing education and training opportunities for more than 35,000 students and course participants annually. Niels Brock has more than 1,000 professional staff worldwide. After more than a year of consultation with officials from the City of Solvang, the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District, and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art; Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College will be offering classes in the USA for high level students enrolled in the International Business Baccalaureate (IBB) program....more
4/6/2012 Get Outside in Solvang
GET OUTSIDE IN SOLVANG Solvang: Wheeled Fun Discover what 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and other pro cyclists know that train and ride here – Solvang is an ideal cycling area. Solvang proudly hosted the 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011 Amgen Tour of California pro cycling race as well as some of USA’s major amateur races in March and November attracting thousands of riders. Athletes of all levels benefit from coaching at nearby Carmichael Training Systems. Los Angeles Times noted, “It is something of a cycling Mecca.” Pedal around Solvang by bicycle or four-wheeled surrey cycles available at Wheel Fun Rentals. With Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours, hop on a daily guided tour, complete with wine tasting and picnic lunch, or have a cycling vacation. For a different set of wheels, take a 4-wheel thrill-ride at Nojoqui Falls ATV Tours and see rolling hills and agriculture on a historic ranch. New in 2012, glide through Solvang on a guided Segway Tours combining history, sightseeing and adventure in a personal emission-free transporter....more
4/6/2012 Solvang Celebrates Arts and Culture Throughout the Year
e: SOLVANG CELEBRATES ARTS & CULTURE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR In 2011, Solvang celebrated its 100th anniversary of the founding of “Little Denmark”—and the festivities continue into the second century with annual themed activities and special events emphasizing arts and culture. A complete calendar of events and activities can be discovered at www.SolvangUSA.com...more
4/6/2012 Solvang Sample Tour Itineraries
SOLVANG SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARIES 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 tidy, 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 storks perched on roofs—they are considered good luck in Denmark and Solvang!...more
4/6/2012 Solvang, CA, Group Tour Services
SOLVANG GROUP TOUR SERVICES Solvang welcomes group tour planners, motor coach operators and travel agents! There is so much to see and do here that is equally enjoyable for individuals as well as groups for a day, overnight or week-long stay in “Little Denmark.” We are committed to providing detailed and specific information, referrals, assistance in creating itineraries, and promotional materials free of charge. Plus, Solvang provides FREE PARKING not only for cars but also a specially designated FREE bus parking area in the center of the village—within easy walking distance of all major attractions, shopping, dining and activities....more
4/6/2012 Fact Sheet: Solvang, California, USA
FACT SHEET: SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA, USA Location Nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara County’s wine country with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop, Solvang is situated on State Highway 246, 132 miles/211 km north of Los Angeles and 297 miles/475 km south of San Francisco....more
12/3/2011 2011 Solvang Julefest Parade Winners Announced
Solvang, California, USA –This morning (Saturday, December 3, 2011), the sun shone brightly on 55 entries in Solvang’s annual Julefest (Yule-fest) Parade as they marched, rolled, strolled and cantered through festively decorated village streets. This year’s theme was “Lighting Up 100 Years” in recognition of Solvang Centennial (1911-2011). Thousands of spectators from near and far enjoyed the parade as well as post-parade visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh in Solvang Park....more
11/22/2011 2012 Solvang And The Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Guide Plus 4 New Destination Videos To Debut
~Public Invited to “Launch Event” on December 14, 2011, at 10am at Hotel Corque in Solvang Santa Ynez Valley, California— A co-operative publication of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley and the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau , the official 2012 Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Guide is a new 52-page full-color FREE publication encompassing the Santa Ynez Valley communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. The 2012 Visitors Guide is published by Custom Media Group of Santa Barbara specializing in communication for the tourism industry and publishes the award-winning quarterly magazine Santa Barbara Seasons....more
11/21/2011 Solvang’s “Second Century Celebration” On Friday, January 6, 2012, Concludes Year-Long Centennial Festivities
~Public invited to attend event at Hotel Corque honoring Solvang families Solvang, California USA— Throughout 2011, Solvang, known as “Little Denmark” and recognized as a “Preserve America” community has celebrated its 100th anniversary with a series of special events and activities including a visit from His Royal Highness, Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark. The concluding Centennial event –Solvang’s “Second Century Celebration” will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Road in Solvang....more
10/31/2011 2011 Solvang Julefest Celebration Highlights
Solvang, California, USA – California’s “Little Denmark” will sparkle with even more lights and festivities during Solvang’s annual Julefest (pronounced Yule-Fest) Celebration this Centennial year. The 2011 theme is “Lighting Up 100 Years” and will feature two new events—the Solvang Holiday Wine About on December 17 & 18, 2011, and the “100 Trees for 100 Years” Display from December 1-31, 2011. As is tradition, downtown Solvang will twinkle with thousands of sparkling white lights and there will be many open houses at local retailers, special concerts and more taking place throughout the season—with events continually being updated at www.SolvangUSA.com . All events are open to the public with free admission (excluding Solvang Holiday Wine About). Julefest is coordinated by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau with major support from the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, Valley Hardware & Garden Center and Z Folio Gallery....more
8/16/2011 75th Annual Solvang Danish Days Celebration September 16-18, 2011
Solvang, California, USA – Sponsored by the charitable Danish Days Foundation, the village known as the “Danish Capital of America” celebrates its 100th anniversary throughout 2011 and its 75th annual Danish Days from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2011. The event honors the establishment of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911 and continues to preserve Solvang’s authentic Danish heritage. Admission is free and thousands of residents and visitors enjoy the celebration each year. Danish and US flags line the streets, residents and visitors don colorful costumes, and there is folk dancing and entertainment throughout the weekend. As part of the Centennial Celebration, enjoy concerts by the Aalborg Police Band of Denmark and PCPA Theaterfest performances of “My Fairytale,” an enchanting musical about Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s renowned storyteller....more
6/27/2011 Henrik, His Royal Highness The Prince Consort of Denmark visited Solvang
Henrik, His Royal Highness The Prince Consort of Denmark visited Solvang on Saturday, June 11, 2011, as part of the city’s year-long ongoing Centennial celebration. An estimated thousand residents and visitors alike publicly welcomed HRH The Prince Consort....more
5/24/2011 75th Annual Solvang Danish Days Celebration September 16-18, 2011
Solvang, California, USA – Sponsored by the charitable Danish Days Foundation, the village known as the “Danish Capital of America” celebrates its 100th anniversary throughout 2011 and its 75th annual Danish Days from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2011. The event honors the establishment of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911 and continues to preserve Solvang’s authentic Danish heritage. Admission is free and thousands of residents and visitors enjoy the celebration each year. Danish and US flags line the streets, residents and visitors don colorful costumes, and there is folk dancing and entertainment throughout town. Living history is on display with the Ravens of Odin, a professional Viking re-enactment group that creates an authentic encampment in Solvang Park. There are large-scale wood-carving demonstrations, Randel McGee’s Hans Christian Andersen story-telling sessions and a Kids’ Korner in the park delights the youngsters. Authentic restaurants and bakeries feature tasty Danish cuisine, including aebleskiver (Danish pastry ball) and medisterpølse (Danish sausage). Over a dozen wine tasting rooms offer award-winning vintages from the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley. Retail shops purvey items such as Royal Copenhagen china as well as goods from around the world. Come be a Dane for the weekend!...more

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