February 12, 2014 |
Tickets have just gone on sale for “ The 2nd Annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure ,” returning to Solvang's Veterans Memorial Hall March 29 and 30. And if things go anywhere near like last year, they won't last long. An offshoot of the original Garagiste Festival held in Paso Robles in November, this one ferrets out cutting-edge, small-scale wine producers from the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County. Last year's Southern Exposure was a sellout. And at $50 per ticket, it's still pretty inexpensive for such a wildly exuberant and fun wine event.
September 24, 2013 |
Forget about Solvang's Danish froufrous and become immersed in its backcountry on a "ride camp" in California's vineyard-studded Santa Ynez Valley. The idea is to provide a training camp for serious cyclists to gear up for a race or a big bicycling season -- with some beautiful scenery too. The tour from Trek Travel of Madison, Wis., provides an itinerary with a mix of guided and self-guided rides Participants stay in Solvang during a seven-day trip that features an average 40-mile ride with 2,500 elevation gain each day. Day 1, head out to Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon where time trials for the Amgen Tour of California have been held in the past.
October 7, 2012
El Capitan Canyon, 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara; (805) 685-3887, http://www.elcapitancanyon.com . This 300-acre refuge, 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, is outfitted with cedar cabins and canvas safari tents. There's also a restaurant and store. From April through November, most cabins are $225-$355 a night, safari tents $155. Rates drop $10-$40 December-March. Ocean Mesa at El Capitan, 100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Santa Barbara; (805) 879-5751, http://www.oceanmesa.com . Bring your own tent or RV; it supplies the heated swimming pool and laundry room.
October 13, 2011 |
For the third year in a row, the United States was the most admired country globally , according to a study by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Among the top 10 countries, Britain overtook France for third place and Australia passed Switzerland to place eighth. Germany remained in second . . . . First come the rains, then come the mushrooms. Mendocino County in Northern California is gearing up its Wine & Mushroom Festival , Nov. 4-13, with wines, foraging excursions and cooking classes.
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September 25, 2011 |
Stretching beside the road to San Marcos Pass, the property known as Camp 4 is rolling, oak-studded and vast. On that much, the land's owners, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, and their neighbors in the Santa Ynez Valley agree. But now that the tribe is pushing to annex the 1,400 bucolic acres it purchased last year, both sides are as ready to slug it out as the boxers who occasionally do battle in the Chumash Casino's Samala Showroom. If Camp 4 is made part of the reservation, it won't be subject to local land-use rules — a sore point in a county where almost every large development triggers intense scrutiny and epic public debate.
September 17, 2011
EVENTS Danish Days The city of Solvang's 75th annual Danish Days festival takes on special significance this year, as it also marks the town's centennial. The celebration features folk dancing, live music, theater performances, authentic food, parades and living history exhibits. Various venues, Solvang. 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Free. (800) 468-6765. http://www.solvangusa.com 23rd Annual Taste of Newport The fest offers three days to sample fare from more than 30 local restaurants, sip wine from 15 California wineries and enjoy live music — all against the backdrop of Newport Beach.