August 1, 2004
I got misty reading "In Solvang, Have Drama With Your Danish," [Weekend Escape, July 18]. It used to be one of our favorite weekend escapes too, until my husband lost the ability to walk. Recently, we decided the town would be a lovely, nostalgic place to celebrate a special wedding anniversary. We made a hotel reservation, loaded our compact electric scooter and wheelchair in the car and set off up U.S. 101 in high spirits. Our mood was soon deflated. To our surprise and dismay, we discovered the Solvang we'd loved so much is one of the least-accessible cities we've ever visited -- in fact, much worse than many centuries-old tourist towns in Europe.
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.
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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.
February 15, 2014
On a recent girlfriends weekend, I had a wonderful experience at the chef's table at Root 246 in Solvang, Calif. For $88 each, we were treated to a multicourse chef-designed meal with wine (or beer) pairings. Chef Seth Nelson and his staff could not have been more welcoming. Dining in the kitchen was a fun first. The food and wine were excellent, and the experience was first rate. Root 246 , 420 Alisal Road, Solvang, Calif.; (805) 686-8681, http://www.root-246.com . Jane Kimball Ladera Ranch
November 21, 2010
SAN DIEGO December Nights When, where: Dec. 3 and 4, Balboa Park Highlights: More than 300,000 people are expected for this annual event, during which admission to all museums will be free. Holiday-themed offerings include live entertainment, rides for children, a Native American village and food from around the world. Cost: Free Info: (619) 239-0512, http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights SANTA BARBARA Snow Leopard Festival and Sledding at the Zoo When, where: Dec. 5, Santa Barbara Zoo Highlights: The zoo celebrates two things foreign to the Southland: snow and the endangered leopard.
April 4, 2014 |
Buellton, 25 miles north of Santa Barbara, has been known for just one thing: split pea soup. For years, Buellton was that midday rest stop on the way to points north where you lunched at Pea Soup Andersen's. No longer in the shadow of trendier neighbors Solvang and Los Olivos, Buellton has taken on a life of its own. It's a fun place to stay, explore, eat and drink - and I'm not just referring to wine. The bed Buellton has at least one remarkable place to spend the night, the Flying Flags RV park (180 Avenue of Flags;