Fall 2017 Quarterly Newsletter

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Dear Readers,

There really is no bad season in Santa Barbara. Each season brings something unique and fun. However, fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here.

The changing colors of the trees are breathtaking, the crisp fall air is intoxicating, and the beaches are a little more magical. Our guest rooms also feel a bit cozier when the seasons starts to change.

Looking back on the past few months, so much has happened in our little town of Santa Barbara.

Let’s look at some of the more interesting highlights:

MOXI Museum: We were pleased to see this gem open up just a few blocks away. MOXI – The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is a high tech children’s museum that your kids will absolutely love. This is a world-class museum which offers awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind experiences that unite learning and play to actively engage young minds.

Lower State St: The estimated $130 million La Entrada project on lower state is finally nearing completion. Our guests will now enjoy a variety of new shops, wine tasting spots and restaurants just steps from the Inn.  It’s heartwarming to see the developers embracing local culture.  They seem to be designing the open plazas, paseos, and gardens in Santa Barbara’s quintessential Spanish Colonial Revival style.

Funk Zone:  The Funk Zone continues to evolve before our eyes and there’s no shortage of creativity in sight. It’s bursting with breathtaking murals, funky sculptures and creative storefronts. Check out the complete Funk Zone merchant directory here.

Photo Contest:  We launched a quarterly photo contest and all you need to enter is to take a selfie.  We’re calling the contest the “The Eagle Inn Selfie Contest” and we want to you to strut your stuff for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

Fall Fare: Local fine dining restaurants, like TomaLarkBouchonCadiz and Chucks Waterfront Grille have started to use fall ingredients and their fall menus are fabulous! Now is your chance to book the fall getaway you deserve. Come relax around our historic Santa Barbara bed and breakfast and sip wine under the autumn sun. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

With the seasons changing from sweltering hot to dry and cooler, your skin may need a little TLC. Evolutions Spa is just steps away from The Eagle Inn, and has a variety of skin therapy packages to give your skin the pick me up it needs this fall!

Download our complimentary Santa Barbara Vacation Guide, “101 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara,” for some not-to-miss Santa Barbara fun. Visit our website at http://TheEagleInn.com or call 805-965-3586 today to make hotel reservations.

Scroll down to find our top picks of the best upcoming events in November and December.

Happy Fall from The Eagle Inn! 

Sincerely,

Paul and Staff
Phone: (805) 965-3586
Email: stay@theeagleinn.com
Web: http://TheEagleInn.com

About The Eagle Inn: Located at 232 Natoma Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, The Eagle Inn is one of the best beach side bed and breakfast hotels in Santa Barbara. Relax in comfortable surroundings just steps from the beach. Check the web site for last minute Santa Barbara hotel deals and hotel packages. Follow on Facebook for upcoming Santa Barbara events and Instagram for stunning photos.  Call the front desk at (805) 965-3586 to learn more about hotel discounts and local deals.

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December Events In Santa Barbara You Don’t Want To Miss

December Events In Santa Barbara

Dear Readers,December Events In Santa Barbara

Happy holidays! It is that time of year again. Your family is making you run around like a crazy person to get the presents they want. On top of that, you constantly worry about if you will have everything in place in time for your holiday meal. Through it all, you rarely take time for yourself.

Let’s change that. You deserve a winter vacation in paradise! Santa Barbara comes alive in December with the sights and sounds of the holidays, but instead of freezing cold weather, it tends to stay nice and warm in our little beach town.  The Eagle Inn is one of the few Santa Barbara hotels on the beachjust minutes away from downtown, the harbor, and the pier.  Our guests often call it their home away from home.

There’s never any shortage of fun things to do in Santa Barbara over the holidays. If you’re planning a  visit, be sure to mark your calendar for these fun events in December.

December Events Near Our Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast

December Events In Santa Barbara

  • Santa Barbara Parade of Lights – Dec. 10: This year is the 32nd Annual Parade of Lights. The boat parade culminates a whole day of activities that will take place throughout the Santa Barbara City Pier and Harbor. They even truck in snow to get everyone into the holiday spirit. How is that for a holiday Santa Barbara weekend getaway? The best viewing places include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. The event ends with 5 minutes of fireworks. Time: 3:00 pm. Cost: Free.
  • Pink Martini: A Holiday Spectacular with singer China Forbes – Dec. 2: Start your December Santa Barbara honeymoon right by having the most wonderful time enjoying the sights and sounds of Pink Martini in concert. The little orchestra transforms classic Hollywood musicals into eclectic, modern sounds. Their beloved signer China Forbes returns to headline the show at the Arlington Theatre to give you a night to remember with music from around the world.  Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: Starts at $40.
  • Rudolph Ballet – Dec. 2: You may know the tale, but you never saw it performed like this. Presented by the Lobero Theatre, this ballet retells the story of the misfit reindeer named Rudolph and his misfit friends Heidi the Elf, the Abominable Snowmonster, Yukon Cornelia and the Misfit Toys. It is the perfect start to your Santa Barbara weekend getaway and the holiday season. Our bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara, the Eagle Inn is close enough for you to make the show and still enjoy anything else you have planned for that weekend. Time: 2:00 pm. Cost: $25 reserved.
  • Arturo Sandoval, Live at the Lobero Theatre – Dec. 6: Turn your Santa Barbara weekend getaway into a week-long excursion by seeing Arturo Sandoval in concert. The protégé of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie will take the stage at the Lobero Theatre for one night only. Let him make your evening as he shows off his mastery of the jazz trumpet, flugelhorn, and piano. Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $105 VIP, $52 section A, $42 section B.
  • Under the Streetlamp: Hip to The Holidays – Dec. 9: Great music and the holidays always go great together, and that continues with the dreamy voices of the four lead singers of the pop quartet Under the Streetlamp as they take the stage at the Granada Theatre. Members of the Tony Award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys”, the quartet will make your night electrifying with their unique take on classic holiday tunes, songs from the American Radio Songbook, and many of your other favorite hits. The concert will make a fitting end to your Santa Barbara honeymoon suite romantic getaway. Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $35-$48.
  • The Christmas Revels at the Lobero Theatre– Dec. 15, Dec. 16, Dec. 17: A staple of Santa Barbara for 10 years, the Christmas Revels show retells Richard Henry Danas’ visit to Santa Barbara in 1836 for the De la Guerra wedding he wrote about in “Two Years Before the Mast”. The Reveal boasts a large company of actors, singers, and dancers, a brass quintet, a string ensemble, and special guests. Come and celebrate the traditions of the Rancho period in Central California with us. The Eagle Inn is one of the few Santa Barbara inns close enough to the theatre that you can catch all three nights of it.  Time: 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Cost: $49, $39, $29.
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show – Dec. 16: Combining the Deep South gospel movement with New Orleans funk, R&B, and Jazz, the Blind Boys will uplift your spirit with this roof-raising music event at the Arlington Center for the Performing Arts.  The six-time Grammy Award-winners will entertain you with their hidden gospel gems, holiday standards, and their original songs. To make your Santa Barbara honeymoon night more special, the Boys are bringing Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster along with them. Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $35-$50.
  • Santa Barbara Wine Tours: You cannot go wrong with a few Santa Barbara wine tasting tours. You will find a few of them happening every day, making these tours a great addition to any Santa Barbara weekend getaway or vacation. You can take a different tour each day to see and taste everything the Santa Barbara area offers. Each tour visits three wineries where you can taste the wine, olive oil, and vinegar. Tours will also stop at a local restaurant for lunch or dinner, through the price is not included in the tour. The tour groups also provide door-to-door transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara including the many Santa Barbara boutique hotels including the Eagle Inn. Time: Every day at 10:30 am. Cost: Starts at $70.
  • An Irish Christmas at the Granada Theatre – Dec. 7: Add a little Irish tradition to your Santa Barbara vacation, but going to An Irish Christmas at the Granada Theatre. The show will take you on a journey through the holidays of Ireland with Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty, Tyler Schwartz, Connor Reider, and Emily MacConnell. Make your holiday Santa Barbara weekend getaway memorable with the charm and magic of this international celebration of the holiday spirit.  Time: 7:00 pm. Cost: $28-$88.
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour – Dec. 18: Returning for their second year celebrating the holidays in Santa Barbara, the original Stray Cat Brian Setzer and his 18-piece orchestra will take the stage at the Granada Theatre to give you a dose of retro holiday cheer. The critically-acclaimed Christmas Racks Tour features music from their latest Christmas album, Rockin’ Rudolph, their three other best-selling holiday albums, as well as other original Brian Setzer hits. We have several Santa Barbara hotel deals that will let you make the most of the event, Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $34-$94.

If you need a fun way to get to the events and festivals, all you have to do is contact our friends at Wheel Fun Rentals. This will give you a whole new way to see the city and the ocean.

The holidays in Santa Barbara are a wonderful time of the year. You get local traditional Christmas cheer along with the naturally warm weather that makes the Santa Barbara area the perfect getaway location. If you need Santa Barbara lodging for any of the above events, look no further than our boutique hotel in Santa Barbara on the beach. The Eagle Inn is just minutes away from local theaters and festivals in the area.  Take advantage of our central location for your Santa Barbara honeymoon or getaway. Call us at (805) 965-3586 or contact us online by clicking here.  We’re looking forward to serving you this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Paul and Staff
Phone: (805) 965-3586
Email: stay@theeagleinn.com
Web: http://TheEagleInn.com

About The Eagle Inn: Located at 232 Natoma Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, The Eagle Inn is one of the best beach side bed and breakfast hotels in Santa Barbara. Relax in comfortable surroundings just steps from the beach. Check the web site for last minute Santa Barbara hotel deals and hotel packages. Follow on Facebook for upcoming Santa Barbara events and Instagram for stunning photos.  Call the front desk at (805) 965-3586 to learn more about hotel discounts and local deals.

Fall Favorites in the Santa Ynez Valley

As we close the door on the summer season, fall ushers in many beloved Santa Ynez Valley events. Help us celebrate the harvest season with the below events during the months of September and October.

September Events 

Solvang Danish Days
September 15 – 17Solvang Danish Days Admission to Solvang Danish Days is free! Danish Days includes three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians performing around town, plus other feature events like the Aebleskiver Breakfasts, Viking Encampment, free Saturday evening rock concert line-up, and much more!

71st Annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days
September 22 – 24
The Los Alamos Old Days Celebration is held each year to honor, preserve and celebrate the town’s authentic Western heritage. Highlights of the weekend celebration include free entertainment, two-day Peddlers Mart, and Sunday morning’s Greatest Little Small Town Parade!

Figtoberfest 2017
September 23
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s FigtoberFest featuring their FigtoberFest lager, stein specials, German food, music, contests and more. Local Figueroa Mountain Brewing taprooms can be found in Los Olivos and Buellton.

Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest
September 29 – October 2
Celebration of Harvest is a four day wine harvest celebration in Santa Barbara Wine Country featuring wine dinners, vineyard excursions, winery open houses, and the Harvest Experience Passport.

October Events

Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
October 1 – 31
Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley welcome harvest season in true fall style, as we kick off the 8th Annual Scarecrow Fest and Contest on Sunday, October 1, coinciding with Santa Barbara Wine Country’s “Celebration of Harvest” weekend event. During the month-long Scarecrow Fest, valley businesses and organizations will participate in the contest by featuring a scarecrow of their own creation, posted at their location.

 The Great Grape Stomp at Kalyra Winery
October 14
Voted one of the Central Coast’s best wine events, Kalyra’s Grape Stomp event is fun for the entire family – and yes, you get to stomp grapes right in the vat! Join them for a variety of food truck options or bring your own picnic (no outside alcohol), Grape stomping (costumes encouraged), music all day by The Molly Ringwald Project, games, raffles and of course wine!

Los Olivos Day in the Country
October 21
Join us come rain or shine, for Los Olivos’ most highly acclaimed festival of the year, the popular Day in the Country. This special day is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy country living the way it used to be in simpler times. And best of all, attendance is free!

 
24th Annual Solvang Halloween Haunted House and Street Fest

October 30 – 31
On Monday and Tuesday, October 30 and 31, 2017, City of Solvang Parks and Recreation and City of Buellton Recreation will host the 24th Annual “Halloween Haunted House” and the associated “Halloween Street Fest”, which will thrill visitors with food, fun and spirits. The Haunted House and Street Fest, to be held at, and in front of, the Solvang Festival Theater (420 2nd Street), will run from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM both nights, with a kid-friendlier version of the Haunted House presented both evenings from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Haunted House entry fees are $9.00 per child (13 and under), and $11.00 per adult.

 

 

Still looking for more fun? Check out our Events Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming special events, and take a look at our recurring monthly events as well. 

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Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley

Thanksgiving Restaurants

With harvest complete and a soft chill in the air, you know that autumn has arrived and Thanksgiving will soon be here. Want the nostalgia of a home-cooked meal but don’t want the stress of cooking for the whole family? You’re in for a treat because there are a bevy of restaurants where you can gather for a feast with friends in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Below is a guide to making the most of your Thanksgiving experience in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here you will find a list of what restaurants and wineries will be open, and which restaurants offer special holiday menus. For the best experience, we highly recommend calling the restaurants and tasting rooms ahead of time to ensure they still have seating availability.

But what other things to do on Thanksgiving can you partake in, especially if you have relatives to entertain? How about a little adventure on Thanksgiving Day? Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding will be open for rides on Thanksgiving. Call (805) 944-0493 to make your reservation.

Want to work off that pumpkin pie with some fun people for a good cause? Bring your family and friends to City of Solvang’s turk-tastic 5k Turkey Trot on Friday, November 24. Also, make sure to check out our Events Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Once you’ve experienced Thanksgiving in the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll want to keep coming back again and again. We have plenty of restaurants, hotels, things to do and outdoor activities to keep you and your family entertained year-round.

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Aebleskiver Café  446 Alisal Road, #5 (805) 688-1250  9:00am – 7:00pm
Alisal River Grill & Terrace 150 Alisal Road Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-7784 Breakfast: 7:00am – 11:00am; Lunch: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Aly’s by Alebru Restaurant 451 2nd St
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 697- 7082 Special seating times 3:30pm & 6:30pm (Set Menu)
Big Bopper Drive-In  1510 Mission Dr.  (805) 688-6018  10:00am – 7:30pm
Bit O’Denmark Restaurant 473 Alisal Rd #A Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-5426 7:30am – 8:00pm (Turkey Dinner)
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery 550 Bell St
Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-3000 8:00am – 11:00am
Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn 3539 Sagunto St
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-4142 Seating times 1:00pm & 6:00pm (Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet)
Burrito Loco 175 McMurray Rd
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 693-5692 8:00am – 4:00pm
Chumash Casino 3400 CA-246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 686-0855 Cafe:Turkey Dinner;Buffet:Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Coffee Cabin 264 E Hwy 246 Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 686-1717 7:00am – 5:00pm
Copenhagen Sausage Garden 1660 Copenhagen Dr
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 697-7354 6:30am – 1:00pm
Danish Mill Bakery & Café  1682 Copenhagen Dr.  (805) 688-5805  7:00am – 2:00pm
Ellen’s Danish Pancake House 272 Ave Of The Flags Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-5312 6:00am – 12:00pm
First & Oak at the Mirabelle Inn  409 First Street  (805) 688-1703  5:30pm – 8:30pm – reservations required
Hummingbird Café  453 Atterdag Road  (805) 403-7100  11:00am – 5:00pm
Little Mermaid/La Sirenita Restaurant 1547 Mission Drive  (805) 688-8281  8:00am – 7:00pm
Mad & Vin at The Landsby 1576 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-3121 3:30pm – 9:00pm / MENU
Mustard Seed 1655 Mission Drive  (805) 688-1318  please call ahead for hours
Olsen’s Bakery 1529 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-6314 7:00am – 1:00pm
Paula’s Pancake House 1531 Mission Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-2867 6:00am – 3:00pm
Pea Soup Andersen’s 51 E Hwy 246
Buellton, CA 93427
(800) 732-7687 7:00am – 10:00pm
Red Viking Restaurant 1684 Copenhagen Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-6610 9:00am – 4:00pm
Root 246 420 Alisal Rd
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-8681 Breakfast 7-10AM; Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet reservations accepted from 12-7PM
Solvang Brewing Company 1547 Mission Drive (805) 688-2337  11:00am – 10:00pm
Solvang Restaurant 1672 Copenhagen Dr Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-4645 6:00am – 3:00pm
Subway  1641 Mission Drive  (805) 688-7650
The Bistro at Hadsten House  1450 Mission Dr.  (805) 688-3210  seating times: 2:00, 2:30, 4:00, & 4:30
The Ballard Inn & Gathering Table 2436 Baseline Ave
Ballard, CA 93463
(800) 638-2466 3:00pm – 8:00pm set menu; reservations required
The Bear and Star 2860 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 686-1359 Breakfast menu served from 7-10AM; Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet reservations accepted from 12-7PM/ MENU
The Starting Gate at the SYV Marriott 555 McMurray Rd Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 688-1000 Thanksgiving Buffet  from 11:30am – 4pm  and Thanksgiving dinner in the evening
The Willows at The Chumash Casino  3400 CA-246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
 (805) 686-0855 2:00pm – 9:00pm / MENU
Viking Garden 446 Alisal Rd
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-1250 9:00am – 7:00pm

Wineries / Tasting Rooms Open Thanksgiving Day 

Barbieri Wine Company 2369 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA  93441 (805) 688-8882 12:00pm- 3:00pm
Community Craft 2446 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 338-1403 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company 45 Industrial Way
Buellton, CA 934272363 Alamo Pintado Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 694-2252 ext. 110 

(805) 694-2252 ext. 343

12:00pm – 3:00pm 

 

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Kalyra Winery 343 N. Refugio Road
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 693-8864 10:00am – 1:00pm
The Good Life 1672 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-7111 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley
Wow, it seems like summer just started and it’s already time to think about going back to school. Have no fear – there is still plenty of summer fun here in the Santa Ynez Valley! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang will make the last days of summer the best. There is so much to do that you just might want to schedule a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez this August. With wine tasting, summer outdoor activities, and plenty of fun family options, we’re here to help you get the most out of your summer.
Head out to the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard in Los Olivos on Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 to celebrate the birthday weekend of Fess Parker with wine and fun.
Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
2017 Revisiting Vintage 2009 Tasting Event: This year guests will taste wines from a single fantastic vintage, 2009 including Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Clone 115 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah and Crockett.  Tickets are $50 for Wine Club members, and $75 for a limited number of Wine Club member guests.
Movie Night – “Davy Crockett – King of the Wild Frontier”: Settle in for the evening on the lawn and under the stars! Food and wine will be available to purchase. The evening starts with music by Drive-In Romeos playing their rocking rhythm and blues. Tickets are $20 per person, and $10 for kids 12 and under.  All ticket sale profits will be donated to Old Yeller Ranch Rescue, a 501c3 dedicated to rescuing dogs that have run out of shelter time.
Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
Don’t Forget! August is the last month for wine tasting using the Summer Pass from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Enjoy 14 samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.
Mark your calendar for these August events in Santa Ynez Valley:
Here are some last-minute summer fun activities you and your family can enjoy during your Augustvacation to Santa Ynez Valley:
  • Solvang Third Wednesday: August 16. Solvang sponsors a special celebration to walk, shop, wine and dine. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, special discounts at local merchants, a farmers market, 3-course meal deals at local restaurants, music in the park and more.
  • Solvang Festival Theater: “Newsies The Musical” runs from ThuSanta Ynez Summer Vacationrsday, July 27 through Sunday, August 20. The Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon tells the story of a band of underdogs who take on the most powerful names in New York in a fight for what’s right. “Twelfth Night” runs from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, September 10. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Shakespeare’s laugh-filled play combines low pranks with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with sublime poetry and exquisite songs.
  • Bobby Brown and Tony, Toni Tone Live on Stage: Friday, August 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m. at Chumash Casino Resort. Tickets are $55, $65, and $75.
  • In the Vineyard & On the Farm: Saturday, August 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe’s local farm. Dine with the winemaker, chef, and farmer at this annual farm-to-table event. The afternoon begins with passed hors d’oeuvres on the lawn. Guests can take tours to learn more about the organic vineyard and Cafe Farm. Chef Chris Joslyn will prepare a three-course dinner from freshly picked Cafe Farm produce and a main course with meat from a local ranch. Tickets are $125 per person, including tax and gratuity for this not-for-profit fundraising event for the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community. Tickets sell out each year, so make reservations now.
  • Cachuma Lake Summer Wildlife Cruises: Through October. Friday, 3-5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-Noon & 3-5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-Noon. Park Naturalists guide you on a 2-hour lake cruise aboard a 30-passenger pontoon boat. Cachuma Lake is a thriving habitat for a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants. In summer, wildflowers spangle the hills, resident birds can be seen displaying and building nests, and fawns appear with does. Adults $15, Kids $10 – ages 5-12, no children under 5.
Santa Ynez Summer Vacation

    • 13th Annual Wheels ‘n Windmills Car Show: August 26, 2017. Car enthusiasts will love this local charity vintage car show. A new GM Performance Parts V8 engine will be raffled off during the Car Show Awards Ceremony.
    • Movies in the ParkFree family entertainment. The fun begins at 7:30; movies begin at dark. Popcorn and hot chocolate for sale, $1 each. August 4 – Star Wars: Rogue One and August 18 – The Jungle Book at Solvang Park. August 11 – Mary Poppins at Buellton Oak Park.
    • Free Live Concerts in Solvang ParkConcerts run from 5-8 p.m., and include edible treats for purchase. August 2, T-Bone Ramblers (Classic Rock), August 9, David Yarnell (Country/Easy Listening), August 11 (Friday), LiveWire (Classic Rock), and August 16, Cuesta Ridge (Progressive Bluegrass) – this is also a Solvang 3rd Wednesday evening.
    • Music Under the Stars: Recurring event on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Vineyard House on Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez. Reservations suggested! August 2 Steve Ochoa Trio, August 9 Off The Grid Unplugged, August 16 Wine Country Jazz, August 23 T-Bone Ramblers and August 30 Steve Ochoa Trio.
IT’S COMING!!! The countdown is on for our annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17. Overall admission is free, but individual events require tickets: Saturday and/or Sunday morning Æbleskiver Breakfasts, and the “Dane For A Day” VIP Package. Get your tickets now, while they last!
Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in August! 
 Santa Ynez Summer Vacation
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Top Reasons to Spend June in the Santa Ynez Valley

June weekend getaway in Santa Ynez

According to the song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel, “June is bustin’ out all over!” That is so true right here in Santa Ynez Valley that we don’t know if one month can even hold all the fun we have in store! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang have put together some great activities to get your summer off to a rollicking start. We’ve got reasons galore for you to schedule a June weekend getaway in Santa Ynez.

Summer PassOne of the things people like to do most on a visit to Santa Ynez Valley is enjoy samples of some of the local wines, but that can be difficult to accomplish in just one weekend. That’s why the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association is offering The Summer Pass. Take your time and enjoy samples at various tasting rooms throughout the Santa Ynez Valley for just $45, through August 31, 2017.

And don’t miss the Solvang Third Wednesday celebration on June 21. This is a day to walk, shop, wine and dine – all in the village of Solvang:

  • Participating Solvang wine tasting rooms, wine bars and beer bars offer a special discounted tasting opportunity with the Solvang 3rd Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk (3-7p.m.), where you can enjoy 2 tastings at 5 places of your choice, for just $20 per person.
  • Participating Solvang merchants offer 3rd Wednesday deals on merchandise and the Solvang Farmers Market offers freshly-harvested produce and gourmet goods.
  • Select Solvang restaurants feature a special 3-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu. The 3-course menus include ingredients sourced straight from the Market.
  • Since it is the “longest day of the year,” we’ll be celebrating “Midsommer Musik” with free, live music throughout the Village of Solvang, from 12 noon to 12 midnight.
But wait, there is more!
Dads, Grads, Olives and More June Activities in Santa Ynez Valley
There are plenty of fun events in Santa Ynez Valley all month long, but don’t miss these special June activities in the Santa Ynez Valley:
  • Three Cheers for Dad! Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, but instead of another tie this year why not spoil dad with a trip to Santa Ynez Valley? What does he like to do most? Whether he enjoys beer, wine, great food, golf, biking, hiking, gaming, or just spending time with his loving family, we can make it all happen right here.
  • Congratulate the Graduate! If your amazing student is graduating from high school or college, bring him or her to Santa Ynez Valley for a celebration weekend. We can hook you up with some great family adventures like horseback riding, hot air ballooning, or even soaring.  
  • Father’s Day “BBQ-Out-Back”: Follow the Father’s Day BBQ signs to The Bear and Star’s back garden for a casual and social barbecue picnic experience. Guests will enjoy a “down home” cooked meal prepared from our 30′ custom reverse-flow Texas smoker and view the tender meats and treats coming hot off the grill. Musical artist Colby Lee Huston will perform throughout the day in the back garden. No reservations are accepted for this event and seating is unreserved group seating at picnic-style tables. The Bear and Star will also be serving our complete fresh ranch menu on Father’s Day for lunch and dinner in the restaurant. More info here.
  • Community Day At Wildling Museum: Free admission day to the Wildling Museum. You can see current exhibits, shop the gift store, buy work by the feature local artist and get creative at the drop-in art activity. A fun family event. (All day on Wednesday June 21st, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463, Free admission, Call (805) 686-8315) more info here.
  • Let the Romance Begin! We can’t tell you how many people fall in love in the Santa Ynez Valley. With our balmy days, romantic nights, and welcoming communities, it’s hard not to. Whether you’re new to a relationship, getting engaged, getting married, going on a honeymoon, or celebrating an anniversary, this is the place to be. We’re here to help plan a joyous bachelorette party, an elegant wedding at one of the local vineyards or venues, or the most romantic honeymoon ever.
  • Old Santa Ynez Day is a fun-raising day for local schools. Join us June 10 for this long-standing day of festivities in downtown Santa Ynez featuring a parade, booths, food and FUN. Organized by Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge #2640.
  • Enjoy the Sport of Kings: The 6th Annual SYV Polo Classic returns to Piocho Ranch at Happy Canyon Vineyard in Santa Ynez on June 24. All guests are invited to dress for the occasion, with creative hats for the ladies encouraged. At the conclusion of the featured match, an awards ceremony is conducted at midfield for guests to gather, mingle with the players, and view the presentation of awards.
  • The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cooking Demo and Lunch – Saturday, June 10th, Noon – 2:00 The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves to camp in style and enjoys delicious food prepared in the great outdoors. And now the Gourmet Girls, as well as Buttonwood’s own Gourmet Girl At Large (Seyburn Zorthian) will take you on a virtual campout under the beautiful Buttonwood trees. See the demo, taste the results and pair with estate grown wines. Ticket price includes lunch with wine and a copy of the cookbook, which the Gourmet Girls will be happy to sign.
  • Movies in the Park – Friday, June 16, at Buellton Oak Park, 401 Sycamore Drive, Buellton. Friday, June 23, at Solvang Park, corner of Mission Drive & First Street, Solvang. Fun starts at 7:30pm. Movies start at dark. Fun for the whole family with fresh popcorn and hot chocolate. Bring a blanket or chairs. Call (805) 688-PLAY for showings.
Movies in the Park
  • The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the enchanting “Beauty and the Beast” at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from June 15 through July 2, 2017. You’ll be swept away in this “tale as old as time.” The Broadway musical tells the story of Belle, who feels trapped in a provincial town, and a prince who is trapped under the spell of an enchantress in the form of a Beast. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be returned to his former self. If not, he and his household will be doomed for all time. There is a Father’s Day Special happening on Sunday, June 18. Take Dad to the theatre and enjoy 25% off the adult single ticket.. Order online and use coupon code BEAUTY18 (no limit).
The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the enchanting “Beauty and the Beast”
Just when you’ve caught your breath from June, it’s time to start thinking ahead. Make plans now to celebrate the 4th of July with us, and don’t forget the annual celebration of Danish Days from September 15-17.
Danish Days
Visit our website at VisitSYV.com before coming to the Santa Ynez Valley for a listing of Santa Ynez hotels and Santa Ynez Valley restaurants. You’ll also find a complete listing of things to do in Santa Ynez Valleyin case this hasn’t given you enough ideas!

 

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Memorial Weekend Hotel Room Specials

emorial Weekend Hotel Room Specials

Dear Readers,

Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us, and The Eagle Inn would like to take a moment to honor the fallen soldiers who fought so bravely for this beautiful country. The Eagle Inn would be extremely proud to have all former and current veterans visit us on Memorial Day weekend, so we are offering a special on our standup paddling lessons or harbor kayaking to anyone with a military ID. Enjoy either of these activities for $89 on this year’s sunny Memorial Day weekend.

A somber holiday in its conception and tradition, Memorial Day has evolved as a holiday that we often spend with the family outside around the grill, but before you get the charcoal and lighter fluid out, The Eagle Inn would like to take a moment to revisit the history of the holiday. Inspired by our soldiers’ dedication and bravery, we would like to honor them by remembering the importance of the holiday.

Never Forget: There are over a quarter million soldiers buried in Arlington Cemetery with an average of 28 burials a day. We will never forget their sacrifices.

Moment of Silence: In 2000 Congress passed a law requiring all Americans to drop what they are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day to honor our fallen soldiers. You can be certain all of us at The Eagle Inn will be paying our respect at that time.

Old Glory: Remember on Memorial Day it is tradition to fly the flag at half-staff until noon and then raise it to full staff in the afternoon.

Veteran’s Day vs Memorial Day: Often the two are confused. Veteran’s Day honors all US military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives while serving.

A United Country: Memorial Day wasn’t the original name of the holiday. It was Dedication Day, and it began after the Civil War to honor those who died.

Costly Price: We lost 620,000 soldiers during the Civil War. That’s more than WWI, WWII, and the Korean War combined. The high death toll was a result of Americans fighting on both sides of the war.

We would be inspired and honored to have any current and former soldier visit us on Memorial Day weekend. Rooms and activities book up fast on the holiday weekend, so give us a call at (805) 965-3586 or contact us online by clicking here.

Bring your military ID and receive special offers and discounts. Whether you’re looking for a room, fun activities, a beachside location or restaurants, The Eagle Inn will help you plan the perfect vacation in Santa Barbara.

Download our complimentary Santa Barbara Vacation Guide, “101 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara,” for some not-to-miss Santa Barbara fun. Visit our website at http://TheEagleInn.com or call 805-965-3586 today to make hotel reservations.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from The Eagle Inn!

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Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Barbara:  

Memorial Day Celebration: Join the Veterans Coordinating Council to honor the sacrifice of American military members. Lunch will be provided. (Monday May 29th at 12:30 pm. 112 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Call 455-5259)

Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & Library: This Memorial Day, join the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in remembrance of those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our country. The ceremony will include a patriotic program featuring the Santa Barbara Choral Society, bagpipers, and keynote speech from featured guest, Captain Charlie Plumb.

iMadonnari Street Painting Festival: Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images.

Scuba Diving Trips: California scuba diving in the kelp forests around the Channel Islands and Big Sur is a unique and different experience for divers more accustomed to tropical waters. This is a recurring event happening daily, located at Truth Aquatics, Inc.

Taste of Santa Barbara Food Walking Tour: Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm Santa Barbara Tasting Tours offers intimate food walking tours in downtown Santa Barbara and gives guests an up close and personal look into the local food scene and the history of the area.

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Hop Over To The Eagle Inn For Easter Vacation

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Happy Easter From The Eagle Inn

It’s time to hop on over to The Eagle Inn for a wonderful Easter vacation! Our beachside hotel will make your spring and Easter celebrations special with some of the best hotel rooms in Santa Barbara. Located in the popular West Beach neighborhood, the Eagle Inn is a comfortable boutique bed and breakfast hotel by the water.

To get you excited about a trip to our cozy Santa Barbara inn, we’ve included a list of some Easter activities to enjoy. Plus, we’ll also give you a special deal on stand up paddle lessons – something the whole family will love! If you’re just making Easter plans now, check our last minute Santa Barbara hotel deals – you’ll find discounts of 10% or 15% off our most popular room options.

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Top Easter Activities in Santa Barbara

Here are activities you and your family can enjoy in Santa Barbara this Easter:

  1. The Great Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 10:00a.m.-12:00noon at Elings Park. The softball fields will be transformed into a colorful sea of 15,000 candy filled eggs. There will also be activities including a bounce house, face painting, music and complimentary Starbucks coffee.
  2. EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department presents a fun search for candy and prize-filled eggs in the park. EGGstravaganza will take place in two park locations: Chase Palm Park and Bohnett Park. Attendance is free, open to children up to and including age eight.
  3. Vineyard Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery. Over 2,000 eggs are hidden in the garden surrounding this vineyard tasting room. Eggs are filled with candy for the kids and some special prizes for their parents. Secure your tickets early.
  4. Santa Barbara’s Easter Service: At the Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Sunday, April 16 at 9:00a.m. Service features live music, children’s area, refreshments, and a message of hope. Guest speaker is best-selling author, Nick Vujicic.
  5. Celebrate Easter with Bubbles: Sunday, April 16 from 12:00noon-7:00 p.m. at Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Celebrate Easter with a flight ‘Fesstivity’ of sparkling wines including Fess Parker’s Blanc de Blancs, Brut Cuvée, and Blanc de Noirs.
  6. Chef Weston Presents Easter Brunch: Sunday, April 16 from 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. “Spring renewal” is the theme of this brunch menu featuring local ingredients and hand-crafted breads.
  7. Celebrate Easter at The Lark: Sunday, April 16 from 5-10 p.m. Executive Chef Jason Paluska presents spring market specials, in addition to The Lark’s dinner menu.
  8. Easter Champagne Brunch: Sunday, April 16 from 10am-3pm at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. This culinary celebration features serving stations including made-to-order omelets, a carving station, local seafood, pasta, salads, and decadent desserts.

Take advantage of our special deal for stand up paddle lessons – just $89! The group launches from the beach, paddling past boats, through the historic wharf, under the pier, out to buoys, and along the beach, seeking wildlife and fun.

Of course there are many year-round activities in Santa Barbara you won’t want to miss. Download our complimentary Santa Barbara Vacation Guide, “101 Free Things to Do in Santa Barbara,” for some not-to-miss Santa Barbara fun. Visit our website at http://TheEagleInn.com or call 805-965-3586 today to make Easter hotel reservations.

Happy Easter from The Eagle Inn!

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Want a great gift idea?  Show your appreciation for a friend or co-worker with an Eagle Inn Gift Card. Click here to order a gift certificate using our online system, or to do it by phone, call us at (805) 965-3586 and place your order.

 

 

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(805) 965-3586

SPECIAL PACKAGES

We have a selection of delicious packages to choose from. Each is unique and offers a different way to make the most of your amorous time at the Eagle Inn. Enhance the feeling of pampered opulence by selecting one of our rooms or casitas with a fireplace & double size in-room whirlpool tub. Packages can be reserved during our online reservation process.

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Kibuka Falls – Adventure Into One of Kenya’s Hidden Allures

When people hear of Kenya, they think of lions and elephants and the wildebeest migration. Then they think of the Maasai, the sunny beaches and Mt. Kenya. After that they can think of whatever the media has made them believe to be great about Kenya, but few, if any, have had the pleasure of knowing about, let alone visiting the hidden wonder called Kibuka Falls. From what I learnt from a hydro-mechanical engineer, one of the basic elements about water is that it always finds it level.

The Chinese, with their unending philosophies about nature have found a clever way of expressing this, by stating that even though water is soft, it overcomes any barrier not by fighting it but by going over it. The Latin phrase gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo translates to “a drop makes a hole into a rock, not by force but by constant falling”. These are some of water’s great yet simple attributes, but beyond these there is the issue of cohesive forces and gravitational flow that dictates the flow of water, and here is where my interest lies. This is because Kibuka Falls is one of the places where you will be treated to a natural spectacle of water flowing from almost opposite sides, and then merging and flowing as one.

I remember very well the evening when I was told that I should travel to Kibuka Falls and document it, but as is man’s usual habit, having not heard of it before, and because it is in a very remote area with zero communication network, I gave the issue little thought and digressed to other matters. But the man pressed onto his point, and when I realized how serious he was, I decided to give it a try, and try I did – what I saw, especially that it was during the rainy season left me immersed in wonder and immeasurable pleasure. I will now try to explain the sight, though I certainly deplore my inability to describe it: before draining into River Tana, most of the rivers flowing from Mt. Kenya converge at Kibuka Falls, with multiple waterfalls draining in simultaneously from various directions, the most preeminent stretch bearing over five channels of varying size and volume. The Congo River, which is the deepest and second longest in Africa is also among the most difficult to navigate, most remarkably along the rapids at Inga, but even the difficult navigation at these rapids falls short of that posed by the rocks at Kibuka Falls.

Unlike the conventional tourist attractions of wildlife and mountains which can well be found in many areas, this magnificent river formation bears two waterfalls on almost directly opposite sides, which is in itself an unparalleled fascination, roughly defying the laws of science from a far-off look, but upon closer inspection you find that entropy is very much at play here. The water flows on two levels, at the top of the valley and at the bottom after it has cascaded a perilous bed of rocks, of course by following the path of least resistance. Accessing the water at the top is easy since it is at the same level with the road, but to get to the bottom of the valley you should be prepared to descend an almost endless array of jagged rocks similar to those marking the water’s course, upon which great bodily balance is necessary to make any progress.

Most of our team members, having had enough of accelerated palpitations developed cold feet, but the rest, courting the outrageous and motivated by challenge, advanced on all fours up to a point where our bodies, by impulsive decisiveness refused to move, even though we wanted to get closer to the deafening tumult of abrasion and attrition below the rock which we had so fearfully clambered. With the spray of water droplets reaching me up from twenty feet below, I was within inches of the edge of the precipice when with trembling hands I took only one photo and made my way back, not by turning around but by retreating in a backward manner.

There have been investment talks about the installation of cable cars in the hills surrounding the area, which is a clear indication of the huge tourism potential of this area that is yet to be discovered. It could be that the place has remained unexploited due to its remoteness, but as is with new horizons begetting new frontiers, this is about to change.

Kibuka Falls is an amazing sight to the painter, a fascinating reality to the poet and an enchantment to the free-spirited individual, and one looking for an unusual adventure or family getaway might consider giving it a try. It is reached after extensive travel through ‘stone country’, a natural seamless blend of rock and shrub, comparing almost directly to the artificially established Zen gardens of Japan.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Space Needle

The Space Needle in Seattle is one of the most famous American landmarks, and is the most recognizable building in the State of Washington. Although it is not as tall as other legendary buildings, such as The Empire State Building in New York or Willis Tower in Chicago, the Space Needle sure does inspire awe. In was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair to symbolize the future and technology, and soon became an icon. The first thing you think about when you hear the word “Seattle” is probably the skyline of the city with the Space Needle in the center of it.

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While the Space Needle is known all over the world, there are facts that many don’t know and will probably find quite interesting. Let’s take a look at them!

1. The Needle could be a balloon

The first designs of the building looked like a huge balloon tethered to the ground. It was John Graham, the architect, who introduced the idea of the flying saucer that would become the Space Needle as we see it now.

2. It used to be environmentally unfriendly

During the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the flame burned at the head of the tower to make it look even more spectacular. The natural gas torch was producing ‘the needle of flame’ around 40-50 feet tall. It was using so much fuel it would be enough to heat over a hundred homes. It turned on every 15 minutes serving as a colossal clock for the Fair. After the Fair they decided to use this energy in a better way.

3. It was dirty for 46 years

It was only in 2008 when the Needle was professionally cleaned. It was scrubbed with water with a temperature of 194F degrees and a pressure of 2900 pounds per square inch.

4. Parachutists love it

In 1996 the city authorities allowed the first parachute jump from the Space Needle. But it was long before that when a couple of adrenaline seekers went for an illegal jump in 1975.

5. It gets bigger

It is not a joke. The building actually expands about an inch in a hot weather.

6. Another city tried to buy it

The businessmen of Fife, another Washington city, wanted to buy the Space Needle from its owners, offering them a million dollars, which is not even a quarter of the cost of the project. No wonder, the Space Needle is still in Seattle.

7. Everyone once thought it had fallen

But it was just an April Fool’s Day joke by a local comedy show called Almost Live! They created false photos of the Needle in ruins, and many people in Seattle believed it was true. The NBC had to apologize for this prank and the confusion it had brought.

There are probably a lot more to tell about the Space Needle, but the main fact it is always good just to visit this spectacular building, just like many other interesting places in Seattle.

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