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Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: Taste of Solvang

Tickets on Sale: Taste of Solvang

Pastries and wine. Wine and pastries. Repeat. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taste of Solvang Fun: Sweets & Swing

Taste of Solvang Fun: Sweets & Swing

The sugar-cute village spotlights its pastry side. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Beautiful Greyhounds of Solvang

The Beautiful Greyhounds of Solvang

Sleek of coat and sweet of nature? You bet, dog buffs. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Year-Beginner of a Bonfire

Solvang's Year-Beginner of a Bonfire

Julefest ends its annual run with a mighty controlled blaze. Read »

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Sparkliest Season, Day by Day

Solvang's Sparkliest Season, Day by Day

Julefest brims with cheery happenings; best schedule ahead. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Sweet: S'moresFest!

Solvang Sweet: S'moresFest!

The Graham-cracker-y treat is a new addition to the village's Julefest. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

December in October: Solvang Julefest Tickets

December in October: Solvang Julefest Tickets

It's been called one of our country's "Most Christmassy" towns. Read »

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Sweet 'n Surreal Scarecrows of Solvang

The Sweet 'n Surreal Scarecrows of Solvang

The town's fourth annual contest is ready to get decorating. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

It's an area known for wine, but May is beer's time to foam. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taste of Solvang: Your To-Do List

Taste of Solvang: Your To-Do List

The pastry-laden village's sweetest weekend is just ahead. Read »

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Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
Alysia Gray Painter Alysia Gray Painter has served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.
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