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Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Shopkeepers compete in the annual, oh-so-quaint autumn tradition. Read »

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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dances, Beer, Pastries: Solvang's Danish Days

Dances, Beer, Pastries: Solvang's Danish Days

It's that joyful, treat-packed weekend, windmill mavens, so don your clogs. Read »

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Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10th: The "Sideways" Celebrations Grow

Happy 10th: The

The parties are bubbling, like sparkling wine, around Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

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Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Sideways" 10th Anniversary: Wine Country Celebrates

The Santa Ynez Valley looks back at the vino-loving film. Read »

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Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Savory: Mac and Cheese Festival

Solvang Savory: Mac and Cheese Festival

The Danish burg fetes the creamiest of comfort foods. Read »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.