SUMMER STROLL: A trio of Solvang celebrations are so well-attended and widely known, and for fine reason. Taste of Solvang in March, Danish Days in September, and Julefest near Christmas also see an influx of visitors, as well as locals, enjoying special activities, special foodstuffs, and, of course, wine, which is very much a Solvang sort of sip. But the wine-focused festivals and to-dos don't fall quiet for the six-month stretch that connects March to September; rather, Solvang keeps up the wine walking straight through the summertime via its Third Wednesdays.
THIRD WEDNESDAYS... are easy to remember, date-wise -- they're the third Wednesday of the month -- and the Solvang Third Wednesday Beer & Wine Walk covers a host of spots serving some of the most interesting libations grown/made around the Santa Ynez Valley as well as vinos from abroad. Cost? It's twenty bucks, and it has a slightly earlier start than many evening wine walks. That start time is 3 p.m., with a wrap-up at 7, but you can dip in at any time you want, if you can't make Solvang before 4 or 5 on your chosen Third Wednesday.
ADVANCE TICKETS? They're here. Not sure if you want advance tickets, because you can't quite land on a time to visit yet? Buy your same-day pass at the Wandering Dog Bar, Olive House, or Sort This Out Cellars. That's where you'll also get your glass, map, and vouchers, says the site.
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MUSIC, TOO: Solvang Third Wednesdays will also coincide with the free concerts at Solvang Park. Those rev up on June 15, and they go an hour past when the Wine and Beer Walk ends, allowing sipping strollers to do a bit of both.