Solvang Journals

Solvang Prelude Biking and Wine Tasting Weekend

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A November 2005 trip to Solvang by StephCat

Quote: The Solvang Prelude was a perfect choice for a first bike event: close to home, beautiful scenery, and wineries!

Royal Copenhagen Inn

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Hotel

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The Royal Copenhagen Inn advertises itself as having facades that are a mock-up of an actual Danish street. Regardless, the grounds were clean and well-kept. The small outdoor pool appeared clean, but we never saw anyone use it. Parking was barely enough for the Inn when sold out -- we found parking for Friday night near our room, but Saturday night we had to 'create' a space. The first-level wheelchair-accessible room itself, located near the back of the property, was basic but large, with two double beds, a table and chairs, a bureau, a vanity area, and a large bathroom with a corner shower (no tub). The room was set up for handicapped/wheelchair access including a rathe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Royal Copenhagen Inn
1579 Mission Drive.
Solvang, California 93463
800-624-6604

Brothers at Mattei's Tavern

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Restaurant

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My husband and I had eaten at Mattei's about 5 years ago. It had tasty food but was nothing special, although the building itself, an historic tavern, was interesting. When our friend Mel told us a friend of hers had gotten us reservations at a really awesome restaurant for our post-ride indulgence we were a little surprised when she told us the reservations were for Mattei's.Well, a lot has changed since our initial visit, including new chef/owners -- the two brothers of the new name.The building, an 1800s stagecoach stop/ tavern, is much the same, including old photos on the walls, various mementos in cases, and a huge, warm fireplace in the bar area.The service w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Brothers at Mattei's Tavern
2350 Railway Ave
Los Olivos, California 93441
(805) 688-4820

Panino

Restaurant

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Panino, located just northeast of the flagpole, is the perfect place to stop for quick, tasty sandwich and chips in between winery- and gallery-hopping in downtown Los Olivos. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices abound. Choices range from the basic (turkey and cheese) to the gourmet (caprese sandwich, artichoke hearts with pesto and chicken breast, etc). Prices are about $7 to $8 per sandwich. All are filling, especially with a side of Kettle chips.

The only bad notes--service can be a little spotty and slow, and the only available restroom is the semi-permanent port-a-potty across the street.

Open daily 9am to 5pm.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Panino
2900 Grand Ave.
Solvang, California 93441
(805) 688-9304

Solvang Prelude

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Attraction

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The Solvang Prelude was my first organized bike-only event, with a choice of metric century, 50 mile or 25 mile courses.The Santa Ynez Valley is one of my favorite places in California: wineries, golden rolling hills studded with oak trees, twisty scenic roads, good restaurants. Hitting all my high points! and the workout the ride would offer would burn enough calories to indulge post-ride relatively guilt free.We picked up our race packets Friday night at the Royal Scandinavian Inn, reviewed the course maps, enjoyed some pasta at a local restaurant, and went to bed early.Saturday morning was horribly cold -- someone said 38 degrees...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Solvang Prelude
400 Alisal Road
Solvang, California

Santa Ynez Wineries

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Attraction

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After the bike ride, we deserved some wine.We visited Zaca Mesa, my favorite Santa Ynez winery, first--and luckily so, because they close earlier than many of the other wineries (open 10am to 4pm). Since I belong to their wine club, we were able to do the reserve tasting for free, including our friends Mel, Arlene, and Mike. If you do the reserve tasting, you get to taste all the wines, both those normally included in the free tasting and the library wines, in wonderful Reidel glasses (which I truly believe DO make a difference). On the recommendation of the guy at Zaca Mesa--we told him we prefer reds to whites--we next visited ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Santa Ynez Wineries
Foxen Canyon Rd.
Solvang, California