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Growing up as an only child in Cincinnati, Ohio, gave me plenty of opportunity to shovel snow in sub-zero temperatures.  Let’s just say, I’m grateful to live on the California Central Coast, where we don’t have to deal with ice on our windshields and plowing snow out of the driveway in the morning. We may…

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 Deep in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley is the delightful city of Solvang, California.  Solvang is located 30 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean  and temperatures can average 20 degrees higher in the summer than surrounding Central Coast cities. When visiting you simply must dress in layers.  I used to live in Solvang and temperatures can drop or rise 15-20…

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Where is the best place to stay and have fun in Solvang?  There are so many options, but recently, Keys 2 the Coast set out to explore Solvang and enjoy one night of fun, good food and a change of scenery.   Solvang, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, is always a delightful place to visit for a quick getaway. If you want to check out the numerous wineries and tasting…

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By Donna Polizzi It’s not what you’re thinking. The Wandering Dog Wine Bar opened its doors in 2007 and at the time was one of the only places open past 5 pm in Solvang. This was especially true on the west-side of town. The proprietors, Jody and Charles Williams, both worked on the winery side…

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solvang theater fest

By Donna Polizzi One of the most charming areas on the California Central Coast is the little Danish town of Solvang. Located roughly two hours north of Los Angeles, and 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, situated in the heart of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang is home to some of the world’s most…

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