Food, Wine & Culture: Car- Free in Solvang & Santa Barbara, California

Solvang, California

Experience the joy of “taking a vacation from your car” in this first-ever IFWTWA post-conference press trip to Solvang and Santa Barbara.  Start your car-free, carefree trip when you board the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train at the historic Santa Fe Depot in San Diego. Sit back in your business class seat for the next five hours as you leave the driving and traffic to someone else. You’ll arrive in Santa Barbara relaxed, renewed and ready for adventure.  First stop is Solvang, “California’s Little Denmark” in the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country. You’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in Northern Europe yet no passport is required. Stroll the charming village; savor Scandinavian and farm-to-table cuisine matched with local vintages. Next, you’ll visit the “American Riviera” of Santa Barbara and embrace the Spanish-Colonial heritage of this gorgeous coastal city. You’ll see historic highlights, wander and taste around the Urban Wine Trail and beachside Funk Zone. Get ready to discover Solvang and Santa Barbara car-free!

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Up to 4 IFWTWA member journalists (open to those who have not experienced these destinations in the last two years)

When: Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6, 2016

Where: Solvang and Santa Barbara, California

Hosts: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau, Santa Barbara Car Free and Visit Santa Barbara

NOTES: Deadline for application has been extended to 9/26/16. Participants will be confirmed by 9/30/16. There is no additional registration fee for this press trip.  Trip includes round-trip business class train fare to/from San Diego, Solvang and Santa Barbara; meals, tours, tastings on indicated itinerary. Gratuities and personal incidentals are excluded. Tips are estimated at $50 per person. Applicant must provide own transfers to San Diego train station. Applicants must first complete 2016 conference registration and adhere to the IFWTWA’s policies & procedures.  Members who apply must have and maintain a current profile and membership. Our hosts will be vetting applicants and making the selection based upon outlets, circulation, and social media activity.

If you are interested in more than one post-conference trip, choose just one, so everyone has a chance to enjoy these opportunities..
The IFWTWA board and media trips committee will adhere to policy for cancellations after selection for all media trips.

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Itinerary Food, Wine & Culture: Car Free in Solvang & Santa Barbara, California

Thursday, November 3, 2016

9:00 a.m.         Check-in at San Diego’s historic Santa Fe Depot, 1050 Kettner Blvd.

9:25 a.m.         Depart San Diego aboard Amtrak Pacific Surfliner #769

Reserved Business Class seat including complimentary refreshments, Wi-Fi.

3:05pm            Arrive in Santa Barbara, transfer immediately to Amtrak Thruway Bus #4759

4:00 pm           Arrive in Solvang, 1630 Mission Drive/Solvang Park. Stroll one block to The Landsby, 1576 Mission Drive.

Evening           Wine-tasting & Dinner; Overnight at The Landsby

Friday, November 4, 2016

Morning          Breakfast at The Landsby

Solvang Walking Tour- including tours and tastings at authentic Danish bakery, Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, Aebleskiver at Solvang Restaurant.  Visits to Elverhoj Museum of Danish History & Art; Wildling Museum;  Amber Museum Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour sponsored/hosted by Santa Barbara Vintners. Discover AVAs unique to the region with a custom-designed experience.

Evening          Wine-tasting & Dinner; Overnight at The Landsby

Saturday, November 5

Morning          Brunch at The Greenhouse Cafe: A Nordic Bistro

12:35 p.m.       Depart Solvang on Amtrak Thruway Bus #4764

1:45 p.m.         Arrive at Santa Barbara Train Station, 209 State Street. Stroll one block, check-in at Hotel Indigo, 121 State Street.

3:00 p.m.         Board Santa Barbara Trolley; 90 minute narrated tour to see sites including Montecito, Zoo, Harbor, Mission. Debark and enjoy tasting on Urban Wine Trail

Evening          Dinner hosted by Acme Hospitality and Visit Santa Barbara in the Funk Zone

Sunday, November 6

9:22 a.m.         Depart Santa Barbara Train Station aboard Amtrak Pacific Surfliner #774

3:15 p.m.         Arrive San Diego Santa Fe Depot; Car- Free & Care-Free!

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