Given the warm Southern California weather this September, I am declaring we change “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” to “Don’t wear white after Halloween”. I am giving everyone an extension. Nevertheless, we have been having some great rides as we head in to fall, devoting the a.m. to our time on the bikes — hitting the sweet spot of the day. Then we enjoy some wine in Kaena’s tasting room (Little known secret: Kaena has the best A/C in the Valley).
Best A/C in the Valley at Kaena
This is always such a fun time to visit Santa Barbara Wine Country — Harvest Time. In addition to joining us on the I Bike Santa Barbara tour, here is a list of some fun events coming up in Santa Barbara and the Valley…
SOLVANG DANISH DAYS — Sept. 19-21
In 1936, the first Solvang Danish Days festival emerged in honor of the village’s 25th anniversary. Ever since, Danish Days celebrates Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities. Join us in “Little Denmark” for this year’s 78th Annual Celebration from Friday September 19 through Sunday September 21, 2014.
SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET FALL CULINARY FESTIVAL — Sept. 20 and 21
To welcome the season, the market will provide a blend of culinary classes, seasonal tastings, kids activities, and live entertainment. With 15 unique merchants under one roof, the Fall Culinary Festival will showcase Santa Barbara and the surrounding area’s plentiful fall harvest, serving up an abundance of flavors and fun! sbpublicmarket.com
GOLETA LEMON FESTIVAL — Sunday Sept. 20 and 21
You’ll find wonderful food, a fantastic family atmosphere, and variety of entertainment and activities that have made this the most anticipated event in the Goleta Valley. This weekend also includes the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show and the ever-popular ‘Safety Street.’ Pie-eating contests, and the arts and crafts vendors. http://www.lemonfestival.com/
CARPINTERIA AVOCADO FESTIVAL — Oct. 3, 4, and 5
The avocado-inspired festivities that come to Carpinteria every October have earned a reputation for serving up not only taste bud-pleasing green-fleshed fruit but also a musical lineup that is out of this world. http://avofest.com/
CELEBRATION OF HARVEST WEEKEND — Oct. 10-13
The Celebration of Harvest Weekend, held over Columbus Day Weekend, is our annual celebration of the year’s bounty. Vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners through library tastings, to new wine releases and barrel tastings. http://www.celebrationofharvest.com/