Festival Site Updates
September 17, 2015
Location of Sabbath Services on Sept. 26
Sabbath services on Sabbath, Sept. 26, will be held in Solvang-Buellton at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
September 10, 2015
Attention Solvang Feast Attendees
We want to remind you of a few things regarding the Feast in Solvang:
- We want to encourage all of you to bring your personal hymnal to the Feast, as we do not plan to project the hymns on a screen. We will bring some hymnals, but not enough for everyone.
- We have had to change the time for a couple of the activities. Be sure to look over the revised activity schedule.
August 21, 2015
Solvang Housing Update
Some of you may have gotten an email yesterday from the Marriott about construction going on while we are there and that they cannot guarantee your room type even though you had a guaranteed room. I got one, and it caused some concern. I contacted the hotel yesterday, and the management we are working with assured me that this WILL NOT affect us or our rooms during our stay. They will cease remodeling while we are at the hotel, and all our rooms (including room types) are secure.
On a related matter, the cutoff date for guaranteeing rates and availability at the hotels on our housing list is coming up on Aug. 27. After that date, availability cannot be guaranteed, but room rates will generally be based on availability. If you haven’t yet reserved your room for the Feast, now is the time to do so, in order to guarantee the room and rate. At last check, all hotels on our list still have space available.
August 19, 2015
Solvang Feast Family Dinner-Dance
All attendees to the Solvang Feast site are invited to our family dinner-dance on Saturday evening, Oct. 3, at the Solvang Veterans Auditorium. We will have services there on Sabbath afternoon; and, following a time for fellowship, we will have a special catered Santa Maria barbecue dinner, featuring beef tri-tip, barbecue chicken, potatoes, vegetable, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Cost is $15 per adult (aged 12 and over) and $7.50 per child aged 4 and up. Children under the age of 4 may eat off a parent’s or sibling’s plate at no charge.
We encourage everyone to come. Those who can donate a little more to help those who need a little help are encouraged to do so.
Following the Sabbath, we will have an evening family dance with a wide variety of music for all ages, along with some fun dance games with prizes. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening. Register by filling out the Family Dinner-Dance Order Form and mailing it and your check to the address shown on the form. The deadline for reserving your dinner is Sept. 14.
July 22, 2015
Important Solvang-Buellton Updates
We have three items we would like to make you aware of:
- We are planning to have a catered barbecue dinner after services on the weekly Sabbath, Oct. 3, followed by a family dance. The cost of the dinner will be $15 per adult and $7.25 for children aged 4-12. Instructions on making reservations for the evening will be posted on the Solvang Feast web page in a couple of weeks.
June 30, 2015
Pre-Feast Sabbath Attendance Survey
On the Sabbath just prior to the Feast of Tabernacles (Sept. 26), many members will be planning on attending Sabbath services near the location where they will be celebrating the Feast. We need your help to ensure that we have adequate facilities available for all who might be attending at the Solvang-Buellton, California, site. Please let us know your plans as soon as possible by following the link below.
Thank you for your help!
Take the Survey
May 19, 2015
Housing at the Marriott Hotel in Solvang/Buellton
Some have had difficulty in making reservations at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, getting a message that all the rooms in the room block are taken. That is not the case. It is true that all the suites are taken. (There was a limited number of them available at the hotel, as the Marriott had to save some for regular clients.) But there are still plenty of king and double queen rooms available.
One difficulty is that our group rate only goes from Sunday, Sept. 27, to Wednesday, Oct. 7. Rooms for the weekend of Sept. 25-26 are available, but at a higher rate. You can reserve at the block rate online by using the code COGCOGA in the group code area. But you will need to put Sunday, Sept. 27, as your check-in date and then call the reservations number to book additional nights.
The reason for this is that the hotels in Solvang are much more expensive on the weekends, and the Marriott was willing to negotiate the rates for one weekend but not two.
Online I just checked for a senior citizen rate for Sept. 25-27 with three to a room, and the rate was $195 per night. If the higher rate is more than you can afford, you can book at one of the other properties for the weekend and then move to the Marriott on Sunday.
We are sorry for the confusion.
May 4, 2015
Solvang-Buellton reservation codes for Marriott
If you’re planning to stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (the host hotel), you’ll be happy to know you can make reservations online. Simply go to syvmarriott.com and follow the prompt for booking a room. For a standard room, enter COGCOGA in the group code box. For a suite, enter COGCOGB.
Nestled in the beautiful coastal Santa Ynez Valley of California, in the middle of almost 40 vineyards, sit the sister cities of Solvang and Buellton. Solvang is a popular vacation getaway location for Southern California. The area was settled by Danish immigrants in the early 1900s and was built in traditional Scandinavian style—a charm it retains today. The cities sit only a dozen miles from the closest California state beach and are within 30 miles of Santa Barbara with its whale-watching cruises and tours of Channel Islands National Park.
The area has many beautiful hiking trails, bike paths (with all types of bikes for rent) and a large lake close by for those who like boating. There are about 30 vineyards that offer tours (and wine tasting) along with a large variety of restaurants. For the children, there is OstrichLand USA, a miniature horse farm and various other attractions.
The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott will be our host hotel for the Feast, but there is a variety of housing available. You may look at the area by going to the following websites:
Solvang and Buellton are only about two hours northwest of the Los Angeles International Airport, yet you are in a small-town, country area and out of all the Southern California traffic. It is truly an almost millennial setting for the Feast of Tabernacles and one that you will long remember.
Tax rate for accommodations: 10 to 12.5 percent.