LAURA KATH - MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR, SOLVANG CONFERENCE & VISITORS BUREAU -SOLVANG NAMED ONE OF THE “BEST HISTORIC SMALL TOWN” WINNERS IN 10BEST.COM CONTEST
Solvang, California, USA— Tracy Farhad, Executive Director of the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) is pleased to announce that Solvang was named one of the winners in the Best Historic Small Town category in the 10Best Readers' Choice 2016 travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. The list of all ten winners is located at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-historic-small-town/.
Farhad remarked, “Solvang is the only community in California to be honored as Best Historic Small Town in this exciting contest. We are so proud that media experts nominated Solvang initially; then people locally and around the world voted for Solvang online. Solvang began the contest ranked #20 and after four weeks of daily voting, we finished as #6 against some very well-known towns. We’re thrilled to have this recognition, especially since we value, celebrate and promote Solvang as a historic community year-round.”
In 2009, Solvang was honored with the prestigious “Preserve America Community” award by the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Solvang means “sunny field” in Danish; and was founded in 1911 by three Danish-American educators who discovered a place in the central coast of California where land was plentiful and their culture could prosper. In 2014, Solvang was named by trivago as one of the best “Hidden European Towns in America” and in 2013 by Huffington Post as " #2 Place to Travel to Europe Without Leaving the USA.” Solvang celebrated its Centennial in 2011 with year-long festivities including a visit from Henrik, His Royal Highness The Prince Consort of Denmark.
This year, Solvang celebrates 105 years of its historic, cultural heritage with museums, attractions and seasonal festivals such as the 1804 National Historic Landmark Old Mission Santa Ines; Elverhoj Museum of History & Art; Hans Christian Andersen Museum (the only one in the USA); Wildling Museum of Art & Nature and the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum as well as our newest historic displays at The Copenhagen House including the Solvang House of Amber and Great Hall of the Danes. Festivals are traditional parts of Solvang’s historic charm. Danish Days annual festival emerged in 1936 commemorating Solvang’s heritage every September with artisans, folk dancing, three parades, aebleskiver breakfasts and free entertainment for the whole family. Locals and visitors savor the Taste of Solvang every March, Scarecrowfest in autumn and Julefest (Yule-fest) during December. In 2011, Solvang was named by Time Magazine as one of the “Most Christmas-y Towns in the USA.”
Solvang welcomes over 1.5 million visitors each year, offers more than 30 restaurants, 5 authentic Danish bakeries, 20 wine tasting rooms, 150 retail shops and 18 hotels, inns and resorts along with myriad outdoor recreational opportunities with fun for all ages. Now in its second century, Solvang residents of many cultures still continue to enjoy the same historic traditions as the Danish-American founders envisioned—welcoming friends, family and visitors from around the world to share the joys of “California’s Little Denmark”.
The Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986 to promote the City of Solvang, its Northern European culture, cuisine, arts and attractions of the village known as “California’s Little Denmark.”
JESSIE ARTIGUE - BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS 8TH ANNUAL BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2016 WINNERS AS VOTED BY MORE THAN 38,000 CONSUMERS
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS 8TH ANNUAL BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2016 WINNERS AS VOTED BY MORE THAN 38,000 CONSUMERS
Companion BrandSpark/BHG American Shopper Study Reveals 70% of Shoppers Will Pay A Premium For Quality, Innovative Products
Better Homes and Gardens, along with leading market research firm BrandSpark International, have announced the winners of the 2016 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards (www.BestNewProductAwards.com.) The Best New Product Awards (BNPAs) is the leading consumer-voted CPG awards program in North America, honoring consumer products in the categories of Beauty, Food & Beverage, Health & Personal Care, Household and Kids.
The winning products were determined solely by more than 38,000 consumers who participated in an extensive nationwide survey, conducted by independent marketing research firm BrandSpark International in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens. The 2016 survey had 243 entries and 74 winning products across a range of categories. Better Homes and Gardens will showcase the winners and select insights within its print, broadcast and digital properties.
ABOUT JESSIE ARTIGUE:
As a successful on-air personality, trends forecaster and fashion/lifestyle writer, Jessie Artigue. Her popular fashion and lifestyle blog, StyleAndPepper.com, features creative advice for a flavorful life with inspirations on beauty and style, healthy eating, entertaining, DIY projects, and more. Jessie has appeared on Good Morning America, HGTV, Access Hollywood and the View – and has acted as an on-air spokesperson for publications including Lucky Magazine, Harper’s BAZAAR, Huffington Post Live and has consulted for brands including Nordstrom, BareMinerals, Lean Cuisine and more.
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