Hello there! <3
I am back with another weekend getaway. Our latest weekend getaway was to Santa Barbara and Solvang, and I have already shared the travelogue post about Santa Barbara. As promised, I am here with my Solvang’s experience.
A 30-45minutes drive from Santa Barbara and you will reach a beautiful destination, Solvang, very different and unique from other USA cities.
Solvang- A cute little Danish-style town in Southern California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang city is mainly known for its beautiful and colorful architecture, a Danish-style architecture, its wineries, and its relaxed and peaceful lifestyle. In Solvang, you will find many Danish bakeries, Danish Restaurants, Museum, gift shops selling antique gifts.
The word Solvang means “Suny Fields” and Solvang was founded in 1911 by three Danish immigrants in the rolling hills of Santa Ynez. With its Danish-style beautiful architecture and famous bakeries, the place has become a tourist attraction now.
When you come from a city of beautiful beaches, San Diego, and spend every alternate weekend at the beach then, this is the perfect getaway for you to explore. 😀 A day or two is perfect to explore the beautiful village, depending upon how much in depth you explore the place.
You will find cute old-fashioned windmills in many corners of the Solvang that has now converted into small businesses.
The Beautiful Architecture Of Solvang
Solvang has a rich traditional Danish heritage and it is reflected by its architecture. Solvang is a beautiful, little, and less crowded Europe in the USA It’s the colorful and beautiful architecture that attracts tourists and spending a day or two is totally worth it.
Solvang At Night
As soon as the sun sets down the village looks more and more beautiful. So calm, peaceful, relaxed. You won’t see much crowd or it won’t be 100% wrong to say, you will hardly see people outside. And, on weekend, you will see a few bunches of people here and there. That’s it! Enjoy a relaxed walk on an empty road with a cool breeze kissing your face, which otherwise never happens in a hush-hush life a fast-moving city.
Solvang Festival Theater
The Outdoor theater operates primarily from June through September/October. It was closed at the time when we were visiting. I had to compromise by taking a picture only. But it’s a fun to sit in the outdoor area and just relax after walking through the beautiful village.
Come, Grab, and Go!
There are plenty of Danish Bakeries and eateries. Treat your taste buds at Solvang restaurants and try as many things you can try which you won’t find otherwise in your city.
- Danish Mill Bakery
Do get some fresh and delicious bakery items from Danish Mill bakery and gift them to your family and friends.
2. The Paula’s Pancake
The Paula’s Pancake is open until the afternoon so go whenever you can and eat their famous Pancake. Skip the breakfast at the hotel and eat your breakfast or brunch at Paula’s.
3. Solvang Restaurant
Please visit Solvang Restaurant if you are in Solvang, and MUST TRY their Aebleskiver topped with raspberry jam. Aebleskiver is a traditional Danish dessert which means apple slice in Danish. They even have a walk-up window where you can grab and go.
They sell Aebleskiver recipe book, Aebleskiver mix, pan, and utensil for Aebleskiver.
4. The Solvang Brewing Company
Our hotel receptionist recommended us this place for dinner. And, it was good, finally a place where we can see a large crowd. 😀 A great place with good food and of course, a very friendly staff.
Gift shop (The Right Gift)
From a wide variety of souvenirs to cute and antique gift, you will find everything.
Spend some peaceful time at the beautiful Danish village and explore the traditional Danish architecture, take a wines tasting tour, watch a play at the Solvang theater, eat at the local Danish eateries and of course, do not forget to click few pictures to keep the memories of Solvang.
And do not miss the Pacific Coast Highway route. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. <3
Have a great time with your family and friends! <3