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Solvang Introduction

Get a taste of Denmark under the California sun in the quaint surroundings of Solvang. Founded by Danish settlers to mirror the characteristic style of their homeland, with a touch of American flair, this unique destination wears its heritage with pride. The idyllic streets, lined with picturesque half-timbered houses, are alive with activity all year long, and are home to a splendidly unique combination of authentic Danish food, music, and dancing under bright West Coast sunshine. Festivals throughout the year pay tribute to the town’s beginning, such as the “Danish Days” celebration every September, encapsulating the joyous spirit of this little European jewel in the crown of the Californian countryside.

Hotels in Solvang

Hotels in Solvang cater to everything from family vacations to wine connoisseurs seeking the kind of upscale elegance that only Southern California can offer. If you’re after luxury accommodation, you can’t do much better than the classy Hotel Corque. Located close to the city center, it offers on-site dining and a free shuttle to local casinos, for visitors with Lady Luck on their side. The area also has a number of family-friendly, discount hotels, like the King Frederik Inn. You’ll still enjoy convenient amenities, like a free continental breakfast and an outdoor pool, while keeping some extra spending money in your pocket for later.

Where to stay

If you want to be in the middle of the action, surrounded by the breathtaking Danish architecture and sweeping windmills of the city, the choice is easy. Downtown Solvang has a host of wonderful stores and boutiques and a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Fifteen minutes away, you’ll find high-end living in Los Olivos, with local spas and wineries helping you to de-stress the right way. A short trip west from Solvang brings you to Buellton, a small town west along the Santa Ynez Valley, just a 5-minute drive from Solvang’s city center.

Things to see

History is a key part of life in Solvang so a trip to one of the many local museums is the logical place to start your getaway. The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art is an easy way to explore the Danish roots of the region, with exhibitions that are sure to engage families and anyone with an interest in history. Travelers with kids shouldn’t miss a day at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, where the artifacts and activities are a delight for kids and parents alike. Why not take in the SoCal countryside with a day of wine tasting? The delicious local blends and sumptuous scenery make for a sophisticated afternoon you won’t soon forget. To keep the outdoor activities going, visit the man-made Lake Cachuma, just 20 minutes east of Solvang. Camping and fishing at the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area are popular activities during the sunny summer months.

How to get to Solvang

The nearby Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is the quickest way to get to Solvang. It welcomes regular domestic flights and a convenient bus service connects the airport and the city center. Regular services link Solvang with cities around the country, normally with a connection via the railway and bus stations in nearby Santa Barbara. Travel in Solvang is easy as the city center is pretty compact with most major sights are accessible on foot. For those that are not—hop on a local bus and soon you’ll be taking in the Santa Ynez Valley in all its glory.