According to its Wikipedia page, Solvang is Danish for â€œsunny fieldsâ€ and was founded almost 100 years ago â€œby a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the facades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style.â€
Things to Do
Solvang offers a variety of activities for the whole family. Take a tour of the city by foot, or rent a surrey bicycle at Wheel Fun Rentals . Surrey rental rates are really affordable. A single surrey costs $25 an hour, a double costs $35 an hour, while you can rent the grande surrey for just $45 an hour. You can also choose to ride aboard the Solvang Trolley to experience â€œa street car tourpulled by a pair of magnificent horses.â€ Feeling more adventurous? Opt for mountain bikes instead which you can rent at just $10 per hour.
Want some quiet time? Solvang has a wide range of museums and it is also home to about a dozen wine tasting rooms, all within walking distanceâ€"it couldnâ€™t be more convenient than that! In fact, the 2004 movie Sideways was actually set in Santa Ynez , resulting in a boom for the wine-tasting business in Solvang and surrounding areas.
Things to See
Solvang has a lot quaint attractions that you certainly wonâ€™t find anywhere else. While youâ€™re in this lovely city, be sure to keep an eye out for the villageâ€™s four windmills and get a photo! Youâ€™ll also find great statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid as you roam the city, and youâ€™ll get to see the Round Tower as well as the Danish Rural Church.
If youâ€™re feeling especially religious, stop by the Old Mission Church and get a glimpse of its beautiful architecture and serene surroundings.
Food to Eat
Just because the city Danish, doesnâ€™t mean thatâ€™s all the food that youâ€™ll end up eating. Numerous restaurants in Solvang offer a variety of cuisines, including America, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, European, and Danish (of course).
Explore the cityâ€™s wide range of restaurants, bakeries, and diners. The most note-worthy ones include Paulaâ€™s Pancake House (which serves the best Danish pancakes in the area), the Big Bopper Drive-In (a charming 50â€™s style drive-in which really takes you back to the old days), CafÃ© Dolce (for the best shaved ice, gelato, and ice cream in town), and the Red Viking Restaurant (which offers authentic Danish and American Cuisine).
Yes, Solvang clearly has something for every taste, personality, or palette out there. Be sure to visit this wonderful town whenever youâ€™re in the Santa Ynez area (or even if youâ€™re not). You wonâ€™t regret it.