Solvang – A little bit of Denmark in California

Category: Travel

solvang3North of Los Angeles is a cute little town called Solvang. This picturesque city is home to approximately 5,000 residents who rely mainly on tourism, and agriculture. Nestled in the mountains of Santa Barbara County, this quiet little town is a fun daytrip from Los Angeles and close to many wineries for those looking for a vacation spot.


What makes Solvang unique is the Old World charm. With Danish architecture and a variety of stores and museums, the town is filled with art, culture, and souvenirs from Scandinavia. Plus, let’s not forget the pastries. If you want some great Danish pastries, this is the place to go.


The town has many events during the year. A highlight is the “Solvang Danish Days” that pays tribute to the establishment of the town by Danish Americans.


solvang1The history of the town dates back to the 1700s but the Danish influence didn’t arise until the mid 1800s when Danes traveled to America in search of economic prospects and a better life.


Solvang has been named “One of the 10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the Western United States” by Sunset Magazine. This Danish Village is a little piece of the Old World in California. If you saw the film Sideways, you would have seen parts of Solvang.


Walking through the town is like a step into another world. With cute little shops and plenty of food, this is a fun way to spend a few hours or a day. And with the charming hotels, it’s a nice destination spot for families or just the two of you.


solvang4Granted it’s not very big. You can walk the entire town in a short time. Shopping and eating on the other hand takes time.


While you’re there, take in a local winery or at least some museums. Yes, at times the streets are filled with busses of tourists, but hold on a few minutes. They soon depart leaving the town calm and the stores easily available for browsing. And, if you are into the old style Danish plates and collectibles – the white and blue styles – you are luck in Solvang. Plenty of items to fill in your collection can be found here.


Solvang, California is a fun town to visit while you’re in Southern California. It’s definitely unique. And, take it from me, you have to sample the pastries. Can you say “delicious?”


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Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment business for 20 years. She also writes about technology and has been a travel writer for the past 12 years. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books.

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