The aroma of freshly baked pastries, traditional windmills or maybe it’s the authentic Danish architect, whatever the appeal, Solvang certainly will make an impression that will have you returning time after time! The cozy little Danish town is located just minutes off the 101, on the central coast of California. Tucked in the beautiful verdant hills of Santa Barbara County, Solvang takes on a world of its own the minute the town comes into view. Every detail will keep you captivated, and you won’t want to see this amazing place through the windshield of your vehicle. Solvang is definitely one town best explored on foot, so find a parking spot and set your mindset in cruise.
Nearly every building boaster’s flora displays for your enjoyment and the uniqueness of every shop, will have you awestruck. From authentic Danish clogs to Royal Copenhagen porcelain, without a doubt, you will find a slice of Solvang to remind you of your visit. Some areas of interest include: wine tasting, restaurants, old time photography, antique shops, candy making, bakeries, golfing and more. Nearly everything is done in Danish flair, so when pausing for lunch, sample some Danish cuisine in one of the many restaurants in town, or maybe book a room in one of their unique hotels. One thing is for certain, there is definitely an attraction for everyone here, so be sure to request tourist information from the Solvang’s Conference and Visitors Bureau, prior to your visit. This information will help you cater your vacation plans to fit your family’s profile, ensuring fun is had by all.
Speaking of attractions, be sure to book your travels around Solvang’s Theaterfest calendar of events. Theatrical performances and more are held in the Solvang’s Festival Theater throughout the year. You can view musicals such as the upcoming “The Spitfire Grill”, regarding a young woman’s quest to find renewal in a small Wisconsin town. This performance will take place August 28 – Sept 13 2009, but it’s just one of the many outstanding performances taking place this year, so be sure to check the schedule.
A treat for the kids or the kids at heart, are multi-occupant covered bikes. It’s just one of the fun ways to see the town, but if you want to relax and enjoy the view, maybe one of the Belgian horse driven carts will be more to your likings. Either way, it’s a fun way to see what Solvang has to offer and you don’t want to miss a thing!. If animals warm your hearts, then maybe a short drive over to Quick Silver miniature horse ranch or the Ostrich farm would be worth a visit. Timing is essential when trying to catch some of their many “crowd drawing” events. Kids will love the “movie in the park” and Danish Days activities, so check those calendars for dates.
If casinos are your forte, then breeze down the road to Chumash Casino Resort and try your luck on the slots, or experience the serenity of their spa. The resort also offers great scenic dining areas inside and out, along with a very appetizing menu. If slots are not your thing, then perhaps one of the many concerts held in the establishment will be peak your interest. Performers such as Natalie Cole, Bill Cosby, Heart, Liza Minnelli and Jewel, are just some who have entertained here.
My favorite time to visit has always been during Christmas holidays. The town transforms into a mini winter wonderland, with lights and Christmas displays that will have every adult looking on with childlike merriment. Special activities take place during their “Winterfest”, such as tree lighting ceremonies, parades, visit from Santa Claus, and the Gingerbread House has been known to arrange workshops and cookie decorating classes. There are many more activities, but why spoil the fun of discovery! Book your travels now and enjoy your visit, you will be thrilled you did.
The Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau, is open 7 days a week from 10 am – 4pm. Contact them at 1-800-468-6765 or 805-688-6144. They have two locations: 1511 Mission Dr or 1639 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, California 93463.