It’s been years since I’ve been to Solvang, and I really hope I can go back soon. We discovered it when we were driving to L.A. on 101 and my father-in-law told us to stop there. He said that Solvang is this little Danish town close to Santa Barbara. We thought it was weird, and probably he was exaggerating, but decided to stop.
This town is ridiculously cute and totally out of place. If you are familiar with California, you know that the no matter what town you are they share some similarities, especially in Southern California where the Colonial style is more prevalent. But when you get to Solvang, it’s like you’ve been transported to Denmark. Everything — the stores, bakeries, architecture– is Danish, there are even windmills!
If you are ever in the Santa Ynez Valley or Santa Barbara areas, please stop by. It’s not that far off the road and it’s totally worth it.