If you’re traveling north from LA you simply MUST stop by and take a walk around Solvang and stay a while if you can. It’s like walking through a movie set, and at Christmas it is so magical! It’s so quaint and quiet with only 3 sets of traffic lights in the whole place and everyone seems so friendly and relaxed it’s a world away from hectic LA 190 miles south.
We were originally recommended to go to Solvang by our Irish friends who we’re staying with in Chicago and I am so pleased we did. This is our 3rd time visiting and it’s always great just to walk around taking in the architecture. Henry loves looking at all the lovely shop displays, especially the Jule Hus, where every day is Christmas!! (Best ever) His eyes lit up at the Christmas displays – definitely worth a visit into even without children!
Due to it’s location in the Santa Ynes valley, in Santa Barbara county, there are loads of wineries in the area and so lots of wine bars and wine tasting rooms within the town. This time the weather was beautiful for us and I don’t know about you, but as soon as the sun comes out on holiday I want to sit with a crisp glass of white and watch the world go by. And luckily Henry was kind enough to let me do that one balmy afternoon, even if it was just for an hour…
There are a number of hotels, many of which are in keeping with the Danish theme, we’ve stayed at the Kronborg Inn (amazing breakfast, and hot tub in the room) and the Copenhagen Inn (seriously comfy beds!) and also Quality Inn in the next town along, Buellton (good breakfast also) and they’re generally all in great locations as the town is so small everything is walking distance. Check out Trip Advisor for reviews.
Definitely try and take a winery tour while you’re in the area – obviously we weren’t able to do that this time around with young Henners, but they make for a great day. If you’re visiting around 19-21st Sept you’re really in for a treat as they celebrate Danish day with a weekend of festivities. Enjoy the many sweetie shops and authentic Danish Bakeries offering up some serious delights. The gift shops supply plenty of souvenirs for home and if you just so happen need to grab yourself a traditional Danish costume you are in luck! Wednesday there’s a farmer’s market for you to eat your way around before stopping off at one of the quaint cafes for a rich coffee or tasty gelato.
If you’re into antiques, Solvang Antiques is a must. From fine art, to furniture from the 1500’s! They have an extensive jewellery collection including pocket watches from the 17th century and 300 year old Brooches.
I’m really happy to say that after 11 months of searching and my 4th ring, I have finally got my eternity ring from Stuart which I absolutely LOVE. We chose a vintage 1930’s platinum diamond ring which is stunning. Unfortunately the original ring which I blogged about here (if you’re wondering) kept having a stone fall out so it had to go back, but this special ring from this special place is almost a hundred years old and holds such romance for me and I will forever be intrigued about the stories she could tell.
I hope you manage to get to this unique little place just a couple of hours outside of LA, enjoy!