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Solvang: A Hidden Gem…

Solvang is a small village/town in Southern California’s Santa Ynez Valley and is part of California’s wine country. Many locals told us that a lot of people (including Californians) have never even heard of it!

As someone who is passionate about travel, I often read online travel blogs as well as travel and lifestyle magazines. I happened to read about Solvang in a travel magazine about a year ago and became obsessed with wanting to visit. I also wondered if Solvang would meet my high expectations. It did not disappoint. If possible, it was even more spectacular than I imagined!

Those who have heard of Solvang or are fortunate enough to have visited, will know that it’s known for its Danish-style architecture and many wineries. It’s listed as the Danish capital of America! There is also a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen.

We stayed in a lovely hotel right in the centre of this quaint Danish village. After checking in, we took a short walk to ‘Paula’s Pancake House’. A top suggestion on Google, based on the positive reviews. Paula’s was tastefully decorated. It was an interesting mix between a Danish café/tea room and a vintage American diner. I ordered the Danish-style pancakes with sweet cinnamon apples. A delicious meal. If you’re ever in Solvang, I would recommend stopping by Paula’s!

After our brunch, we took a leisurely stroll around the village, stopping in a few interesting looking boutiques etc. There were also lots of bakeries selling traditional Danish cakes, pastries, biscuits and more!

We stopped at a local brewery to try out their craft beer. They had comfortable outdoor chairs with brightly coloured cushions. A relaxing afternoon break from the sun!

As I mentioned before, Solvang is known for its many wineries. So of course, we decided to do a wine tasting. We found a winery called ‘CrossHatch’ that happened to have a tasting room inside a windmill! We tasted 5 wines and learned that they only made just over a 100 cases of each type of wine that we tasted!

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing by our hotel pool. In the evening, we headed out to a traditional Danish beer garden. Not to mention that it was far more pleasant than the real Denmark, as you’ve got the Californian heat! We ordered a bottle of local wine and a charcuterie board.

I’ll also mention that we regretted not staying longer than one night, it’s such a great little village that to properly explore everywhere, I would recommend staying for at least two nights.

I would also suggest a visit to ‘Quicksilver Ranch’ – a miniature horse ranch. One word: adorable! It’s no more than a ten minute drive from Solvang.

travelwithkay xo

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