If there’s one thing the Danish know best, it’s the art of coziness. This adorable Danish town in California will make you feel like you’re on vacation in Europe! Even the name (Solvang) is cute. 

You’ll find this magical land of windmills and woodworks tucked away in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country. It’s only 45 minutes away from Santa Barbara!

As you walk through the village, you’ll see historic European architecture from the 1800s and plenty of cute souvenirs at the little boutiques and mom and pop shops.

Browse through beautiful hand-carved items and fun quirky pieces like cuckoo clocks and wooden shoes. You can even take a ride on a wooden, horse-drawn carriage! 

Solvang has so many unique cultural experiences to see. This October 19, you can buy tickets to participate in the Solvang Grape Stomp. This messy fun-fest literally lets you climb into a vat of grapes and squish them with your feet to make wine! 

Did we mention Solvang’s also known for their delicious pastries? Just pop into any local store and grab a bite. 

If you really want the Danish experience, ask for an aebelskiver (pronounced able-skeever). These super-fluffy donut holes will keep you coming back for more. 

There are also more than 120 different wineries and vineyards, and dining options to explore in the area. Sips and pastries? Yes, please. 

Did we mention Solvang’s also known for their delicious pastries? Just pop into any local store and grab a bite.

If you really want the Danish experience, ask for an aebelskiver (pronounced able-skeever). These super-fluffy donut holes and rainbow-colored cake will keep you coming back for more.

If you’re more of a beer person, don’t sweat it. There are eighteen local breweries where you can wind down with a nice, foamy cold one. 

There’s also an outdoor festival theatre with live performances, a Hans Christian Anderson Museum, Viking-themed garden cellars, and an annual Danish Heritage Festival.

After a day of exploring, pastries, and wine tasting, you can end your night at the Solvang Festival Theatre under the stars. If you’re seeking a unique SoCal escape, Solvang is the perfect day trip adventure!

Solvang

Location: Solvang, California

Why you should go: This little Danish town is a piece of Europe in California! You can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, explore old European architecture, eat traditional pastries, and watch a performance at a star-lit outdoor theatre.

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