Solvang small Danish town in California!
Suddenly you find yourself in Denmark again!
Solvang is a small Danish town in California, founded in 1911 by Danish immigrants on the west coast of the USA. It was called Solvang (sunny fields), because the fertile landscape was very well suited for the cultivation.
The small, cute town of Solvang with over 5300 inhabitants, is located close to Santa Barbara and has become a popular tourist attraction.
From Santa Barbara, it is a short drive through the Santa Ynez Valley, a hilly wine-growing area with several wineries.
Later you come to a dead straight road and drive past many paddocks, through a very flat landscape directly to Solvang.
Is Solvang in California worth a visit?
But of course, the small town consists of beautiful half-timbered houses, windmills and many small shops.
From some it smells enticing to Danish specialties, in other one finds the usual souvenirs. The streets carry Danish names like Copenhagen Drive or Fredensborg Square and many houses laugh at the Danish flag. You really feel like you are in Denmark.
Solvang a small Danish town in California with lots of shops!
There are many bakeries, restaurants and cafes in Solvang that bear Danish names such as Mortensen's Bakery, Rasmussen or Fredenborg. There you can treat yourself after a long stroll through the streets a good glass of wine or a sweet treat. For example, a delicious sundae on McConnell's Ice Cream.
In Solvang, there is a charming shop with unique Christmas ideas, open all year, offering many special items.
You will find, for example, German nutcrackers, incense smokers, straw stars, Santa Claus or even Christmas pyramids made of wood. The hand-painted Christmas tree decorations and the unique, Italian, hand-blown glass ornaments had particularly impressed me.
I could not get enough of all these beautiful things and would have liked to spend hours in them, because I can never have enough of Christmas decorations.
Downtown Clock and Stork's Nest in Danish Village!
In front of a building is a beautifully landscaped green area and on it stands a large grandfather clock that looks like a diving bell on a spit. It is a Downtown Clock as it is found in many American cities.
The building behind the clock, the Real Estate Company, adorns a beautiful thatched roof with a stork dummy and a stork's nest.
In this small town you have the feeling that time has stopped and you are in Andersen's fairytale world.
Solvang has a small park named after the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. In this beautifully landscaped complex, with large slides, a skating rink and a climbing wall you can spend a nice time with the family. While the children are playing, parents can take a break at a picnic table. In addition, from there you can comfortably watch his kids playing around.
Solvang a small Danish town in California, a place where you can feel very well and always worth a visit.