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Danish city not far from Santa Barbara

Have you ever heard of Solvang, California? It’s a Danish inspired city about 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara, California.  There are less than 6,000 people that live here but it’s  a quaint and enjoyable city.

Danish city not far from Santa Barbara

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I took these pics as I was driving to San Francisco, we stopped here to stretch our legs for a bit and get something to eat. Solvang has lots of little restaurants and almost every building looks like something out of a fairy tale. If you want to stop here and eat, try one of these fab spots!

  1. Root 246 – A farm to table favorite.
  2. Aly’s by Alebru – Fine dining family ambiance
  3. Succulent Cafe – Comfort food at its best!

Danish city close to Santa Barbara

If you decide to travel here and need a place to stay, here are a few places you might love.

  1. Hotel Corque  – a boutique hotel 
  2. Royal Copenhagen Inn – right in the heart of downtown
  3. Wine Valley Inn & Cottages – enjoy complimentary breakfast!

Danish city near Santa Barbara

One of the streets in Solvang is called Copenhagen Drive, a nod to its Danish beginnings. There are so many points of interest in “Little Denmark”. This is a very

  1. Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum – If motorcycles are you thing then you need to visit here!
  2. Solvang Walking Tour – Stroll the streets while getting an inside look at Little Denmark.
  3. Take a Trolley Tour – If walking isn’t your thing, sit and relax in a trolley and see the sights.
  4. rent some wheels– Do you prefer to be in control of what you see? This is the way to go!

Danish city near Santa Barbara

The Heidelberg Inn would be one of my choices if I was going to have a beer or a bite to eat. I am not a connoisseur of Danish or German food so I can’t vouch for its authenticity, but the ambiance is lovely and sometimes that is enough.

Danish city not far from Santa Barbara

Solvang is one of those cities that you forget about until you are driving up or down highway 101 in California. Not because it isn’t special, but it is one of those places that is under the radar but it is really worth stopping to see it in its full charm. A week may be too long but a nice afternoon or a day or two walking around exploring the town would be a lovely way to spend your time. If you are in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara and want to get out of the city, why not drive up here and check it out?

Danish city not far from Santa Barbara

Have you ever been to Solvang? Is it someplace that seems interesting to you?

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.



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