Thursday, May 16, 2013


Solvang is a quaint and charming Danish village about 2.5 hours north of LA. It’s  a nice place to stop on trips up the California Coast.

Solvang is a unique place. The village has a cultural history based in reality, as it is a Danish outpost of sorts that dates back over a century. Solvang residents are very proud of their heritage.
The shops in town are, by and large, mom and pop affairs that are by turns wacky and unique. They are decidedly not corporate or standardized in any way. Tacky souvenir shops abound with made-in-china wooden clogs and miniature mission bells, but after all, it is a town that sells this type of things to tourists. But that still doesn't destroy the feel of the danish restaurant serving those donut holes called abelskivers, correctly made with raspberry. I like that. This town shuts down at 6pm or earlier every night, no matter how many tourists are milling about. It’s a quiet place.

The Danish inspired sleepy little town of Solvang is a must do on your list of places to visit in California. It’s small but there are numerous types of restaurants including Italian, Chinese, american, and of course Danish.

Raspberry abelskivers
It is a quaint place. It has old world charm but with modern touches. We like how the downtown area has an abundance of wineries and how convenient it is to literally "hit them all" as you're walking around seeing the sights in town.

We really liked Solvang for the casual spot it is, and based on this visit, we shall return.

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1 comment:

  1. Charming, very pretty place. Felt almost like "home" to a Scandinavian from Norway.