Solvang, California, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, is the unofficial capital of Denmark in America. I also heard someone refer to it as Poor Man’s Wine Country. If that means it’s a place where you can buy a reasonably priced bottle of wine, I’m sold!
In the early 1900s Danish immigrants who’d been living in the midwest were eager to ditch the winters, and established their own community inspired by their homeland in more hospitable climates. It’s pretty remarkable to walk down the streets today. All of the buildings adhere strictly to the Danish Provincial style that covers the entire downtown. There are wine tasting rooms, bakeries, and souvenir shops aplenty.
Wineries cover the rolling hills that surround the town. It’s a great place to spend a weekend, feeling quite like you’ve traveled overseas without the effort or hefty airfare.
Stick around. We have more California exploring to do!
Love your pictures in this post! Amazing how you were able to capture some of these magnificent details along your stay. Reading your post, it makes me curious about visiting this place 🙂
Solvang is great. I visited also…
oh wonderful! where did you go?
We were on a road trip.We visited the Spanish Missions in that area and then went further south. Encinitas., Palm Desert… and on that trip we also went to Death Valley and Sonoma Valley. But your question is about Solvang ? we walked in the town, went to a museum. Great little town.
That all sounds so fun! I’ve never been to Death Valley or spent time in Sonoma. I need to do that!
Spring is a good time to visit those areas.
good to know! thanks so much.