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!