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Solvang (pop 4,700) is located 45 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Traditional style Danish architecture is very abundant here and turns Solvang into a Little Denmark. Enjoy windmills, gaslamps, cobblestone walks. There are over 300 shops that sell Danish goods, arts, crafts, home furnishings and genuine Dutch bakeries. Over
Danes founded Solvang in 1911 on an earlier Spanish land claim. The founding fathers of the town were first generation Danish immigrant farmers from mid-western states who moved on to milder climate. They intended to create in Solvang a community in which they could preserve their Danish culture and language as well as pass it on to coming generations. Hence, they established their everyday life around institutions, which they understood as being affiliated with something Danish: a Lutheran congregation, a village hall, and a folk-high-school. Solvang, although appearing externally as any other contemporary small community in that part of the US, was thus Danish because of the town dwellers convictions and daily practices.
This Danish heritage is also richly reflected in the local architecture - an abundance of windmills, blue-green copper roofs, wood beams sitting on inlaid brick walls.
In Solvang you can find:
||Solvang Scandinavian Village
Scandinavian Shopping Village
Auntie's Gift Gallery - Retail and online sales of porcelain dolls, Delft blue ceramics, and other unique gifts.
Ballard Apple Farm - Fresh apples, including Gala, Sommerfield, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious.
Bear Necessities - collectible figurines (805) 686-1455
Bella of Solvang - Gifts (805) 688-0569
The Book Loft - Specializes in Scandinavian, antiquarian, children's books.
Cabernet Bistro - French comfort food from the former owners of Les Pyrenees Restaurant.
Cafe Angelica - California Bistro (805) 686-9970
The Clothes Horse - (805) 686-9420
Cranberry Mill Antiques - (805) 683-1670
Corner Closet - Ladies Fashions (805) 686-2883
Design Works Decorative Paintint - Faux finishes and murals in the Santa Barbara area.
Doggie Do Good - Dog trainers
El Rancho MarketPlace - Deli and food shop
Family Coats of Arms - Family heirlooms (805) 688-3040
Fine Street Leather - (888) 688-5215
First Street Leather - Seller of leather jackets, coats, hats and accessories.
Gerda's Iron Art Gift Shop - (805) 688-3750
Gavaesken - fine crafts (805) 686-5699
Gothards European Gifts - Crystal figurines (805) 688-1205
The Greenhouse Cafe - (805) 688-8408
La Gioconda - (805) 688-5040
Heidelberg Inn - Old World Restaurant (805) 688-6213
The Home Connection - (805) 686-4553
Ingeborg's Danish Chocolates - (800) 621-1679
Johnsons Jewel Box - (805) 688-3080
Lemos Feed & Pet Supply - (805) 693-8180
Matter of Taste - dolls & quilts (805) 688-0298
McConnell's Ice Cream - (805) 688-9880
Morensen's Danish Bakery - (805) 688-8373
My Favorite Things - Handcraft gifts (805) 688-8045
Old Mission Gift - Offers a wide selection of religious and inspirational gifts, books and bibles, especially for the Catholic family.
Olive House - Selling olives, oils, gourmet foods, gift boxes and sweets.
Olsen's Danish Village Bakery - (805) 688-6314
Pamela's Country Cupboard - (805) 688-2228
Paradise Falls - Southwestern arts (805) 686-9881
Pfaltzgraff - Household items (800) 999-2811
Photo Heck Imaging Center - Photofinishing, business card and digital services.
Picket Fences - Garden gifts (805) 688-6559
Presidio Winery - Royal Oaks Tasting Room
The Quilt Shoppe - (805) 693-0124
Rasmussen's - Import gifts (805) 688-6636
Red Viking Restaurant - Authentic Danish Cuisine (805) 688-6610
Royal Copenhagen Shop - Import gifts (805) 688-6660
Rudi's Newsletters - Specializing in custom newsletters, flyers.
Solvang Antique Center - area's largest and most prestigious antique shop
Solvang Bakery - Danish bakery (805) 688-5713
Solvang Needlework - Embroideries (805) 688-6151
Solvang Shoe Store - Danish's clogs (888) 384-2564
Thomas Kinkade - Art Gallery (800) 899-1175
Thumbelina Needlework - specializes in hard to find European and Danish embroidery supplies.
Viking Garden Restaurant - (805) 688-1250
Village Spinning and Weaving - Offers a large selection of supplies, tools, and accessories for many types of crafts.
Yule Hus - Christmas Decor (805) 688-6601
Elverhoj Danish Museum of History and Art - 686-1211
Solvang Festival Theater
Chumash Casino Resort
Other Solvang, CA services:
Solvang Golf - Area Golf Courses
Foley Estates Vineyards - (805) 688-8554 - Vineyard tours
Windhaven Glider Rides - (805) 688-2517
Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm - (805) 686-4002
Westin Flying V Llama Ranch - (805) 735-3577
Central Coast Area Transit (CCAT) - (805) 541-2228
Santa Ynez Valley Transit (805) 688-5422
Solvang Elderhostel (877) 426-8056
||Tour Old Mission Santa Ines
This old mission church provides a sharp contrast to the rest of Solvang. Founded in 1804 by Spanish missionaries, it owned 12,000 head of cattle in 1820 at the peak of its prosperity. It was damaged both in an 1812 earthquake and 1824 Chumash Indian revolt. Much restoration work in the 20th century restored the original beauty of the mission.
It still maintains an active congregation today. Museum exhibits collection of vestments, church records and religious texts.
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