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This mountain community is home to three world class ski resorts and hosted several alpine venues of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The historic district is a bustling year-round draw for vacationers.

    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:

    • Ride a replica of a horsedrawn 1915 Danish streetcar
    • Sample Danish fare at many restaurants and bakeries
    • Stay overnight at rustic Danish innhouses
    • Savor many Old World arts and crafts
Adventure Overview Solvang Scandinavian Village

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In the heart of California's Central Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Located next to historic San Luis Obispo and adjacent to great shopping, beaches, golf and adventure.

    Scandinavian Shopping Village
    The highlight of the community is the roughly 300 Danish shops that sell a wide range of goods, arts, crafts, home furnishings and genuine Dutch bakeries.

      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
    1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA; (805) 686-1211;
    Open: Wed-Sun 1-4PM; Free Admission

    Dedicated to Solvang's history and Dutch heritage.

    Solvang Festival Theater
    Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
    Allan Bancock College, Solvang; (800) PCPA-123; Theater Website;
    Summer Theater Under the Stars.

    Chumash Casino Resort
    3400 E Highway SR-246; Santa Ynez, CA 93460; 1-877-CHUMASH; Casino Website;
    Open: 10AM-2AM Mon-Thur / 24 hours Fri-Sat.
    Located on SR-246 about 3 miles east of Solvang in Santa Ynez.

  • High-stakes Indian gaming and Las Vegas-style video gaming.
  • 1300 seat bingo entertainment center.

    Nojoqui Falls County Park
    Located 6.5 miles southwest of Solvang on Alisal Rd. Includes a 164 foot waterfall, playgrounds and hiking trails. Free Admission.

    Hans Christian Andersen Park
    Picnic area and playgrounds.

    River Course at the Alisal
    150 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA; (805) 688-6042; Course Website;
    18 holes, 6,800 yards with grest vistas of the Santa Ynez Valley.
    River Grill - Fine dining.

    Bethania Lutheran Church
    An active parish, look for the scale model of a Danish sailing ship suspended from the ceiling.

    Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
    420 2nd St, Solvang / 800 S. College Dr, Santa Maria; (805) 922-8313;
    Regional theater affiliated with the Allan Hancock College performing popular Broadway Musical Comedies.

    Lake Cachuma
    Located 15 miles southeast of Solvang on SR-154. This refuge is home to fish, deer, bobcats and over 275 species of birds including migratory bald eagles.

    Flag Is Up Farms
    901 East Highway 246, Solvang, CA; Farm Website;
    Open Daily : 9AM-5PM; Free Admission;

    Headquarters of the original "Horse Whisperer", Monty Roberts. Ranch is open to the public daily and has gift shop for horse lovers. Flag Is Up Farms is a stunning training and breeding farm specializing in thoroughbred preconditioning for the racetrack. The 110-acre farm includes lush, green manicured lawns and pastures, beautiful stables and barns, and a 24,000 sq.ft. covered arena. The ranch house has been featured in Town and Country Magazine twice as one of the most beautiful homes on the West Coast.

    Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
    320 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA; (805) 686-9522; Museum Website;
    The private motorcycle collection of Virgil Elings has a strong emphasis on racing cycles.

    Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum
    3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA; (805) 688-7889;
    The museum displays local native American artifacts including tools and baskets.

    Wilding Art Museum
    2329 Jonata St, Los Olivos, CA; (805) 688-1082; Museum Website;
    This national museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting American wilderness artworks.

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
Adventure Links Tour Old Mission Santa Ines

    Mission Santa Ines
    1760 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA; 93464; (805) 688-4815. Mission Website;
    Open: Daily 9AM-5:30PM;
    19th of the historic 21 Old California Missions;

    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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