Solvang has an “authentic” Danish atmosphere in the town center. The city is known for the number of bakeries, delicious pastries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark on the California Central Coast. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. A replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center. The Mission Santa Ines is one of the California missions. The nearby, picturesque Cachuma Lake and surrounding area, is a beautiful place to visit.

Solvang is part of the Santa Ynez Valley. It was originally inhabited by the Chumash Indians. The Chumash Casino is an impressive Casino and Hotel with an amazing Spa. Solvang has so much to enjoy; the 700-seat open-air Festival Theater, museums, gambling, and countless areas to bike and hike.

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Hidden Gems in Solvang

I am a native of Santa Barbara County in California, and I love wine. I am no expert, never took a wine class, but have done my fair share of tasting and research! Living in the middle of wine country on the Central Coast can be the envy of many a Wine lover. I have…

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Christmas on the Coast

Growing up as an only child in Cincinnati, Ohio, gave me plenty of opportunity to shovel snow in sub-zero temperatures.  Let’s just say, I’m grateful to live on the California Central Coast, where we don’t have to deal with ice on our windshields and plowing snow out of the driveway in the morning. We may…

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Sanger Family Wines

 Deep in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley is the delightful city of Solvang, California.  Solvang is located 30 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean  and temperatures can average 20 degrees higher in the summer than surrounding Central Coast cities. When visiting you simply must dress in layers.  I used to live in Solvang and temperatures can drop or rise 15-20…

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City Spotlight on Solvang

Where is the best place to stay and have fun in Solvang?  There are so many options, but recently, Keys 2 the Coast set out to explore Solvang and enjoy one night of fun, good food and a change of scenery.   Solvang, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, is always a delightful place to visit for a quick getaway. If you want to check out the numerous wineries and tasting…

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Fresco Valley Cafe

Fresco Valley Cafe is a Favorite Amongst Dog Lovers – Santa Ynez Valley

  There are so many amazing things to do in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The big question is, “What should we do today?” Recently, friends came into town and asked me “what should we do in Solvang?” Solvang is the Danish capital of America and the name means “sunny fields” in Danish.…

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Wandering Dog in Solvang, CA

By Donna Polizzi It’s not what you’re thinking. The Wandering Dog Wine Bar opened its doors in 2007 and at the time was one of the only places open past 5 pm in Solvang. This was especially true on the west-side of town. The proprietors, Jody and Charles Williams, both worked on the winery side…

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