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Solvang, California – A Photo Diary

Hamlet Square's windmill in Solvang California.

A couple of weeks ago, Paul and I ventured out on a little road trip to Solvang, California. One of the best things about living in Scottsdale is the close proximity to so many fun places! You can check out my blog post about 7 Road-Trips Less than 6-Hours from Phoenix here.

Surprisingly, I had never heard of this charming little town. I grew up spending family vacations along the California coast – so I was excited to visit a place I had never been!

Solvang California

Solvang is the Danish Capital of the US (Danish as in Denmark, not the tasty pastry, although they do have a lot of bakeries in Solvang). This adorable European influenced city is located just outside of Santa Barabara. It sits high in the mountains of the San Ynez Valley. It was founded in 1911 and is famous for their Danish architecture and many wineries. If you dropped me into the town center, I wouldn’t know I wasn’t in Europe!

We spent a cloudy morning exploring the town before heading on to Santa Barbara. I hope you enjoy my photo journal of our trip!

Half-timbered buildings lining a street in Solvang California. Solvang California's Christmas Shop.

A Danish bakery and coffee shop in Solvang California.

Solvang, California is full of European-style bakeries.

Half-timbered architecture in Solvang California. An ivy covered, half-timbered building in Solvang California. Half-timbered architecture in Solvang California. Antique shop and watch store in Solvang California Solvang California's clock tower. Windmill brewery in Solvang.

If you are planning a trip to California, I recommend stopping here along your way. It’s a quick drive off of the famous Pacific Coast Highway and easy to get to from Los Angeles. I would like to go back and explore their wineries and try out some more of the local restaurants. Paul and I are hoping to do a Pacific Coast Highway trip sometime later this year!

Have you ever visited a European-influenced town in the US?


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  • Reply Emily Keen May 24, 2019 at 12:27 am

    So neat! I’ve never been there. Looks like a really beautiful place!

    • Reply May 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      I wasn’t expecting such an authentically European city in California! It was a fun spot to spend the morning.

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