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Aug 20 2014

Solvang Third Wednesday

Held the Third Wednesday of every month, Solvang Third Wednesday… More»

Sep 19 2014

78th Annual Danish Days Weekend

Velkommen!   Parades, entertainment and more! … More»

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2014 Solvang Visitor Guide

Request Solvang Visitor Guide 2014

Request a FREE Visitor Guide or view our online Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley Visitor Guide. Santa Barbara County Wine Country, California. more »


Group Reservations Solvang

Group Reservations Solvang

Bring your group to Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. Solvang, ideally suited for weddings, reunions a... more »


Danish Days Celebration

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Join us for Danish Days to celebrate the history of Solvang, enjoy Danish-style hospitality and reco... more »


Taste of Solvang

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The annual “Taste of Solvang” Food + Wine + Fun offers a showcase of delectable desserts, a “walking... more »


Shops along Alisal Road

Shops in Solvang

Delightful shops offer imported European wares: porcelain, iron work, leather, linens, and handicrafts. more »


Julefest Holiday Music

Julefest Holiday Celebration

Head to Solvang, California to celebrate the Christmas season this year, and you might feel like you are half-way around the world. But, you’re o... more »


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Museums & California Missions

Museums and California Mission: Devoted to Danish culture, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art showcases period rooms including a charming kit... more »


Hotels, Solvang, CA, USA

Where to Stay

From quaint inns to full-service hotels, a hearty welcome awaits you at our lodging establishments. They are ideal starting points for outings th... more »


Wine Glass

Wine Country

Solvang, CA, has more than ten wine tasting rooms and there are 80+ wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. more »


 

 

 

 

Heritage: Arts & Culture


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Solvang feels like northern Europe, yet in the center of California. Solvang's rich heritage dates back to 1911 when adventurous Danish-Americans from the Midwest traversed the plains to establish a settlement in the golden state of California. Celebrating its Centennial in 2011, Solvang means "sunny field" in Danish.

Solvang was named by Orbitz Worldwide Travel as one of the "Top 5 US Domestic Destinations with International Flair." To appreciate Solvang's Danish heritage, visit the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. For more cultural diversity, visit the National Historic Landmark 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés and other museums.

Historical churches such as Bethania Lutheran embrace Danish architecture and public art such as the Little Mermaid fountain, numerous murals and Hans Christian Andersen bust. A replica of Copenhagen's famous 17th century Rundetaarn (Round Tower) is nestled behind one of the village's four large windmills that all enhance California's "Little Denmark." Be drawn into Scandinavian culture strolling the flower-lined streets or stepping into authentic bakeries, more than 150 unique shops and art galleries, restaurants and over a dozen wine tasting rooms. In 2009, Solvang was designated a national "Preserve America Community" award by First Lady Obama. As Danish tradition holds that the presence of a stork on a rooftop wards off lightning and brings good luck, you will see good fortune continues to smile on Solvang and all its visitors today.

 

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Museums & California Missions

Museums and California Mission: Devoted to Danish culture, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art showcases period rooms including a charming kit... more »


 

 

Emerging Solvang Heritage Trail

 

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Group Reservations Solvang

Group Reservations Solvang

Bring your group to Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. Solvang, ideally suited for weddings, reunions a... more »


How to Find Us

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View directions to Solvang and maps of the area. more »


Cycling

World-Class cycling

Three time host to Amgen Tour of California Time Trials. Beautiful scenic routes over hills and through valleys. more »



 

Julefest Holiday Music

Julefest Holiday Celebration

Head to Solvang, California to celebrate the Christmas season this year, and you might feel like you are half-way around the world. But, you’re o... more »