Solvang Fact Sheet

Nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara County’s wine country with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop, Solvang, a federally designated Preserve America Community, is situated on State Highway 246, 132 miles (211 km) north of Los Angeles and 297 miles (475 km) south of San Francisco.

Transportation

Visitors can arrive by vehicle via scenic US Highway 101 or State Route 154 (San Marcos Pass from Santa Barbara) or via air service at Santa Barbara (SBA) or Santa Maria (SMX) or Los Angeles International (LAX) Airports. Amtrak train service is available daily via transfers on Amtrak Thruway buses from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. All parking is FREE throughout Solvang. Six Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations are located throughout downtown. Every Saturday, the Clean Air Express deluxe bus service connects Santa Barbara to Solvang.

City Size & Population

2.2 square miles/3 square km. Population: 5,245 (2010 US Census)

Time Zone

Pacific Standard, 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8), Daylight Savings Time November-March (GMT-7).

Climate

Named for its sunny weather, Solvang in Danish means “sunny fields” and averages 340 days of annual sunshine. Average annual temperatures are from 76 F/32 C to 54 F/12 C degrees. Dress is casual and comfortable. Early mornings and evenings are generally sweater/jacket time—even in the summer!

Lodging & Meeting Facilities

Solvang offers 18 properties, ranging from deluxe to value rated, including quaint inns, historic B&Bs and a full-service guest ranch. Group conference and meeting facilities offer a diversity of sites, accommodating seven to 700 guests.

Lodging reservation information and booking service 24/7: 1-888-795-7922 or www.SolvangUSA.com

Dining & Wine Tasting

Food lovers enjoy a diverse array of Danish, American, international and wine country cuisine from gourmet to cafes. More than 35 restaurants and 5 authentic Danish bakeries are woven into seven village blocks. There are over 20 tasting rooms and wine bars in Solvang within easy walking distance & over 125 wineries in the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley.

Shopping

A shopper’s paradise, Solvang offers more than 150 retail shops in 10 quaint squares/courtyards offering Old World antiques, Danish imports, collectibles, arts and crafts, Native American treasures, books, porcelain figures, shoes, clothing, jewelry, regional wines, homemade candy, souvenirs, artwork and antiques.

Cultural Attractions

Solvang offers a variety of museums, art galleries and cultural venues including: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art; Hans Christian Andersen Museum; Wildling Museum (Where Art & Nature Meet); the 1804 National Historic Landmark Old Mission Santa Ines and the 700-seat outdoor Solvang Festival Theater (host to PCPA--Pacific Conservatory Theatre each summer).

Solvang Fact Sheet .pdf