Solvang Outdoor Recreation
Answer the call of the outdoors thats loud and clear in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valleywhere year-round mild weather and an abundance of sunny days make it easy to get outside and have fun. Theres something here for all ages and interests. All within 2-20 minutes of the village of Solvang, you can golf at four different courses, hike mountainous and ranch trails, fish and kayak at Cachuma Lake and see wildlife from a boat or shore. Tour a lavender farm. Take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider or hot air balloon. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard. For complete details, on all recreational activities and attractions, visit www.SolvangUSA.com
Bicycling (road and mountain) are popular sports here and with good reason—year-round blue skies, warm sun, quiet roads, stunning scenery and challenging climbs. Several 25/50/100-mile amateur cycling rides are held throughout the year and the area proudly hosted the Individual Time Trial stage of the professional cyclists’ Amgen Tour of California in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Many pro bicycling teams train on valley roads and mountain passes; amateur training camps are held here as well. Athletes of all levels benefit from coaching at nearby Carmichael Training Systems. Or hop on a daily guided tour, complete with winery tasting and picnic lunch; a cycling vacation or custom cycling package with Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours and rent bikes and equipment at Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop. Take a spin on rental bicycles and four-wheeled surrey cycles from Wheel Fun Rentals. For a very special two-wheeled experience, discover Segway Tours of Solvang offering guided, one or two hour custom excursions aboard these exciting self-balancing personal transport vehicles.
Solvang is nestled between the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountain Ranges, surrounded by vineyards and ranches where the “Wild West” of cowboys still lives on. At Solvang’s Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort on 10,000 acres, enjoy horseback riding, fishing at a private lake, golf, tennis, spa as well as themed packages such as Cowgirl and BBQ Boot camps. For a mild two-horse powered ride, hop aboard the horse-drawn Solvang Trolley--a historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of magnificent Belgian draft horses providing 20-minute guided tours around the village. On the first Saturday every May, the private group Rancheros Visitadores (Visiting Ranchers) parade their 800+ horses, carriages and bedecked riders through Solvang for a blessing at Old Mission Santa Ines.
To visit some fascinating fauna, try Ostrich Land, a 33-acre farm to see/feed more than 100 ostriches and some emus up close. Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” is where visitors are welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. Discover Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses that welcomes visitors Monday-Saturday for free viewing from 10:00 am–3:00 pm. For all the details, visit www.SolvangUSA.com
The Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986 to promote the City of Solvang, its Northern European culture, cuisine, arts and attractions of the village known as “California’s Little Denmark.”