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Amtrak "CarFree"; World Class Wines and Beers; Culinary Diversity in Solvang “California’s Denmark"

New 2018 “Take Amtrak to Solvang” Offer Nets Savings & Specials #SolvangCarFree

Just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, Solvang is served via Amtrak Thruway Bus service connecting to trains from Santa Barbara as well as San Luis Obispo six times daily (3 northbound, 3 southbound). The Amtrak bus stop in the heart of the village at Solvang Park is within easy strolling distance to 16 hotels, 35 restaurants, 24 wine-tasting rooms, 150 boutique shops, 5 authentic Danish bakeries, 6 museums and more activities. Show a current Amtrak train/bus ticket to Solvang at participating businesses to enjoy rewards for taking a vacation from your car. Then, download the new Solvang Heritage Walking Tour App for more Solvang Car Free fun combined with warm, Scandinavian hospitality with no passport required! Info at

Discover Culinary Diversity in Solvang “California’s Denmark”

Numerous new restaurants have opened in Solvang within the last year including Hill Haven Provisions, Petros Kafe, Leonardo's Ristorante, and Toscana Enoteca. What’s on Solvang restaurant menus these days besides Scandinavian fare? Consider hand-made pasta “Bolognese” with ragu of washimi short rib, wild boar & tomato (Cecco Ristorante); octopus sashimi with squid ink vinaigrette (The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn) or a seafood hotpot (Mad & Vin at The Landsby). Savor new olive emporiums: long-time popular The Olive House was joined by Solvang Olive Press and Solvang Olive Company. Delicious details at

Cheers! World Class Wines & Beers at 24 Tasting Rooms in Downtown Solvang

Solvang is in the center of Santa Barbara County’s acclaimed wine region--known especially for outstanding chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah, yet also producing superior riesling, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, viognier and many other varietals from 125+ wineries. In downtown Solvang, tempt your palate at 24 wine tasting rooms and wine bars as well as craft brew pubs all within easy walking distance including new arrivals: D. Volk Wines, Feliz Noches, Section and CrossHatch. plus a winetails “tiki bar” at Sort This Out Cellars. Slide into Valley Brewers Backroom “speakeasy” for fresh craft pulls. Fun Fact: Most scenes in the 2004 Academy Award-winning wine trip movie Sideways were filmed around Solvang. For a current “tasting map”, visit

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