Visiting Solvang in California’s Santa Ynez Valley


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Make sure to stop in Solvang. The town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes, who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the Midwestern winter. Today you will see traditional Danish architecture, with a number of bakeries, restaurants, galleries and shops offering Scandinavian items. It is a little touristy, but fun.

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

Stop in for some Danish butter cookies and a coffee at the Danish Mill Bakery. 1682 Copenhagen Dr.

Danish MIll Bakery

 

Danish Mill Bakery

 

Danish Mill Bakery

Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe is another instituion downtown at 460 Alisal Rd.  At 1547 Mission Dr., is the Solvang Brewing Company. They make a number of lagers, ales, IPAs, stouts and Pilsners.

Santa Inés Mission: Right near downtown is the historic mission that was the 19th of the 21 missions established by the Franciscans. It was founded by Fr. Estevan Tapas in 1804. There is a small museum, but the highlight is the beautiful church. It is well-worth a stop to explore the site.

Santa Inés Mission

 

Santa Inés Mission

 

Santa Inés Mission

 

Santa Inés Mission

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang

 

Solvang