Day Trippin – a day in Solvang, CA

Day Trippin – a day in Solvang, CA

I didn’t have to travel 5343 miles to experience the #Danish #culture. A drive is only what it took to arrive in #Solvang, and I was able to sample authentic Danish traditions. With boutique shops, authentic architecture, restaurants and wine bars, I felt as if I had left #America for the day, however if you are missing home, then a trip to #OstrichLand USA is close by.


The best part about living in Los Angeles is that there are so many great places to escape for a day trip. I love being a day tripper because it’s liberating and an opportunity to escape the daily grind. Day trippin to Solvang, CA is only a two hour drive North of Los Angeles (approx 132 miles). You don’t have to travel Internationally to experience a taste of Denmark. Solvang is a special place, a Danish town that consists of unique boutiques, wine tasting, restaurants, and Danish bakeries. One can experience Danish style architecture that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into Denmark without the 13 hour flight to Copenhagen.

You don’t have to travel Internationally to experience a taste of Denmark.

Solvang, CA
Solvang, CA
Dutch window in Solvang
Dutch window in Solvang
Dutch style house
Dutch style house
Local roof design
Local roof design
Architecture in Solvang
Architecture in Solvang

Although it has nothing to do with Solvang’s Danish style, a must visit is the Old Mission Santa Inés. Founded in 1804, Old Mission Santa Inés has been beautifully preserved and offers a museum of the early life in California. Solvang was built up around the mission in the early 1900’s.

Mission Santa Ines
Mission Santa Ines
Amazing interior design
Amazing interior design

Another great spot to check out is OstrichLand USA. Home of 50 ostriches and emus, OstrichLand is a real treat of where you can feed these beautiful wild creatures. It’s only a small admission fee of $5 for adults and $1 for kids under 12. 

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I never knew how strong these animals were until you do a feeding. Be sure to hold on the the pan because they’ll be sure to knock it right out of your hands!

No feeding? Why not! 
No feeding? Why not! 
Raise above! And they did!
Raise above! And they did!
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Look into my eyes!

Another great experience is a short ride to Quicksilver Ranch, home to miniature horses. These miniature beauties are a lot of fun to observe and very gentle. There are no petting areas, but you can get up close.

These miniature beauties are a lot of fun to observe and very gentle. 

Ponies! 
Ponies! 

Feeling hungry? Well Solvang is a great place for delectable global dining. From German food to Irish pub food to sushi and savory Danish sweet treats, Solvang has an array of foods to choose from. One place you’ve gotta try is Paula’s Pancake House. These Danish pancakes are to die for! It’s generally a wait to be seated, but it’s definitely worth it.

One place you’ve gotta try is Paula’s Pancake House. These Danish pancakes are to die for!

Great dish
Great dish

You also want to set aside time for wine. Throughout the town, you’ll discover several places in which you can stop in for a wine tasting or just take a break, sit back, and enjoy a glass of wine. A couple favorites we enjoyed, which were Dascomb Cellars and Wandering Dog Wine Bar. 

Let's taste some wine
Let's taste some wine

Not certain where to begin your Solvang adventure? Consider taking the Solvang Trolley. This horse drawn streetcar trolley gives you a narrated tour of Solvang. A great way to relax and enjoy the sights as you get a guided tour of the town.

A great way to relax and enjoy the sights as you get a guided tour of the town.

Local tour
Local tour

If you’re planning a trip to California, be sure to check out Solvang. A weekend is plenty of time, but if you only have a day it’s worth a day trip.

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