Solvang

Solvang


Danish heritage is alive and thriving in Solvang, California thanks to teachers who founded the town in 1911. Those Danish-American educators gave Solvang the imprint that has carried it into the 21st century. Before the town was founded, the old Mission Santa Ines had been in existence for nearly 100 years. Completed in 1817, the Mission is located at the eastern edge of the city. Walk the old mission grounds with a recorded self-guided tour. But long before the Spanish and Danes were here, Solvang was the home of the native Chumash Indians, who are still making their mark on the Santa Ynez Valley.

Solvang is really a tourist town, like an mini Epcot Danish theme park, bursting with visitors in the summer months who come to stay in one of the many small hotels that line the main street and to eat and shop in the Danish traditional bindingsvaerk, or half-timbered walled buildings. The food is a big attraction here, from medisterpolse (local sausage) to ableskiver, a cross between a pancake and a doughnut hole.

Both the Elverhoj Museum and the Book Loft, with its Hans Christian Anderson Museum, will provide you with insights into the history and traditions that have created Solvang.

Just down the road is the Chumash Casino, in case you get overwhelmed by all the quaint “Danishness.” Also nearby is the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts with performances from June through October. Outdoor activities abound with Lake Cachuma and hiking to Nojoqui Falls.

Stop by the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau at 1639 Copenhagen Drive to pick up information on area attractions. (805) 688-6144. There is also a free visitor guide available for down load on their website.
www.solvangusa.com




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