This is our 2nd trip to Solvang and staying at the Wine Valley Inn. When visiting this wonderful town, recommend staying here for a couple of days. Wine Valley Inn has a great location within walking distance of everything, so your car stays put. They also have an incredible breakfast with pastries from the local bakeries in town.
Our first time staying here was in Fall 2007. The Wine Valley Inn has a Dutch-inspired ambiance enhanced with all the comforts of today. Great location that comes with a complementary breakfast. We were inspired to visit Solvang after watching the movie “Sideways”, you know the movie that crushed the sales of Merlot wines and catapulted the sales of Pinot Noir. We stayed here for 3 nights and toured several wineries that were in the movie. You will enjoy a stay in the Hotel and town, many restaurants to choose from and the ones we tried were just fantastic. Don’t forget to try the Ableskiver’s.
One other fun fact is right down the street from the infamous “not drinking any Merlot” scene in Los Olivos, is Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. You can only see the guard gate from the street, but we thought it was interesting to know where it was. It is a secluded area perfect for a big name celebrity to get away from it all.
Solvang Danish for “sunny field” is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. It is located in the Santa Ynez Valley. The population was 5,245 at the 2010 census, down from 5,332 at the 2000 census. Solvang was incorporated as a city on May 1, 1985.
Solvang was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres (3,600 ha) of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center.