Santa Barbara Area – Part 1 – Solvang, California


The Danish Capital of America. Solvang means Sunny Fields in Danish.

Solvang (Photo by RSheridan)

We took a side trip to Solvang on our way to the Santa Barbara area in 2010. We saw the movie Sideways and thought it would be a great place to visit one day to see where the movie was based, the Solvang – Buellton area.

Restaurants and Bakeries in Solvang
We went to Mortenson’s in Solvang for some Danish bakery. We went to dinner at Red Viking Restaurant and the potato pancakes were excellent! Plenty of Restaurants and Bakeries to check out in Solvang.

Shops in Solvang
Check out Jule Hus – Christmas Store – this store is like a candy store for Christmas addicts. Plenty of shops to choose from while in Solvang

Solvang is a great town to park and walk around to see the various shops, bakeries and restaurants.

We did two new things on this trip. First we checked out a local wine bar called the Tastes of the Valleys in Solvang. The wine bar had a great atmosphere and the staff was friendly. Second we took a Wine Tour with The Grapeline. The tour included four wineries and a gourmet lunch. We visited Firestone, Brander, Roblar, and LinCourt wineries. We drove out to the Kenneth Volk Winery the day before our wine tour – great winery and friendly staff. Santa Barbara Winery Information.

Buellton Restaurants
We went to Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant for lunch to check out the famous pea soup – their pea soup was really good. We went to the Hitching Post II to check it out and have a drink at the bar. Their own wine is really good and the bartender talked us into one of their chocolate desserts – when it comes to chocolate do not really have to twist my arm.

Los Olivos
If you are short on time check out the tasting rooms. We went to Global Gardens for an Olive and Vinegar tasting.

Great area to visit – plenty to see and do – BOREDOM will not be a part of your vocabulary while in this area.


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