Solvang is this strange but quaint little city in Northern California just a bit inland from the ocean. Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, Solvang was established in 1911 by a group of Danish Americans looking to escape the harsh midwestern winters. Sarah and I took a brief stop in Solvang during our trip up to Monterey. While we weren't able to stay for very long we were able to sample one of the most delicious treats we've ever had; Aebleskivers!
Most of the fun to be had in Solvang is noticing just how much detail has gone in to making Solvang feel very different from the rest of California. I've never been to Denmark but I can only imagine that the architecture here must be based on much older, traditional architecture. I kept wondering whether what I was looking at was the "Disneyland Effect" of making something seem so real that it must be a reflection of what Denmark is actually like. While I have my guesses, we'll need to go to Denmark to confirm them. Besides, Denmark is where the city of Bilund is located... and Bilund is the home of LEGO.
After a nice lunch and a walk around town, we stopped at the Solvang restaurant and had Aebleskivers. These delicious balls of dough are covered in a fruit sauce and are in my top five desserts consumed of all time.
We'll have to go back to Solvang and spend some more time visiting. There are countless shops and food stops just waiting to be explored. The city is so unique and further reinforces my observations about how diverse California really is.
Have you been to Solvang? What did you do while you visited? Post up below.