With plenty of warmth both in the skies and in the community, it’s no wonder the town name of “Solvang” means “Sunny Fields” in Danish, or that this friendly town is known as the “Danish Capital of America. Whether it’s the instantly recognizable Danish architecture, the European-style streets, the windmills peppered throughout town or the smell of Danish treats wafting past every corner, the village of Solvang is a quirky and quaint addition to any California itinerary.
Step outside of your Solvang hotel and discover the village’s history at the Everhoj Museum, a fantastic local tribute to the Danish heritage and artwork of the area. Walk the gardens of the Old Mission Santa Ines, a historical landmark overlooking the Santa Ynez River Valley. Another must-see is the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, a monument to the father of the modern fairytale.
Getting around town is simple on foot, though you’d be missing out if you didn’t take the chance to explore some of the village’s scenic bike paths. Head downtown for shopping at boutiques and some of the most delicious Danish food you’ll find outside of Denmark. Enjoy the great outdoors at the Nojoqui Falls County Park, with a trickling waterfall to enjoy at the end of a short hike. If that’s not enough to quell the outdoorsman in you, Las Padres National Forest has an abundance of trails for hiking and biking.
When you come to Solvang, stay with the welcoming hosts at an IHG hotel. With cozy accommodations and friendly staff, you’ll feel right at home – no matter where home may be. Book one of our IHG hotels in Solvang today, and make the most of your time in this beautiful place.