Solvang has got to be one of the cutest towns I have ever been to. Mostly because I am absolutely obsessed with the colors and style of traditional Danish architecture, but also because of the amazing bakeries… I’m a sucker for a good pastry.
The windmill below is one of four of Solvang’s windmills. It is located on Alisal Road and is the most poplar of the windmills. We sat atop the windmill and enjoyed wine and cheese tasting at CrossHatch Winery.
There are dozens of bakeries and wineries to choose from, and they are all about the same. I would recommend checking out the prices and products and not stopping at the first one you see. Trust me, there will be plenty more!
I personally loved Danish Mill Bakery & Coffee Shop. They had a variety of warm pastries and unlimited coffee at a cheap price. Although it was on a busy street it was quiet and peaceful and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Wine tasting seemed to be the same price just about anywhere. So why not enjoy it on the famous windmill? The wine at CrossHatch Winery was from local vineyards (want to wine taste AT the vineyard? there’s plenty of those around here too) and the cheese was also local.
Although we camped nearby in Los Padres National Park, there are many small Inns, Cottages, and more around Solvang where you can stay right in the town. It is a rather small area but you can totally take your time there passing through shops, stopping at bakeries, and wine tasting.
Maybe it was a sprinkle of pixie dust from Christian Anderson, but this place has a bit of Fairy Tale magic to it and I would 150% recommend stopping by here.
Christian Anderson Museum
This is a small free museum above the Book Loft. It tells of Christian Anderson’s work and life, including his many romantic interests that often rejected him (weirdly two of them were engaged). Christian Anderson was a Fairy Tale writer and collector. He wrote tales such as the Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, and my personal favorite, the Little Mermaid.
Sunny Fields Park
Solvang, is actually Danish for “Sunny Fields”. SO I guess you can also call this the Solvang Park. It is a wooden playground for children, so for adults there is not much to do there. But I couldn’t help but take a second to admire the beautiful wood work that follows the Danish architecture and colors of the town.