Little Denmark in California: Solvang

Solvang California

Thanks to a fellow reader Smiling in Sonoma, we were tipped to visit the small Danish town of Solvang on the drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara. What? A Danish town in southern California? Yep, I thought it surprising too, but this little town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted to establish a colony far from midwestern winters (Wikipedia). Wow, that’s like story of my life (kind of).

So of course we had to make a stop there, and walking around in Solvang was like being in little Denmark! Lots of windmills, cute bakeries, and little inns…

Solvang Brewing Co California

Mortensen's Bakery in Solvang California
Of course they had danish pastries.

Mortensen's Bakery in Solvang California

The cafe was inside a greenhouse!
Antiques Collectibles Store in Solvang California
Inside and antiques store. It was like walking around eggshells – everything inside was so fragile!
Solvang California
Aha, spotted the first windmill!

Solvang Festival Theater

Windmill #2

We happened to have lunch at the only German restaurant in a Danish town. I learned that I would not like to have sauerkraut again after trying it for the first time…

5 kinds of sausages!! Yes!

Solvang California Shops

Solvang California Shops

Windmill #3. See, I wasn’t kidding!

Solvang California

Solvang California
The cutest little houses!

Candy Shop Solvang California

Clogs in Solvang California

Most of the time was spent shopping because, well, that’s mostly what one could do there besides eat. It was neat to walk through the town and explore what the shops sold. Everything was so cute and infused with some element of Danish culture! Once again, thanks for the recommendation Smiling in Sonoma!

Have you ever been to Solvang (or Denmark)? Any unique town near where you live?

Thanks for reading!

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