Submitted by Brianne
A few hours
SF Bay Area Trip Highlights
OverviewIn the Bay Area, we like the quirky things in life. The artisinal products, organic food, flea markets, the unusual and unique things. While there are plenty of quirky things in our area, I also look to find the quirky wherever I visit. While on a road trip around California, I got the chance to visit Solvang, a Danish town in the middle of Santa Barbara County. From the Bay Area, it's roughly a four-hour drive, but it feels like you end up in Europe as some of the restaurant names are in Danish and the architecture seems like a duplicate of Denmark. It is a wonderful, peaceful getaway, a great escape from the craziness of the Bay Area.
How to get there and get around
Take the 101 South to the CA-246 East towards Solvang.
Best Restaurants (or places to eat) in the area
Bit O' Denmark: If you want authentic Danish cuisine
when you come to Solvang, this is the place to go. Try
one of their traditional open-faced sandwiches on
Root 246: It is the ultimate farm-to-table cuisine. Their recipes are inspired by what is in season so you will always get the freshest ingredients at the peak of their harvest. Make sure to start with the cheese board and some fresh oysters. It is, without a doubt, my favorite restaurant in Solvang.
They have plenty of pastry shops to choose from, danishes galore. Try Birkholm's Bakery or the Danish Mill Bakery.
Cafe Dolce: They have a nice selection of gelato and coffee, as well as a nice courtyard to enjoy it in after your purchase. They also normally have an employee handing out $1-off coupons for your purchase!
SF Bay Area Neighborhood Characteristics
Hadsten Inn and Spa: They have plenty of amenities,
provide a complimentary breakfast, and are also the
best reviewed hotel in the area. It is conveniently
located right on the edge of town adjacent to Hans
Christian Anderson Park, one of the favorite places in
town of tourists and locals alike.
Svendsgaard's Lodge: For those who are more money-conscious, this is the place to stay. It is also conveniently located right on the corner of Mission Drive and Alisal Road, on the other edge of town than the Hadsten Inn and Spa. They also provide a small free breakfast every morning and all of the rooms are very clean and roomy.
Local hangouts, Shopping spots
Solvang Brewing Company: Solvang is not known for its nightlife, but this is the one place that is open until 2AM. They have Karaoke on Thursdays and, obviously, a great selection of beer on tap.