Nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang looks and feels like Christmas all year round. It is a short drive from Santa Barbara, and it’s a unique village overflowing with seasonal festivals, fun activities, and plenty of wine tasting opportunities. It’s also the perfect place to brush up on your Scandinavian history and culture as you spend the ultimate Dutch weekend Viking hunting.
Below are a few ways to make the most out of your Dutch weekend.
Take a Stroll In Town
Start off with a stroll along the main street in Solvang, Mission Drive. You’ll find tons of interesting Danish-type souvenirs to remember your Viking adventures. Shop around for authentic gifts like cuckoo clocks and wooden shoes.
Along the way, stop off at the confectionaries and bakeries to taste delicious Danish treats, just the way the Vikings liked them.
Visit the Clog of California and the Wooden Windmills
One of the must-do things in Solvang is having your picture taken in front of the big red clog. You’ll find it on the corner of First Street and Copenhagen Drive and it’s a genuine symbol of Northern European heritage.
After that, head to the four wooden windmills scattered throughout downtown for some stunning photo opportunities. Head towards the corner of Alisal Road and Copenhagen Drive for the perfect vantage point and capture the large windmill just in the background. Windmills are another symbol of a traditional Danish community.
Explore Solvang Danish Days
If you’re in Solvang during September, be sure to catch Danish Days, which starts with a parade of traditional costumes and horse-drawn carts. You can take your time exploring Olde Worlde artisans marketplaces, make a toast in the wine and bear garden, compete in eating competitions and even watch Viking re-enactments.
A Night on the Town
Cap off your evenings with live theater shows, more Viking re-enactments, and some unforgettable wine tasting. You can explore Solvang in style with a black car or limousine service, so there’s no need to worry about driving or navigating your way around one of the quaintest Danish towns!