Solvang: A Little Danish City in California

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Solvang, California
     Over the past weekend, my family & I went down to a little Danish city down south called Solvang. We were touring our aunts who are visiting us from the Philippines, but this ended up as an experience for myself also... it's my first time there! My parents actually visited this place three years ago during my vacation in the Philippines for their anniversary. 

Solvang (Danish for 'sunny field') is a beautiful little city nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. Founded in 1911 by a small group of Danish teachers, Solvang now is a diverse, modern city, with fine restaurants, lovely shops and outstanding activities to enchant young and old alike.There are Danish festivals, quiet tree lined streets, horse drawn wagons, Hans Christian Andersen Park, windmills, Danish pastries and dozens of quaint shops to explore. Solvang was incorporated as a city on May 1, 1985 and now has a population of approximately 5,385.
More info on Solvang, here

Here's our afternoon in this pretty place and my attempt to use my dslr!
Yup, I tried not to be lazy this time, haha!
Solvang Brewing Company | Solvang, California
Succulent Cafe | Solvang, California
Solvang, California
Solvang, California
Solvang, California
The Mustard Seed Restaurant | Solvang, California
Oh, look! Mustard seed! The name of my character in the remixed version of A Mid Summer Night's Dream!

Solvang, California
Solvang, California
Solvang, California
So much beautiful architecture! Definitely geared to pull in tourists... that's windmill number 2!

Solvang, California
A lot of the streets have benches, perfect for the tired travelers like my mom & aunts, lol.

Ingeborgs' Chocolate | Solvang, California
Did we just see a chocolate shop?

Ingeborgs' Chocolate | Solvang, California
Yes, we did!

Ingeborgs' Chocolate | Solvang, California
Ingeborgs' Chocolate | Solvang, California
So much nom-noms!

Ingeborgs' Chocolate | Solvang, California
I won't quit my sweets!

Hamlet Square | Solvang, California
Windmill number 3!

Solvang, California
Solvang, California
They got giagantic horses galloping about!
It's $12/adult for a ride.

Solvang, California
More horses?

Solvang, California

Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
And we find everyone by Mortensen's Bakery.

Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
Mortensen's Bakery | Solvang, California
And we ended up having afternoon tea here!
     This place gets really crowded... it must the cute decorations, welcoming staff, and the yummy food & tea. My parents led everyone here because they had their date here from before, too. Big thumbs up for this bakery! The Napoleon (as pictured above) was delicious and paired well with tea. Gabby had hot tea while I had mine with ice. If you plan on coming to Solvang, you can rest up and enjoy some treats with tea here!

     The place was full of tourists and wedding parties (a lot of 'JUST MARRIED' signs on cars)! This reminded me of our very own Cannery Row in Monterey whith of course a Danish theme instead. I definitely felt like I just visited Denmark! The place itself is very inviting to tourists considering the ambiance and the free public parking! There's a lot of sights to see and food to enjoy here! By the way, it gets confusing if this place is Dutch (Netherlands) or Danish (Denmark) due to the different check-in options on social media, but as their website says, this place is Danish. 
Wine Valley Inn | Solvang, California
Would you spend an afternoon here?
Thanks for reading!

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