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The Danish Capital of America, Solvang, is nestled in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley, surrounded by gentle hills, mountains, vineyards, farms, world class wineries and nationally known horse ranches just 45 miles north of Santa Barbara via US HWY. 101.

To the small group of Danish refugees from Midwestern winters who arrived in 1911, the 9,000 acres of former Spanish land grant near the Mission Santa Ines must have looked like heaven on earth with its warm sun, grassy knolls dotted with oak trees and sheltering mountains. 

Today, the local population remains over 60% of Danish descent and welcomes more than 3 million visitors annually to a shoppers paradise of over 350 shops filled with Old World arts and crafts, jewelry, fine leather goods, porcelain figurines, hand made lace, music boxes, collectibles, books, sweaters, candies, imported foods, kitchen utensils and apparel with a few factory outlets stores.

Food lovers will appreciate Solvang's famous bakeries and varied cuisine, wine tasting rooms, yet it's the Danish dishes and smorgasbords that give this charming community its unique culinary reputation.  .

Fine art abounds in the galleries.  Painting is typically representational and California plen-air painters, impressionists, noted seascape artists, water colorists, wildlife, and western artists are all well represented.

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum documents the life of the father of the modern fairy tale with books, sketches, and personal artifacts.  The museum at Mission Santa Ines, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and the Parks-Janeway Carriage House offer history and memorabilia from Chumash Indian implements to clothing and furnishings from the European settlers for hours of enjoyment.

Solvang is surrounded by a playground of things to see and do.  Dozens of vineyards and wineries, such as the popular Fess Parker Winery and Firestone Winery, are just a short and scenic drive away: as are several exotic animal farms (Ostrich Land) and "par excellent" golf courses.

Rich in ethnic heritage, architecture ( thatched roofs, windmills, Danish architecture everywhere) and history, home to world class dining, shopping and accommodations, the Solvang sojourn is truly an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

Thanks to Passport Gateway Magazine

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