SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA, USA
Nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley wine country, Solvang is situated on California State Highway 246, just 132 miles/211 km north of Los Angeles and 297 miles/475 km south of San Francisco.
You can arrive by vehicle via scenic Highway 101 or Highway 154 (San Marcos Pass from Santa Barbara) or via air service at Santa Barbara (SBA) or Santa Maria (SMX) or Los Angeles International (LAX) Airports. Amtrak train service is available daily via transfers to Amtrak Thruway Coach from Santa Barbara. All parking is free throughout Solvang.
Six Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations are located throughout downtown.
Named for its sunny weather, Solvang in Danish means “sunny fields” and averages 340 days of annual sunshine. Average annual temperatures are from 76 F/32 C to 54 F/12 C degrees. Dress is casual and comfortable. Early mornings and evenings are generally sweater/jacket time—even in the summer!
Lodging & Meeting Facilities
Solvang offers 16 properties, ranging from deluxe to budget class, including quaint inns, historic B&Bs and a full-service guest ranch. Group conference and meeting facilities offer a diversity of sites, accommodating seven to 700 guests. Reservation information and free booking service: 1-888-795-7922 or www.SolvangUSA.com .
Dining & Wine Tasting
Food lovers enjoy a diverse array of Danish, American, international and wine country cuisine from gourmet to cafes. More than 30 restaurants and five authentic Danish bakeries are woven into seven village blocks. There are more than a dozen tasting rooms and wine bars in Solvang within easy walking distance, and over 125 wineries in the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley for sipping and savoring.
A shopper’s paradise, Solvang offers more than 150 independently owned boutiques, galleries and stores offering antiques, Danish imports, collectibles, crafts, books, porcelain figures, shoes, clothing, jewelry, regional wines, homemade candy (think Danish chocolate), souvenirs and art.
Solvang offers a variety of museums, art galleries and cultural venues including: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art; Hans Christian Andersen Museum; Vintage Motorcycle Museum; the 1804 National Historic Landmark Old Mission Santa Ines and The Wildling Museum plus Solvang Festival Theater (host to PCPA–Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts) and more.
Pacific Standard, 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8), Daylight Savings Time November-March (GMT-7).
City Size & Population
2.2 square miles/3 square km. Population: 5,245 (2010 US Census)
For complete destination information, be sure to visit www.SolvangUSA.com