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Old Posted Sep 17, 2008, 12:01 AM
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Solvang, CA

For something a little different, My friend and I stopped in Solvang, a small Danish inspired town about 35 miles north of Santa Barbara, on our way to LA last month and found it quite fun for a tourist spot. You can find more of its history here.































































































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Rockin little town
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lovely shots of a hamlet featured in the movie "Sideways"
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What a Disney-tastic place Solvang is. My folks used to go there a lot when I was a kid. I think the place is just plain creepy.
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A strange concept for a town. Who would've thought there'd be a Danish village in California?
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haha this town is so lame.

but the best chocolate i've ever had was from solvang.
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It looks too perfect...kind of like a movie set. Nice shots btw
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Loved it
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oh snap! Solvang, my grandmother's favorite hang out. They do have some tasty treats there.

Wow, never thought I'd see Solvang on here, thanks for the pics.
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Nice place for a Sunday afternoon visit....
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When in the Santa Ynez wine country, Solvang is definately worth a stop. Great place to grab some food, taste some wines, and meander about. Yeah, it's somewhat Disney-esque, but there's still plenty of substance beneath the surface of Solvang. I love this area of California, especially in the spring. Thanks for continuing to share your photos... always a pleasure to view!
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Cool town! I love how all the buildings are designed.
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Interesting!! Dumb question....Was this town initially settled by the Danish, or was this some planned town by some innovative developer??
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Interesting!! Dumb question....Was this town initially settled by the Danish, or was this some planned town by some innovative developer??
Not a dumb questions at all. Here's what Wikipedia has on Solvang:

"Solvang was founded in 1911 on 9,000 acres (36 km²) of formerly Spanish land by a group of Danish educators. The settlers of this city left for the west to escape midwestern winters. The city is home to some bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the buildings follows traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of the Copenhagen observatory Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the city centre."
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Nice pictures. I've been there once, and it was pretty strange to say the least. I wasn't really feeling the whole suburban america mixed with Denmark look...It felt pretty fake. I had some tasty meatballs though.
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Hmm, only in California
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Aebelskivers! Yum! SY Valley is great, from Cachuma almost to Lompoc.
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That's one cool colonial style town.
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Mmmmm...Paula's Pancake House. It's worth the 45 minute drive.

Solvang totally feels like Disneyland to me, but some reason people flock there in droves.

The little village of Los Olivos (also featured in 'Sideways') about 5 miles north is very quaint as well, but feels much less theme-parkish.
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