by Lesley Kim
On a whim, my little ones and I took a quick trip to a cute city called Solvang. If you’ve never heard of Solvang, California, this quaint city tucked away in the Santa Barbara County is actually called the Danish capital of America. This city is adorable, maintaining the ambience and structures reminiscent of Denmark. Founded in 1911, a group of Danes established a Danish colony in what is now known as Solvang. This city consists of numerous bakeries, restaurants, and stores showcasing a little piece of Denmark. On our visit, we parked on an outside parking lot in the city center, walking around the shops in the surrounding area. The city center is cozy, with every shops and restaurants you would want to visit pretty much within walking distance. We went on a Monday, and it was relatively quiet, with just a handful of tourists roaming the streets. We tried the Danish pancakes called aebelskiver, the Danish hotdog, and a few of the danish pastries. (ps. the almond danish bread is to die for!)
I think a one day trip is sufficient to experience this adorable city, and as it is fairly close to our home, about an hour and a half drive, our impromptu one day trip was perfect. We also brought home a few souvenirs like t-shirts, old-school toys, and of course, Danish pastries! The drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara County was also amazing and almost just as fun as Solvang. The view of the Pacific Ocean was stunning.