Solvang, California

Took a half day tour to Solvang, California in Santa Barbara, coomunity of Santa Ynez Valley.

First, I drove passing along the oh-so beautiful Pacific Coast Highway.

My first stop was an early morning quick and easy hike to Nojoqui Falls. The first time I was here the waterfall was dry. But now look!

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With all the talk about California suffering from drought, it’s nice to know that there’s water trinkling down this waterfall.

For those of you who are planning to come here, it is better to do so afterit rained. Also, don’t miss the exit from the highway. This place is somewhat secluded.

See it without the water – Throwback Thursday: Weather Woes

Then I headed to Solvang for a bit o’Denmark.

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Solvang is one of the places where I get to get my European travel fix.

Unlike most California travel destinations, parking here if free.

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It’s a”Little Denmark” in California.

I sampled me some chocolates while over here, and bought me some ice cream. There’s free ice cream tasting too but I knew what I wanted. Plenty more good food including of course their signature, duh, danish pastry.

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At night, everything is illuminated! Including the trees and the houses.

Moving on, a little bit of walk and I got to Santa Ynez Mission. This is the eighth mission I visited.

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Although this time, I didn’t enter the inside.

Last, driving back I stopped to a couple of vistas to see Cachuma Lake.

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It’s actually an artificial lake used as water basin.

Last Call…

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Returning back, I continued driving down the scenic though zig-zaggy Chumash Highway.

A fulfilling half day, I think. :D
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55 thoughts on “Solvang, California

    • Try to remember if ever you drive far down to South. :D Even a quick stop here will do. Although, I think ,ost of the cutesy shops attract window shoppers esp. the ladies. :D

    • It IS strange. That was I thought too when I first came here. Jo, that was going to be ending – I hope you enjoyed our tour. I changed my mind because it feels like self-campaigning so I just made it simple.

  1. Great day! You most definitely need water to make visiting waterfall worth it. Glad the area recently had rain for you journey.

    Cute town! You didn’t show us any pastry:(

    Water still looks low in the lake. Sure hope more rain is coming your way to ease the drought.

    • Oh that is exactly why I went back to Solvang. The next weekend I came back from Japan, it rained and off I went!
      I know plenty of people from different parts of the world wants winter to be over but yeah, California is drying. I have a feeling it’s going be a really hot summer too.

  2. I love the little Danish-like village. I would never have thought California would have such a treasures what a pleasure to eat some Danish while looking at those European style buildings.

    • It is quite a bit hidden. First you’re on the highway. Next thing you know you’re driving in a country-like road. Then hidden somewhere is this waterfall. It is a treasure. :D

  3. I am very familiar with Solvang, but I don’t know Nojoqui Falls. That’s a must for next time. We just returned from Lompoc and the beautiful Santa Barbara County wineries…drove through Solvang, but it was on a holiday and the crowds were a little intense. Again…next time! :-)

  4. When I read your post name, I thought: “Solvang, that must be a Scandinavian name”. My first thought was that it was something related to Norway, but Denmark is close enough – we were even the same country once! :)

      • Solvang consists of two words: sol and vang.
        Sol means sun, while vang means enclosure, but vang also has a lot of synonyms: area, slope, meadow, field, ground, land, terrain, soil.
        Solvang is also a family name in Norway (perhaps also in Denmark, but I don’t know that for sure).

  5. thanks for sharing this quaint town (and waterfall) …love your photograph with the windmill. So what flavor ice cream did you enjoy this time? :P

  6. I went here once with my family when I was younger. I recently passed through the town via Amtrak stop on the way further north. It was as surreal as I remembered. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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