Danish Feel, Solvang
Favorite thing: Solvang was founded by Danish Immigrants who initially lived in the midwest in 1911 and celebrated it's centennial in 2011. being the only danish community in California, it recieves more than a million foreign tourists a year who go and savor the quaint danish atmosphere of this Quiant town. they partake of Danish Food and sweets and buy the famoud danish butter cookies and the Danish windmills, the statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid, the half-timbered houses, the Danish rural church, the Round Tower as well as Danish music and folk dancing. Solvang is located in Santa Barbara County, about a two hour, 128 mile drive north from downtown los angeles vis US 101.
This is it. Travelling to Denmark without leaving California. No need for those that are from Denmark to become homesick in Solvang, California. Even the language is spoken by the locals. When in Solvang you are transported to Denmark via the streets, shops, and windmills.
Oh, you are in America, but look around at the buildings. Quaint, another time, another place feel. The shops bear this out in the tourists souvenirs and the restaurants in the food dishes offered. Smorgesbord anyone, why it's the Danish Buffet. How about an aebleskiver? That is a yummy donut type treat. Danish pastries at the many bakeries in town. Take the time to look around and see the design architecture of the buildings and remember to look out for the four passenger surreys and the horse drawn carriage on the streets. After all, this is Solvang, California, USA.
Fondest memory: The windmill is the most tranquil of all sights for me. The thought of the slightest breeze sending the blades silently in motion makes me realize that we can solve the energy problems with something that is so a reminder of Denmark. The windmill power is growing in California and we now have more windmills than Denmark. Of course, the old windmills of Denmark have all the charm and that's what awaits you in Solvang.
Favorite thing: Solvang is small, in fact you can drive and circle the town in one to two hours. What is amazing with this place is the Danish Architecture accentuate by the clear blue skies. Windmills are scattered around the town and most of the buildings have stained glass and cobblestone walkway. Solvang is two hours drive from Los Angeles.
Danish or northern European architecture and windmills are found throughout Solvang. Thousands of twinkle lights glow at night amidst the copper and thatch roofs, giving the town a mystical, far-away feel. Flower boxes and storks on roof-tops are unique touches throughout the town. Many of the merchants wear Danish costumes, conveying the feeling of being in a European village.
Fondest memory: Danish (girl and pastry) on main street!
Danish people created theirselves a new homeland since 1911. The kept their Danish Heritage of architecture, importshops and kitchen.