We try to take our little guy Bear when we travel. It is nice to know more hotels have become pet friendly. You just have to make sure to ask and there is usually a deposit and some rules may apply.
This trip I didn't get to do this, but he is always in the back of my mind as my two cats and my Missy when we are gone. While strolling along we came upon this little gal. She was carrying her own water bottle. It was so cute we had to stop and say hello. She immediately dropped her water bottle to greet us and give us some love, but she was ready to go she picked up her water bottle and was like "Let's go Mom!" I just had to add her because she was so special and so was her parents who catered to her every whim.
Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau
1639 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
Solvang is home to many Danish born and decendents of Danes. The Village is a reminder of the old country and one of the many reminders is the dance troupe. Local Villagers dress in period costume and dance traditional Danish dance steps. You can see them weekends on Alisal Road at Copenhagen Drive having a great time dancing and interacting with the tourists that are enjoying the fun. Join in and become part of culture that Solvang represents through dance.
The Farmers Market is located on First Street. It is available from 3pm to 6pm.
It is great to purchase your fruits and veggies here. Even if you werent going to purchase anything its great to go check it out and walk around.
This town is just so great.
At this little park many of the locals come to do their special events. for example the city wide Easter Egg hunt or they come to see Santa Claus during Christmas time. The parks in Solvang are very clean and well manicured. It is very obvious that the city takes great pride in maintaining a clean, safe, and family atmosphere.
The majority of the shops close around 6pm ~ even on weekends. Most are also closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other family holidays. Most restuarants seat dinner guests until 8:30pm each night and very few are open on family holidays like Thanksgiving.
If you would like to have dinner later than 9pm your only choice in Solvang that I am aware of is Mandarin Touch which serves Chinese food. They stay open until 11pm - but opt to close early on slow nights. Great food and full bar. They are located at 475 First Street - (805) 688-1538.
See my Santa Ynez Valley pages for more things to do at night. (to be created shortly).
On Wednesday each week First Street is closed between Mission Drive and Copenhagen Street for the Farmer's Market vendors. You will find lots of locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade soaps and lavender products, fresh flowers, and my favorite ~ hot kettle corn. Hours are 3-6pm.
Don't expect to zip into a McDonalds, Taco Bell, or Arby's when you're here. The only place you will recognize is Subway Sandwich Shop which was in business before they banned franchises in Solvang. If you crave something from a franchise, you'll find most of them in Buellton ~ 4 miles west of Solvang.
Mission Santa Ines was named in honer of Saint Agnes, a Christian martyr of the fourth century. And Spanish for Agnes is "Ines". Later American Yankees anglicized the spelling of the Spanish pronunciation and called it Santa Ynez.
Another part of the wonderful package we utilized while staying at the Royal Copenhagen Inn was free wine tasting passes to the Royal Oaks Winery Tasting Room and the Presidio Winery Tasting Room.
Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino valleys don't have the market on wine in California, and it's a little known fact that wine growing in the Santa Ynez Valley is very good. We didn't have enogh time to visit both tasting rooms, but we did enjoy our time at the Royal Oaks facility (located at 1651 Copenhagen Drive).
We purchased a 2001 Merlot (this wine was aged for 24 months in French Oak and has flavors of red berries, plums, blueberries, sandalwood, with a touch of spice, a White Riesling (a light, crisp fruity wine with flavors of peach and citrus) and a Royal Rose (a semi-sweet wine made by blending white grapes, cranberry juice, orange flavors and cloves).
Beer or wine is what you should order with your dinner. There is many good wines here and the beer is as close to real Danish beer as you can get.
A good glass of wine is always a nice treat with dinner.
As we walked around the town. Mostly on Alisal Rd, there were people dancing traditional Danish dances and getting the passer-bys involved. It was fun to watch.