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    King Atterdag's Court~Hidden Mural

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    When Valdemar Atterdag became king 1340-1375. Denmark was split into small parcels owned by different earls. King Valdemar united the country. Atterdag mean's another day or a new dawn over Denmark" Danish settlers in Solvang gave King Atterdag's name to the road and the folk school that once stood on the hill at its north end. ~translated by Rev. Carlo Pertersen 1985.

    In the year 1911 three Dutch educators, Reverend J. Gregersen in Reverend B. Nordenloft, and Mr. P.B. Hornsyld founded a farming community of Danish Americans to preserve and continue the customs and culture of Denmark. They chose a sunny field in the Santa Ynez Valley of California and named it Solvang.

    Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau
    1639 Copenhagen Drive
    Solvang, CA 93463

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    Quicksilver Ranch

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    This is home of champion bred miniature horses since 1983. What is so neat about his place, is they kindly let you drive in and visit all the beautiful miniature horses and some of those are young colts. Gosh they are so cute and friendly too. Yet, they do tell you to be careful of your fingers. They love being rubbed and scratched. What a special place.

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    The Little Mermaid~Den lille havfrue~

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    Located right on the corner of Denmark Square is the beautiful replica of the famous Copenhagen's Little Mermaid. She tops a wonderful fountain that graces the small court yard. I almost missed her because she blends into the background of the courtyard.

    Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau
    1639 Copenhagen Drive
    Solvang, CA 93463

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    Copenhagen Square~Rundetaarn

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    The plaque reads: Rundetaarn (Round Tower)~This tower was completed in May 1991. It is a replica approximately 1/3 size of the round tower in Copenhagen Denmark. Rundetarrn was built on the initiative of King Christian IV (1588-1648) with Hans Steenwinkel, the architect. On 7 July 1637, the foundation stone was laid, uppermost on the facade of the tower there is an inscription, a rebus, the rebus can be interpreted in the following way: lead God, the right teaching and justice into the heart of the Crowned King Christian IV, 1642. In 1642 the tower was completed. Rundetaarn is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.

    Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau
    1639 Copenhagen Drive
    Solvang, CA 93463

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    Wine Tasting~

    by Yaqui Written Dec 10, 2011

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    I am not much on wine, but I do know many like to venture to all the wonderful vineyards. Solvang is wine country and what better place to check out.

    For maps and complete information on current vintners, events, winemaker dinners and festivals, contact:
    Santa Barbara County Vintners Association 805-688-0881;
    Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association 800-563-3183;
    Foxen Canyon Wine Trail or Sta. Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance or

    Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau
    1639 Copenhagen Drive
    Solvang, CA 93463

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    Hans Christian Anderson Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    This museum is named and in honor after the Danish father of fairy tales. The museum contains many original and copies of Andersen's books, sketches, paper cutouts, and collages.

    The Museum is located upstairs in The Book Loft Building.

    Open Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 PM.

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    Bit O' Denmark Rest. ~First Building of Solvang

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    In 1911, this was one of the first buildings built in Solvang. It served as a college for 3 years. Here church services were held until the present Danish Luthern Church was completed in 1929. From 1929 to the present it has been a restaurant. Remodeled in 1963 this became the home of the Bit O'Denmark.

    Hours of Business:
    Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm

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    Mission Santa Inez Garden History

    by RedEaredPanda Written May 30, 2004

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    In one of the gardens, the sign read as the following "Did you know that you're standing where the first institution for higher education in California was built? In May 1844, the first seminary for the future state of California was established here. Built within the mission santa ines quadrangle it was named THE COLLEGE OF OUR LADY OF REFUGE OF SINNERS. Here you can see a portion of the original floor of that two story building which ran north and south. Just like the church it was made of Adobe with a tile roof and was about 120' long and 50' wide. The lower floor was divided into classrooms and rooms for the instructors. The upper floor contained the dormitories with a porch over the ground floor. The exposed floor that you see is asphalt and is typical flooring of the period. The Chumash used asphalt for many purposes prior to the Spanish colonization period and gathered it from natural petroleum seeps or from the beaches".

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    Mission Santa Inez Ceremonies

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mission Santa Inez still conducts Catholic Ceremonies every Sunday morning. They also conduct special ceremonies such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals. Please refer to the website for more information. This mission is truly a great historical landmark situated in Solvang, California. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit through the Sunday ceremony and enjoyed it very much.

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    Nojoqui Falls

    by malianrob Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    The Nojoqui Falls are located in the Nojoqui County Park on Alisal Road. The falls are 160 ft high and on this days it was just a small stream coming down. The hike from the parking area to the Falls isnt too bad especially for those who are not used to too much exercise. It 's about 10 minutes away through a wooded canyon. The park is free and the park offers ball fields and barbecue grills, clean restrooms, picnis tables and playground.
    Its a great place to have a family outting and the kids would really enjoy it.

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    Mission Santa Inez - 2

    by annk Written Apr 16, 2004

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    The Museum is open daily for self-guided tours that begin in the gift shop. They have the largest & most valuable collection of early California vestments including one worn by Father Serra. The museum also houses artwork, documents and artifacts from early mission life.

    Admission: $3.00

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    Visit Mission Santa Ynés

    by BLewJay Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    Located in the town of Solvang is the Mission Santa Ynés. It's one of the 21 missions built in California from 1769 to 1836 by Spanish Franciscan priests. It also happens to be the first European settlement in the Santa Ynés Valley. Surrounded by beautiful flowers, green fields and a superb view of the Santa Ynés Valley, this mission is one that should not be missed.

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    Wine tasting at Royal Oaks

    by TinKan Written Apr 11, 2004

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    When in Solvang you must try some of the local wines. You can take a trip out of the town and go to one of the big winerys or you can just stay in Solvang and walk from wine tasting house to wine tasting house.

    You will find wines that suit just about every taste and most are priced well.

    On this last trip we tasted at the Royal Oaks Winery and walked out with two bottles of sweet white a sweet red and a fun sweet cranberry red wine which I have never had before.

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    MODERN WINE BAR IN OLD WORLD SOLVANG

    by travelgourmet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Solvang, a little bit of Denmark, in California also has a little bit of wine in this Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang, which translates into "sunny fields" in Danish, now has money fields in the many vineyards that have matured into great wine labels. Thanks to the movie "Sideways", Solvang is now in the center of the wine country and wine bars are busy in this wonderful old world transplant.

    One such new wine bar is a beauty. Bradford & Buttler Wine Bar is pure pleasure. Plush stools and chairs, great decor, soft music, and knowledgeable owners and staff. I had a nice chat about the wine bar with one of the owners, Randall Bradford, who is very excited about the concept of featuring the local wine country with the best wines on the Central Coast and the fact that it is not just a "tasting room" but that you can also buy wine by the glass or bottle, sit down and relax well into the night as they stay open late. Sounds like a great idea. Open Mon-Thu 2pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight and Sunday 11am-10pm.

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    Hans Christian Andersen statue

    by Dabs Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Solvang is the "Danish Capital of America" so naturally they have a statue of Denmark's most famous resident, the fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.

    You'll find this statue, sculpted by Henry Luckow Nielsen from Copenhagen Denmark, in the triangular park on the southside of Mission Street just to the west of First Street.

    We got here too late in the day to do any other sightseeing, there is also a Hans Christian Andersen Museum at 1680 Mission Drive.

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