Solvang (Danish for “sunny field”) is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. It is located in the Santa Ynez Valley. The population was 5,245 at the 2010 census, down from 5,332 at the 2000 census. Solvang was incorporated as a city on May 1, 1985.
Solvang was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish community far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the facades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style.
BAKERIES, BAKERIES, BAKERIES!!!
I took Penny to one of my favorite little towns just north of LA because I wanted her to see what great bakeries they have and just how yummy their stuff is… CLOSED!!??
BUT… Sadie left Solvang a little gift, right on the sidewalk and we forgot to bring bags so I had to mooch one from another couple!!