Weekend Getaway: Solvang. #TravelTuesday

As some of you might know, I semi-grew up in Solvang, California; I say ‘semi’ since I consider myself more of a Los Angeles native, yet spent a good ten years in The Santa Ynez Valley. While it’s a great place to visit, I can’t say I miss living there. Yet, you cannot beat Solvang & the Central Coast in general. For my 2nd installment in my “Weekend Getaway” series, I thought I would round-up a small list of things to consider checking out in Solvang during these up-coming months. Enjoy & tell me, have you been to Solvang?


PCPA at Solvang Theatrefest,  June 11th-September 13th
The venue that launched my love for theatre. While I have not been in recent years, The Solvang Festival Theatre will always be one of my most favorite places in the world, no matter where I may ever travel & love. Each Summer, this gorgeous 700 thrust stage venue comes alive every night (except Monday) with professional live theatre performances from Santa Maria’s PCPA Theatre Company. Go early & enjoy a picnic, then make sure to bring some blankets as it gets extremely chilly being outdoors til around 11pm.

4th of July Parade & Fireworks
I have always loved celebrating The 4th of July, & some of my favorites were in Solvang. They have an adorable, hometown parade at 10am, followed by a day of hustle & bustle through out Copenhagen Drive (the main drag) & then the festivities conclude with fireworks at The Santa Ines Mission. A perfect place to get away to for the holiday if you want a short road trip from SoCal.


Wheels & Windmills, August 29th
Another great reason to mingle in the streets, find some wine or a dessert, then ooh & ahh at the awesome cars on display for The Wheels & Windmills Car Show! I was there for its first & its gone on to become one of Solvang’s biggest crowd gathering events.


The Landsby Hotel is the newest addition to the “Sunnyfields” city (Thats what Solvang means in Danish!) & the timing could not be more perfect. The Landsby is set to become the place to stay when looking to add some posh & modern flare to your getaway; just check out these rooms. You might not leave at all to explore!


With no shortage of bakeries within walking distance of each other, consider Mortensen’s Bakery for an authentic Napoleon’s Hat or Cherry Boat. If you want a great espresso drink along with your treat, Birkholm’s is where it’s at; they even sometimes have gluten-free available.
One of the newest adds to Solvang for fine dining is Mad & Vin (meaning Food & Wine in Danish), a beautiful courtyard dining experience, just steps from The Landsby. For great casual dining, check out Taco Roco up Alamo Pintado Road for lunch/dinner, & for a proper rancher’s supper, head over to The Hitching Post, or to Pea Soup Anderson’s for funky, awesome diner grub (both in Buellton, 3 miles away).




Whether you need an Aebleskiver pan, weather vane, needlework or just a post card, Rasmussen’s is the most beautiful department shop in Solvang. Rasmussen’s has been family owned & operated since its day in the 1920’s as a general store & have somehow mastered the art of changing with the times while preserving its humble, early era roots.

Chain bookstores like Borders & Barnes & noble might be slowly heading down the drain, & I couldn’t be happier as independent book shops like Solvang’s The Book Loft, continue to thrive & show ‘Mom & Pop’ isn’t always so bad.
With all new books downstairs, & their loft boasting vintage books & a Hans Christian Anderson Museum, there is something for everyone to be read at The Book Loft.

Happy Road Trips! xo



  1. maryann

    June 16, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    The central coast is by far my favorite part of CA. LOVE Pismo and San Luis. Solvang is a quaint stop for sure– almost like a diff country. 🙂

    1. AlongComesMary

      June 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Aw man, I LOVE Pismo Beach too!!!

  2. Kate - Catching Up With Kate

    June 16, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    this is beautiful! we will have to make a trip someday soon!

    1. AlongComesMary

      June 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate!!

  3. Terumi

    June 16, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve heard so many lovely things about Solvang but we’ve never been. One day I hope we get a chance to visit-it looks like a unique place to visit.

  4. annabelt - geeks diet

    June 16, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    We’ve stopped there a couple of times in the middle of longer trips, but you’re right – it seems like a lovely interesting town that does deserve a visit of its own!

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