SOLVANG,CA Jul 31, 2008
In the beautiful mts of the santa ynez valley lies the city of solvang, a Danish town hidden away in these beautiful mts of central calif. i had the chance to come here twice and explore and eat here. Solvang was founded in 1911 on 9,000 acres (36 km²) of formerly Spanish land by a group of Danish educators. The settlers of this city left for the west to escape midwestern winters.
The city is home to some bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the buildings follows traditional German style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of the Copenhagen observatory Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the city centre.
Mission Santa Ines, one of the the 8 California missions that i have visited over the past 7 years, is both a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark. It is located near the center of the town, at the junction of State Route 246 and Alisal Road. if you ever get the chance to drive thru the mts to this town, try and stay a night and visit for as long as you can as it is rich in history and fun to visit.
Solvang in Danish means "sunny fields".
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