"Solvang - The Danish Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Solvang by malianrob

Solvang Travel Guide: 270 reviews and 682 photos

Update 07/26/07:
Since my first visit to Solvang in 2005 I have come back four more times. I fell in love with this little town. I have come back with my husband on another visit and two other times I have come with just my kids.
Its a nice little getaway from LA yet its not too far.

Solvang 2005

The year is almost over and i had a few days to take off from work (or i'll lose them). I didnt want to take the time off work and do nothing so I racked my brain thinking what a good day trip would be, and it came to me...Solvang!
I passed through it millions of times but never stopped. I always wanted to come here but never thought of it when i am making travel plans.
So my plan was to go early, check out the missions in the area, check out the waterfall, and go for a hike or a bike ride.
Solvang is alittle over two hours from LA right past Santa Barbara. (about 130 miles from LA)
My timeshare company is building a location here and i wanted to check it out and see if its worth coming for a weekend. I was definately not disappointed!
Solvang was founded in 1911 by Danish settlers from the Midwest and to this day the village celebrates it old world customs and heritage through its food and dances. The buildings here also have a European resemblance.

List of Wineries

1. Andrew Murray Vineyards -- 6701 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 805-686-9604

2. Arthur Earl -- 90 Easy Street, Buellton. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-693-1771 or 1-800-646-EARL

3. Babcock Vineyards -- 5175 Highway 246, Lompoc, Open 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fri-Sun. 805-736-1455

4. Beckmen Vineyards -- 2670 Ontiveros Road, Los Olivos. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-8664

5. Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyard -- 9303 Alisos Canyon Road, Los Alamos, Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-344-2107

6. The Brander Vineyard -- Highway 154 at Roblar Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-2455 or 1-800-970-9979

7. Buttonwood Farm Winery -- 1500 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang. Open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-3032

Chimere Winery -- Tasting: 2531 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-922-9097 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

11. Curtis Winery -- 1711 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang. Open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-8554

12. Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard -- 6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-1545 or 1-800-841-1104

Fiddlehead Cellars -- Tasting: 2531 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 916-756-4550 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

13. Firestone Vineyard -- 5017 Zaca Station Road, Los Olivos. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-3940

15. The Gainey Vineyard -- 3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-0558

Jaffurs Wine Cellars -- Tasting: 2531 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-929-1826 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

Lane Tanner -- Tasting: 2531 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-929-1826 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

16. Los Olivos Vintners -- 2923 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-9665 or 1-800-824-8584

Morovino -- 2531 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-929-1826 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

17. Mosby Winery -- 9496 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton. Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. 805-688-2415

Presidio Wines -- Tasting: 1576 Mission Drive, Solvang. Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday. 1-800-760-9752 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

Qupe/Au Bon Climat -- Tasting: 2531 and 2905 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-937-9801 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

19. Sanford Winery -- 7250 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton. Open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-3300

21. Santa Ynez Winery -- 343 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez. Open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. or 1-800-864-3443

23. Sunstone Vineyards and Winery -- 125 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez. Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-WINE or 1-800-313-WINE

Whitcraft Winery -- Tasting: 2531 and 2905 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. Open 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. 805-693-0111 (No visitor facilities, tasting at independent tasting room)

24. Zaca Mesa Winery -- 6905 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos. Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. 805-688-9339 or 1-800-350-7972

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:cozy little town, wine tasting, beer tasting, pastries
  • Last visit to Solvang: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 26, 2007
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  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:22 AM

    WOW, did not realize there were so many vineyards around the Solvang area, only familiar with the Bay Area/Napa/Sonoma...next visit to California we will be stopping in Solvang. Martin

  • kevostyle's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    I am taking Shirley to Solvang next weekend. She loved it last time we went. By the way, Shirley says hi.

  • marinarena's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    thanks for the Solvang page...it brings back memories when i was there. I'll have to return sometime this year or so.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2008 at 2:06 AM

    nice page you made there. funny that a town settled by danes have so much wine industry considering denmark never produced any wine until very recently.

  • ribbs's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    I am finally making it to Solvang. Thanks for the recommendations.

  • Misha_abq's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2007 at 10:28 PM

    I'm heading up to Solvang soon. I'll make sure I stop by these places. Thanks for the tips.

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    I'll have a dozen small strawberry pastry things please!

  • micky-d's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2006 at 9:47 PM

    Thanks for the list of wineries. i am going to Solvang with my honey in two weeks.

  • doreenellen's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 3:11 PM

    We had a very brief stop at Solvang on our trip around California, few yrs ago. It looks a really lovely place.

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