Around the World, California, Hiking Cali: Yosemite, Big Sur + Beyond, USA

[California’s Little Denmark – Solvang, CA]

February 16, 2016

Just past San Luis Obispo and down into Santa Ynez Valley lays the small town of Solvang. This little Danish haven is the destination number one in our weekend getaway. We hopped in a rental car Friday afternoon with our friends and fellow NYC ex pats Nina and Mike and made our way through the mad rush of weekenders racing the sun to reach their holiday destinations.

Our home for the night was The Landsby. The contemporary design of the hotel was evocative of the Scandinavian home design trends you’d probably see in actual Copenhagen – that being said the rest of the town reads more like a very cozy and kitschy Danish bed and breakfast (with lots of pancake donuts and cuckoo clocks). We swooned for the Rachel Brown Art llama and ostrich paintings that lined the rooms. Below a few snaps of our room and the downstairs area in the morning.

Late night arrival was met with our new llama friend. Nina and I smelled all the bath products.

Late night arrival was met with our new llama friend. Nina and I smelled all the bath products.

In the morning everything was light again...and 80 degrees!

In the morning everything was light again…and 80 degrees!

....and had our coffees that the boys brought back. I now want this tic tac toe set.

….and had our coffees that the boys brought back. I now want this tic tac toe set.

In the meantime though, we took some pictures of the lobby (hi Nina!)

In the meantime though, we took some pictures of the lobby (hi Nina!)

Down these very chic stairs [photo cred: @ninanyc]

Down these very chic stairs [photo cred: @ninanyc]

Time for breakfast!

Time for breakfast!

 

We wandered a bit downtown as we waited for a table at Paula’s Pancake House. Ben couldn’t wait any longer and we shared a pastry from Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery & Coffee Shop. After some more exploring we finally made it to our table. Once there, it was a no brainer to order up some Danish pancakes and sausages. In what would be an inevitably throughout the weekend and is generally a trend in our trips – we over ordered.

Ready for breakfast!

Ready for breakfast!

One of our few coupley pictures. This is what we would look like if we were a part of a cuckoo clock with an inset windmill. It was not Nina's fault lighting was terrible. [photo cred: @ninanyc]

One of our few coupley pictures. This is what we would look like if we were a part of a cuckoo clock with an inset windmill. It was not Nina’s fault lighting was terrible. [photo cred: @ninanyc]

Line too long? To the bakery instead!

Line too long? To the bakery instead! Sweet, sweet bakery of baked goods.

Ben bought too many pastries. I have trained him well

Ben bought too many pastries. I have trained him well

But eventually we had to go back to the pancake house...

But eventually we had to go back to the pancake house…

I opted for blueberry topped Danish pancakes

I opted for blueberry topped Danish pancakes

And Ben got what amounts to a Danish Grand Slam

And Ben got what amounts to a Danish Grand Slam

After brunch we walked around town, stopping at a few places, did not buy a cuckoo clock. Although we were too full I still recommend swinging into a few bakeries along the way just to peek in. We also made sure to stop by Ingeborg’s Danish chocolates and Solvang Restaurant (home of their very famous Aebelskivers). I should also warn you there seems to be a trend of plastic tubs filled with cookies. If you think to yourself at the first stop “ohmygod. I must buy this tub of cookies, what if I don’t see a tub for sale of cookies ever again” you should then stop and think you can walk 100 ft and have the same internal struggle. I assume this is where the hashtag #struggleplates was born.

It was time for a walk! Ben and I take great pictures

It was time for a walk! Ben and I take great pictures

There were windmills along the way...

There were windmills along the way…

We stopped to buy succulents as all Californians do

We stopped to buy succulents as all Californians do

Ben expanded his friend group

Ben expanded his friend group

We stumbled upon an olive oil tasting but were sadly not offered a taste

We stumbled upon an olive oil tasting but were sadly not offered a taste

I am the candid queen, I am never spotted behind the camera.

I am the candid queen, I am never spotted behind the camera.

Afterwords we found this lovely clock shop

Afterwords we found this lovely clock shop

I made Ben take my picture as proof I was here

I made Ben take my picture as proof I was here

Nina caught us and then I snapped some pictures of our new friends: Tina, Gretel + Astrid and Mike's cactus I named Asshole after he got his spikes in everythign on the car ride back

Nina caught us and then I snapped some pictures of our new friends: Tina, Gretel + Astrid and Mike’s cactus I named Asshole after he got his spikes in everythign on the car ride back

And chocolates of course

And chocolates of course

But the real winner were these aebleskivers

But the real winner were these aebleskivers

At this time we really had to get on the road but with the plethora of wine tasting rooms we couldn’t help ourselves. So down we sat at the Wandering Dog Wine Bar and had ourselves a flight while we got ready for another little four hour drive.

On the road again! We stopped by the Madonna Inn, bought some overpriced water and one single peanut butter cookie. Took a quick potty break in which an elderly woman informed Nina and I we should go find our boyfriends so they could escort us to the men’s room where there was supposedly a water fall. Ben dismissed it as a water pump and we were denied the joy of ever finding out the truth. Anyways, we made it to Big Sur and our new home for the night Big Sur River Inn.

On the road again

On the road again

The sun began to set so we pulled over

The sun began to set so we pulled over

Took a few pictures

Took a few pictures

Walked down to McWay Falls to see the waterfall

Walked down to McWay Falls to see the waterfall

 

 

Share with:

FacebookTwitterPinterestPocket


You Might Also Like

No Comments

Drop me a line!

Seo wordpress plugin by www.seowizard.org.