Anytime there is a window of time that we can travel, we jump on the opportunity to do it.
Three day holiday weekend coming up? Why not go on a road trip.
We headed away from Orange County and drove north along the Pacific Coast highway.
First stop on the road trip is the Danish Village of Solvang. Solvang is in the Santa Ynez Valley, near Santa Barbara.
It’s a quaint little town and quite adorable.
There are bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California.
The architecture of many of the facades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There are replicas of Copenhagen’s landmarks.
Hej? (hello) Hvordan går det? (how are you?)
We walked and enjoyed all the architecture, the shops and the taste of Danish culture.
We did candy shopping and bought some salt water taffy. Coconut chocolate flavor for me.
We sampled free treats from the chocolate shop.
We did ornament shopping. They customized it for us.
We tried to do some shoe shopping but they were too big 🙂
We walked and walked….
…until we found Paula’s Pancake House.
I ordered whole wheat pancake and eggs with fresh juice from the juice tree.
Chris ordered thin pancakes with Danish sausages. There was a man who sat next to us, apparently he eats at the restaurant every weekend. He gave Chris his recommendations.
I had a bite of the Danish sausage and it was good. Even better when dipped in Sauerkraut.
I’ve been to Solvang before when I was kid during one of my family’s road trip. I really appreciate it more as an adult, when you are more interested in the history and the culture.
I hope to be back to Solvang again soon. I still want to check out the wineries and apple orchards in the area.
Up next, more adventures with elephant seals.
Do you take road trips? or Mini weekend vacations?