Golf, wine tasting and Danish village just 20 minutes from the central California coast

Its Danish founders named it Solvang, which translates to “sunny field,” for a reason, but there’s so much more to this sun-drenched destination than just great weather.

A picturesque European-style village where Danish traditions still thrive, Solvang is located in Santa Barbara County and is a scenic, 20-minute drive from Pacific Ocean beaches and the heralded Highway 101.

Genuine friendliness and old-world hospitality are hallmarks of Solvang, which offers accommodations ranging from a luxurious ranch resort to boutique-style inns — most within walking distance of downtown shops, dining and cultural attractions, including five museums and an outdoor theatre.

Solvang and the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley are home to more than 80 mostly-boutique wineries and tasting rooms, where visitors will encounter a more personal and intimate wine country experience with fewer crowds than other popular wine destinations in the West.

Mild and warm year-round temperatures — average daily highs in March are a pleasant 70 degrees — means a horseback riding adventure, or strolling through downtown shops are also year-round affairs.

Four golf courses are within easy driving distance of Solvang, including the Alisal River Course, a championship course known for its spectacular panoramic views of the Santa Ynez River and nearby Santa Ynez Mountains.

An easy-to-access destination that feels worlds away from the hectic pace of big-city life, combined with a culinary scene and world-class wine that belies its size, Solvang is the perfect escape for sun-seeking travellers.

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