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PAINTING SOLVANG, CA

Enjoy all of the flavors of old world Europe in this sunny California haven. “Little Denmark” was settled by Danish Americans in 1911 and features stunning Scandinavian architecture. The community has managed to maintain it’s strictly Danish style architecture and Eric has managed to capture it all in this quaint painting.

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The Ebelskiver King - Jeff Paaske


https://www.solvangrestaurant.com/
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Baking with Bent Olsen


Olsen's Danish Village Bakery
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Exploring the works of Hans Christian Andersen


http://www.solvangca.com/museum/
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Taste your way through the Farmers Market


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Touring Elverhøj Museum with Esther


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Touring Buttonwood Farm with Karen


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Visiting with Susie at Bit O' Denmark


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Catch at play at the Solvang Theater

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Since 1974, summer productions in the outdoor theatre have entertained tens upon thousands of theatergoers who in large part travel to Solvang from all parts of California and the Western United States with the express desire to experience live theatre.

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Go to Bit O’ Denmark for Smorgasbord or Hockenboueff Malout

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Traditional smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat Danish fare including roast duck & apple cinnamon crepes.

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Rent a surrey to see the town

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Intrepid adventurers can rent a range of vehicles, including surreys or cruiser bikes. Once you've selected your rental roadster, cruise around the village or gallivant around the park. Whether you are a local or visiting for the first time, don't miss this unique way to explore Solvang!

www.wheelfunrentals.com
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Visit the miniature horses at Quicksilver Ranch

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Just around the bend from Quicksilver Ranch is the quaint village of Solvang. Miniatures are remarkably gentle, patient, mild mannered, easy to handle, and are now smaller than some large dogs. They make excellent pets and playmates for young and old.

http://qsminis.com/
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Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum

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The Hans Christian Andersen Museum is operated by the Ugly Duckling Foundation, a non profit organization established to foster public understanding and enjoyment of Hans Christian Andersen and his work.

www.solvangca.com/
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Eat a plate of Arne’s Ableskiver at the Solvang Restaurant

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Solvang Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Solvang, is famous for its Danish Aebleskiver. This web site is dedicated to everything Aebleskiver.

www.solvangrestaurant.com
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Have some almond kringle at Danish Mill Bakery

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www.danishmillbakery.com/
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Ingeborg’s Chocolate

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No matter what the season, or the occasion, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Christmas, or any day, Ingeborg's specialty Danish chocolates are sure to delight the palate of the most discriminating chocolate lover. Their light and dark chocolate Cornucopias make stunning center piece displays, elegant for any time of year, and are filled with their handmade luscious soft centered Truffles and other assorted Dessert Chocolates.

http://ingeborgs.com/
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Visit the Elverhoj Museum and see the works of Viggo Brandt-Erichsen

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The name “Elverhøj” is pronounced “Elverhoy” (as spelled in its English version). It was taken from Denmark’s most famous folk play, “Elverhøj,” written in 1828. The play is still performed today. Translated as “elves on a hill,” the story involves a kings’s visit to the night world of the dancing female wood-spirits and her forest friends. Elverhøj was first performed in Solvang in 1914.

www.elverhoj.org/
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Visit Solvang Bakery for Danish waffles, smoreskagge, and a cream puff – tell them Eric sent you

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Our family has been baking in Solvang for over 30 years. In fact, two of our senior bakers have been with us since the beginning. Throw in our newest pastry chef who studied at the prestigious California Culinary Academy, and we’ve got over a century of baking experience in just our senior bakers!

solvangbakery.com/
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Quadricycle Rentals


http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/
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Solvang Trolley


http://www.solvangtrolley.com/
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Solvang Bakery


http://solvangbakery.com/
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Pea Soup Andersen's


http://www.peasoupandersens.net/
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Ostrichland U.S.A.


http://www.ostrichlandusa.com/
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Ingeborg's Danish Chocolates


http://ingeborgs.com/
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Elna's Dress Shop


http://www.elnas.com/
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Bethania Lutheran Church


http://www.bethanialutheran.net/
HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

Solvang, CA




About 33 miles west, northwest of Santa Barbara is a small farming community in the Saint Ynez Valley called Solvang. It looks as if some monstrous Nordic troll (fee dee fi dee fo dee ya rum) lifted an entire Danish village from its place in Denmark and placed it gently, pusht, right here in the middle of California. You might wonder, how did this unique city come to be?


About 33 miles west, northwest of Santa Barbara is a small farming community in the Saint Ynez Valley called Solvang. It looks as if some monstrous Nordic troll (fee dee fi dee fo dee ya rum) lifted an entire Danish village from its place in Denmark and placed it gently, pusht, right here in the middle of California. You might wonder, how did this unique city come to be?

Well, I am glad you asked. Flashback 1911; Reverend Benedict Nordentoft, Reverend Jens Gergensen, and Professor Peder Hornsyld, who were ministers and lecturers of Danish descent (you may say Great Danes,) decided to create a sanctuary community for waves of immigrants coming from Denmark, where they could settle and celebrate their culture. They purchased about 9000 acres in the Saint Ynez valley and they name it Sunny Fields. Wait you say, the name of the city is Solvang. Yes, but Solvang is Danish for Sunny Fields. One of the first items of business was to build a Danish Lutheran Church, a folk high School and encouraged people to come from the Danish culture.

On April 7 1939 Danish Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Ingrid came to visit Solvang. After WWII a couple sons of Solvang returned from the war and wanted to make the city visually reflect its Danish roots. They built Copenhagen Square and windmills, passed zoning to keep the standard, and renamed the roads of the town to Danish names. In 1947 Life Magazine ran an article about this quaint little town and tourism took off. In June 5 1950 Princess Margarethe came to Solvang and on May 23 1976 she returned but this time as Queen of Denmark together with her husband Prince Henrick.

As the feel and look of the city continued to gain in Dane – I just made that up – more and more people began discovering this romantic little hideaway. Vineyards began increasing in the 1980’s as 90’s as the California Wine industry began garnering international acclaim. Solvang celebrated its Centennial in 2011 and Prince Consort Henrick and the Ambassador from Denmark came from Denmark for the occasion. Solvang is a fascinating town with a colorful past and a brighter future that is as unique as this little piece of Denmark in Central California.