- Hans Christian Andersen Museum1680 Mission Drive, Solvang, CArecommended Hans Christian Andersen MuseumThis is such a cool little museum. It's filled with everything Hans Christian Andersen. It it located upstairs above The Book Loft bookstore. It's a little museum, but it's crammed full of books, ... read morepictures and models. I have been an Hans Christian Andersen fan ever since I read the pre-Disney version of the Little Mermaid in 3rd grade. So of course I had to buy a copy of it there. If you are in the area, this is a cool and free diversion for children or adults.Andrea L
A visit to this shop and museum can be brief or long.
recommended SolvangIn Santa Barbara's wine country, this historic Danish farming settlement has been turned into a cutesy village, where day trippers stroll past souvenir shops, wine tasting rooms and bakeries selling ... read moreDanish butter rings and cookies. The most authentic sights in town are Spanish colonial Mission Santa Ines (which you can tour) and the Elverhoj Museum, a tiny spot tucked away on a residential street.Sara Benson
You can see windmills all along Solvang's main street, as well as right next to Hwy 101 in Buellton at the Days Inn. Both Solvang and Buellton are about a 45-minute drive northwest of Santa Barbara.
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- Solvang Restaurant1672 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463recommended Solvang RestaurantIf Huell Howser says to try the aebleskivers at The Solvang Restaurant, then I absolutely have to try the aebleskivers at the Solvang Restaurant. Arrived in the quaint city of Solvang on a tour bus ... read morefor the second day of the "Danish Days" festival. Having never had the opportunity to visit before, I used Huell Howser & Yelp/Yelp Talk to decide which places to visit. Main objective - Try aebleskiver at The Solvang Restaurant. The restaurant is bustling & modest, with an area for dining & a to-go area. Aebleskivers are actually $0.15 cheaper to-go, so you can save some tuppence if you're in a hurry. The bathrooms have only 1 toilet, so there can be quite a line if someone is taking too long dropping their aebleskivers. Giving the menu a quick once-over, I chose the creamed herring plate & the ubiquitous aebleskiver 3 pack. Creamed herring - The herring came w/ slices of tomato, onions, pickled beets & some dense bread. I found it to be delish. Now, I know people think it's fishy. However, it was fishy in the best possible sense of the word. Just as beef can be beefy, pork can be porky & chicken can be chicken-y, the herring was fishy with a mild taste to it. The sides greatly enhanced the flavor. It was good, and the portions were just right as I wasn't looking to get stuffed. Aebleskivers - Warm & ready to eat. These were good! Small, pancake balls topped with raspberry & powdered sugar. The restaurant must make a killing off of these, because there's not much to them. Aebleskivers remind me of the Indian dessert, gulab jamun, except they're not sopping in rose-scented syrup. Instead, the sweetness comes from the raspberry & powdered sugar on top. I'm wondering if people can customize their aebleskivers with other toppings, such as nutella? While I wasn't completely blown away by them, I did enjoy them & will partake of aebleskivers again if I'm in Solvang on a future trip. Of course, no touristy spot would be complete w/o souvenirs for sale - various jams, aebleskiver mixes & aebleskiver skillets to take home. Service was friendly. The "Danish Days" festival attracted the crowds, but we were seated & attended to right away. A great way to start our trip in Solvang before window-shopping & checking out the parade. You must come have the aebleskivers at the Solvang Restaurant for your next, or perhaps first, trip to Solvang. If you love pancakes, crepes, blinis, basically any sweet pastry, then you're in luck if you try these culinary delights. Recommend!