SOLVANG, Calif. (KGET) — Destination California travels take us to Santa Barbara County for a look at the rich history of tourist attraction of Solvang.
“After World War II, the town enthusiastically embraced its Danish heritage and downtown businesses were remodeled to take on the look of “half-timber” Danish construction and even thatched roofs. However, it was after a 1947 article in the “Saturday Evening Post” highlighting the town’s unique Danish culture and architecture that the tourism industry was born,” said Visit Santa Ynez Valley CEO Shelby Sim.
The Danish town is lined with many shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and the renowned Burkholms Bakery. Established in 1951, the bakery serves pastries to tourists in-person and afar via their online shop.
Solvang’s visitor count has increased over the years as wine, and roads as clear as the valley’s skies draw in tourists.
“It’s very open,” said Sim. “It’s a relaxing luxury type of feel.”
It’s also easy to get to. If you’re traveling from Bakersfield or Los Angeles it’s just over a two-hour scenic drive through the Santa Ynez Valley.