Monday, December 05, 2016

Scenes from a Solvang Trip

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Solvang, of course, is probably best known as the Danish-inspired town in the Santa Ynez Valley, home to around 5,000 people (and more tourists). But it has also become a destination friendly to pet owners, oenophiles, bicyclists and fans of pastry.

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Yeah, this is kind of disturbing. Solvang has its detractors as well. But how can you not enjoy a small town with so many bakeries and wine tasting shops?

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The expansive view outside of the Mission Santa Ines.

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Hiking, south of Solvang.

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More hiking.

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Keep an eye on mountain lions.

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Mission Santa Ines, a quick walk or bike ride from anywhere in Solvang.

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More views.

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The fields across the street from Sunny Fields Park.

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The boys were fans of Sunny Fields Park, located on the outskirts of Solvang (and near plenty of wineries, which Maria and I were fans of).

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Inside the park.

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More views.



The park is a big attraction for kids.

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Our hotel was dog-friendly; which helped since we brought our new rescue dog, Jacks, along for the trip. Solvang turned out to be amazingly friendly both to pets and to kids. One bakery even gave us extra pastries when we bought cookies for the Blogger boys. Solvang may be a small town, but its restaurants, bakeries, shops (including a cool book store) and outdoor activities make it a worthwhile stop. And its close to plenty of wineries and nearby towns, like Los Olivos, with their own draws.

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