It's HOT HOT HOT! 102 degrees hot! And we needed to get out of L.A. At least for a day. A drive up the coast to the quaint Dutch town of Solvang (sunny field in Danish) was just the ticket! The town is about a 2 hour ride away from Los Angeles and it is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley in scenic Santa Barbara County wine country.
We love to go for the great food, abundance of sweet treats, antique and European ware shopping and the down home vibe that exudes from every detail from the flower pots in windows and the lace valances to the smiling shop keepers.(www.solvangusa.com)
My favorite meal in Solvang: Bratwurst and sauerkraut sandwich
with home fries (potatoes boiled, cut and then fried). YUM!
**The best dessert is their Æbleskiver but I was too busy licking my fingers to take a picture...**
Have no idea who this guy is but he would NOT move so I can take a picture!
A miniature of these clogs is now attached to our fridge!
Right next to Solvang (literally across the street) is the Santa Ines Mission. I always love to include something educational for the kids whenever we go places and since my son learned about California's missions in school this was ideal.
SANTA INES MISSION
Blouse: Banana Republic (old); Pants: H&M; Hat: F21 I think; Flats: Tory Burch; Armor Ring: Target; Sunnies: Chanel Bag: Fendi
About 10 minutes from Solvang is the Clairmont Lavender Farm. I LOVE lavender and any and all products made with lavender so this was definitely a must stop.
CLAIRMONT LAVENDER FARM
My daughter playing peek-a-boo!
The smell inside the small lavender shop was intoxicating!
Small take home lavender satchel that I could not stop smelling all the way home.
As we were leaving a bride and groom arrived in a limo to take some wedding pictures.
So, what are you waiting for? Hop on your vehicle of choice and get to Solvang!