Last weekend my husband and I were able to get away to celebrate my 47th birthday. We decided to go to Solvang, a cute little Danish city in Southern California. If you’ve never been, you have to take a trip, trust me. I’ve been going since I was a kid, where you could get a bucket of Danish Butter Cookies at any of the local bakeries, visit one of the four windmills in town, or grab a fabulous cup of coffee. Yes, coffee. I stopped into “The Good Seed,” grabbed a vanilla lavender latte and was in love. I went back for another the same day, and then had to visit the adorable shop each day I was in town. There is a line on the weekends, but trust me it’s worth it. Tell them I sent you!
We like out of the way, super comfy places to stay. Maybe it’s that we’re getting older, but we’ll always pay for comfort and a gorgeous setting. After asking around and doing some research, we decided to stay at Alisal Ranch. Our daughter rides horses and we love the western/ranch style of life, so it appeared to be a perfect fit. When we checked in it was explained to us that our breakfast and dinner each day were included in our rate. We also had access to pretty much every activity on the ranch and were even given our own special table for the duration of our stay. The rooms were adorable, all attention to every detail was given. The bed was extremely comfy and the room had no tv, which was a bonus for me, but maybe not so much for my football loving husband. We were centered on the ranch so we were able to see the comings and goings of other guests, which was nice. The ranch is extremely family friendly. The last night we were there we were able to be part of a cookout, where a gourmet chef whipped up some amazing barbecue, with a huge feast. There was even a live band and fire pits all around to provide great ambiance. To say we’re looking forward to going again is an understatement. We’re trying to get our family trip planned so we can spend a week there this summer. I would highly recommend Alisal Ranch for any getaway, with kids or without.
While you’re up in the Solvang area, make sure to visit the town of Los Olivos as well. There is an awesome western store, Jedlicka’s there, where I was able to get an amazing new pair of Lucchese boots. Many wineries in the area have now opened cute tasting rooms in the town as well. It’s a great place to hop from tasting room to tasting room on a nice day!
Please let me know if you visit any of the spots…you’ll love them all, trust me!