Known as the Danish capital of America, California’s Solvang is a popular draw for travellers. Make the most of your stay at these luxury and boutique hotels.
At some point in the early 20th century, Danish settlers in America’s northwest decided it was time for a change of scenery and climate. Thus, they ended up on a tract of land 33 miles (53km) west of Santa Barbara, forming the town of Solvang and bringing many Danish architectural sensibilities with them. Today you can stay at a range of lovely upmarket and quirky accommodations, each with its own distinct hint of that Danish heritage.
King Frederik Inn
Located right in the heart of Solvang is the King Frederik Inn, named after a former Danish monarch. Rooms are decorated with local photography and are arranged around the heated outdoor pool. Breakfast consists of muffins and coffee and there’s also a mini market onsite. If you’re planning to visit the nearby Santa Ynez Valley wine area but would like to leave the car behind, a wine shuttle is bookable through reception. From $136 per night.
Wine Valley Inn
Because Solvang lies right on the edge of Santa Barbara wine country, practically every luxury hotel in the area serves some excellent regional tipples. Wine Valley Inn is certainly no exception, with its own dedicated wine and cheese bar open to guests each evening. The building and the holiday cottages are exquisite, half-timbered constructions, connected by garden paths that wind over koi ponds. It’s an elegant choice in downtown Solvang. From $170 per night.
Three miles (5km) west of Solvang is Buellton, California, where you’ll find one of the area’s quirkier boutique hotels. The name, in reference to the book and movie of the same name, is a direct nod to the California wine country allure that draws many visitors to the area. There’s an outdoor pool, sizable lounge bar area, where you’ll find plenty of local wines to try, and the hotel reception is inside a giant windmill. From $181 per night.