On Friday we drove to Solvang, a small town 38 miles from Santa Barbara. Founded in 1911 by a group of Danish educators, it started attracting tourists as a sort of Little Denmark in the 1940s. They’ve kept it that way to give it a niche flavor, and we enjoyed walking around the shops. There’s a large windmill, in case you didn’t get the Denmark theme. We had lunch at the Red Viking, which serves a smorgasbord as well as Danish entrees and sandwiches. Definitely worth a morning or afternoon trip, especially if coupled with Santa Barbara or somewhere else not far. (We drove the 75 miles from Ojai and came straight back, not sure it’s a good single 75-mile trip, but a fun place to visit in your travels.) See video below.
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