Solvang

#1 Coffee First

Solvang Bakery
438 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 9346
https://solvangbakery.com

The Vibe:
Like if Grandma’s kitchen turned it into a bakery.

TL Insider Note:
You can pre- order personalized cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and their famous gingerbread houses for special occasions.

#2 Best Place to Stay

Near the Four Windmills
Find an inn or hotel after Highway 246 turns into Mission Drive, Alisal Road, or Copenhagen Drive

The Vibe:  
Like being transported through time to a Danish village. Real old world European feel.

TL Insider Note:
If you’re walking distance from one of Solvang’s windmills, you will be walking distance to everything in town!

#3 Iconic Bite

Aebleskivers at Viking Garden Restaurant
446 Suite C Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463 https://www.vikinggardenrestaurant.com

The Vibe: Like a New York City diner married a Scandinavian restaurant    -Outdoor garden is perfect for an afternoon beer & a brat.

TL Insider Note:
In addition to the aebleskivers, their regular menu offers European, American and Mexican food, but stick to their breakfast.

#4 Thrill Seeking

Ostrichland USA
610 E Hwy 246, Solvang, CA 93463
https://www.ostrichlandusa.com/

The Vibe:
Hang out & feed ostriches that are up to 7 feet tall.

TL Insider Note:
Buy at least two bowls of food. Hold on tight while feeding them, because their mouths take powerful bites!

#5 Romantic Excursion

European Fashion & Gifts Shopping & Copenhagen Sausage Garden Date

European Fashion & Gifts
433 Alisal Rd F, Solvang, CA 93463
https://www.solvangusa.com/directory/european-fashion-and-gifts/

Copenhagen Sausage Garden
1660 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
https://www.csg-solvang.com

The Vibe:
A cute local shop which sells authentic Danish wear and a beer garden that feels like Oktoberfest in America.

TL Insider Note:
Get the sausage sampler and try out the dozens of dipping sauces for free & a flight a beers to share with your date

#6 Best Sightseeing

Winery Tours / Stage Coach Tours / Bella Cavalli Farms
959 E Hwy 246, Solvang, CA 9346
http://www.bellacavallifarms.com

The Vibe:
Stage Coach Tours,  https://winetourssantaynez.com/ , offers an awesome half day tour. Private or with fun strangers. Includes pick-up, lunch, and amazing wines in one of the most beautiful parts of all of Cali. 

TL Insider Note:
One of the stops is Bella Cavalli Farms, you can become a member here and get Jeff the owners wine shipped straight to you bi-montly AND the membership gets you two annual invites to the farms Derby and Fall parties held on the beautiful farm. 

#7 Wild Card

Quicksilver Ranch
1555 Alamo Pintado Rd Solvang, CA 93463

The Vibe:
A big green pasture where you can see the miniature horses roam.     Likely the most adorable animals on the planet.

TL Insider Note:
It’s a quick & free activity! It’s totally worth making the stop, but only need to set aside 10-15 minutes of your day.

#8 The Happiest Hour

Mad & Vin
1576 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
https://thelandsby.com/dining/

The Vibe:
With multiple fireplaces and couches with blankets & throws, feels like you’re hanging out in fancy lodge living.

TL Insider Note:
Located inside the Landsby Hotel. Has two TVs for watching sports.

#9 Dinner with an Atmosphere

Hitching Post II
406 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427
https://hitchingpost2.com

The Vibe:
A meat lover’s dream for an upscale dinner in a casual setting.

TL Insider Note:
This restaurant was made famous in the movie, Sideways. Hop on over to the bar area to recreate the scenes.

#10 Night Out Spot

Maverick Saloon
3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
https://www.themavsaloon.com

The Vibe:
Huge dive bar with great drinks and live music. Rock your cowboy boots to the dance floor next door, or chill at the bar.

TL Insider Note:
Bring thumb tacks, a marker and a dollar bill to leave your mark on the famous money ceiling.