Thursday, March 14, 2013

"We're very Danish here."

solvang architecture 4
horse-drawn trolley
door and carousel sign
solvang architecture 3
flowers and antiques
solvang architecture 1
kings of denmark
succulent cafe
caprese sandwich
danish wall art
theatre sign
hans christian andersen museum
museum artifacts
danish butter cookies
helen in solvang alley
martin's used books
house & AH in solvang
We ventured up north along the Pacific coast to a land of sunny fields during the first leg of our anniversary trip. When we arrived at the charming Danish community of Solvang, we asked a local what made the little town special. "We're very Danish here," she replied curtly. I've yet to visit its original counterpart across the sea, but Solvang was a captivating taste of Danish culture. I could hardly pause from snapping pictures of the insanely quaint architecture, with their colored trims, thatched roofs, and brazen windmills. Sweet and quirky artwork that bespoke of Danish history adorned the walls, and were often framed by colorful flora. We spent the beautifully sun-graced day moseying about and admiring the creativity around us, eating lunch at a tasty cafe al fresco, and stopping by the Hans Christian Andersen Museum to poke around, too. It was so legit, especially because I loved reading his fairy tales growing up. Though we were only a bit more than two hours from home, the sweet little enclave felt like another world - perfect for a weekend getaway.


  1. I love Solvang!!! My dad use to take me there every Christmas to pick out ornaments. Have you ever been during Christmas? It's incredible. And then a couple of years ago we stopped here during a girls trip. Glad you had a lovely time. Take care,

    Shauna xo

  2. I didn't know there was a museum for him. Awesome!! Such a fun trip!

  3. Wow, so much interesting history! Love the photo's. The street signs- beautiful!

  4. That horse-drawn trolley is so awesome!!!!

  5. I didn't know they had a museum for him either! Looks like such a lovely town to visit!

  6. Cool! I'm Danish too!

  7. Oh these photos are gorgeous!!

  8. Solvang!! :) I used to go here all the time with my parents when I was a little! My dad was like a kid in the candy store eating all the cookies and baked goods, haha. I keep telling taylor that we need to visit. love these photos and all the details you captured!

  9. I visited Solvang many years ago and wish to go back! It's a lovely area and yes .. very Danish! :) Lovely pictures and congrats again on your anniversary!

  10. i love these kind of towns. it does seem like you are in an entirely different world. it looks like you two are enjoying your anniversary celebration. so beautiful!

  11. Isn't Solvang such a little treasure? I've been there twice and both times loved the charm, and of course the food, and I've been to that same bakery! It's so nice when you don't have to travel far to feel far away.

  12. This looks so fun! We are celebrating our anniversary in Santa Barbara and I can't wait!

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  14. So happy for your wonderful little getaway and celebration of God's goodness. These photos are beautiful! You are beautiful! I think my fiance and I will have to make a trip here! I am intrigued.

    Have a beautiful weekend, Helen!


  15. What a gorgeous little town! I wouldn't mind spending a weekend there myself.

  16. Solvang is such an adorable quaint little town! I love all the pictures!

  17. I love all your beautiful pictures! Solvang is a great place, and you cant beat their baked goods! Thanks for sharing :)


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