Santa Barbara, California, US
Solvang & Wine Tasting
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Revel in the Santa Ynez Valley's charming beauty, with Danish architecture, shopping for European wares and lunch on your own. Nestled between the mountains and ocean and featuring a Mediterranean climate, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to many boutique, limited-production wineries. Intrigued? You should be -- your wine experience here will be like no other.
Traverse winding roads into the Santa Ynez Valley, accompanied by dramatic mountains and lush countryside. This fertile valley provides the ideal climate for growing more than 50 varieties of grape. Visit two of the valley’s established wineries, reminiscent of those in the French Provençal countryside. Whether you are a budding wine connoisseur, an aspiring sommelier or just enjoy wine, the knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions.
Sample fine wines at each winery and discover why these regional vineyards have yielded award-winning wines since the ’70s. You'll also discover why wine experts the world over toast the quality of vintages that emerge from Santa Barbara’s soil. at each winery and discover why these regional vineyards have yielded award-winning wines since the ’70s. You'll also discover why wine experts the world over toast the quality of vintages that emerge from Santa Barbara’s soil.
Velkommen! Your next stop is Solvang -- a delightful Danish-themed hamlet founded in 1911, perhaps not surprisingly by a group of Danish who wanted to leave behind the harsh Midwestern winters. You’re not quite in Denmark but you will enjoy some free time to stroll along quaint sidewalks past buildings that feature half-timbered walls and simulated thatch roofs that mimic Danish architecture. And yes -- that is indeed a Dutch windmill in the middle of town. You’ll even encounter a replica of the famous Little Mermaid statute from Copenhagen, as well as a bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen.
Browse among the 150 one-of-a-kind shops that offer imported European wares. Porcelain, linens, handicrafts, elegant antiques, gourmet gifts -- there’s something for everyone. Purchase a leisurely lunch at your own expense -- the numerous restaurants cater to every taste, including open Danish sandwiches. You might want to try Aebleskiver -- traditional Danish pancakes in the shape of a sphere.
Notes: Weather permitting, wine tasting may be hosted in the outdoors; bring a hat. Minimum age is 21 years.
This excursion is led in English