On one of the last days of our West Coast roadtrip, we headed towards Santa Barbara wine country. Driving through vineyards, jazz music on the radio, we suddenly entered Solvang – a little Danish village. It was still sunny, we were surrounded by wineries, and the iconic coastline wasn’t too far from us, but this place looked nothing like the California we’d seen on the previous days and weeks on the road.
We got out of the car and it was like walking around a Danish town but with a Disneyland atmosphere. There were so many tourists, so many tourist attractions. This wasn’t really what we expected and not what we like, but what brought us to Solvang (and made everything amazing) was The Landsby.
This place was such a warm, welcome home after days on the road and (slightly creepy) motel after motel. We spent two nights here, totally soaking up the quietness, surrounding ourselves with pretty Scandinavian design and spending hours sitting and talking by the fire pit outside with glasses of their local house wine.
It was the true Californian lifestyle with warm days and bright sunshine in November, but with that Scandinavian design we all love so much. Nothing like the cold and darkness we have come home to – we obviously wish we were back there.