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A European Getaway in California! Our Family Weekend in Solvang

‘Hej’ means ‘hello’ in Danish. If Copenhagen wasn’t on the itinerary this summer, how about California? If you’re planning a road trip soon or a Labor Day Staycation near So-Cal, Solvang is a must-see town about 5 miles off the 101 near Santa Barbara.

We rented this Airbnb in the small Danish town earlier this summer when my youngest brother graduated from UC Santa Barbara. – Go Gauchos! – From a visit to Isla Vista, to wine tasting, a stop at Ostrich Land and nibbling on Danish desserts all weekend, let’s go to Solvang!

The SceneSolvang, California – there are adorable bakeries all over town, but I LOVED ‘The Bread Shop‘ as it had fresh-baked buttery croissants and European style baguettes. It opened recently so make sure to stop by.

Going with Kids? Stop by Ostrich Land – Thankfully Aunt Jody volunteered to take 3-year-old Mina to Ostrich Land which is just outside Solvang. Highlight – feeding the emus as they towered over her.

Wine Tasting in Solvang – We stopped by a couple wineries including Russick Vineyards which had an inviting patio overlooking the vineyards. Solvang and Santa Barbara have a totally different vibe than Northern California vineyards or our wine tasting experience last summer in Fredericksburg, Texas. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Brick Barn Winery – This stunning winery 5 minutes off the 101 offered So-cal scenery with the coastal fog in the distance. Charlotte took a cat nap in a make-shift tent resulting in a much smoother tasting. Then it was off to the graduation…

The UCSB Graduation (June) – Celebrating my brother’s graduation with my husband and daughters, as well as my parents, siblings, Aunt Jean and cousins.


Pale Blue Lace – As summer slips away, this lace number has been one of my favorite dresses in the serenity blue hue that falls just below the knee.

<DETAILS by Dale> dress (recent) Banana Republic / heels – Versace Collection (last seen here in LA) / Nails – Sally Hansen Quick Dry

I hope you have a great 3-day weekend!



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