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GET OUTSIDE IN SOLVANG
Solvang: Wheeled Fun
Solvang is an ideal cycling area. Solvang proudly hosted the 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011 Amgen Tour of California pro cycling race as well as some of USA’s major amateur races in March and November. Athletes of all levels benefit from coaching at nearby Carmichael Training Systems. Pedal around Solvang by bicycle or four-wheeled surrey cycles. With Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours, hop on a daily guided tour, complete with wine tasting and picnic lunch. Glide through Solvang on a guided Segway Tours combining history, sightseeing and adventure in a personal emission-free transporter.
At Solvang’s Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort on 10,000 acres, enjoy horseback riding, fishing at a private lake, golf, tennis, spa as well as themed packages such as Cowgirl and BBQ Bootcamps. On the first Saturday every May, the private group Rancheros Visitadores (Visiting Ranchers) parade their 500+ horses, carriages and bedecked riders through Solvang for a blessing at Old Mission Santa Ines. For mild two-horse powered ride, hop aboard the horse-drawn Solvang Trolley--a historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of magnificent Belgian draft horses providing 20-minute guided tours around the village.
Try Ostrich Land, a 33-acre breeding farm to see/feed more than 100 ostriches and some emus up close. Flag Is Up Farms, home of Monty Roberts, the “Man Who Listens to Horses,” is where visitors are welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. Discover Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch-and-under horses that welcomes visitors daily for free viewing from 10 AM–3 PM and visit Seein’ Spots Farm, breeders of miniature donkeys and mules. All within 5-20 minutes of the village of Solvang, you can golf at 4 different courses, hike mountain and ranch trails and peaks, fish at Cachuma Lake and see wildlife from a boat or shore. Tour a lavender farm. Take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard.