SOLVANG GROUP TOUR SERVICES
Solvang welcomes group tour planners, motor coach operators and travel agents! Groups and individuals enjoy "Little Denmark for a day, overnight or week-long stay. Wine tasting, attractions, shopping, dining and activities, are all within easy walking distance, plus FREE PARKING for cars and a specially designated FREE bus parking area in the center of the village. Hotel room prices are lower for Monday - Thursday stays.
SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA, USA
Nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara County’s wine country with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop, Solvang is on State Highway 246, 132 miles/211 km north of Los Angeles, 297 miles/475 km south of San Francisco, and 387 miles from Las Vegas, NV.
Visitors arrive by vehicle via scenic Highway 101 or Highway 154 or via air service at Santa Barbara (SBA) or Santa Maria (SMX) or Los Angeles International (LAX) Airports. Amtrak train service is available daily via transfers to Amtrak Bus from Santa Barbara.
Six Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations are located throughout downtown.
Named for its sunny weather, Solvang in Danish means “sunny fields” and averages 340 days of annual sunshine. Average annual temperatures are from 76 F/32 C to 54 F/12 C degrees. Dress is casual and comfortable. Early mornings and evenings are generally sweater/jacket time—even in the summer!
Lodging & Meeting Facilities
Solvang offers 16 properties, ranging from deluxe to budget class, including quaint inns, historic B&Bs and a full-service guest ranch. Group conference and meeting facilities offer a diversity of sites, accommodating seven to 700 guests. Reservation information and free booking service: 1-800-468-6765 or www.SolvangUSA.com .
Dining & Wine Tasting
Food lovers enjoy a diverse array of Danish, American, international and wine country cuisine from gourmet to cafes. More than 30 restaurants and 4 authentic Danish bakeries are situated in seven village blocks. There are over 17 wine & beer tasting rooms in Solvang within easy walking distance, and over 100 wineries in the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley.
A shopper’s paradise, Solvang offers dozens of retail shops in 10 quaint squares/courtyards offering Old World antiques, Danish imports, collectibles, arts and crafts, Native American treasures, books, porcelain figures, shoes, clothing, jewelry, regional wines, homemade candy, souvenirs and art.
Solvang offers a variety of museums, art galleries and cultural venues including: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art; Hans Christian Andersen Museum; Vintage Motorcycle Museum; the 1804 National Historic Landmark Old Mission Santa Ines and the Solvang Festival Theater (host to PCPA--Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and more.)
SOLVANG CELEBRATES ARTS & CULTURE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
A complete calendar of events and activities can be discovered at www.SolvangUSA.com
June-September 2014: Solvang’s PCPA Theaterfest Live Performances Sparkle Under the Stars
Now preparing for the 40th summer season in Solvang, PCPA productions of live, professional plays, musicals and comedies are performed in an open-air setting at Solvang Festival Theater, a 700-seat venue in the half-round. Located in downtown Solvang within easy walking distance of hotels and restaurants, numerous overnight packages and dinner specials are available. For more information, visit www.PCPA.org
September 19-21, 2014: 78th Annual Solvang Danish Days Celebration
Every September, California’s “Little Denmark” celebrates its annual Danish Days to honor the establishment of Solvang by Danish-American educators in 1911; and continue preserving the village’s Danish heritage. Three parades (Friday candlelight; the traditional Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon - children’s), plus the Living History program at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art with demonstrations of lace-making and interactive art.