For a Scandi-inspired escape that combines Danish art and architecture with the beautiful weather and landscapes of Southern California, there’s nowhere like Solvang. Our selection of hotels displays beautiful European architecture, while being perfectly placed for exploring Solvang’s attractions – from the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art to the many acclaimed wineries of Santa Barbara County.
Combining the exterior look of an English country house with guest rooms inspired by a Scandi-esque minimalism, The Landsby has a cosmopolitan charm. The food and drink, though, are purely local: book a tour of the valley’s wineries, then come home to Manila clams and Santa Ynez wagyu burgers at the Mad & Vin restaurant.
There’s something of the ‘70s in the dark wood and burnt orange stylings of your room at the Hotel Corque, but the view from the balcony – over the Santa Inés Mission and the Santa Ynez Mountains beyond – is timeless. The valley’s best wine and freshest produce are available at the farm-to-table Root246 restaurant, where the signature cocktails include the laughing buddha and smoky lady.
The chateaus and cottages of Wine Valley Inn sum up the Old World charm of Solvang, with its sturdy beams, wooden floors and wood-burning stoves. Danish pastries and coffee in the breakfast room are the best way to start the day, while bikes are on hand for you to explore Solvang like it’s Copenhagen. Don’t miss the quiet pathways and meadows of Hans Christian Andersen Park.
It may be named for royalty, but there’s nothing stuffy or pretentious about the King Frederik Inn, which has an easy charm permeating its traditional rooms – the homey atmosphere is compounded by the fresh Danish pastries, delivered daily to your door. The outdoor pool and spa are heated, so you can enjoy them year-round – perfect after a day’s hiking in the mountains.
The Kronborg Inn is an exercise in fusion: describing itself as a French boutique inn with Danish architecture, there’s also a traditional Dutch windmill outside the entrance. The effect is a cozy European aesthetic, which extends to the rooms and suites: upgrade to the Jacuzzi Suite for comfy sofas and a spa bath. Wine tours to the acclaimed wineries of the valley are on offer.
With its stone walls and wooden beams thick with ivy and lit atmospherically by lanterns, the Mirabelle is lovely even by Solvang’s high standards. The 12 rooms contain period touches such as antique armchairs and Renaissance fireplaces alongside mod-cons such as smart TVs and whirlpool bathtubs. The third-floor wine lounge and library, and the Fireside Room downstairs, encapsulate the Danish concept of hygge and are both places where it’s easy to watch the hours melt away.
This half-timbered hotel combines a medieval exterior with stylishly modern rooms and suites, with elegant touches such as crystal chandeliers and patios with private firepits. Bikes can be borrowed for free for you to explore the Danish bakeries, boutiques, and architecture of Solvang Village Square. However, if you’re getting acquainted with the area’s wineries or brewpubs, it may be better to go on foot.
The emerald-green, timbered exterior of Svendsgaard’s Danish Lodge certainly catches the eye, and the lodge-style coziness continues within, where deep armchairs and brick fireplaces set the tone. Get a feel for Solvang’s Spanish history at the Mission Santa Inés directly across the street, then visit the Solvang Windmill just next door, one of four in town. The Elverhøj Museum of History & Art is full of insights on Danish culture and Solvang’s history.