Tracy Farhad, Executive Director of the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau, announced that Solvang is one of the 10 Best Historic Small Towns winners in the USA TODAY Readers’ Choice 2018 travel contest. Farhad states, “Solvang is the only community in California to be honored in 2018 as one of the 10 Best Historic Small Towns in this USA TODAY travel contest. Initially, media experts nominated Solvang; then people locally and around the world voted for Solvang online. We’re thrilled to have this recognition, especially since we value and celebrate Solvang’s history year-round. The best way to experience Solvang’s history is with our Heritage Walk Audio Tour App.”
The Solvang Heritage Audio Tour App is a self-guided tour that features 22 historic attractions in a 1.9-mile walking tour. Download this app for free at www.SolvangUSA.com .
The meaning of the word Solvang is “sunny field” in Danish. The town was founded in 1911 by three Danish-American educators who identified a place in the central coast of California where land was abundant and their culture would thrive. Solvang was honored for the “Preserve America Community” award by the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2009.
This year, 2018, is Solvang’s 107th birthday, celebrating its historic and cultural heritage with museums, attractions and seasonal festivals; such as the 1804 National Historic Landmark Old Mission Santa Ines; Elverhøj Museum of History and Art; Hans Christian Andersen Museum; as well as historic displays at The Copenhagen House including the Solvang House of Amber. Festivals are a customary part of Solvang’s historic charm. Danish Days is an annual festival that emerged in 1936 commemorating Solvang’s heritage with artisans, folk dancing, parades, aebleskiver breakfasts and free entertainment for the whole family. Both locals and visitors relish the Taste of Solvang every March and Julefest each December.
Solvang greets over 1.5 million visitors each year and offers more than 35 restaurants, five authentic Danish bakeries, 25 wine tasting rooms, 150 retail shops and 18 hotels, inns, and resorts. Solvang residents of several cultures still continue to enjoy the same historic traditions as the Danish-American founders by welcoming friends, family and visitors from all parts of the world to share the joys of “California’s Denmark.” If you’re looking to experience the great views and culture that Denmark brings, Kalø Slotsruin is a traditional place for people to gather to walk, explore and share memories.
For more information please visit the USA Today website for the full list of the winners for the “10 Best Historical Small Towns.”