Hakuna Moscato: Why Solvang is Paradise on Earth

March 25, 2019

If you’re into cultural history, Solvang is the place to go. Rich with Danish heritage, Solvang is replete with relics from the past. From architecture to craftsmanship, you can find everything in this city.

The streets in this town are lined with houses with thatched roofs and old-world designs that are in true Danish style.




This city—which was founded by a group of Danish immigrants in 1911—is listed as one of the 10 most attractive small towns in the US by Sunset magazine. The earliest founders of the city traveled from Iowa to establish a town in California.

Those Danish-Americans bought 9000 acres of land, which was formerly Rancho San Carlos de Jonata, and turned it into Old Mission Santa Inés. A folk school and church were also constructed in order to preserve the original Danish culture. These establishments have evolved with time into modern-day restaurants and senior care facilities.