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Apr 20, 2015 - Gaviota State Park

A stop on the way back to Santa Barbara. Gaviota State Park Wikipedia

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Apr 20, 2015 - Old Mission Santa Inez

A tour of the mission while in Solvang. The Old Mission Santa Ines Wikipedia

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Apr 20, 2015 - Solvang, CA

A day trip here from Santa Barbara Solvang, CA Wikipedia

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May 21, 2014 - Solvang, CA

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 We left Paso Robles this morning and drove south on CA 101 to Doug & Brook’s home in Solvang, CA. We arrived in time to see the boys come home from school and Brooke from work. Shortly thereafter, Doug also got home home from work. The boys enjoyed watching me set up the motor home in their driveway and showing us their tricks on the trampoline. We had a short visit with the Solvang Joneses and were off to Parker’s roping lesson. Parker practiced break-a-way roping on a dozen calves, goat tying and then more roping...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Road Trip Part 1 - Solvang

Easy driving to Solvang from La Quinta. Tough call whether to stay on the coast in Santa Barbara or inland in the Santa Ynez Valley but we love the riding in the country so we chose to stay in Solvang. It is a bit of a shmaltzy town, built to resemble a Danish village. But it works, especially during the week when it isn't over run by tourists. We've had a very pleasant stay at the Hotel Corque. Great cycle from Solvang to Los Olivos and back and a nice round of golf at the Alisal River course. Dining highlight was the meal at the Los...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Santa Barbara Beaches

One can't have a travel blog thread on Santa Barbara and not talk about its beaches. There are many and they are quite pretty. Probably the most photographed one is downtown at Stearn's Pier. The pier separates East Beach from West Beach, both are lined with the very tall palm trees you often see in promo material for SB. There is a paved walkway along these beaches filled with walkers, bikers, joggers, skaters, wheel chairs, young, old, etc. You get the idea. The pier has the usual assortment of restaurants, boat charters, and some rather...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Channel Islands National Park

Our major reason for visiting Santa Barbara was to see Channel Islands National Park. Located off the coast near Santa Barbara are eight islands, five of which comprise the National Park. Unlike Acadia or Yosemite, Channel Islands National Park is the LEAST visited park in the NP system. The reason for this is because one can only get to it by boat or private airplane. Our kind of place! So we drove to Ventura, where we boarded a large catamaran, and took a 90 minute ride across the Straight of Santa Barbara. About half way across, we...

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Mar 28, 2014 - Solvang

Today we ventured into the Santa Ynez Mountains east of Santa Barbara to visit the town of Solvang. Established in 1911 by a group of Danish educators, "solvang" is Danish for "sunny fields." Sunny and Danish this place is! The town reminded us so much of those we've seen in Europe, with steep roofs, lots of brick and timbers, clock towers, flowers every where, and even storks nesting on roof tops (very common in Denmark). We like the signs advertising businesses.....very European. It's a colorful place with lots of interesting shops and...

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Apr 20, 2013 - Day 4

4/20 – How fitting that I visited the Danish town of Solvang today as I finished listening to my audio book, set in Denmark. Serendipity. Solvang was awash with people who had come for a Vintners’ Festival on the grounds of Mission Santa Ines. I opted for the quiet, cool tour of the mission (after a raspberry cheese Danish and a fondling of the wools at the weaving shop) rather than standing in the 90-degree weather with hordes of wine imbibers. I read that Mission Santa Ines was so isolated it didn’t have much social life in the early...

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Trip Journal


The Royal Road

Mar 27, 2013 - Road Trip Stage 1

A short drive for our first day on the road. We headed NW from La Quinta, following the I10 and then cutting over to the 101. We stayed in Santa Barbara last fall and found a great lunch spot on the beach while cycling. We managed to find it again by car, the Beachside Bar-Cafe at Goleta Beach. A great spot for a seafood lunch by the sea. From there we headed to kitschy Solvang, a Danish village themed town in the Santa Ynez Valley. First stop was the Firestone Brewery for some craft beer and fine pub food, a great spot! This is the area...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Solvang

We drove south toward Santa Barbara today - unfortunately the scenic road doesn't hug the coast because the railroad tracks and Vandenburg Air Force Base are there. It was still a nice ride out with my Bigboy and we did find a lovley beach/picnic area to have our lunch. Our new campground friends told us about Solvang so we went there. It's a town filled with 19th century timber structures and considered the "Danish Capital of America" - windmills, bakeries and horse-drawn streetcars. Very quaint - very crowded - very little English spoken...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Solvang, CA

We had a pretty easy ride north today from Valencia to Solvang. We took CA-126 toward the coast from Valencia which is a road we never traveled before. It turned out to be an easy drive with not too much traffic and the views of the mountains surrounding the road in the valley were just beautiful. There was some general agriculture and lots of citrus and avocado trees growing. CA-126 turns into Hwy 101 north. It was nice to see that some parts had been improved and widened since we were on it many years ago. Driving through the Santa...

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