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Solvang Visit as a Family and Sideways Inn Stay

Posted by on Thursday, February 28, 2019 Under: Santa Barbara
We visited Solvang, a fun one-of-a-kind Danish town in Santa Barbara County, California, this past weekend. It was bustling with tourists, visitors and dogs! (Note: All photos Pinterest photos below were taken by 

It is impossible to walk around downtown Solvang and not get tempted to buy a pastry at one of the many Danish bakeries. The combination of the smell of the freshly baked goods, the perfection of a macaron and the sizes of the pastries definitely hit you because you feel like you're in Europe. It is incredible. 

Only a bit over an hour from SLO, we decided to take on this quick adventure down South. With free parking lots, it was easy for us to park and walk right into the center of it all. I recommend parking in that free parking lot that is located next to Birkholm's Solvang Danish Bakery. You're right in the downtown area and there is a decent public restrooms right there.

With 2 little boys when we travel, we're mindful of nearby restrooms and also kid-friendly places. Solvang is definitely kid-friendly. In the past, we would walk by wine tasting rooms and ponder whether we should go in or not. Our little ones are adorable but need to stay busy or they will act up. As we walked by Lucas & Lewellen tasting room at 1645 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, they had a chalkboard up right in the front that said "Kids & Pets welcome". That did not give me any hesitation to come in inside. I'm so glad they did that.

Towards the back was a kid's table with toys! While my husband and I would switch off and share samples of of their wine, my boys were busy playing with puzzles, books and blocks at the kid's table. It was a win, win situation.

The customer service was great and no one seemed bothered by my kids at all. Samples ranged by sets. We chose the cheapest set that was $15 for 4 or 5 different tastings.

I shared with the lady who was helping us at out at the counter with the samples that if we had not seen the "kids & pets welcome" sign that they had in front, we would have probably not even considered trying to taste wine at a tasting room in Solvang. And because we saw that sign, we walked right on in right away. She was grateful that I shared that info and also told me that Toccata, their sister wine tasting room, also has a kid's play area. Although they didn't have a sign that says "kids welcome" at Toccata (maybe they will someday), they did indeed have a kids' table with puzzles and books so go on there too if you are traveling with kids and want to sample some local Solvang wine.

There is a lot of walking around in Solvang so I do recommend bringing a stroller along for those little tired legs.

After being satisfied with our pastries, toy store visits (including the LEGO room at Copenhagen House), eating ice cream, wine tasting and seeing the famous windmill, we decided to take the kids at the nearby playground that's half a mile away.

This is Hans Christian Andersen Park located at: 633 Chalk Hill Rd, Solvang, CA 93463. It has a lot of shaded areas and benches.

If you have time, off the main downtown Solvang area but very conveniently on the way in or out of it is Ostrichland! You can feed and see dozens and dozens of emus and ostriches here! Address: 610 E Hwy 246, Solvang, CA 93463

We had so much fun at Solvang.

I really can't wait to come back again and stock up on more sweet pastries.

Sideways Inn Stay:
A few months later, we decided to come back in July and stayed at The Sideways Inn, which is also the same hotel that the guys in the movie Sideways stayed at! It's very kid-friendly with a decent pool. They also have complimentary continental breakfast where you fill out the form the day before and put it in front of your room and they'll bring you a bag of breakfast by hanging it on your door! I loved this service!

We also decided to relive another part of the movie and ate at The Hitching Post. In the movie, this place did not seem this packed! It was so busy in there. Then again, we came in mid-July on a Sunday so it's tourist season. Make a reservation if you can! We waited 45 minutes for a table of four.

Read about our more recent stay in Solvang where we stayed at Hotel Corque in the middle of July.

See a list of kid-friendly wineries that we visited in Solvang.

See pictures from our trip to Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

Find a hotel in Solvang.

In : Santa Barbara 

Tags: solvang family things to do  solvang kid-friendly  sideways inn hotel buellton 

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