A group of Danish settlers purchased a Mexican land grant in the Santa Ynez Valley back in 1911 and Solvang was officially a California town. Farming in the verdant valley supported the population and the town grew in size. Construction of the buildings, as can be seen in this tour photograph, emulated designs from the “old country” and a wonderful destination for visitors from all over the world came to be. We arrive in Solvang because many of our wine tours head to this area renowned (almost as notable as the Napa Valley) for its myriad appellations of fine wines. Our SIDEWAYS tour visits many of the wineries noted in the book and movie. However, a wonderful part of any tour to this area just north of Santa Barbara (and about 140 miles from Los Angeles) is a look around Solvang. Of course there are lots of wine stores but even better are the Danish bakeries. We always love directing our guests to try what we consider to be the best baked good there is, æbleskivers. Somewhere between a pancake and popover this baked doughball is served with jam or honey. Around this time of year one should enjoy their æbleskiver with a glass of gløgg (mulled wine). We can walk around to see a replica of the famed mermaid statue from Copenhagen and tributes to Hans Christian Anderson. Very close by is the Mission Santa Inés for our guests who might be traveling the mission trail through California. For our guests wanting to spend a day sightseeing out of Los Angeles we will always suggest a private tour of the Santa Ynez Valley for the beauty, the history, the wine and the æbleskivers.