Three and a Half Days, Solvang and Santa Barbara

Last year we wrote a story entitled “Five and a Half Days” in which we visited San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa, Fairfield, Suisun Bay, Benicia, The Delta, plus visited the Jelly Belly Factory, fished Grizzly Island, and so much more yet only in five and a half days. We never felt rushed and spent hours just leisurely kicking back or fishing along the rain saturated banks of the delta.

This time we are doing a mini version called, Three and a Half Days. On this trip, we visited Cayucos, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano, Summerland, The Dutch town of Solvang, Carpenteria, Downtown Ventura, and Santa Barbara. We visited a butterfly grove, an ostrich farm, we saw six piers plus drove on two, we fished at night under a full moon, we saw otter and seals, and made it back home in time to watch the 6:00 news. As with the other trip, we never felt rushed.

Part Three

Solvang

On our way to Santa Barbara, we decided to do a quick excursion over to the Dutch village of Solvang.

I say Dutch because all of the architecture in the town is Danish. Way back when, it used to be just one main street, however, it has turned into several streets filled with shops, restaurants, bakeries, etc.

Even on this crowded weekend day, it didn’t seem bad because over those several streets there are, quite a few nooks, crannies, courtyards, and little alcoves filled with various retail or food establishments. You can easily stroll through the crowds while spending hours shopping, eating ,or just looking around.

Besides the delicious bakeries, there are wine tasting rooms, festivals, parks, interesting novelty shops, and more.

I love the Danish architecture which adorns most of the structures, even the gas stations got in on the spirit.

It is a great place to visit for the day even if just to enjoy the scenery or see an Ostrich or two… yes, I said Ostrich.

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