The name Solvang is Danish for “sunny fields,” perfect for the town with four windmills that sits in the wide, sunny Santa Ynez Valley, 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. In fact, “Denmark,” actually means “field of Danes.” “Little Denmark,” Solvang’s nickname, was founded nearly 100 years ago as a repository of Danish heritage. Educators who immigrated from Scandinavia founded the town in 1911 to preserve their culture. Long before it was the village of Solvang, the area was inhabited by Chumash Indians, the indigenous hunter/gatherer/fishermen, who helped to build Mission Santa Ines for the Spanish in 1804. The 9000 acres that the immigrant Danes purchased for their new settlement of Solvang came from the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant. Although everything in town seems to be imprinted with a Danish influence, Solvang’s roots are inexorably tied to the Chumash and the Spanish. (www.solvang.co)
Solvang is actually just a few minutes drive from Michael Jackson’s former home, The Neverland Ranch.
“Velkommen Til Solvang”
I just love the Danish architecture and it reminds me of the movie, The Prince and Me :) .