The Landsby in Solvang
Story and photos by Greg Aragon
just returned from a memorable stay at The Landsby Hotel in Solvang
and I dont know what I miss the most: the hotel's luxurious and
beautiful Tower Suite that looks over the idyllic Danish-inspired village,
or the delicious and eclectic food and drink at Mad & Vin, the property's
My getaway to Solvang and The Landsby began last week,
when a friend and I took the 101 Freeway north along the coast to Santa
Barbara, where we transferred to State Route 154, and drove through
the Santa Ynez Mountains, past Lake Cachuma, to our destination. Here
we checked into The Landsby hotel and its gorgeous Tower Suite, located
on the second floor.
The Landsby offers boutique luxury with Danish Charm
Highlighted by a sitting room with a fireplace and wet
bar, and huge Jacuzzi tub for two, the two-story suite is fit for a
Danish king or queen. The room, located in the Tower of the building,
includes two bathrooms, a comfy king bed, 47-inch flat screen TV, a
Keurig coffee maker, mini-refrigerator, free Wifi, fluffy bathrobes,
a walk-in shower, and a delicious complimentary continental breakfast
for all hotel guests.
The two-story Tower Suite at The Landsby is stylish
Something else that makes the Tower Suite and the rest
41-room boutique hotel stand out is its stylish design, influenced by
traditional Scandinavian aesthetic. This is shown in its modern, clean
lines, bright and open layout, and the use of blonde woods, brushed
brass accents, and elegant but comfortable hand-crafted furnishings
in all guestrooms.
A highlight in the Tower Suite is the huge, two-person
When not relaxing in the suite or soaking in the tub,
we were exploring the Solvang village. Named by Sunset magazine as one
of the "10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the Western United States,"
Solvang's rich history dates back to 1911 when adventurous Danish-Americans
traveled across the plains from Iowa to establish a colony and escape
harsh Midwestern winters. Since then the city has retained its heritage
with numerous Danish-styled structures with windmills and pitched roofs.
The village, located about 125 miles from LA, is also
home to a host of Danish bakeries, restaurants, and stores offering
comfort food and trinkets to remind one of Denmark. Around town there
is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen,
as well as a large bust of Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen.
There is also the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, one of the few
museums outside of Denmark devoted to the Danish culture and the Danish-American
experience. Elverhøj preserves and exhibits the history and Danish
culture of Solvang and promotes the arts.
There is nothing like a horse-drawn carriage ride
through the Solvang Village
One of the highlights of our Solvang getaway was a ride
in a horse-drawn carriage, led by two huge Belgium draft horses that
clip-clop through town. Along the way, the driver/guide, who was dressed
in traditional Danish garb, gave everyone on board a fun history lesson
on Solvang. He also made an exciting U-turn on a small side stree
quite a feat for a long carriage being pulled by massive horses.
After the ride, we headed back to The Landsby for happy
hour and a couple hand-crafted cocktails at the hotel bar. On the advice
of the bartender we tried the Admiral Ruyter, a potent and tasty drink
with vodka, strawberry, cracked pepper, balsamic shrub, orange bitters
and lemon zest. For dinner we walked through the bar to Mad & Vin
for fantastic culinary journey that is by itself worth a return visit
to The Landsby. We began the meal with a perfectly cooked jumbo crab
cake with tomato preserve and a marinated lettuce wedges, followed by
a savory squash soup, and a farmer's salad with walnuts, pomegranate
seeds, arugula, mozzarella and gem lettuce wedges.
The food at Mad & Vin is worth a drive from
For the main course I devoured a super fresh and hearty
seafood hot pot with Pacific white shrimp, clams, scallops, and sausage
in a saffron broth. My friend enjoyed a tender, moist, 8oz flat iron
steak, with cheese-stuffed piquillo peppers, pomegranate shrub greens
and duck fat fries. Back in our Tower Suite, we concluded the evening
with local, Santa Barbara wine and a soak in the Jacuzzi tub.
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