Located in Santa Ynez Valley, this unique tourist town began with a single windmill and has blossomed into the sister city of Denmark, which means you can ditch the car and walk everywhere or ride in a horse drawn carriage (!) after drinking steins of Blue Eyed Blonde Ale or a 1547 Porter at Solvang Brewing Company. Hadsten House boasts the best Jidori buttermilk fried chicken in town, with a side of bacon mac ‘n' cheese that will knock you out, or just get super-duper fat sampling from alllllll of the bakeries on the main drag.
Stay: Mirabelle Inn or Wine Valley Inn
Visit: Tasty fudge at Solvang Fudge and smorgasbord at Bit O’ Denmark.
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