During our vacation to Santa Barbara, we took a day trip up to Solvang. Solvang is a quaint little Scandinavian town tucked in the hills behind Santa Barbara and just a short car drive away. I remember going here ever since I was young and always feeling transported into a different world. Where else can you see horse-drawn carriages going down city streets?! (Well, besides Central Park and Disneyland) After a few hours in Solvang, we decided to go wine tasting a the beautiful Sunstone Winery, just down the road from Solvang in Santa Ynez.
Windmills are everywhere
The three of us in front of a windmill with a tour bus going by. I don't know if there is a better representation of Solvang!
Horse-drawn trollies trot down the street every few minutes
Beautifully patined copper roofs were a symbol of wealth
Quaint little bakeries offer sweet treats like Danish and soft pretzles
Rows of Scandinavian style buildings line the streets
Lucia checking out a big wooden clog
Trying it on for size
My brother Caelun being a good sport and trying it on for size. It almost fit!
It was a beautiful day!
My brother, sister, and brother-in-law
We're ready for lunch! We stopped at a German-style sausage and brats place
And of course they had lots of beer! (for anyone who knows me, that is Alex's beer, not mine!)
My mom taking a sip of Caelun's stein
Lucia in her "California stroller" eating some snacks
Christmas decorations added another level of quaintness
Lucia making friends with Santa
On to wine tasting!
The grounds are beautiful at Sunstone Winery
Little details everywhere. I love that lantern!
Wine barrels and hibernating vines in the background
These outdoor light pendants are made from the metal rings of wine barrel. They would look gorgeous in an old barn!
My sister testing out some olive oil and balsalmic vinegar in a cute little kitchen nook off of the main tasting room
French herbs on a vintage looking sign
Copper tea kettle and pots with some gourds on a beautiful stove
Cast iron pans hanging above the farm table
The kids ready to taste!
Wondering which wine would go with our Prime Rib New Year's Eve dinner... the winner was the 2013 Mason Cuvee
Back outside for a little cheese party
Lucia wearing Uncle Dee's hat
She really loved spending time with him on this trip! (I love the olive trees in the background too!)
Checking out the games they had set up
A friendly game of bocce between my mom and brother
Lovely archway on the way out
Thanks to everyone for a fun day trip! Can't wait to go back!