Solvang Tour

Drive Dates: Thursday and Saturday, April 4 & 6, 2019

Total Drive Distance: 146 miles (round trip)

Estimated total tour duration: 5 hours


Nicknamed the Danish Capital of America, Solvang is the home to a number of bakeries, restaurants and shops offering a taste of Denmark in California. This historic Danish village offers the best of the Santa Ynez Valley in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Indulge in authentic Danish pastries at their would-famous bakeries. Stroll through the town and admire the old-world European architecture and find the perfect souvenir at a variety of charming boutiques and shops.


From Santa Barbara, we’ll take a 2 ½ hr. back roads drive through the Santa Ynez Valley and transition to CA-135 through Los Alamos. We’ll continue over the Harris Grade into Lompoc and drive past more vineyards on Santa Rosa Rd. The final leg of our tour will take us to the Alisal River Grill in Solvang where we’ll enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch on their patio overlooking the golf course.  

 8:15 AM

 Meet Time

 9:00 – 11:30 AM

 Drive to Solvang

 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

 Lunch at the River Grill at the Alisal

 1:15 PM

 Return drive back to Hilton Santa Barbara

The Tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to the Hilton together, tour leaders will depart for the hotel shortly after lunch.


City of Solvang sites:;


Other Local Sites: 

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum: 320 Alisal Rd. Solvang, CA 93463

The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum has an extensive collection of vintage motorcycles with an overall focus on racing. You will find a selection of British, Japanese, European and American bikes from the 1900's until today. Just 0.3 mile from the Alisal River Grill where we’re having lunch. Call to make sure they are open: 805 686-9522 or visit their website at



The Hitching Post Restaurant:  1406 E Hwy 26, Buellton, CA 93247

The Hitching Post is known for being featured in the Rex Pickett novel, “Sideways” and the Academy Award nominated 2004 Alexander Payne film adaptation of this story. Heading West on 246, this restaurant is located on the left side about 2.8 miles west on Hwy 246 or just 0.5 mile before you get to the 101 freeway. You will be driving past it on your way back to the freeway on the return to Santa Barbara. You may want to stop and take your picture at this famous location!



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