Day Trippin' :: Solvang

Solvang is one of my favorite places to escape to. It’s just far enough that you feel like you’ve really gotten away from the LA basin, but close enough that you can go there and back in one day. Which is what my friends and I did one perfect day a few years back. (Yes, a few years back – somehow I never shared these! Inconceivable!)

Plus, being that it was founded by Danes and mimics the old cities of Scandinavia, it helps ease my homesickness for Norway a bit. Also, pastries.

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Solvang Bakery

That day we wandered around town, had a lovely lunch al fresco, toured the Old Mission Santa Inés and finished up the day at a lavender field in the neighboring town of Los Olivos, where the owners let us wander the fields after we made friends. Pretty much the perfect day!

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography
Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography

Nikki is half Polish and speaks a bit, hence the hilarity:

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography

We wound up having dessert at the Danish Mill Bakery (one of about twenty bakeries in town) and it was amazing. My marzipan craving was fully satisfied. :)

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Danish Mill Bakery
Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Danish Mill Bakery

I just love the landscape in that part of the state. Absolutely gorgeous rolling hills.

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography

I have to give a shout out to the kind folks at Clairmont Farms. I’ve since ordered gifts from them and people love the handmade lavender products! Also, how cute is their greeter pup?

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Clairmont Farms
Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Clairmont Farms Lavender Fields

On the way home we stopped at one of those vista points where the 101 freeway touches the Pacific, because the sun was setting and it was too beautiful not to. And I’m so glad we did, because it led to one of my favorite photos of Mindy:

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Mindy Silhouette

And a lucky ladybug to round out a gorgeous day.

Solvang Day Trip by Ellingsen Photography - Ladybug and Beach Vista

I’m hoping to get back up there this year, before the heat of summer hits. Where have you guys been trippin’ to lately?

xoxo