I'm just back from Solvang. My expectation for this weekend trip was rather moderate, but it turned out to be one of the best weekend getaways. Since I'm so pleased by my experience, I want to share some tips with prospective fellow travelers to the area. First, Solvang Gardens is a GREAT place to stay, a real value for the money in a generally overpriced area. Their rooms are rated as low as the ones in other nearby motels, but please do yourself a favor and choose this establishment. First of all, it's located about 5 minutes off the main street, near the private residential neighborhood. Other lodgings with comparable prices tend to be in louder, more crowded places. (Another hotel with a good location is Mirabelle Inn, a boutique hotel.) Second, Solvang Gardens have nice rooms, far better than those at refurbished motels, Because I bought the wine tour package, the owner upgraded our room from a garden queen to a king suite. I appreciated the spaciousness, but I could have happily stayed in a garden queen, too. The rooms are quaint, except for shiny marble bathrooms, but are very clean and comfortable. Third, SG offers a free breakfast with delicious Danish pastries, 100% orange juice, fruits, and hot beverages (yes, cereals and milks, too). Except for pastries, these are available all day through 10 pm. Finally, SG has a very PRETTY garden in the back lushly green with apple and walnut trees surrounding cute fountains. in its price range, SG is absolutely the better deal.
About the wine tour package, e went for the Stagecoach wine tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a bit cheaper if you buy the package through the hotel. However you may buy the tour, ask if you can go to the Bella Cavalli Farm and Winery. It's an exceptional winery accessible only for Stagecoach groups. You can look up the farm's website, but no photo does justice to the grand beauty of the farm. It's a drop-dead gorgeous place. I'm no wine drinker, but I want to sign up for their membership so that I can go back.
Other tips are: visit Los Alamos, a neighboring little town, esp. the Union Hotel, whose lobby and bar are striking, and dine at Succulent Cafe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique country inn with 24 individually decorated rooms. Unique, elegant and comfortable property. Secluded in a quiet residential area in the heart of Solvang. At walking distance to restaurants, shops and wine tasting rooms.In the wine country of Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County. The property is within beautiful gardens, fruit trees and fountains. A true escape from the hustle of big cities. Rooms vary in sizes, some with fireplaces, kitchenettes and beautiful marble bathrooms. ... more less
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- Solvang Gardens Hotel Solvang