Old West Meets Chic
The town that gave the valley its name boasts period-style false-front building facades and horse-shoe embedded crosswalks. Behind its old west feeling, it has every modern convenience from old fashion to hip stores, a variety of services, and restaurants offering cuisine from burgers to sophisticated international fare.
An Authentically Danish-American Town
Founded in 1911, the community of Solvang holds Danish-American charm and tradition. The streets are flanked with Danish farm-style architecture and windmills, and host more than 30 restaurants and cafes – featuring not only Danish cuisine (including five authentic bakeries) but also wine-country, international and traditional American favorites. Locals and visitors alike enjoy dozens of wine and beer tasting rooms, and wine bars and gourmet food shops tempt palates with the bounty of nearby vineyards and farms.
Wine Tasting and Restaurants
Described as a picture perfect country town, Los Olivos mixes California history with modern-day wine tasting rooms, art galleries and upscale shops. The town dates back to the 1860s, when the stagecoach route began to pass through, stopping at Mattei’s Tavern.
Romance & Charm
Tiny in size but big in charm, Ballard has the serenity and charm of a well-preserved country burg and holds some of the valley’s most treasured gems including the Little Red School House, historic homes and churches, and The Ballard Inn & Restaurant.
Antiques, Art & Dining
Located just off State Route 135 at the northern part of the Valley lies Los Alamos. Bell Street, the main thoroughfare, combines seven blocks of Old West heritage with food, wine, arts and antiques. Bell Street Farm is particularly popular with the Valley locals, offering local cuisine in a sophisticated yet comfortable design.