Sunday, December 7

Sunny Fields

It's Sunday, and we're now in Solvang.

Solvang is a little town Near the Santa Ynez mountains - think inland from Oxnard. If you don't even know where Oxnard is, then think up the California coast from Santa Barbara.

Founded by Danish immigrants in 1910, Solvang (meaning "sunny fields") has become a very special place where old world charm and customs have been successfully linked with the American way of life. (Text partly from the History of Solvang from the Elverhøj Museum).

My family (up until the late 1970's) always came up to and through Solvang on the way to another family retreat in Pismo Beach. Unfortunately, due to time restrictions - not to mention distance - the last two times I made it to Solvang were in 1980 and 1986. Now twenty-two years later, time has taken its toll.

Marilee and I are staying at the Kronborg Inn, and I'm sure that in the heyday of Solvang this place was far more, well, Danish looking. But this isn't the forum for making less-than-stellar reviews of - no, I'm not even going to say it. I'll leave that for Expedia's website.

Let's just say we've become spoiled after staying at some really nice four- and five-star hotels over the last week...

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