Solvang Journals

Central California

A June 2006 trip to Solvang by Jypsies32

Quote: A romantic trip for couples halfway up the California Coast.

Central California

Overview

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We began our trip by flying into LAX and staying with Los Angelinos friends who accompanied us to Solvang for two days, and then Cambria (also for two days). We wanted to see Solvang because it was recommended, affordable, and adorable(sort of like the California's Gatlinburg, TN with a Danish twist). I also wanted my husband to see the view of the Pacific from Highway One and our ultimate destination was Hearst Castle. Wineries and good restaurants were also a priority! We also managed to squeeze in a visit to the original Getty museum in Malibu.Quick Tips: If you want to go the original Getty Museum in Malibu, reserve tickets in advance on the Internet. Most likely, you can do this the same...Read More

Pickford House Bed & Breakfast

Hotel | "The Pickford House"

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The Pickford House has a charming theme: all of the rooms are named after early movie stars like Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge, Rudy Valentino, and Clara Bow. This is an apt theme since the B&B is only 8 miles from The Hearst Castle where many of early Hollywood's stars used to attend W.R. Hearst's & Marion Davies' ostentatious soirees. The rooms are cute, furnished with antiques and claw-foot tubs, but there is very little ventilation and the room we had backed up to a noisy highway. Also, the owner seemed very stressed out about us ruining her antiques and on occasion would hand us coasters or ask us to be careful which I thought was strange. Breakfast was served from 8-10 and wa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Pickford House Bed & Breakfast
2555 MacLeod Way
Cambria, California 93428
(805) 927-8619

The Red Viking

Restaurant

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We stopped in at The Red Viking for breakfast one morning and it hit the spot. French toast, bacon and eggs, you name it--they have it. They also have a cool place mat that gives you the history of the area and the service was real friendly. It seemed like a place that locals frequented. Not for fussy eaters...a true diner-style experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2006

The Red Viking
1684 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, California 93463
(805) 688-6610

Meadows Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant | "Meadows Restaurant & Bar"

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This restaurant was across the street from where we stayed and was recommended to us as one of the nicer places to eat in Solvang, but to tell you the truth, I thought it was pretty ordinary and found the food neither satisfying or distinctive. However, the after-hours version of The Meadows was a great party spot, but I wouldn't spend my money on dinner there again. They had a salad bar, typical fare like steaks and ribs. But the real killer is that their mashed potatoes were fake and not very good. I'm a potato lover (even fake) and found it easy to resist these. Their French Onion soup was also disappointing. Okay. You get it. I don't think you should eat here, but apparently the locals do.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 11, 2006

Meadows Restaurant & Bar
420 Alisal Road
Solvang, California 93463
(805) 688-9003

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This is a wonderful lunch spot. We lucked into it. I ordered a salad comprised of bibb lettuce, drizzled in a Gorgonzola & balsamic dressing. LUSCIOUS! And I don't often say that about salads. MY husband ordered a pastrami sandwich and was equally pleased. You could also get good local wines there. The chef was very nice and came out to see how we liked our meal. Portions weren't wimpy and the food was quality. You didn't feel overly full or greased-out afterwards. A lovely experience. I am guessing one might need reservations for evening.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Patrick's Side Street Cafe
2375 Alamo Pintado Rd.
Los Olivos, California
(805) 686-4004

Hoppe's Garden Bistro & Wine Shop

Restaurant | "Hoppe's Garden Bistro"

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This restaurant was recommended to us by the owner of the Solvang Garden Lodge and we're glad we took him up on it! It's a very shabby-chic sort of place with tons of fresh flowers. The indoor area has a cottage-appeal and the outdoor area is like sitting in a wonderful, but un-prissy garden. The menu was pretty simple, as they were undergoing some sort of transition (expansion?), but it ranged from full meals to appetizers of gourmet cheeses served with walnuts and California figs. I ordered an exotic artichoke/asparagus soup which was delicate and complex at the same time. I also ordered an egg-roll made with sushi that was fantastic even though I didn't realize that I was ordering sushi! ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Hoppe's Garden Bistro & Wine Shop
78 N Ocean Avenue
Cayucos, California 93430
(805) 772-9012

Judith Hale Gallery

Attraction

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A Western, traditional and sculptural garden, I was really impressed with the art available here and wish I had more money. Fun and funky garden sculptures made from industrial junk were just hilarious and interesting. They also had nice sketches and beautiful Brazilian leather ottomans and chairs. The owner was a real doll, too. I'm not into Western motifs, but if you are, there is plenty of great stuff. Check it out!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Judith Hale Gallery
2890 & 2884 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos, California 93441
(805) 688-1222