Solvang is a Danish Village nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, just a quick 45-minute drive from Santa Barbara. Founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters, they named it Solvang which is Danish for ‘sunny field’. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. There are all sorts of interesting Danish-themed souvenirs, authentic gifts like wooden shoes, cuckoo clocks and unique clothing. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen's Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center. During the month of September the town holds it’s signature event, Solvang Danish Days, which kicks off with a parade of Danish costumes and horse-drawn wagons. There is an Old World artisans marketplace, Viking-age re-enactments, beer & wine gardens, aebleskiver-eating contests, and old-fashioned storytelling by a local “Hans Christian Anderson.” Mission Santa Inés, one of the California missions, is located near the center of the town Solvang is a truly unique village rife with activities, seasonal festivals, wine-tasting rooms and delectable dining.