Ah, dear, sweet Solvang. Founded by Danish Americans, this Santa Barbara County town of 5,385 bursts with windmills, turrets, cupolas, half-timbered inns, bakeries and souvenir shops that make you want to pinch their stucco-coated cheeks, even if sophisticates sneer at the kitsch. Solvang felt dated when I first visited in the ’90s, and in June it felt scarcely different (the biggest change: bus tours from China). Yet a new crop of establishments may make Solvang savvy for a new generation. The tab: $181 for one night (midweek) at the Landsby (weekend rates will be higher), and $105 for meals.
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