If you love Northern Europe but hate its weather, you’ll fall in love with Solvang, also known as “Little Denmark.” Founded by Danish Americans in 1911, Solvang integrates Danish architecture, food, and traditions into the beautiful surroundings of the Santa Ynez Valley. The town even features windmills and a statue of The Little Mermaid! If you can’t get enough of Danish-American culture, make sure to attend the Danish Days festival every September and Julefest every December. Wine lovers, take note: You can pair Danish delicacies with some of the best wines from the Central Coast. This is wine country, after all. Want a taste of local history? Visit Old Mission Santa Inés, which was founded by Franciscan priests in 1804. Let’s summarize: gorgeous surroundings, culture, and culinary treats. You’ll be sold on Solvang!