California Gluten-Free Guide: Solvang

While planning our trip to California several people (all unrelated to each other) told me we should stop in Solvang. On the day we booked our hotels, Expedia was having a great special on the Hadsten House Inn and Spa and just like that Solvang became part of our trip.  Solvang is an old Danish town on the outskirts of Santa Barbara wine country. I never would have expected this random little town to be one of my absolute favorite stops on our trip.

We arrived in Solvang on a Wednesday afternoon only to learn that is was “3rd Wednesday.” On the third Wednesday of the month the town hosts a wine tasting festival. To participate, you purchase a wine glass and 5 tasting tickets for $20. The town is filled with wine tasting rooms of local wineries; most of which participate in 3rd Wednesday. It was so much fun and we loved being able to try so many different types of wine. The best part was that the Hadsten House is right in town; walking distance to dozens of tasting rooms. Also, Hadsten House provides their guests a list of tasting rooms and near by wineries that offer free and discount tastings.

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Our room at the Hadsten House was so cute and cozy. I loved the decor. It didn’t feel like a standard hotel room because it had a homey feel. After indulging in wine tasting all afternoon we made a reservation at the Hadsten House Dining Room which was also beautifully decorated. The menu had a good variety, the service was great and our waitress was able to easily accommodate my gluten allergy. I ordered a little out of my comfort zone and tried the scallops with risotto. The Hadsten House also offers a complementary American breakfast in the Dining Room with your stay.

I LOVED this part of our trip. Since we got home I have been recommending Solvang and the Hadsten House to everyone!

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