Travel Blogs from Solvang
... chat followed about where we came from & were going, all at the side of the road, really nice. Finally off again & the Tomtom took us a nice route through side roads then back on the same road again, then the climbs started. The smell of the broccoli fields start going and suddenly we're in vine country, the views all around are just wonderful with the mountains in the distance - it's just like France except instead of the ...
... that is a kick ass pace by the way. We never narrowed the gap!!
The battle term ....."leave no man behind" apparently applies to only the riders in the Charlie and Delta companies.
So we decided to keep cranking and try and out run the Bravo Company guys to the first rest stop at the 23 mile mark. But, like the poor break away groups at the Tour de France, the Bravo Group Peloton reeled us ...
... for 9 hours today
The Hollywood sign!!!!
I drive for the first time in a month today, it was a bit freaky. I was crusin down the highway in a town car with the windows down, sunroof back, and the system up.
I rolled ou to the edge of hollywood and started climbing up a dirt road. There was a lot of other people for a while but the the road ended with a good view of the sign, and I left the touristy area. Next to the dirt road a little path continued up ...
... or something. I rushed to the door and she said, LOOK. I looked, then looked some more, and even looked some more more--but didn't see a snake, didn't see a mountain lion, and didn't see a boogie man. She then said, 'look down at my feet'. Almost afraid to do so in case she had lost one of her feet to some dreaded disaster, I slowly did. She had sandals on. BUT each foot had a DIFFERENT sandal--a VERY different ...
... to sound super lame but the serenity up there was just something else. It was so unbelievably quiet and peaceful, it really brought it back to me how completely insignificant we are in this world. We are the teensiest little tiny specks in this great big humongous world full of beauty, much of which we will never even know, much less experience. We are so incredibly lucky and blessed to have had such an opportunity and I am so thankful every single day. Our next stop was at ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Corque Solvang
VW Host Hotel
Since 1990, I have stayed at the Royal Scandinavian Inn, the Host Hotel for the Bi-Annual Vintage Volkswagen Car Show and Swap Meet (sponsored by the Golden Gate Chapter of the VVWCA). Most years, we had our three children with us. The first time they came, they were 7, 9 & 12 years of age. Our rooms are spacious and comfortable.. and the pool is a big hit. The evening banquet is always delicious. If in Solvang, I would never even think of staying anywhere else.
Avoid - terrible service
I made reservations 7 months prior to an event in the Solvang area. I needed a room for myself and two friends so I reserved a junior suite for one night. The day before arriving, I noticed that the confirmation specified only two persons. I called, wanting to make sure that there were towels, etc. for three people. The reservation person said that he would change the information. When I arrived, I had been downgraded from a suite to a standard room supposedly "on my request." They kept telling me that I must have "misunderstood" the agent. There was no misunderstanding - nothing was said about changing the room. They refused to do anything for me. All rooms were full, they said. At first, the manager refused to come out and talk to me. I refused to leave and refused the standard room. She finally came out of her hole to talk to me. While I was waiting, I was also surprised at the lack of service to other customers. People came to the front desk asking for help arrange a limo and were simply referred to the yellow pages. Since this is wine country, I couldn't believe that they didn't already have some limo contacts. I finally told them (knowing that the town would be booked) that I would take the room for $75, about half of what the rate they were trying to charge me. The manager had left again, and the front desk girl said no. I had to tell her once again to get the manager. After huffing and puffing for 5 or 10 minutes, she finally relented.
The place is adequate at best. For the prices, you should have low expectations.
Very enjoyable family stay
My wife, 16 yr old, 9 yr old and myself stayed here for 4 days in June 2004. We had a very enjoyable stay and would not heisitate to return. Everyone was very helpful and the room was comfortable. We had a 1st floor pool side room and liked the ability to sit out on the little patio outside our room and watch the kids swim in the pool.
We liked that the views from our patio were of grass, trees and rolling hills instead of commercial properties and parking lots.
It sits right on the edge of the main shopping and dining area and just about anywhere in town can be reached with a 5 to 15 min. walk.
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights, I think it's the best in Solvang. Very comfortable, cozy Inn, we had a beautiful view of the mountains and pool from our balcony on the second floor.
Royal Scandinavian Inn
My sister, our cousin, and I stayed three nights at the Royal Scandinavian Inn. We were very comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. We arrived late, so we were put in a room with a view of the parking lot. They graciously allowed us to change to a room with a view of the mountains and the pool area the next day. We wished we'd had a microwave and a fridge, but other than that all was fine. The lobby area is beautiful. We ate dinner one evening at the restaurant "The Meadows." Most of the tables were in the sun, which was very uncomfortable. There was no way to escape. We suggested to the manager that they have blinds installed. Food was very averge for the prices. The motel was convenient to shopping, but not on the main street.
Best In Solvang
Our family has stayed in Solvang during trips to and from Southern California for over fifteen years yet we just recently stayed at the Royal Scandanavian for the first time. Now, we can't figure out why we neglected to stay here in the first place and we won't stay anywhere else again. The rooms are clean and some have excellent views of the hills South of town. The pool area is nice and the hotel is close to everything while still being off the main streets. The staff is professional and courteous. The upper floors have nice decks to sit out on and enjoy the scenery after a day of visiting wineries, shopping, or having dinner at The Hitching Post in nearby Buellton.
We stayed here two nights in the last week of March 2004. The spacious lobby with a burning fireplace sets the pace for a first-class experience. Our third-floor room with a balcony overlooking the Solvang countryside provided a tranquil and refreshing view. The quiet location, away from Solvang's Mission Street, was easily accessible.
The room's decor was attractive. Front-desk employees were helpful and professional. Room servcie was prompt and the meal was tasty. We have stayed here before and will return again.
Wonderful little inn
What a find! This inn is located off the main drag (Mission Street) in Solvang, somewhat aways from all the tourist shops. It has plenty of free parking, a very friendly staff, and extremely clean rooms. We were on the third floor, overlooking the pool and farmlands and found the average-sized room to be very adequate. It also sits just behind the Mission Santa Ines and a few blocks away from the Cafe Angelica (which compares extremely well with some of the best restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area).We had a non-smoking room but could smell some of the smoke, we think from air duct circulation? Also, the hotel had a slight air-freshener odor, which was not problematic though noticeable throughout the enitre hotel.
Stayed here just before Christmas 2003. We had a room on the second floor overlooking the pool. The room was extremely spacious and well-kept. The furniture standard was excellent. On check-in the staff couldn't be more helpful and again on check-out. The pool was a good size and very pleasantly placed. There isn't anything bad that I can say about this hotel. I would most definitely return to it.
Friendly, helpful service
Our stay at the Royal Scandinavian Inn made our weekend trip to Solvang comfortable and relaxing. Rooms are an adequate size, furnished with tole-painted pseudo-antique furniture. The best point was the balcony that let in cool evening breezes and gave a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. Ask for a third floor room with south balcony. There is a restaurant that serves good food, including the nightly smorgasbord that focuses on a few well-prepared offerings rather than a weighted table of less-than-desirable dishes. The best thing about the Inn, however, is its friendly service. Every employee we approached during our three days went out of his/her way to be helpful. (If you're a cyclist, there's a great short ride (easy) from Solvang to Los Olivos (about 6 miles)where you can lunch at sidewalk cafe, taste the local wines and return downhill to Solvang. You don't have to be a killer cyclist to make this trip.)