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Charming, Storybook Inns in Solvang

Last week I wrote about the rise of modern Scandinavian design among boutique hotels in Solvang. But for travelers seeking Solvang’s classic storybook style, there is no shortage of inns with old-world Danish half-timbered designs. Below are four great recommendations for bed and breakfast inns steeped in Solvang’s traditional charm.
 

Mirabelle Inn

Mirabelle Inn
Mirabelle Inn

Impeccable service and a pampered stay awaits guests of the elegant, European-inspired Mirabelle Inn.  Formerly the Storybook Inn, the three-story, half-timbered boutique hotel features 12 romantic guest rooms and an exceptional restaurant, First & Oak. The guest rooms feature gas fireplaces, luxurious bedding, plush robes and slippers, and private baths. Some of the rooms also offer Jacuzzi tubs. The décor is a tasteful of mix chic wallpapers, antiques, and a touch of retro glamour.  Turndown service is included with each stay, along with a bottle of Coquelicot wine and a full breakfast each the morning.

Lobby staircase at the Mirabelle Inn
Lobby staircase at the Mirabelle Inn
Guest room 8 at the Mirabelle Inn
Guest room 8 at the Mirabelle Inn
Detail of Room 7 at the Mirabelle Inn
Detail of Room 7 at the Mirabelle Inn
Third floor parlor at the Mirabelle Inn
Third floor parlor at the Mirabelle Inn
First & Oak at Mirabelle Inn
First & Oak at Mirabelle Inn

Breakfast is wonderful, but don’t miss dinner at First & Oak. Seasonal menus feature fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The menu’s small plates provide an opportunity to create a personalized tasting menu of three, four, or five courses. For example, “To Begin” could include Reserve Malossal Caviar or Truffle Roasted Cauliflower; “From the Ocean & Farm” could feature Canneloni of Diver Scallop and Dungeness Crab or Sous Vide Kurobuta Pork Belly; and “To Finish” could be a Caramel Apple Tiramisu.  Dinner is served daily beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Mirabelle Inn
409 1st Street
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-1703
mirabelleinn.com

 

Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

Wine Valley Inn
Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

With its distinctive clock tower, Wine Valley Inn & Cottages in downtown Solvang is a delightful boutique hotel built in the traditional, old-world Danish style with surprises around every corner.  Tucked in the back of the property, you’ll find a collection of secluded cottages connected by shady footpaths and footbridges winding alongside lush gardens and koi ponds.  The storybook cottages were inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. The stand-alone cottages feature exposed posts and beams, vaulted ceilings, French doors that open to private patios with hot tubs, living rooms with gas fireplaces, well-equipped kitchenettes, king size beds, and whimsical touches.

Garden pathways at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Garden pathways at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Cottage interior at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Cottage interior at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Guest room patio at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Guest room patio at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Guest room at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Guest room at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
One of two outdoor fireplaces at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
One of two outdoor fireplaces at Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

In addition to the cottages, the inn offers many more guest rooms housed inside the inn’s main chateau and tower, each with their own charm. Some offer over-sized soaking tubs and fireplaces. The hotel’s amenities include a wine bar, fitness center, spa treatment room, outdoor fireplaces, and bicycle rentals.  A complimentary breakfast buffet is served each morning and features hot dishes along with fresh pastries from Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery.

Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
1564 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-2111
www.winevalleyinn.com

 

Solvang Gardens Lodge

A pair of rocking outside a guest room at Solvang Gardens Lodge
A pair of rocking outside a guest room at Solvang Gardens Lodge

Two blocks from downtown, Solvang Gardens Lodge is Solvang’s oldest hotel.  It was built in 1950 in the old-world Danish style and was originally intended to be a collection of apartments. But the owners soon realized Solvang’s potential as a tourist destination and converted it to a motor lodge in 1953. The room interiors have been updated over the years to reflect more contemporary tastes, but the charm of the inn’s traditional, half-timbered architecture remains.

Breezeway at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Breezeway at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Guest room at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Guest room at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Suite at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Suite at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Suite at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Suite at Solvang Gardens Lodge
Backyard garden of Solvang Gardens Lodge
Backyard garden of Solvang Gardens Lodge

The 24-room inn features individually-decorated, and comfortable guest rooms with warm, inviting decor, matelassé coverlets, antique furnishings, and marble tiled baths.  Some of the suites have gas or electric fireplaces. The impeccably-maintained gardens and trickling fountains surrounding the inn provide an idyllic setting to relax or play a game of bocce ball.  The inn serves a continental breakfast each morning featuring fresh Danishes from Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery.  The inn’s location provides a quiet retreat away from the crowds, but is still walkable to all of downtown Solvang’s restaurants and attractions.

Solvang Gardens Lodge
293 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-4404
www.solvanggardens.com

 

Meadowlark Inn

Climbing roses frame the guest rooms at the Meadowlark Inn
Climbing roses frame the guest rooms at the Meadowlark Inn

Just outside of town, the Meadowlark Inn may not have the traditional Danish architecture of the other inns in Solvang, but its owner, Brigitte Guehr, has created a budget-friendly storybook retreat from a former roadside motel. The inn just celebrated its 20th anniversary in February.

Courtyard garden at the Meadowlark Inn
Courtyard garden at the Meadowlark Inn
Guest room at the Meadowlark Inn
Guest room at the Meadowlark Inn
Guest room at the Meadowlark Inn
Guest room at the Meadowlark Inn
Guest room at the Meadowlark Inn
Guest room at the Meadowlark Inn

Located on two acres between Solvang and Santa Ynez, the inn features 18 comfortable guest rooms lining a courtyard garden with beautiful blooms, fountains, an expansive lawn, fire pit, café tables, lounge chairs, a gazebo, and the curving branches of grand old oak trees. At night, the garden is lit by the soft glow of string lights.  Climbing roses frame the shaded porches outside each of the guest rooms. Inside, each room is unique and comfortably furnished a charmning country décor, featuring cozy quilts, plantation shutters, and a long list of in-room amenities. Some rooms also feature hot tubs or kitchens.

Breakfast room at the Meadowlark Inn
Breakfast room at the Meadowlark Inn
Swimming pool at the Meadowlark Inn
Swimming pool at the Meadowlark Inn

A full breakfast is served each morning, which guests can enjoy in the dining room or in the garden.  The inn also offers a small swimming pool and a spa treatment room offering facials, massage, and body treatments.

Meadowlark Inn
2644 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-4631
www.meadowlarkinnsolvang.com