Solvang Area Shopping

Solvang Area Shopping

1. Downtown Solvang

Downtown Solvang is full of hotels, shopping and restaurants. Most of the shops and eateries are close to downtown hotels and within easy walking distance. There’s a variety of stores, some touristy and kitschy and some upscale on the main retail venues of Mission Drive and Copenhagen Avenue.

Buy a collectible at the Mole Hole or a sweet treat at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. First Street Leather, a fixture in Solvang since 1972, has fine leather goods or get a new pair of brand name shoes at Solvang Shoe Store, Inc., which sells Rockport, New Balance, SAS, Clarks, and Ecco.

The Olive House on Mission Drive has gourmet gifts to take with you or ship home. Don’t forget the wine! The Lucas and Lewellen Tasting Room, at 1645 Copenhagen Drive, pours tastes of their traditional wines at $8 per person for 5 to 6 tastes. For their reserve wines, the tasting fee is $12. Children are welcome to play at the kids table.

The Solvang Antique Center represents fifty dealers under one roof at 486 First Street. Their specialty is time pieces and music boxes. They ship anywhere in the world and offer repair and restoration service, too.

Even though there are other culinary options in Solvang, don’t forget to sample the traditional Danish dishes. Try Bit O’ Denmark, at 473 Alisal Road, just down the street from the mission and Svengaard’s Lodge, for the smorgasbord. The meatballs get raves.

2. Santa Barbara

Only thirty five minutes away, Santa Barbara shopping is easily accessible to visitors of the Santa Ynez Valley. The main shopping venue is El Paseo at 812 State Street. California’s first shopping center, El Paseo was built back in the 1920’s. Today, the shops are upscale, the bistros are gourmet and the galleries are filled with intriguing, contemporary art. Paseo Nuevo is nearby at 651 Paseo Nuevo with fifty specialty shops, Macy’s and Nordstorm.

State Street has a cornucopia of shopping. It’s a retail extravaganza with little cafes, bookstores, boutiques, jewelry, and designer shoe stores.A parking garage is located on Figueroa above El Paseo.

On Sundays, Cabrillo Boulevard becomes a showcase for artists selling their hand made arts and crafts along the beach.

3. Santa Maria

North of the Santa Ynez Valley, the main shopping venue is located at a large indoor mall, the Santa Maria Town Center. Anchored by Macy’s, and Sears, it’s the typical type of Southern California indoor shopping mall. Eating places include Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Sake Sushi, Subway, and Semplice Italian Eatery.

Other retail stores include Anchor Blue, Claire’s, Footlocker, Fred Meyers Jewelry, Pac Sun, Spencer’s Gifts, Takken’s Shoes, and Tom’s Toys.

Hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 to 7 and Sunday 11 to 7.
142 Town Center East, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-7931

4. Clairmont Lavender Farm

Wondrous things grow in the Santa Ynez Valley: wine grapes, horses, apples, olives, ostriches, and lavender. The Clairmont Lavender Farm sells fifty one different products made from their organic Grosso variety of the fragrant, purple flowering plant. The farm itself is five acres and the fields are spectacular during the height of the lavender bloom from mid June through the month of July.

The array of products made from lavender is amazing: loose lavender sold by the pound, sachets, body butter, bath salts, essential oil, candles and linen water. Culinary goods include lavender honey, tea and sea salt. Gift packages are available like the $50 Lavender Lover’s Assortment, with essential oil, scrub, sachet, hand and body lotion, a candle, lip balm, and lavender mist. A smaller assortment is $20. There are even pet products like Doggie and Kitty Detangler and Spa Doggie Shampoo.

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
2480 Roblar Avenue, Los Olivos, California
(805) 688-7505