Known for traditional Northern European hospitality and Old World elegance along California’s spectacular Central Coast – and within the heart of Santa Barbara wine country --, the most recently built of Solvang inns, the classy Mirabelle, rated #2 on TripAdvisor, offers visitors a rare “storybook” retreat into another world and bygone era. Further distinguished by its own, onsite 30-seat fine dining restaurant (TripAdvisor-rated #1 out of 58 Solvang restaurants), Mirabelle last year was the proud recipient of Wine Spectator’s coveted Certificate of Excellence!
A mere 35 miles north of Santa Barbara, this popular jewel-like inn is nestled within the charming Danish Village of Solvang -- California’s “Little Denmark” –, a celebrated, century-old tourist destination located along US Highway 101, two hours north of Los Angeles and four hours south of San Francisco. Orbitz Worldwide Travel calls Solvang “One of the Top 5 US Domestic Destinations with International Flair!” Hosting Denmark vacations that require no passport, Solvang was named in 2014 by Trivago as one of the best “Hidden European Towns in America.” In 2013, The Huffington Post declared Solvang the “#2 Place to Travel to Europe without leaving the USA!” Cartographic considerations aside, visiting Solvang is like visiting Denmark!
Mirabelle’s classic Northern European, Renaissance-style “half-timbered” architecture salutes arriving guests with dancing Danish and American flags waving atop its towering front façade. Once inside, the magical Inn welcomes with a dramatically soaring lobby – an interior reminiscent of a Kransekage, the traditional, festively-trimmed, tiered Danish marzipan cake. Flanking the lobby is the Inn’s highly-rated restaurant and also a serene, separate guest breakfast room that, by dusk, provides additional seating for overflow dining patrons.
Overlooking the lobby from high above are ten (with potential of 13) pristine, exquisitely-appointed guest suites, strung like pearls over multiple split stories … but with the convenience of an elevator! Some include whirlpool tubs and adjoining sitting rooms, most offer romantic gas-lit fireplaces, all provide flat screen TV/DVD, complimentary wireless Internet and in-room robes. Easily found from all suites is an inviting guest library boasting hearth and solitude. Polished with crystal chandeliers and skylights throughout, the fanciful Inn appears to glow from within as would a light-drenched jewel box.
Nearby are over a hundred unique gift shops, dozens of wine tasting rooms representing 120+ Central Coast wineries, 30 international cuisine restaurants, European-style sidewalk cafes, authentic Danish bakeries, Nordic bistros, art galleries, museums, outdoor theatre and bicycle rental shops! Too, the Mirabelle is minutes from Old Mission Santa Ines and world-class golf along the Santa Ynez River with the spectacular Santa Ynez Mountains as dramatic backdrop.
Amidst Santa Barbara wine country, California’s “Little Denmark” -- with its picturesque, tree-lined streets laced with delicate blooms and quaint courtyards, accentuated by massive old world windmills and soothing carillon bell chimes --, has proven itself to be a strong California tourist destination. In 2009, Solvang was named a “Preserve America Community” by the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. In 2010, underscoring the central importance that hospitality plays in Solvang’s economy, Village business leaders joined neighboring communities to establish the Santa Ynez Valley Tourism Business Improvement District, developing a multi-year tourism “business plan.” Solvang’s century-old commitment to tourism, coupled with California’s overall projected tourism growth in 2015, speaks to aspiring innkeepers and hospitality investors who understand the importance of investing in strong destination locations. The highly-acclaimed Mirabelle Inn and its award-winning restaurant represent a worthy California hospitality investment opportunity in Solvang, a proven national destination location!