Named by Sunset Magazine as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the Western United States“, Solvang’s rich heritage dates back to 1911 when adventurous Danish-Americans traversed the plains from Iowa, to establish a settlement in the Golden State of California. Solvang boasts authentic architecture, thatched roofs, old-world craftsmanship and traditional windmills. More than one million visitors ascend upon Solvang each year, here to experience the Northern European culture, cuisine and unique boutique shopping. The pedestrian-friendly village hosts three museums, nearly 20 inns and hotels, a full-service guest ranch, meeting facilities, 30+ restaurants and bakeries, 150 retail shops and the Solvang Festival Theater, an alfresco 700-seat theater. Solvang is where Scarecrow Fest started, and 2016 marks the town’s 7th year participating in “the Fest”.