Solvang is kind of a weird place. It's west of santa barbara and inland of the ranch and was founded by Danish settlers in the early twentieth century. Those settlers took their heritage VERY seriously and so the whole town has an "olde worlde" danish theme complete with faux old buildings and windmills! It's kind of like going to a bit of disney land but weirder since it's not actually part of a theme park and (i think) devoid of irony!
It's kind of fun all the same. If you happen to find yourself there, there's a bakery that makes, in the words of Mr Kipling' "exceedingly good cakes!"