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Solvang Nominated for 2022 USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award in Two Categories, “Best Historic Small Town” and “Best Small Town Cultural Scene”

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Public Invited to Vote for Unique Southern California Destination: Contest and Online Voting Launch on USA TODAY 10Best.com on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 12 Noon EDT

May 9, 2022 – Solvang, CA – Solvang, California (www.SolvangUSA.com), affectionately known as “The Danish Capital of America,” has been nominated once again for the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards – in 2022, in two different categories: “Best Historic Small Town” and “Best Small Town Cultural Scene.” The travel awards contest and online voting launch on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 12 Noon EDT, on the USA TODAY 10Best site: www.10Best.com/awards/travel. Voting is open to the public and all official contest rules may be found here (limit one vote per person, per category, per day). Online voting runs through Monday, June 6, 2022 at 11:59 AM EDT.

The annual USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice awards feature the top 20 nominees in contests covering travel and lifestyle topics such as food, lodging, destinations, travel gear, things to do, seasonal family fun, and more. All nominees are selected by a panel of experts and the 10Best editorial team. The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest launches new categories every other Monday at 12 Noon EDT, revealing each category’s 20 nominees. After four weeks of digital voting, the contest closes on the 28th day at 12 Noon EDT. On the Friday after voting ends, winners are revealed. Rules allow the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day. More information about the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards may be found here.

No stranger to the USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Awards, Solvang, the Danish-rooted, California Central Coast getaway spot with a resident population hovering around 6,000, was one of the 10 Best Historic Small Town winners in the 2018 travel contest. Solvang was also one of the 10 Best winners for the same award category in 2016. In 2017, USA TODAY named Solvang as one of “10 great places to enjoy global Christmas traditions in the USA.”

Dog-friendly and ideal for kids, Solvang, known for its Danish-American vibe, Scandinavian architecture and design details, pastries, bakeries and plentiful wine tasting options, also boasts dozens upon dozens of unique boutiques, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors. Carefully-curated indie bookstores and high-end home goods suppliers mingle with fairy tale-like children’s boutiques and museum gift shops. Solvang’s numerous foodie havens offer up everything from elevated street cuisine – like locally-sourced fish tacos on handmade tortillas, and comforting ramen noodles – to European-style pretzels and sausages, to Italian standbys or iconic Danish dishes, to elevated new-Californian fare in the form of Michelin-honored menus, to heritage grain sourdough loaves or limited edition cheese releases. Solvang visitors sip small-batch, locally-roasted coffee, shop for exotic and familiar hand-bottled spice blends, or swill Tiki cocktails and craft beers, all part of an indulgent and one-of-a-kind California Central Coast shopping and playing escape.

Questions, media requests for interviews and/or photos related to this announcement may be directed to Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1-877-327-2656 or [email protected].

About the City of Solvang

Known as “The Danish Capital of America,” the City of Solvang is located in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. Founded by a group of Danish-Americans in 1911 and later incorporated in 1985, Solvang is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in Southern California. Sleek, Scandinavian design meets Old World charm in Solvang’s numerous interior courtyards, cozy communal spaces and open-air venues, where vacation stories for all, unfold. The walkable town offers plentiful free parking options for locals and day-trippers, and more than 20 lodging options for staycation-ers, weekenders and mid-week travelers, at all vacation budget levels. For more information, including travel itinerary ideas and inspiration for things to do, where to eat and drink, and places to stay, follow our adventures on Instagram: @SolvangUSA.

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