Family vacation-opting for close to home

Solvang, Ca was our destination choice for our summer family vacation. It's less than a 4 hour drive from Orange County.

A close-to-home vacation spot has several advantages for the large family

  • less expensive. -no plane tickets, car rentals or hotel stays for the trips in and out of destination.
  • a quick trip home. I love to travel, but I am also a homebody. Sky is the same, as are several of our kids...after a few days of excitement, we are ready to go home. Now. Right now.
  • less time away means saving on pet sitting, if you need that sort of thing.
  • if things are not going well, you can pack up and head on home.

Solvang, Ca-it's a cute little dutch town. Lots of shops, lots of snacks. :)

We arrived on a Monday, a bonus as a homeschool family-the place was empty.

My first order of business was getting some aebleskivers. This restaurant even has a walk up order window. I know exactly where it is. Exactly where. They serve diet coke here,
could it get any better? I think not!

the educational shot- here is what an aebleskiver looks like. Kind of a donut/pancake ball with raspberry syrup and powdered sugar. Why yes, I'll have two...or three...

The Williams-Sonoma catalog has a special pan, mix, recipes and even a video on making them. I don't have one yet, but it is on my
**list of way awesome things I wish to aquire...
Williams-Sonoma aebleskiver pancake pan & video here*

We hung out at the bookstore, of course. Solvang has two. This one has a used bookshop and museum on the second floor. Fun & educational! Garfield does count, right?
more to come about the ostriches, emus and minature horses- oh my!