Discover the beauty of Solvang from bicycle with an easy ride for the whole family.
Description: Take an easy family-friendly ride along a bike path or in bike lanes, with plenty of areas to stop for a picnic. Sightseeing along the way includes windmills, miniature horses and a playground.
Length: As little as five miles, up to ten miles, depending on turn-around location.
Directions: Park at the Mission Santa Inés. Ride east on Mission Drive (Highway 246) but take care, as there will be cars for the first half mile until the painted bike path begins at Alamo Pintado Road. A rustic windmill is located to your right. The bike path continues to the intersection of Refugio Road. Turn around here and ride back towards Solvang, or turn right on Refugio, and proceed 0.9 miles to the entrance of Kalyra Winery. A little further on you can stop in at Sunstone Winery. Returning to the bike path adjacent to Highway 246, turn left and continue to Alamo Pintado Road and turn right. Approximately one-half mile north (along a bike lane, watch for traffic) is Sunny Fields Park.
If the kids are feeling ambitious, leave the park and continue north on Alamo Pintado Road for 1.5 miles to the charming Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch. Return by retracing your path back Alamo Pintado to Highway 246, then take a right turn back to Solvang.
Points of Interest:
- Mission Santa Inés
- Rustic Windmill: One of five located in the Solvang area. Others are located downtown; the children can do a windmill hunt to find them all!
- Kalyra Winery : A location from the film “Sideways”, which was filmed in and around Solvang. It’s kid-friendly and relaxed, a nice place to eat a picnic lunch – and its deck has one of the finest views in the valley.
- Sunstone Winery: A beautiful winery built in a Provencal French style, featuring two stone barrel-aging caves built into the hillside. The Rice Family farms their 78-acre vineyards in an organic, bio-sustainable manner.
- Sunny Fields Park: The kids will love the new playground with a Danish theme, built by community volunteers.