La Purisima is also a great gateway to all of the Central Coast’s exciting destinations where excitement, romance and consistently stunning weather are par-for-the-course. Make your stay here a chance to get to know this remarkable place.
The unique Danish charms of Solvang are reason enough to visit. You’ll also enjoy Elverhoj Danish Heritage and Fine Arts Museum and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, with a reputation for world-class productions from June to October under the stars in Solvang’s Outdoor Festival Theater.
Candlelight tours and Mission Life Days provide Mission visitors with an opportunity to see the mission come alive and to experience first hand some of the crafts that enabled the missions to thrive centuries ago.
The 1.7 million-acre Los Padres National Forest frames Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley with majestic sights. Take in scores of remarkable scenic vistas, reached by car or by easy-to-access trails on foot, bicycle, or horseback. Camping is allowed.
Three miles east of Solvang on Highway 246 is the Chumash Indian Casino. High-stakes Indian bingo is only part of the action, which includes Las Vegas-style video gaming and a card room well known for its hospitality and great play. Open 24 hours, every day.
The sunny beaches and boutique shopping of Santa Barbara are only 45 minutes from La Purisima. Beach hangouts with great swimming, picnicking and community facilities include East Beach, Rincon Beach Park, Leadbetter Beach, Hendry’s Beach and Goleta Beach County Park.
Step into the past with remarkable displays of brands, guns, and Mission era artifacts. The Parks-Janeway Carriage House hosts a fine collection of carriages, wagons, carts, stagecoaches, and buggies.
Ten minutes from Solvang, Nojoqui Park’s live oaks and sycamores surround large playing fields and picnic areas. The trail up to Nojoqui Falls is a delightful walk, where in summer you’ll find a refreshing gathering of moss rock, ferns and shade. In winter, fresh water falls from the cliffs into a natural pool.
This pristine reservoir and nature lover’s Mecca is only 15 minutes from Solvang. Here you’ll see more than 250 species of birds such as migrating bald eagles. Take a cruise for a closer look at birds, deer, coyote, bobcat and mountain lion. Fishing, boating and camping are offered all year.