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Retirement Living in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley - California

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Area Description

The scenic casual Santa Ynez Valley includes six communities located inland 30 miles from the ocean on the Central Coast of California. From the tiny gem of rural Ballard, the gateway city of Buellton, the vintage western town of Los Alamos, the arts-influenced wine-infused town of Los Olivos and the turn-western township of Santa Ynez, to the quaint old-world European architecture of the city of Solvang founded by Danish-Americans in 1911, meander and experience them all. Just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, a world away with endless possibilities. Great year-round weather!

We are right in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Danish Village of Solvang is 132 miles north of LA, 297 miles south of San Francisco and 382 miles west of Las Vegas.

Includes Cities/Towns: Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Solvang offers 15 hotels, ranging from resorts to budget class. Horse ranches, intimate wineries and mountain view meeting sites are available. Other unique meeting sites include Old Mission Santa Ines and Solvang’s many gourmet restaurants.
Three time host to Amgen Tour of California Solvang Time Trials. Beautiful scenic routes over hills and through valleys. - See more at: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/#sthash.WfESzpgM.dpuf

Cultural Activities

Solvang offers more than 150 one-of-a-kind shops to create memorable retail experiences in the “Danish Capital of America.” With year-round temperate weather, this charming, truly pedestrian-friendly village boasts a bevy of boutiques with elegant antiques and collectibles, beautifully crafted Danish imports, vibrant arts & crafts, colorful furnishings, gourmet gifts, wines and toys for kids of all ages.

Solvang has more than a dozen wine tasting rooms and 80+ wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. There is even Beer tasting, too. From motorcycles to oil memorabilia to fine art, western and antique art museums, to western heritage and California missions you are sure to find attention-grabbing places to visit.

Public transportation

Medical Facilities

Cottage Hearlth Systems ranked in the top 10 of small community hospitals.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  38.4  51.6  64.9  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Feb  40.2  53.3  66.4  4.4 "  0.0 "
 Mar  41.8  54.9  68.0  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Apr  43.2  58.0  72.9  1.0 "  0.0 "
 May  47.1  62.2  77.4  0.4 "  0.0 "
 Jun  50.4  67.1  83.8  0.0 "  0.0 "
 Jul  53.3  71.0  88.6  0.0 "  0.0 "
 Aug  53.7  71.6  89.5  0.0 "  0.0 "
 Sep  52.1  69.3  86.5  0.3 "  0.0 "
 Oct  47.4  64.0  80.7  0.6 "  0.0 "
 Nov  41.3  56.6  71.8  1.4 "  0.0 "
 Dec  37.5  51.7  66.0  2.4 "  0.0 "

Year-round outdoor weather. more than 345 days of sunshine each year.

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Cost of Living for Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley, California cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Senior Assistance in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley, California offers the following assistance for seniors:

Atterdag Village of Solvang is a Multi-Level Retirement Community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, & Skilled Nursing with rehabilitation & long-term care.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Numerous volunteer opportunities from the Visitor Center to non-profit thrift shops to hospital reception desk.

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