Things To Do at GT-42

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The Solvang area offers a fantastic blend of scenery, climate, quiet winding roads, hills, coastline, and historic sites. There’s lots to do besides the activities that are part of GT-42. For more about what there is to see and do in Solvang, check their official visitors’ site.

Meanwhile, here’s a short list to get you started. Some will be as a group, some will be on-your-own.

Mendenhall Museum (Buellton) 

The Mendenhall Museum has one of the west coast’s largest petroliana collections including gasoline pumps, globes, and porcelain gas, oil, & road signs. There are also race cars, racing memorabilia, license plates, gas & oil items, and other miscellaneous antiques. This collection was started over fifty years ago by the late Jack Mendenhall.

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

The collection is quite broad with something for everyone, ranging from a 1910 FN to the present, and across all makes. The emphasis is tilted toward racing motorcycles. At the museum you’ll find names such as AJS, BMW, Ducati, Gilera, Matchless, Moto Guzzi, MV, Norton, Triumph, Velocette, and Vincent. And it’s only half a block from the host hotel!

Elverhol Museum of History & Art

The Elverhøj Museum is the former residence of one of Solvang’s most artistic families, and is now a community museum devoted to the history of Solvang, the Danish-American pioneer spirit, the colorful heritage of Denmark, and the arts.

Mission Tours

See the Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, La Purisima Mission, Lompoc and Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara. Also near by is the mission at San Luis Obispo.

Hans Christian Anderson Museum

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum is operated by the Ugly Duckling Foundation, a non-profit organization established to foster public understanding and enjoyment of Hans Christian Andersen and his work.

Brewery Tours

These have tours: the Solvang Brewing Company, Figueroa Mountain Brewing and Firestone Walker Brewing.

Wine Tour (hundreds of wineries!)

Wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley offers an outstanding opportunity to try a variety of premium wines including (but not limited to!) Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot. While visiting, discover the charm of the village of Los Olivos and rustic Santa Ynez as well as Solvang. Relax amidst the vines while taking in the ancient oaks stretching out over gently rolling hills. With a moderate climate, beautiful scenery, and peaceful country living, Santa Ynez Valley has become a wine tasting destination unlike any other.

Wilding Museum of Art & Nature

The Wildling has a small, diverse, and growing permanent collection of art. Nature photography is strongly represented and includes area artists Jeff Jones, Richard Salas, Ines Roberts, Tom Millea, and Roger Craton. We also have several oil paintings by historic painter John Fery, an Austrian who emigrated to America in the 1860s and painted scenes small and grand of the American Western landscape. Other historic artists that are represented in the collection include Russell Chatham, Ray Strong, Lockwood de Forest, and Everett Ruess.

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Carriage House

Dedicated to the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley. The museum is composed of exhibit spaces that include the Native American Room, the Museum Gift Shop, the Pioneer Room, the Jeannette Lyons Costume Room, the Valley Room and the Ellen Gleason Library that houses the museum book and archive collection.


Quick Silver Miniature Horse Ranch

A breeding ranch for miniature horses. Many people are discovering the joy of owning a miniature horse as a pet. Careful, they will follow you around and steal your heart!


Ostrich Land

The highlight of a visit to Ostrich Land is feeding the ostriches and emus. These big birds are a rare and unique sight in this part of the world and are sure to make you smile. They provide a way for you to be up close and personal with these big birds and safe at the same time. The backdrop of the landscape on which they roam is quite lovely and seeing them walking about on the plain that resembles their native desert is like being in another place and time.

Pacific Breeze Alpacas

In 1998, Hayley Jessup of Alpacas de Calzada acquired her first two alpacas and it was love at first sight. Alpacas de Calzada at West Ranch is a boarding facility committed to the top care of the alpacas both visiting and in residence. Hayley brings her background in sales and marketing with her desire to educate all potential and current owners about the wonders of the alpaca lifestyle to Alpacas at West Ranch.


Glider Rides at Santa Ynez Airport

For more than 50 years soaring fans from around the world have reached for the skies above the Santa Ynez area. The Santa Ynez Gliderport has served thousands of people with more than 10,000 flights and enjoys a perfect safety record. Surrounded by the Coastal and San Rafael Mountain Range with ocean, lake, valley and island views, gliding on the Central Coast is breathtaking. Year round soaring offers a variety of lift from thermals to wave. See one of the longest running and most desirable sailplane operations on the West Coast and experience the magical feeling of silent flight.

Chumash Indian Casino

Newly expanded casino and resort owned by the original residents of the Santa Ynez Valley, the Chumash tribe of Native Americans. A little Las Vegas a short drive from the hotel. A shuttle runs all day from hotel to casino. The tribe also has a small gift for you upon your arrival at the hotel.

Santa Barbara

This popular destination offers shopping, beach, tours, whale watching, the famous Mission, the classic train station and the mission architecture courthouse. Santa Barbara’s climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city has been promoted as the “American Riviera”. Visit the Santa Barbara website.

Note that some activities, such as museum admissions and tours, require an admission charge or other fee that isn’t included in GT-42 registration. These charges are payable by you at the facility.

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Last updated on April 8, 2017.