If y’all ever get the chance, you should travel with my brother.
I’m serious. He’s the best co-piloting, d-jaying, top-of-your-lungs singing brother a sister could ask for.
Now, twins, you ask? How can you be twins despite a three-year age gap?
You know what? I can’t explain it either, but if you ever get a chance to see my brother and I in action, just bantering about or getting excited about the same things (like Lady Gaga’s bitchin’ new album, which you can snag here!) Plus, we look similar and it’s just too believable and hilarious for us not to keep the rumor alive, especially when we go to a town where nobody knows our name.
Which brings us to Solvang, CA, a sweet little Danish town about three hours from us. And IT. IS. THEEE. BEST. So good, that we decided last year after a wild time that we were to come again this year to keep up with our annual Twin Trip Tradition.
We always stay at The Hamlet Inn, which is conveniently located riggghhhttt across the street from the Solvang Brew Co. and Paula’s Pancake House. And let me tell you, after a long night of drinking, the sweet smell of Paula’s Danish pancakes the next morning is enough fuel to get us out of bed.
On the way up the 101, however, we always make a stop at Ostrichland, USA, where these majestic and friggin’ regal creatures live, along with some emu’s, naturally. For a few bucks that get donated to keeping the farm going, you get a huge dog bowl of pellets and if you’re brave enough, you can walk right up to those big birds and they’ll peck the shit out of your bowl right in front of you. Which is equally as terrifying as it is astonishing. Ya gotta do it in your lifetime. Do it. Doooo it.
The next day, we usually do a walking wine tasting tour because the Inn gives us a two-for-one tasting pass for the sporadic and frequent tasting rooms located along the main street and several side streets of Solvang. But this year, we started our day-drinking festivities at Sunstone Winery, which was fab. And they had fresh bread and olive oil and balsamic vinegar samples. Dear lord.
And then after a long day of wine guzzling and charcuterie munching, we usually head back to the Brew Co. for a jukebox-hoggin’, shot-taking good time. And then Paula’s for brekkie the next morning before heading home.
If you have a sibling or a best friend, ya gotta head up there. It’s such a blast and it’s nice to just get out of town for a bit and relax and when you’re with your twin, you can’t go wrong!
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