Right before you enter Solvang, there is Mission Santa Ines, which is the 19th out of 21 California missions established between 1769-1823. We took a tour of the inside, and of the beautiful grounds. It is still a functioning parish, and we were treated to beautiful singing while we were looking in the chapel (they were practicing- we weren't disturbing service!).
Next, we headed a few blocks into Solvang, where we hit up a super-cool toy store, had some dinner, walked it off, and finished at an old fashioned ice- cream parlor. I was too full to try the chocolates, but they hand make chocolates there, and it smelled amazing!
It was a good day! Definitely will be back to try some pastries... :)