Staff Report

Train riders who take an Amtrak bus to Solvang are again eligible for discounts at participating hotels, restaurants and tourist services through a promotion of the Solvang Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Take Amtrak to Solvang” is intended to increase the number of visitors after tourism decreased after the Thomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito.

Solvang is served by “Amtrak Thruway” bus service connecting to trains from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara as well as San Luis Obispo six times daily (three northbound, three southbound).

The SCVB touts the Amtrak bus stop at Solvang Park as within strolling distance of 16 hotels, 35 restaurants, 22 wine-tasting rooms, 150 boutique shops, five authentic Danish bakeries, six museums and other activities.

“Just show your current Amtrak train/bus ticket to Solvang at participating businesses and you’ll enjoy rewards for taking a vacation from your car. It’s so easy to be car-free in Solvang year-round and enjoy our warm, Scandinavian hospitality with no passport required,” said SCVB Executive Director Tracy Farhad.

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