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So long, Danish froufrou, hello Scandinavian chic as Solvang's Petersen transforms into the Landsby

The Landsby boutique hotel in Solvang offers a fresh take on Scandinavian design

The Landsby, the newly renovated boutique hotel in Solvang, has transformed the former Petersen by channeling the California town's Danish roots in a hip way.

The one-time Petersen Village Inn now has 41 rooms that embrace contemporary Scandinavian design rather than the old-world cuteness for which the city is known.

The building that houses the Landsby -- its name means "the village" in Danish -- isn't new; the Petersen was built in the 1980s. It still has the half-timbered architecture that's so Solvang, but it has been whitewashed for a more modern look.

Rooms vary from a classic queen with a single bed to the Tower Suite King, which really is in a tower. That two-story suite with a sitting room has a fireplace and wet bar, plus a jetted tub in the bathroom.

If you visit June 17 to 19, for instance, expect to pay $519 a night for this room, according to the hotel's website.

The renovation brings a new dining option. Mad & Vin (Food & Wine, in Danish) is billed as a restaurant that reworks some classic Danish dishes but adds fresh California options.

The hotel calls it "wine-country cuisine flavors," and indeed it's close to Santa Barbara Wine Country.

The hotel offers opening rates starting at $189 plus tax through June 30. All stays come with breakfast, free wi-fi and free parking.

Info: The Landsby, 1576 Mission Drive, Solvang; (805) 688-3121


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