There's Solvang that is a Swedish town just north of Santa Barbara, perhaps
that is what your friend was thinking of. Just off the 101.
There's a lot to do in Los Angeles, what is your friend interested in? You
have museums, China Town, Little Japan, Little India, Olvera Street, Beverly
The Beach towns that are interesting are Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach,
Santa Monica's (another beach town) promenade is fun with street performers,
trendy shops and the pier and beach. To give you some idea.