LOMPOC VALLEY, CA
THE CITY OF ARTS AND FLOWERS
Lompoc is known as the flower seed capital of the world. Today, the city of Lompoc is dubbed “The City of Arts and Flowers” and is also becoming known for its local wines after the movie Sideways was filmed in Lompoc (bowling alley scene) and east of Lompoc in the Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang and Buellton. The city is full of beautiful murals that are true works of art.
In 2010, Playboy magazine named Jasper’s, a local Lompoc bar, as one of the top 10 dive bars in the country. Lompoc has a cool Mediterranean climate, which is perfect for wine production. Lompoc Valley is also the gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills AVA wine appellation, internationally recognized for premium pinot noir and chardonnay. Thirty premium boutique wine labels are produced in Lompoc at wineries in the affectionately termed “Lompoc wine ghetto” industrial park as well as other locations around town. Lompoc is home to the Lompoc Valley Flower Festival and offers a diverse art and music scene.
Located off Highway 246 lies an inviting 110 acres of lush vineyard and beautiful countryside, enticing guests into the exciting Babcock Winery and Vineyards. Owned and run by partners Bryan Babcock and his wife, Lisa, the Babcock Winery and Vineyard offers their gusts a unique wine tasting experience, all in the comfort of an effortlessly…Read More
The Lompoc Valley is best known for flower fields and murals. Several flower fields stretch for miles, offering a beautiful display of color. Murals can been seen throughout Lompoc, gracing all sides of many buildings. Lompoc also has some very special and unique places to visit for locals and tourists. This city is ever-growing in…Read More
Ocean Vistas, Wine, and Special Sauce, Oh My! Lompoc is one of the Central Coast’s forgotten cities. Many of the locals know it as a place to go wine tasting and skydiving, but little do people know that it’s one of the best places to watch a sunset, hike trails along the coast and is…Read More
While wine tasting with a group of friends recently, on a beautiful day in the Funk Zone at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, I discovered a new favorite. The Santa Barbara Wine Collective is a fun place with a great deli that offers wines and wine tasting from a variety of local sources including some…Read More
By Gaby Mendoza Who would have thought that one of the California Spanish missions along the coast would be the perfect place to spend a warm sunny day? La Purisima is a big beautiful mission. Perfect for picnics and exploring. As soon as you pull into the parking lot expect to be confused as…Read More
One of my favorite movies is Rain Man. The movie features two Hollywood mega-stars in dueling leads. Raymond Babbitt, one of two main characters, played by Dustin Hoffman, is a middle-aged, institutionalized autistic man with a scorching case of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ray is an idiot savant who can add with the accuracy of a calculator.…Read More