The beautiful town of Old Orcutt, California, is a great laid back, small town weekend getaway. A town where you can walk to anything you need and has the old fashioned, hometown feel. In Old Orcutt, most of the businesses are owned and run by a local family. If you’re looking for a fantastic getaway, Old Orcutt just recently opened its first boutique hotel, the Wine Stone Inn. To keep the small-town feel alive, this comfortable and luxurious hotel has only 14 rooms available. You’ll feel like a local during your stay. The lobby has a stunning fireplace and a friendly bar, where you can cozy up and talk to the local regulars and make new friends.
Great Places to Wine About
The California Central Coast is home to many great wines. Vino et Amicis is a wine bar where owner’s Kurt and Dawn make it their mission to serve great wines that they have selected, from the Central Coast. You will never find any of the wines they serve on grocery store shelves. Make sure to ask Kurt Hixenbaugh, the owner, the story behind each wine he serves, because his genuine friendships with local winemakers allow him to know every detail about the wine. Down at CORE Family Winery, Dave and Becky Corey have been serving up wine since they started their wine company in 2011. Apart from their busy schedule of running their wine company and raising three kids, they still make time to give back to the community by teaching all their skills to the students at Allan Hancock College.
Naughty Oak Brewing Company draws customers from great distances to sample delicious craft beer. This brewery is a family affair, where you can catch owners Steve Kitts brewing, while his wife Emily serves up beer behind the bar. If you are looking for a great afternoon snack, their kids Charlie and JoJo make up “Drunchables” in brown paper bags filled with jerky, chocolate, cookies and chips.
The People of Orcutt Love to Give Back
Across the street, the American Legion Post 534, offers a place for veterans and their families to get together and give back to the community. The Orcutt Lion’s Club has helped screen over 6,000 local school children for vision problems. The OASIS Center is a gathering place for the aging population to help preserve and improve their quality of life, while providing social, educational, and cultural opportunities.
Where’s the food?
There are plenty of eateries to choose from in Old Orcutt. Pizzeria Bello Forno, owned by Bob and Kirsten Spallino, provides gourmet pizza and pasta. “Cooking has always been a family affair,” says Kirsten, “This is why it is important to us, that everyone feels like family when they walk through our doors.” You really do you feel like family when you walk in you are greeted with big smiles and warm hugs.
If you are feeling like a great piece of steak, prepared Santa Maria Style, Far Western Tavern is the place. The Central Coast is filled with ranches, and Far Western Tavern is the place to get contemporary California ranch cuisine.
For a home-cooked, sit-down breakfast, Kay’s Country Kitchen is the place for breakfast, starting at 7am. If you are looking for a quick cup of coffee or tea, Cups and Crumbs serves up delicious drinks with home-made crepes and pastries. Looking to explore more beverage options than wine, beer, coffee or tea? We have a place for you. Piper’s Kombucha Brew and Booch Bar offers a great selection of hand-made kombucha, brewed in small batches to ensure you get the best quality kombucha. “Our kombucha is brewed with loving energy, sound-healing and kirtan music for a vibrant energy flow,” states owner Shane Piper.
Time for Dessert
One of Orcutt’s landmarks, Jacks Restaurant, has been in Orcutt for over 50 years. Their pies are baked fresh and sold whole or by the slice. Their slices are big enough to share, but trust me, you won’t want to. Old Town Market, the local grocery store has an impressive wine selection with several tasting events. Mark Stellar, the owner is also on the Orcutt School Board. The market carries most anything you need, including generous scoops of Dreyer’s ice cream, to go with your pie.
Take a Piece of Orcutt with You
Don’t forget to take a piece of Orcutt home with you, by stopping at Deja-Vu Antique Mall, owned by Mark Stellar’s wife Wendy. Locals know the building as the old Loading Dock. Wendy has divided the space for collection of merchants to sell antiques, jewelry, giftware and many other unique finds. Down the street, Elaine Bumanglag, owner of Parable Candle Company, makes homemade soaps and unique candles to light up your home. If you are celebrating something special, she is happy to make custom orders for your events.
Quiet Little Town Still has Fun
Even though our little town of Old Town Orcutt can be quiet during the day, don’t be fooled. You can experience live music on weekends at Vino et Amicis or Naughty Oak Brewing Company. Every little town you come across would not be complete without a dive bar. Elmer’s is your typical, small-town dive bar, with locals that are there more than some will admit. Live like a local in Old Orcutt, you won’t be disappointed with what our town has to offer.