Discover the Santa Ynez Valley’s Best Kept Secrets

A short drive along the coast north of Santa Barbara, you’ll find the picturesque city of Buellton nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Surrounded by California’s famous Sta. Rita Hills AVA and just 10 miles from the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Buellton is a little piece of paradise just off-the-beaten-path.

Visitors come from across the country to savor the region’s year-round sunshine and temperate climate. In fact, Buellton’s unique weather is the secret behind it world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The combination of warm days (70–80°F) and cool nights (40–50°F) is just the right balance for bringing out the full potential of these delicate berries.

Buellton’s mild climate has also been known to bring out a sense of adventure too. Visitors looking to immerse themselves in nature can hike, bike or horseback ride along the pretty rural roads and stunning scenic trails. Another great way to spend an afternoon is to explore the budding botanic garden at River View Park, or play a round at Zaca Creek Golf Course, located along the Santa Ynez River. In addition, Buellton is just a short car ride away from the ocean where you can surf, swim and sun to your heart’s content, and from quaint surrounding towns like Solvang, the Danish Capitol of America and a well-known tourist destination.

As you may have guessed, this wine country community is also enthusiastic about food and drink. Since Buellton was dubbed the “Home of Split Pea Soup” back in 1924, it’s been turning heads with its culinary creations. Whether you’re looking for a steak cooked to perfection on an oak fire pit, or a cornucopia of locavore inspired dishes, Buellton’s restaurants will not disappoint. When it comes to quenching your thirst, you’re also spoiled by choice. The local distillery offers up some samples of fine whiskey, vodka and moonshine, breweries beckon you to savor their award-winning brews and with 190 wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley there’s an abundant of options for wine tasting too.

Throughout the year Buellton finds time to celebrate its passions with special events that capture the attention of people around the globe. From wine and chili to vintage trailers and Winter Fest — where 20 tons of snow are brought in for the kids — the city of Buellton offers something for everyone. So bring the whole family and experience Buellton’s friendly hospitality for yourself.

You’ll find accommodations to serve all budgets. This spring the brand new Hampton Inn & Suites is set to open, plus the Marriott and Sideways Inn will be finishing up major renovations just in time to welcome the summer crowds. If “glamping” is your style, Flying Flags RV Resort has you covered. Spend a night in one of the nicely appointed cabins, bring your RV or tent, or reserve a night in the restored air stream trailers that will take you back to the 60’s in style.

Venture to Buellton and experience all the city has to offer. Traveling to Buellton is easy and convenient. Simply fly directly to Santa Barbara’s small hassle-free airport, and enjoy a short 30 minute drive along Highway 101. Centrally located to all of the things to do and see in the Santa Ynez Valley, Buellton is the perfect place to spend a long weekend.

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