SPOTLIGHT: Buellton – Food, Wine, Fun

Welcome to Buellton, CA

A short drive along the coast north of Santa Barbara, you’ll find the picturesque city of Buellton. 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 the world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is known for. The combination of warm days and cool nights 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. Visitors looking to immerse themselves in nature can hike, bike or horseback ride through stunning scenic trails. Another great way to spend an afternoon is to explore the budding botanic garden at River View Park, enjoy an up close and personal experience with an ostrich or emu, 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, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, the Danish Capital of America. Stop by Chumash Casino Resort, where you can catch a concert or comedy show in between trying your luck at the tables and slots.


As you may have guessed, this wine country community is also enthusiastic about food and drink. Ever 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 whiskey, vodka and limoncello. Local breweries beckon you to savor their award-winning brews. Finally, with over 200 wineries and tasting rooms in Santa Barbara County, there’s an abundance of options for wine tasting too.


Throughout the year Buellton celebrates its passions with special events that capture the attention of people around the globe. From Wine & Chili Fest and Buellton Brew Fest, to vintage trailers and Winter Fest, the City of Buellton offers something for all ages and interests.


Buellton is a great place to stay, with a variety of lodging options to serve all budgets. Make yourself at home at one of our beautiful hotels, or enjoy a night at Flying Flags RV Resort in a safari tent or cottage.

Buellton’s Visitors Center is open 7 days a week to assist you with your trip planning needs, or you can start planning your ideal Buellton experience here.

Whether you live near or far, #SkipTheBigCities and make Buellton your next destination.

Image and Video provided by Buellton Chamber & Visitors Bureau

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Feb 2021


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