Welcome to Buellton, CA – a small town with BIG adventure!
As the new year stretches out before us, it comes with a sigh of uncertainty. When can we get back to normal? Will we be able to take our well-deserved trips and vacations? While we traverse these uncharted waters, it’s likely that we’re planning more trips to the grocery store than getaways to far-off cities.
But take heart. There are still ways to satisfy your inner wanderlust from the comfort of your own home. Consider this your guidebook and invitation to vacation virtually in Buellton, CA! Or, if you are lucky enough to live on California’s Central Coast, there is so much to do right in our own backyard! We have great day trip ideas for you, too.
Whether you live near or far, #SkipTheBigCities and include Buellton as a destination next time you take #theoriginalroadtrip.
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I Live Out of the Area
We look forward to welcoming you to Buellton when you are ready to start traveling again, but until then we have a number of fun ways to bring a bit of Buellton to where you are!
Discovering all of the incredible places to experience in Buellton is made easy through our virtual trip planning tool. You can build your own itinerary or start with one of ours and add your own must see destinations, then email it to yourself so you have it for a future visit! Start Planning Here
Make The Famous Andersen’s Split Pea Soup At Home
Over the years, whole generations have grown to love this heart warming Split Pea Soup. That’s why the original Pea Soup Andersen’s restaurant in Buellton has been a favorite of business professionals, tourists and truck drivers since 1924. We know it can’t replace the experience of stopping in for a smile and some delicious Andersen’s home cooking in person. But we hope sharing this original recipe for you to prepare in your own home helps bring some of that decades-perfected, heartwarming Andersen’s comfort to you and your loved ones until we can welcome you back again. Get the recipe here.
Make Sweet Memories with The Solvang Bakery Cookie Kits
The Solvang Bakery has been busy baking up fun and festive cookie decorating kits at their Buellton location, and shipping them to locations across the country! These brightly colored icings and sprinkles are bound to brighten your day regardless of age. View available cookie decorating kits here.
Include Everyone with a Private Virtual Tasting from McClain Cellars
The newest member of the Buellton wine roster, McClain Cellars, offers an awesome private in-person experience, but also has what you need to have a private wine tasting without the travel. Each person in your tasting group can receive a series of 1 or 2 oz pours in the mail. Then simply join up virtually for a tasting experience like this. Perfect for groups that are separated or who aren’t able to sync up traveling schedules!
We turned some of our favorite photos into coloring pages so you could have a little mental vacation while learning something new about a few of our favorite spots. From family favorites like Ostrichland USA and Santa Barbara Blueberries, to popular adult hangouts like Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. and Buscador Winery, there are options for every age and ability. Get started here!
If you want to hide your living room backdrop or are just itching for a change of scenery for your next virtual hangout, we’ve compiled a collection of virtual backdrops from some of our most popular and iconic locations for you to use the next time you “Zoom”!
We’ve compiled these videos to help you explore our charming town from the comfort of your home. Some are short glimpses into beautiful outdoor locations, and some will help you get to know a few of the unique offerings our community provides. Plus we’ll continue to add to this list as new videos become available.
I Live Locally
As California travelers are starting to experiment with some much needed vacation time, we understand that everyone will have a different level of comfort with travel during these times. To help those more cautious travelers, we’ve curated some great one-day itineraries and private Buellton experiences that can be done with responsible social distancing in mind.
Explore the Main Streets Of Buellton
Because of Buellton’s unique location at the intersection of highways 101 and 246, we have four distinct streets where most of our local businesses can be found: Avenue of Flags, Industrial Way, McMurray Road and Highway 246. You can find individual guides here, or download all four below!
Download Main Streets Of Buellton
All of our local businesses operate according to the COVID-19 restrictions in place for Santa Barbara County and the State of California, so please be sure to research current guidelines when planning your day trip or contact the individual businesses directly for more information.
Enjoy a Private Horseback Ride Along Santa Ynez River
Go back in time to Old California on a quiet, unspoiled and rustic ride through nature with Santa Ynez Valley Horseback Rides. Perfect for families, couples and horse lovers of all ages.
Walk Through Nature at Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden
Take a restorative stroll through these free public gardens located adjacent to River View Park. Leave a wish on the Wishing Tree; and discover the beauty, serenity and joy of our diverse natural environment and its significance in our lives.
Play 9-Holes at Zaca Creek
The executive course at the Zaca Creek Golf Course facility features 1,590 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 29 Golf Course; all played with the Santa Ynez River and Santa Ynez Mountains in the background. Lessons for all ages are available, and they also host private tournaments.
Meet Real Life Dinosaurs at OstrichLand USA
Come face to face with direct descendants of the dinosaurs at OstrichLand USA, a wonder-filled place for everyone. They have a gift shop with truly unique gifts, all ostrich and emu related; fresh ostrich eggs nearly year round and fresh emu eggs during the winter/spring season. When local and regional guidelines permit, feeding these “bad boys” is a popular family activity, safe for all ages!
Explore one of the Largest Collections of Vintage Petroliana at Mendenhall’s Museum
No words will ever do justice to this amazing archive dedicated to the history of the evolution of motor vehicles, the culture surrounding them and even of the City of Buellton itself. Take a 90 minute private (by appointment only) tour of Mendehall’s Museum and take a step back in time as Mark and Vickie Mendenhall guide you through their amazing museum and share some great stories. If that’s not enough, Mendenhall’s is also the home of the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame, so be sure to check that out during your visit!
When you are able to visit, the town of Buellton will be waiting with open arms. We’ll be here for outdoor adventures, for wine and beer tastings, for Sideways movie tours and family getaways. Until then, bring Buellton’s best to your inbox by signing up for our digital newsletter here!