May is for Making Memories

May is one of our favorite months of the year: spring flowers are in full bloom, summer break is on the horizon, and there are a plethora of events and reasons to spend a weekend exploring our beautiful region! From making the annual Brew Fest trek to Mother’s Day plans and Memorial Weekend escapes, here are the top things to do in Buellton this month:

Raise A Glass

Kick off May with everyone’s favorite Central Coast beer celebration: Buellton Brew Fest! The festival returns to River View Park on Saturday, May 4th, with 50+ breweries, food trucks, live music, and even a special Star Wars-themed costume contest in honor of “May the Fourth be With Brew”! Grab your tickets here.

There are few places we love more than sitting under the oak trees at Hitching Post Wines, sipping award-winning wines and looking out over the Santa Ynez River and the mountains beyond. Giving us even more reasons to visit, every Friday and Saturday in May they’ll be adding live music from 5-8pm. Make reservations for dinner next door at Hitching Post II, then walk over to the winery to enjoy the show!

Foodie Finds

Mother’s Day Weekend offers a number of exciting dining options and Pre Fixe menus to enjoy! Available both Saturday and Sunday, May 11 & 12, is a delectable three-course menu from AR Restaurant on McMurray Road. Buellton’s newest eatery offers your choice of first and second course, followed by their signature flourless chocolate cake for dessert. No reservations are necessary, but you can call ahead for more details at 805.259.7184.

On Mother’s Day Sunday there are three more decadent experiences waiting for you!

Santa Ynez Valley Marriott sees the return of its popular annual Mother’s Day Brunch from 9am-2pm! The menu features an incredible array of baked goods, a Prime Rib carving station and custom omelet station, a variety of hot and cold buffet options, as well as juice and dessert bars. You won’t want to miss this! Reservations can be made by calling 805.688.1000.

Vega Vineyard & Farm is offering an exquisite brunch buffet for seatings from 10am-4pm; featuring all the best hyperlocal ingredients; and paired with sparkling wine, bellinis, mimosas and all of your favorite Vega Vineyard & Farms wines available for an additional purchase. All ages are welcome, and reservations can be made here.

Zaca Creek Tavern is the place to be for Mother’s Day dinner, with a four course Pre Fixe menu available that offers incredible options at every turn! Their full menu will also be available, but this is one holiday feast you won’t want to miss. View their Mother’s Day menu here, and make your reservations here for seatings from 5pm-8pm.

Explore More

Interested in adding another fun outdoor adventure to your itinerary of ziplining over the mountains and touring the Santa Ynez River on horseback? Spend Sunday, May 19, at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden! They are hosting a walk-and-talk with Los Padres ForestWatch conservation director Bryant Baker, a naturalist who specializes in the area’s unique chaparral and coastal sage scrub ecosystems. Learn the basics about local shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and other flora and fauna, including tips and tricks for identifying them. Registration is limited, sign up here!

Crafting Memories

If you are interested in crafting more than amazing memories, Community Clayworks is offering two unique Mother’s Day events this month! The first is specifically for Moms and their kids (ages 5+) who will work together to create a Mother’s Day Vase, capturing those little fingerprints forever in the surface texture. The second event, taking place later in the day, is for Mom to bring her favorite adult beverage and spend a few quiet, peaceful hours making a vase of her very own. (Inviting adult children ages 21+ is up to her!) Get all of the details here.

Vega Vineyard & Farms is hosting another popular Succulent Arrangement Workshop on Saturday, May 19! All materials are included, along with a glass of wine, to create your own beautiful succulent arrangement in a 7 inch birch pot. Reserve your spot here.

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