If you haven't thought about visiting Lompoc while touring California's Central Coast, think again.
Lompoc is known as the City of Art and Flowers, and it delivers on those promises and much more. Nestled just one hour northwest of Santa Barbara California, Lompoc is an emerging destination that has it all: a rich historical past; a wine trail and local tasting rooms featuring award-winning varietals; nationally-renowned civic murals; the awe-inspiring historic La Purisima Mission; scenic back roads; rugged ocean vistas; hiking and biking trails; and just about any activity you have come to enjoy in other Central Coast locations.
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The slide show below will give you a quick taste of what Lompoc has to offer the visitor. For a more in-depth look at this destination, visit my Lompoc Scenic Photo Site. All photos on this site: © Joanne DiBona/ © Tony DiBona
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Lompoc's bountiful wine region is the gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills, a destination for visitors looking for distinctive Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and other, cool climate wines. The Pacific Ocean's marine layer and afternoon ocean breezes traverse this coastal valley to create the perfect environment for growing exceptional wines.
Old Town Lompoc is colored with artistic splendor from the approximately 35 commissioned and community murals painted on building walls and in key locations. Almost every mural is tied to Lompoc's history and heritage, whether celebrating the agricultural community, the Mission , the Chumash Indians, or an historical event that took place in the valley. This mural on the side of the 1924 Lompoc Chamber of Commerce building celebrates the local diatomaceous earth industry, which has fueled the Lompoc economy for more than a century.
Lompoc's murals can be found everywhere in town, and sometimes in the most tucked away-places. Art Alley is just that.....an alley filled with whimsical, decorative and historical mural works of art. It's a "don't miss" when visiting downtown Lompoc.
This mural on South G Street in Lompoc honors Charles Everett, the city's first fire chief. He served from 1915 to 1950.
Lompoc is filled with buildings that reflect its rich history. These include the Grace Temple Church which was built in the 1870's.
Italian Stone Pines line the street near the church, and they, too, have a unique history. The trees were planted in 1940 and are now valued at over 3 million dollars! They've been featured in several journals on famous trees of the world and have been revered because of their health and beauty.
Fun, and incredible wine-tasting, is what you will experience at the Longoria Winery in Lompoc. The jazz-inspired tasting room provides the perfect backdrop for sipping some amazing vintages and you might even ask to take a peek at those golden barrels in the back room that house the nectar of the gods.
You can sip till your heart's content along the Lompoc Wine Trail. Here at the Babcock Winery, located in the rolling hills of Lompoc Valley, guests are invited to try some outstanding Pinot wines in the spacious tasting room. The James Beard Foundation in New York City rates Babcock Vineyard as one of the ten best small production wineries in the world....the other nine are all in Europe!.