The 10 Best Things to Do in Lompoc, United States

September 17, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Lompoc (/ˈlɒmpoʊk/, LOM-poke) (Purisimeño: Lompo', "Stagnant Water" ) is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. The city was incorporated on August 13, 1888. The population was 42,434 at the 2010 census, up from 41,103 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Lompoc

1. La Purisima State Historical Park

2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436-9647 +1 805-733-3713
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

La Purisima State Historical Park

Reviewed By cgny1fwd - Houston, Texas

The old Spanish Mission is a State Park. There is a newish museum by the parking lot. The mission buildings were restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s largely using the original building methods (with added rebar!). The guided tour takes about 90 minutes an the 'interpreters' are very knowledgeable. One gets a great sense of the history of the place.

2. Jalama Beach County Park

Jalama Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436 (805) 568-2460
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Jalama Beach County Park

Reviewed By Tony K - Moreno Valley, California

Always wanted check this Beach out . The drive is like everyone says....long and windy and hope you don't get stuck behind somebody super slow. Both days there the wind blew stiff off the ocean all day until the Sun went down. Phone service is zero , you have to drive about 1/2 out to get reception. They have a Store and Restaurant but all we got was 2 Ice Cream's and they were $7....Yikes ! It's best to remember to bring everything and double check if you go there. Basically for us it wasn't anything special there and the coast has way too many other beaches that are more easily accessible.

3. Lompoc Wine Ghetto

200 North 9th Street, Lompoc, CA 93436 +1 805-735-8937
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Lompoc Wine Ghetto

The Lompoc Wine Ghetto is a loose collection of wineries, including many production facilities. This unique two-block industrial complex has been almost completely taken over by the wine industry. Its seventeen tasting rooms represent more than 20 local brands. You won't find great estates with rolling hills here, nor opulent tasting rooms with soaring ceilings. What you will find is world-class wine, presented in a laid back atmosphere. Often the tasting rooms are inside production facilities, so don't be surprised if the person doing the pouring is also the person that made it. Come spend a weekend with us tasting exceptional wines in this very non-traditional setting. If great wine is what you seek, come pound the pavement for a while and discover the treasures of the Lompoc Wine Ghetto.

Reviewed By David from La Palma - La Palma, CA

The Lompoc Wine Ghetto is located on the outskirts of the city of Lompoc in an industrial warehouse park. Lots of very good wineries specializing in grapes grown in the Santa Rita Hills. Pali, Tyler, Fiddlehead and Zotovich are some of my favorites. No problem with parking. Most of the tasting rooms are only open on Friday thru Sunday.

4. Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines

4777 E Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436-9680 +1 805-735-2196
Excellent
98%
Good
2%
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5 based on 48 reviews

Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines

Clos Pepe offers private tours and tastings to the discriminating wine tourist. If you are just learning wine, or are half-interested, please do not request a tour. This is a tour for the initiated wine geek that is ready to plumb the history and depth of what wine is, was, and will be.This is a two hour experience. An hour walking in the vineyard and an hour in a private home tasting wine. This is NOT a tasting room. This is a chance to make an appointment and attend a small, private gathering to learn, taste and buy wine. It is meant for collectors, afficianados, and those that are highly passionate about all things fermented.Absolutely no kids or animals on the property. All tours start at 10:30 am, no exceptions.

Reviewed By stardok - Castaic, California

I am a winegrower and winemaker and have been interested in wine for over 30 years. I have been to wineries all over the U.S. as well as other countries. This the most educational, enlightening and enjoyable wine experiences ever! History, geology, comedy, literature and wine making all in one non-snobbish wine tour. Even if you are not into wine you will enjoy this. Sheep, chickens, dogs and olive trees. Did I mention this is a vineyard yet? Fantastic wines, cheese, coffee and olive oil. No high pressure sells either. The wines sell themselves. Disc golf and bocci too. Beautiful location also-"where the summer meets the sea". We bring our friends here and they are blown away. Don't miss it. Oh yeah, the wines are incredible too! Cheers

5. Montemar Winery

1501 E Chestnut Ct, Suite E, Lompoc, CA 93436-4953 +1 805-735-5000
Excellent
97%
Good
3%
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5 based on 29 reviews

Montemar Winery

Reviewed By SarahHeathUK - London, United Kingdom

Steve and his team are great, the wines great; you couldn't ask for a better experience. Myself, husband and two friends had great fun at Montemar wines. Go and check out the wine tasting on offer, you won't be disappointed.

6. Babcock Winery & Vineyards

5175 E Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436-9613 +1 805-736-1455
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Babcock Winery & Vineyards

Reviewed By travelingjamie - San Marcos, California

Babcock is definitely worthy of a stop while wine tasting in Lompoc. It's one of the oldest wineries in the region and has stood the test of time. It's a stone's throw away from Melville. Babcock has an amazing tasting room full of vinyl records and vintage furnishings; it's a hipster's paradise with delectable wine. While tasting wine, I wasted the afternoon away enjoying not only the amazing wine but the ambiance of the tasting room and vineyard. Prices are reasonable. Babcock is definitely underrated and a little secret gem in wine country.

7. Melville Winery

5185 E Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436-9613 +1 805-735-7030
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Melville Winery

Reviewed By cgny1fwd - Houston, Texas

The facility is beautiful. The staff is very knowledgeable about the terroir and the wines. it is basically a Burgundian house (pinot noir and pinot chardonnay) with added Syrah. There are a number of vineyard specific bottlings. Well worth trying and tasting. Use the dump buckets.

8. Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery

6121 E Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436-9679 +1 805-737-6222
Excellent
67%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery

Reviewed By Pat F - Oceanside, California, United States

What a beautiful location, and a charming tasting room. We stopped there while on a visit to Solvang over Christmas. It was cold outside, but they had the fireplace cranked up, with comfy leather chairs pulled up in front. I said we'd like to try a glass of their best selling wine, but said that I was not really a red wine drinker. So they poured us half a glass of their pinot noir, then split it into 2 glasses so my husband and I could both try it. We enjoyed it so much that we wound up buying a bottle, which I will share with the hubby. I can no longer say I'm not a red wine drinker - they have converted me!

9. Sanford Winery & Vineyards

5010 Santa Rosa Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436-9551 +1 800-426-9463
Excellent
66%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Sanford Winery & Vineyards

We invite you to take a step back in time and experience the place where the Sta. Rita Hills growing region was born. Travel along the beautiful countryside and discover our mission-inspired winery nestled among the vines in the very middle of La Rinconada Vineyard. An off the beaten path gem, Sanford Winery offers a selection of elevated tasting experiences of world-renowned wines sourced from our historic estate. Experience an educational, behind the scenes tour of our sustainable winemaking facility, take a guided walk through the oldest vines in Santa Barbara County, or simply enjoy a picnic lunch alongside estate grown vines while soaking in the spectacular vineyard views. Learn about our wonderful history in the valley we call home.

Reviewed By waterandmore - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This property of 1000 acres in the Santa Rita Hills provides an ideal climate for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with warming in the morning and then fog arriving from the ocean in the afternoon. Warm but not too hot for the grapes. The tasting room is a beautiful setting to enjoy the fine wines from Sanford. We sampled some very good wines and purchased some of their new bubbly, a rose and a variety of pinot noirs. Chris was very well informed and a wonderful host. This was one of the better wine tasting experiences we have had and in such a pleasant setting. We would like to return when it is a little warmer and to bring picnic items with us. Sanford's wines are a treat that we will be enjoying when we return home.

10. Dierberg Vineyard

1280 Drum Canyon Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436-9418 +1 805-736-0757
Excellent
85%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Dierberg Vineyard

Only 7 miles West of Buellton lies the beautiful Sta. Rita Hills AVA. You will find our Tasting Room here among the vines of this temperate appellation. Just make a right onto Drum Canyon Road and you will leave the hustle and bustle of HWY 246 behind you as our rural road directs you 1/4 mile down to our rustic barn. We are fortunate enough to taste wines from our Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley and Happy Canyon Vineyards. All of our properties are Estate Grown and speak of their individual terroirs. We are open 7 days a week (closed on certain holidays--please call our direct number for inquiries) from 11am-5pm and are dog friendly. Come in for a tasting at the bar or enjoy a more leisurely experience on our patio where we offer cheese plates Thursday thru Sunday and bottle service daily. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By Cathy M - Goleta, California

We've been club members for several years and love to meet friends for wine and snacks on the beautiful patio. Now they've redone the barn area and have lots of indoor seating for those chillier or hotter days. Plus bonus: your dog can come inside too! The wines are excellent with the Pinot being a favorite. And if you're lucky they'll have a bottle of Astral open for tasting, it's to die for!

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