Top 10 Things to do in Los Alamos, United States

January 8, 2018 Madelene Haan

Los Alamos (Spanish for The Cottonwoods) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. Although located in the Los Alamos Valley, the town of Los Alamos is usually considered to be a part of the Santa Ynez Valley community. Los Alamos is also connected to other cities Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, and other Santa Barbara County cities. It is 140 miles (230 kilometres) northwest of Los Angeles and 281 miles (452 km) south of San Francisco. The population was 1,890 at the 2010 census, up from 1,372 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Los Alamos

1. Casa Dumetz Wines

388 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA 93440 +1 805-344-1900
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

Casa Dumetz Wines

Reviewed By Sandy C - Orange County, California

We happened on to this small place just driving through Los Alamos. We were looking for a light late lunch and this was perfect. Every dish was delicious. Our favorites were the Padron chilis, the brussel sprouts, the charcuterie, and Moroccan olives. Couldn't believe our good luck and would highly recommend. Wine tasting is available too.

2. Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez, CA
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 111 reviews

Santa Ynez Valley

This burgeoning wine region is located just north of Santa Barbara and is home to more than 60 vineyards.

Reviewed By Green1Ma - MA

Within driving distance to LA or Santa Barbara this is a great place to visit. There is plenty to do including camping, wine tasting, shopping and a casino. Solvang is an interesting Dutch style town with loads of shops, antiques and a theater. There are many restaurants with European style menus and lots of bakeries.

3. 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
0%
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.

4. Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441 +1 800-841-1104
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

Reviewed By coachee1313 - Montvale, New Jersey

We had a lovely wine tasting experience here and left with a bottle or two. We made some new local friends for the day who made the experience even more fun, Jack and Matthew were working that day and they were both great!! Jack-- keep spinning the tales!!!

5. Martian Ranch and Vineyard

9110 Alisos Canyon Road, Los Alamos, CA
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 11 reviews

Martian Ranch and Vineyard

Reviewed By bestshoeshopper - Los Angeles, California

There are so many wineries and vineyards in the Los Olivos/Santa Barbara/Santa Maria area. Martian is seriously the place to go. Totally tucked away on Alisos Canyon Road, it was a private and perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon. My fiance and I decided to make an impromptu trip to the area to go wine tasting. I had heard of this winery from a coworker of mine and decided why not stop by. It was such a beautiful day and after stopping by a couple other wineries, we happened to find this place, which is off a side road off the main Foxen Canyon Road. Are we happy we did! We actually ended up loving the place so much that we just continued to hang out with the staff and other patrons at Martian and spent the entire rest of our afternoon there until well after closing. Go here and you will not be disappointed!!! My fiance and I have already decided that we are gonna go back at some point for a tour of the vineyards and maybe enjoy bringing our own lunch and chill out on their picnic benches outside. I can't say enough great stuff about Martian...their wines and their service are really amazing!!! we ended up buying 5 bottles! =)

6. Presqu'ile Winery

5391 Presquile Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93455-5811 +1 805-937-8110
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Presqu'ile Winery

Join us at our winery and tasting room in Santa Maria. Open Fridays 11am-6pm; Saturdays-Thursdays 11am-5pm. Offering a warm and gracious experience at the our tasting bar in our beautiful, state of the art winery in Santa Maria, guests may taste a flight of Presqu'ile wines, each expressing the unique characteristics of the Santa Maria Valley terroir. Club members also gain access to our club only outdoor lounge as well as our bocce ball and horseshoe pit. Members also receive an exclusive extra pour and their tasting is complimentary. We also offer tours by reservation at 11am and 2pm daily. This 75 minute tour and tasting provides guests with an overview of the Presqu'ile story, estate, wines and winery. Wines are tasted throughout the experience as guests tour the tasting room, cave, white wine and red wine levels and the outlook terrace. The tour concludes with a side by side tasting of three Presqu'ile Pinot Noirs paired with tasty bites. By appointment | $45 per person.

Reviewed By Jon M - Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom

A beautiful winery, and there's plenty of places to sit inside or out. There's a couple of wine tastings to choose from, and our host, Cambria, was really friendly and helpful. They do an excellent charcuterie sharer platter, great quality and size, but be aware that the kitchen closes at 4pm - you can pre-order if you are going to arrive after then.

7. Rusack Vineyards

1819 Ballard Canyon Rd, Solvang, CA 93463-9766 +1 805-688-1278
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Rusack Vineyards

We are a boutique winery and vineyard, nestled among the oak-studded rolling hills of Ballard Canyon. Our mission is to create world-class, handcrafted wines that reflect our commitment to excellence and our love for this region. That commitment begins in our Estate Vineyard, which we re-planted in 2003 in order to capture the true character of Ballard Canyon, and which we meticulously farm in small lots. It extends to the winemaking process, during which we go to every possible length to achieve the delicate balance of "elegance & power" (Robert Parker, August 2010) for which our wines have become known around the world. Finally, it extends to our label, a Catalina tile, a family legacy symbol of our belief in the beauty of what arises from blending craft, earth, art and family.

Reviewed By viaggiox - Sonoma, California

A visit to Rusack Vineyards will leave you with a Santa Ynez wine experience that you'll remember forever. It's great on so many fronts. The location is lovely and quintessential Santa Ynez valley wine country. Rolling hills, wind blown oaks and patches of dark green vineyards. A beautiful blend of wine and horse country. The drive along narrow country roads affords great views and the vineyard offers a a gorgeous picnic area under the oak trees. Your palate will be as pleased as your eyes, with great sauv blanc, chard and pinot. The whole vibe is relaxed and casual. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it. Some of the best wineries in the area are out in the country so don't expect to slam through the tasting. Take the time, you'll enjoy it.

8. Gussied Up Antiques

349 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Gussied Up Antiques

Reviewed By Artzgal - Valley Village

We enjoyed visiting this spot - - great old structure filled with fun things to see. All the antique spots were enjoyable with kind staff and owners. Very recommended!

9. Rancho Sisquoc Winery

6600 Foxen Canyon Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454-9656 +1 805-934-4332
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Rancho Sisquoc Winery

Reviewed By radar60 - Lompoc, California

Unlike all the other wineries that are right off Foxen canyon road, this particular winery is hidden a mile plus into the hills so this visit includes a beautiful drive and great setting. The tasting room itself is smaller than most but even with a large crowd we still got to enjoy our tasting. This winery has a nice outside seating area and it has a more casual atmosphere around it than some other wineries . I didn't care for the Meritage that is supposed to be one of the more popular wines but the Malbec, Syrah and Merlot were all very good.

10. The Depot Antique Mall and Wine Pub

515 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA +1 805-344-3315
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

The Depot Antique Mall and Wine Pub

Reviewed By Rod B - San Jose, California

The Depot Antique Mall is an old wooden building, which believe used to be a train station / stop, still has a lot of the features from the bygone days, like large sliding doors to load / unload train cars. If you enjoy antique shopping then you should enjoy the visit, they especially have a large selection of old wooden furniture, and lots of brick a brack and such. Believe they said that they have 25,000 feet of space, and items for sell in probably 21,000 sf. The staff was very friendly, and helpful with any questions, the also have a beer and wine bar inside and you can sit and have something cool down. Overall a decent selection of items, suspect large majority of the items have come from local farms, houses, business etc .... we pleasantly surprised at the size, volume, and quality of items based on the size of the town. One word of caution ..... the building is not air conditioned, and it does get hot inside, as well as the musty smell ..... it was 101 degrees outside when we visited and inside was extremely hot, they did have a number of fans around inside blowing the air, but was still very hot, would recommend going on a much cooler day like in the 80's or below.

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