Everyone needs a romantic escape now and then, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do it.
Whether you just started dating or have decades of marriage under your belt, a quiet retreat to Lompoc is perfect for a little romance.
Away from the hustle and bustle of big coastal cities, Lompoc offers a relaxed atmosphere without masses of tourists, rush hour or long wait times at great restaurants or attractions.
To help plan your romantic getaway here’s a couple’s guide to Lompoc:
Pick the perfect hotel
Lompoc offers a variety of hotels that are great for couples. The Embassy Suites by Hilton offers stylish two-room suites with a kitchen, complimentary breakfast, free afternoon cocktails and a pool and spa. Hilton Garden Inn, Lompoc’s newest hotel, offers modern rooms, a heated outdoor pool, and an open-concept bar and eatery in the lobby.
Use this list of Lompoc hotels to find one that’s right for you and your loved one.
Fill your itinerary
Whether you want a low-key weekend with wine tasting and walks along the beach, or an adrenaline-pumping, skydiving-filled itinerary, you can tailor your romantic getaway to your interests.
Couples can enjoy any of these great Lompoc activities:
1. Go Wine Tasting
With more than 30 wineries in the city, you can spend days hopping from one to another tasting local wine. Since most are close together, you can park and stroll from one to the next or visit the Wine Ghetto’s 20 boutique tasting rooms. Many wineries specialize in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made from locally grown grapes, and some offer sparking wine options like Flying Goat Bubbles.
2. Picnic in Wine Country
Pick up a picnic in town at Central Coast Specialties Food and head to the nearby Sta. Rita Hills vineyards for a romantic lunch for two and unbelievable views. Sanford Winery & Vineyards on Santa Rosa Road is Lompoc’s oldest winery, is a lovely place with exceptional wines.
3. Take a stroll along the coast
Take a 30-minute country drive out to Jalama Beach Park for a quiet beach stroll or a hike on nearby trails. Kick off your shoes and walk barefoot along the shore during sunset, or wander through a beach cave during low tide. Save your appetite for a stop at Jalama Beach Grill where locals and visitors alike rave about the Jalama Burger.
4. Explore an outdoor Art Gallery
Lompoc’s Old Town has its own outdoor art gallery with more than 40 impressive murals painted on buildings and in alleys throughout the area. Take a self-guided walking tour of the murals while discovering this historic district. You’ll find lots of great shops. Stop by Sissy’s Uptown Café for lunch and a slice of pie or grab a latte at South Side Coffee Co.
5. Go Skydiving
Looking for something more exhilarating? Nothing gets your heart racing like skydiving. You’ll have ocean views and valley vistas as you soar through the sky on a tandem jump with Skydive Santa Barbara at Lompoc Airport. More than 300,000 thrill-seekers have taken the plunge since the venue opened its doors in 1998. You can pick from two different heights: an 18,000-foot dive or a 13,000-foot dive.
6. Enjoy a romantic Dinner for Two
After a day of sightseeing, plan to spend the night at a cozy restaurant with your loved one. Lompoc has fantastic restaurants that offer a wide variety of food.
Try Valle Eatery & Bar inside Hilton Garden Inn for inventive cocktails and a unique twist on California cuisine. On Valentine’s Day, a special 3-course prix-fixe menu will be offered. Call (805) 735-1880 for reservations.
For a romance Italian-style, try family-owned La Botte Italian Ristorante. A Special entree is being offered: Pasta with Shrimps and Mushrooms wrapped with Prosciutto! Call (805) 736-8525 for reservations.
Solvang Brewing Company’s Hoptions Taproom & Eatery is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring a roasted beet salad, your choice of entrees (either ribeye steak or citrus & ale salmon) and tiramasu for dessert. Call (888) 481-2337 for reservations.
Lompoc is full of great activities for couples. No matter how you fill your schedule, the city offers a unique vacation spot with great lodging options, hometown restaurants and fun-filled attractions.
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