Sometimes, girls just need to getaway. When you’re ready to take a break from work, school pickups, and meal prep, grab your girl tribe and plan a weekend in Lompoc, California. This low-key city is the perfect spot to kick back, relax, and explore something new.
Here’s the ultimate guide to planning the perfect girls weekend:
Tour the murals in Old Town
When you arrive in Lompoc, head for the city’s quaint downtown area known as Old Town. You’ll find a friendly Main Street vibe with local cafes and shops. Grab a latte at South Side Coffee Co. and discover Old Town’s artistic side by taking a self-guided walking tour of the 30+ murals that decorate the town’s buildings.
The coffee shop is right at the center of the “mural district,” so you can wander in any direction and find vibrant paintings like The Great Floral Flag, Point Conception Lighthouse, or Lompoc’s Flower Industry. Feeding Time, which depicts a carnivorous t-rex, is a great mural to visit on West Ocean Ave. Visitors usually have a lot of fun taking photos that look like they are running from the dinosaur.
Grab a mural map to design your route and learn a little history at each stop. For instance, you’ll learn that each of the murals that adorn the town’s stores, fire station, and alleyways were constructed over the course of a weekend. One master artist oversees up to 20 artists and volunteers who create the masterpiece in about 48 hours.
After your tour, check in at your Lompoc hotel and relax for a bit. Then, have dinner at Hangar 7 or Old Town Kitchen and Bar.
Take a day to enjoy California’s newest wine frontier. In and around Lompoc you’ll find small boutique tasting rooms to sprawling estate vineyards. Check out this map of the wineries in the area before you go, but consider starting in the Sta. Rita Hills region. You’ll find seven expansive vineyards like Babcock Winery and Vineyards and Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery that are definitely worth a stop.
After roaming around the hills, come back into Lompoc and visit the Midtown Wineries like Turiya Wines and Longoria Wines. End your tour at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto; a cluster of small urban wineries tucked inside a unique industrial park. You’ll find small batch wines and eclectic tasting rooms like Piedrasassi Wine and Bread, which is a combination winery and bakery.
Tour the flower fields or mission
On your last day in Lompoc, consider taking one last tour before you set your GPS for home. Depending on your interests, consider checking out Lompoc’s vibrant flower fields or go to La Purisima; the state’s most extensively restored mission.
Commercial flower fields line many back roads of Lompoc. While they are private, there are plenty of spots along the road to stop and admire flowers like Stock, Larkspur, and Delphinium. You can see which fields are in bloom by using the Bloom Tracker on Explore
If you decide to visit the mission, you can take a guided tour and wander through restored buildings from 1787. If you have a little time left, consider taking a walk on one of the many trails that circle around the property.
Lompoc is full of great group activities, making it a great place for a girls weekend. You’ll find relaxing accommodations, friendly people, unique attractions, and rave-worthy restaurants all in the heart of Lompoc.
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