Lompoc is a quintessential California small town with some big amenities. Whether you want to see one of of the largest outdoor mural displays in the U.S., or wine tasting at over 30+ vineyards in one place, or want to enjoy museums or shopping, Lompoc is a perfect destination for your next adventure.
1) View some big art!
Stroll through downtown and you’ll quickly discover that Lompoc is home to one of the largest outdoor mural displays in the U.S. Generously painted by local artists and residents, Lompoc’s 40 murals line street corners, alleyways, and the sides of prominent buildings turning Old Town Lompoc into a beautiful outdoor art gallery.
As one of our city’s top attractions, mural scenes depict Lompoc’s heritage, historic sights, flower industry, ethnic diversity, scenic beauty. The murals, many curated by the Lompoc Mural Society, use art as a tool to help build bridges across ethnic and cultural groups.
2) Bodger Trail – Lookout Point
A short 5 minute drive from downtown Lompoc, enjoy Lompoc’s #1 rated hike, Bodger Trail (also known as Lookout Point). This local favorite boasts panoramic views of the Lompoc Valley. Visitors will enjoy a hike abundant with seasonal wildflowers, and wildlife views. At the top, enjoy almost 130-degree views of the entire Lompoc Valley floor below.
3) Neon Signs
If you love vintage neon signs, look no further than Lompoc’s Old Town for some old fashioned mid-century fun. Take a selfie with one of our dreamy, vibrant signs glowing in blues, deep greens and brilliant reds scattered throughout our quaint Old Town streets. Lompoc’s neon signs have been lovingly restored and are a nostalgic nod to a time of soda fountains, poodle skirts and hot rods.
4) Visit one of our 5 Museums or Galleries
For history buffs and fans of great art, downtown Lompoc is a trove of treasures! Though Lompoc is a small town, we boast five museums and galleries showcasing the local history of the indigenous Chumash Indians, pioneer history, the mixed media artwork of more than 60 local artists at the Cypress Gallery, historic photography, traveling exhibits, and more.
Step back in time with a visit to the Fabing-McKay-Spanne house, a historic farmhouse that has been renovated and furnished in typical Victorian style. Once a month, the Artesia School Museum opens for tours of this fully restored one-room schoolhouse.
To learn more about our downtown museums and galleries, visit https://explorelompoc.com/arts-and-culture/.
5) Enjoy Downtown Wine Tasting
The Lompoc Wine Ghetto and the nearby Midtown Wineries are scattered throughout downtown Lompoc. The Ghetto features a cluster of over 20+ wine tasting rooms from small urban wineries in an industrial park complex within city limits. Award-winning wines and enthusiastic winemakers share their love of the craft as you enjoy Santa Barbara’s largest concentration of world-class, small-production tasting rooms. Midtown hosts a collection of independent, highly acclaimed tasting rooms just a few blocks from the Ghetto.
6) Go Shopping
Locally owned and operated, is part of what makes Lompoc special. Throughout downtown and the city, you’ll find one-of-a-kind, locally owned shops filled with locally made products, antiques and collectibles, home décor, sporting goods, and more.
If you’re in the mood for locally made goodies, grab something fresh from one of our downtown shops. Whether you’re in the mood for a fantastic homemade cupcake from Sweet Baking Co. or a fresh baked artisan cookie and coffee from One Room Coffee Shop, you’ll find something to delight even the most particular of palettes.
If you’re looking for small town charm with a diverse culture and fantastic amenities, book a stay at one of our hotels and visit Lompoc!
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