The Santa Ynez Valley is nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara County along the Central California Coast. The area is renowned for its wineries and idyllic, beautiful scenery. The 2004 film Sideways was filmed in the Valley, and tourists visiting the area often travel to see sights from the film. The area has become a wine tasting venue of international fame while retaining its rustic, small town atmosphere. The Valley is home to numerous celebrities, as well, drawn to the area by the mild Mediterranean climate, the rustic living and the proximity to Los Angeles, San Francisco and the city of Santa Barbara. Located along California’s Scenic coastal highway, the area boasts outdoor activities of every sort and is located just miles from the coastline.

Weather & Geography of Los Alamos

Settign sun illuminates Chardonnay vineyard in California

Los Alamos is a small, unincorporated town located amid ranches, vegetable farms, vineyards and oil fields. Founded in 1876, the town is home now to approximately 1900 people. Los Alamos sits in an isolated narrow valley within the Santa Ynez Valley area. It is approximately 10 miles to Buellton, Solvang and Los Olivos to the southeast, and Lompoc and Vandenberg Air Force Base are just to the west and southwest. San Antonio Creek passes through the town en route to the Pacific Ocean. The Los Alamos valley is also known as the Valley of the Cottonwoods. Weather in Los Alamos is mild year round, with snow almost unknown.

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Los Alamos Tourist Attractions

The town of Los Alamos houses the last standing Pacific Coast Railroad Station, which now houses the Depot Antique Mall. It is one of the largest antique malls in the area and is the town’s main attraction. The recently renovated 1880 Union Hotel was formerly a Wells Fargo stagecoach stop, and is now home to wine tasting, art venues and antique stores along with unique eateries. This historic Los Alamos site is worth a visit and popping in for a drink at their bar.  The people in Los Alamos have been described as “quirky and cool,” as well as passionate about whatever they are doing. This quaint little town makes a fantastic day trip, but many tourists in Los Alamos can spend an entire long weekend here without ever leaving town or finding themselves without something interesting to do or see. Of course, one of the main reasons to visit Los Alamos is the scenery and the laid-back atmosphere. These will truly make a visitor feel they are on vacation and away from it all.

1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos, California

Tourism in Los Alamos features tasting rooms for two acclaimed local wineries, and has several dining establishments featured in the summer 2012 issue of Edible Santa Barbara. One of the best pizza restaurants on the central California coast just happens to reside in Los Alamos. Plan to visit Full of Life Flatbread for their great atmosphere, delicious pizza and to enjoy their amazing beer and wine selection. Each September, the town hosts Los Alamos Old Days for two days, celebrating the town’s history and roots in 1876. The festival features a parade of history and agriculture, vendor booths and stands, and of course the superior food. Tourists who love food, wine and antiques will find their ideal vacation spot in the town of Los Alamos. It is described as a mix of the land that time forgot along with a cutting edge art, food and wine destination.

Visiting Los Alamos

Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals recently welcomed the historic, one-of-a-kind St. Joseph’s at Bell to our roster. This beautiful home is just a short distance from all the fun things to do in Los Alamos. It is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,435 square foot home that can sleep six guests.

If you are planning to visit Los Alamos, California just a short drive from the Santa Ynez Valley, you can also click this link to view photos and video tours of vacation rental homes in the Santa Ynez Valley, as well as read reviews of the properties and make a reservation.

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