Southern California Day Trips


A “go-to” day trip that my family and I enjoy is to Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. We spend most of our time in Los Olivos. This time around we wanted to spend a few hours outside of Los Olivos or Solvang so we ventured to Buelton.

Buellton is in Santa Barbara County, California and is one of the communities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. You may have seen Buelton in the 2004 comedy-drama Sideways.

We didn’t go to The Hitching Post, the restaurant featured in Sideways, though we drove right by it. Instead, we ventured to the “industrial” part of Buelton where Figuerora Mountain Brewing and Industrial Eats are located.

Figuerora Mountain Brewing is located at 45 Industrial Way towards the end of “Industrial Way” off of the main strip of Buelton, Highway 246.  The brewery has indoor and outdoor seating. The outside seating has some covered seating and a game of cornhole.

The inside portion is spacious with high ceilings surrounded by the large vats of brewing beer. You can purchase beer to go, growlers and growlettes. Old pictures of the Santa Inez Valley adorn the seating area. They don’t serve food but you can order food to be delivered.

Rather than have food delivered check out “Industrial Eats” a half mile north at 181 Industrial Way. They serve quality, locally-sourced food. They use wood fired ovens (see picture below) and serve beer and wine on tap.  Industrial Eats is also a butcher shop where you can cut your own meat or take butchery classes.

If not in the mood for meat order some pizzas. Three pizzas will feed four hungry people very well. There are also fresh preserves, pâtés, cheese and handmade bacon.

The inside is vast while the outside seating is more limited. You’ll note in the picture below that indeed there is a “big ass fan” inside as they proudly note on their business cards.

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