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A short drive along the coast north of Santa Barbara, you’ll find the picturesque city of Buellton nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Surrounded by California’s famous Sta. Rita Hills AVA and just 10 miles from the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Buellton is a little piece of paradise just off the beaten path.

Visitors come from across the country to savor the region’s year-round sunshine and temperate climate. In fact, Buellton’s unique weather is the secret behind the world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The combination of warm days and cool nights is just the right balance for bringing out the full potential of these delicate berries.

Buellton’s mild climate has also been known to bring out a sense of adventure too. Visitors looking to immerse themselves in nature can hike, bike or horseback ride through stunning scenic trails. Another great way to spend an afternoon is to explore the budding botanic garden at River View Park, enjoy an up close and personal experience with an ostrich or emu, or play a round at Zaca Creek Golf Course, located along the Santa Ynez River. In addition, Buellton is just a short car ride away from the ocean where you can surf, swim and sun to your heart’s content, and from quaint surrounding towns like, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, the Danish Capitol of America. Stop by the Chumash Casino, where you can catch a concert or comedy show in between trying your luck at the tables and slots.

As you may have guessed, this wine country community is also enthusiastic about food and drink. Since Buellton was dubbed the “Home of Split Pea Soup” back in 1924, it’s been turning heads with its culinary creations. Whether you’re looking for a steak cooked to perfection on an oak fire pit, or a cornucopia of locavore inspired dishes. Buellton’s restaurants will not disappoint. When it comes to quenching your thirst, you’re also spoiled by choice. The local distilleries offer up some samples of whiskey, vodka, limoncello, and moonshine. Local breweries beckon you to savor their award-winning brews and with over 200 wineries and tasting rooms in the Santa Barbara County, there’s an abundance of options for wine tasting too.

Throughout the year Buellton finds time to celebrate its passions with special events that capture the attention of people around the globe. From wine and chili, craft beer, to vintage trailers and Winter Fest where 20 tons of snow are brought in for the kids, the City of Buellton offers something for everyone. So bring the whole family and experience Buellton’s friendly hospitality for yourself.

Buellton is a great place to stay with a variety of lodging options to serve all budgets. Make yourself at home in one of the new or freshly renovated accommodations, or enjoy a night at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in a safari tent, vintage airstream or cottage.

Venture to Buellton and experience all the city has to offer. Travelling to Buellton is easy and convenient. Simply fly directly to Santa Barbara’s small hassle-free airport, and enjoy a short 30 minute drive along Highway 101. Centrally located to all of the things to do and see in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, Buellton is the perfect place to spend a long weekend.

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Kathy Vreeland

Executive Director, Visit Buellton • Local Culture

Originally from St. Clair, Michigan; Kathy studied Business & Hospitality Management at Northwood University. Here she met her future husband Dan, whose family was also from Michigan but had relocated to a small town called Buellton, California in the late 1980s. After graduation they married and moved to Buellton to be close to the Vreeland family business - the local Ford dealership.

While managing a local motel, Kathy joined the board of directors for the Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. Upon leaving the hospitality industry to begin a family, Kathy remained active in the Chamber and played an important role in the community. As the mother of two young boys, she became an active member in school, sports and PTSA.

In 2007, the Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau was in need of a new Executive Director, and Kathy was honored with the position. For over a decade now she has watched Buellton businesses grow and flourish, and couldn’t be more proud to represent this wonderfully passionate community. She feels it is a great honor to live and work in the community that was so welcoming to her upon her arrival.

Her office is located at the Buellton Visitors Center on Avenue of Flags. If you want to stop in and say hello, she’d love to hear from you!