Lompoc is known for colorful flower fields, old buildings and nearby windswept ocean vistas all within a somewhat remote peaceful valley setting. Bicycling through the valley is popular as is wine tasting, bird watching and walking beautiful, windswept beaches.
Located close to 50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, it has a mild climate, peaceful existence and community-mindedness that cater to many who live here for these reasons.
A wide variety of flowers are grown in the valley including Sweet Peas, Sunflowers, Larkspur, Marigolds and other colorful variations on the theme. A large sampling of vegetables are also grown here including artichokes, cabbage, the Central Coast Pinquito Bean and asparagus to name a few.
The city's numerous murals are also well known and greatly admired by those who live here as well as those who visit. The historic downtown area is where these can be viewed and appreciated. A local society keeps this artistic venue alive and well with historic renderings of the area's colorful past.
Old Historic Downtown offers a step back in time with a few highlights including:
Along with its historic charm, it is also known for its natural beauty. Lompoc is a destination for many migratory and year-round bird species. With one of the highest annual counts of birds, this also brings many to the area. Jalama Beach is a world all its own with its uninterrupted miles of sandy beaches, isolated existence and wild ocean waves. There are campgrounds nearby and this area becomes more crowded during the warmer months of the year.
Lompoc's Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary is over 300 acres and is located in the Jalama Valley. Considered home to over 200 wild horses and burros, it focuses on protecting these herds through public education.
Vandenberg Air Force Base is located only 7 miles west of Lompoc and is a very important destination in its own right. It is known as one of the nation's most important aerospace and military installations. It coordinates trainings and the testing of crews, advanced tracking systems and research and development. It is the biggest employer in the area.
Wineries are springing up in and around the valley which brings more tourists to the area. A few of those in the area include the following: Fiddlehead Cellars, Mosby, Sanford, Jalama Wines and Clos Pepe Vineyards, LLC. The Santa Rita Hills region promotes a cool climate perfect for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.