Los Alamos: A Small Town With An Old West Heritage

Surrounded by ranches, farms and vineyards at the northern “entry” to the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos (population 1,890) is located at the junction of US Highway 101 and State Route 135 (the main thoroughfare known as Bell Street) It’s only seven blocks long yet reflects as much Old West heritage as any small town on California’s Central Coast. Founded in 1876, two ranchers each donated part of their land to create the town site. Named Los Alamos (Spanish for “the cottonwoods” that still grace the area) it looks and feels vintage yet with a burgeoning food, wine, arts & antiques scene. One-of-a-kind lodging includes the historic 1880 Union Hotel, a Victorian-style bed & breakfast with six incredible theme suites, an inn with a view and a classic motor court. Buildings old and new house art galleries, antique shops, food and wine tasting rooms and a surprising variety of restaurants for every type of diner from locavore to carnivore. The Los Alamos Third Saturday Stroll every month offers themed special events. During the last weekend of September, Los Alamos Old Days honors the town’s western heritage with a celebration including arts & crafts fair, BBQ, car show, dance and parade – an excellent time to wrangle a visit with free fun for the whole family.


Plan Your Trip


Plenty on Bell

Plenty on Bell

508 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440,
(805) 344-3020

Farm-to-table restaurant in Santa Barbara County from the Co-founders of Edible Communities and Chef Jesper Johannson.

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Casa Dumetz Wines

Casa Dumetz Wines

388 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1900

We craft elegant, alluring and authentic Rhone varietals with grapes sourced from extraordinary vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Bob's Well Bread Bakery

Bob's Well Bread Bakery

550 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-3000

We pride ourselves on baking old world style artisan breads using only the finest ingredients, sourced locally and seasonally, in all of our products.

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Mariah Marketing

Mariah Marketing

Post Office Box 939, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1717

Since 1989, founder Laura Kath provides marketing, public relations, writing and event consultation for service-oriented businesses and organizations.

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Martian Ranch & Vineyard

Martian Ranch & Vineyard

9110 Alisos Canyon Road , Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1804

Martian is a down to earth winery in Los Alamos California that is dedicated to the journey.

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Alamo Motel

Alamo Motel

425 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-2852

Welcome to Alamo Motel, conveniently located in the center of Los Alamos, California.

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Full of Life Flatbread

Full of Life Flatbread

225 Bell St, Los Alamos, California
(805) 344-4400

Full of Life Flatbread is an eatery offering wood-fired pizzas, locally sourced fare & craft brews in a convivial ambiance.

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Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 937-8340

Local tasting room pouring estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines from a historic vineyard on the bank of the Sisquoc River.

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Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu'ile Winery

5391 Presquile Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-8110

Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL) is a small, family-run winery dedicated to making exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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PlaceInvaders

PlaceInvaders

233 St Joseph St, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 991-7901

PlaceInvaders works with Santa Ynez Valley wineries on private dinner parties for members in private homes around California and beyond.

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Bell Street Farm

Bell Street Farm

406 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-4609

Bell Street Farm is an essential culinary destination in Santa Barbara County wine country.

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Municipal Winemakers

Municipal Winemakers

425 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440,
(805) 931-6864

Handmade, honest wines in the heart of Los Alamos

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Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast

326 Bell Street, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(805) 344-1300

Recognized as a "must see" in California. Six luxurious, masterfully themed suites in the heart of the wine country, each with fireplace and hot tub.

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