- Published: Friday, 12 June 2015 09:00
- Written by Lindsay Indermill
Ventura has its agriculture, Santa Barbara has its shopping, and San Luis Obispo has its vineyards. But hidden among the chain of Central Coast hotspots lies a secret enclave with fewer crowds, small-town charm, and big-time creative culture: Lompoc, California.
You find Lompoc by getting off the 101 at one of several random turnoffs that will have the drivers behind you craning their necks to see if you’re lost or out of gas. Let ’em think it—it’s better that this place stays a secret. Once you leave the freeway and head west for CA 1, you’ll drive through rolling chaparral and sylvan forests and past the herds of free-ranging cattle and horses. If you get lost, most everyone around here is pretty friendly, just make sure to pronounce the city lahm-poke. It makes the locals happy.