Buellton Things to Do
Stopping here was like stepping into a scene from the History Channel TV show “American Pickers.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s a show where these 2 guys stop by junkyards, old barns, etc to find hidden gems. One of the things they are always looking for is old petrol signs. The Mendenhall's Museum of Gas Pumps & Petroliana would be their heaven, if anything was for sell. It’s got the largest collection of gas station and oil company memorabilia – gasoline pumps, porcelain gas, oil, & road signs, race cars, racing memorabilia, license plates, gas & oil items, and other miscellaneous antiques. Even if it’s not something you think you would find interesting, I encourage you to pop in here and have a look to just appreciate the history of it all!
Hitching Post II is a great resting place between wineries and Santa Barbara. However, since the release of the movie "Sideways", it's infinitely more famous and much more commercialized. Make reservation ahead of time if you plan to eat there. Or sit at the bar and try the house pinot before you head back to Santa Barbara.
If you find yourself driving on highway 246 between Buellton and Solvang keep an eye out for Ostrich land. Depending on which direction you're driving you'll either find it conveniently located either on your left or right hand side. A stop at Ostrich land is a great opportunity to get out of the car, stretch you legs a bit, feed some ostriches and maybe even take a picture with one. Stop in the shop to talk to the owner, enjoy a cold soda and pick up some genuine ostrich souvenirs.
630 Avenue Of The Flags, Buellton, CA 93427
Good for: Families
51 East Hwy. 246, P.O. Box 197, Buellton, California, 93427, United States
Good for: Couples
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333 McMurray Road, US 101 at SR 246, Buellton, Cal
Good for: Families
114 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427
Good for: Solo
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If you’ve seen the movie Sideways, then you have seen the Hitching Post. This is the restaurant that Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church frequent in the film where Virgina Madsen is the waitress. Anyway, it’s a great restaurant. We’ve eaten their twice now and it’s always crowded. They do take reservations and there is also a bar which is first come first serve. In addition to being famous for Sideways, they are known for their steaks, which of course we had to have. For about $40 per person, we had an 8 ounce filet, with baked potato, salad and soup of the day. Being right in the heart of wine country, they have a great selection of wines. The staff all seem knowledgeable and are happy to provide guidance on how to pair your meal.
Favorite Dish: Steak!
You need to come hungry... and you need to like meat! The portions are NOT small and the best part of the meal is the stew that is complimentary. The beef stew is served with a side of salsa and beans. The stew is quite filling and has a home-cooked feel to it. I could have just eaten that and would have been content! The full rack of ribs was enough to feed a family of four. All meals also come with salad, potato wedges, rice pilaf, garlic toast, and an after-dinner treat. You are guaranteed to have leftovers. Sharing an entree is always an option.
For a small storefront crammed into a crowded strip mall, this is a very good place. The decor is simple, and yet still quite Mexican. You will need to order before sitting down, just as you do in a number of other semi-fast food restaurants. They will call your number and you will get your food, and add (plastic) silverware, straws, paper napkins, salsa, and other options to taste at two condiment tables in the back of the restaurant.
The number of tables that look out the window is very limited, but the view isn't anything to boast of so there isn't much of a problem there.
In the evening the sun comes blasting in the windows for a while, even with the awing out, so you may want to consider this when deciding where to sit.
Favorite Dish: The Chimichanga is a reasonable value, and reasonably good food.
It happens to be next door to the Mariott hotel, and happens to be there in town - which is fairly small and seems to be relatively void of other things to do. Other than that, there is nothing particularly interesting or unique about this place.
Certainly the standard $8.50 price per movie is nothing special compared to what you will find in any other city theatre.
Dress Code: Anything goes - as long as it doesn't violate local decency codes
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