World of Wine and Ale
Food and Travel Magazine|Spring/Summer 2020
Come discover the wonderful world of wine and ale, where every experience is unique in its own very special way. From finely crafted beers to exquisite wines, this section is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

SAVOR BOUTIQUE WINES AND VINTAGE CALIFORNIA CHARM IN LOMPOC

Find plenty of space to explore along California’s sce-nic Central Coast in the Lompoc Valley. Experience the perfect pairing of world-class wines with local flavors, rural charm, and phenomenal landscapes.

Art enthusiasts will discover larger-than-life outdoor murals, golden hues and breathtaking views to photograph and share on Instagram. Wine lovers will savor the many exclusive, small-batch premium wines crafted in the region, and history buffs will revel in a tour of Lompoc’s awe-inspiring restored historic mission. Adventure seekers will enjoy the mild year-round Mediterranean climate for outdoor pursuits like golf, hiking, surfing, bird watching, and even sky diving.

At the heart of Lompoc Valley is historic Old Town, with a laid-back, vintage vibe all its own. Visitors stroll along the streets and alleyways to view one of the largest outdoor mural collections in the United States, providing colorful glimpses into Lompoc’s history and heritage. You’ll also find unique historic buildings, an art gallery, the Lompoc Museum, small shops, and unique farm-to-table eateries.

Once the flower-seed capital of the world, and still a thriving agricultural community with fields of flowers and seasonal produce, Lompoc is also now a bountiful wine destination. It is home to nearly 40 wineries and boutique tasting rooms, showcasing wines produced from local grapes in the surrounding Sta. Rita Hills.

Start your tasting in town at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, Midtown Wineries or the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Center, where an impressive collection of artisan wineries and tasting rooms offers wines as distinctive and bold as their creators.

Imbued with California wine country ambience, the Lompoc Wine Trail winds through the Sta. Rita Hills where you’ll find breathtaking vistas and estate wineries around every bend.

For the adventure seeker or outdoor enthusiast, Lompoc offers spectacular experiences like Sky Diving with Skydive Santa Barbara or Windsurfing at the popular Jalama Beach, a scenic 20-minute drive from town. Hikers will appreciate the epic 130-degree vista views awaiting you at the top of Bodger Trail, ranked the #1 hike in Lompoc, while bird-watchers and nature photograhers flock to the Ocean Beach Park & Estuary, where the wind-swept Santa Ynez River meets the Pacific blue.

“Locally made” doesn’t just apply to mural art and wine in Lompoc. It also perfectly describes our robust food scene, where several restaurants source from nearby growers and ranchers to create innovative menus. Valle Eatery + Bar, inside the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, is acclaimed for its pork belly tacos, wood-fired pizzas, and signature craft cocktails. Sissy’s Uptown Café, popular for its baked-fresh daily pies, showcases an impressive wine cellar of more than 300 regional wines. And for those who prefer craft beer and pub food, Hoptions Taproom & Eatery, the Solvang Brewing Company’s Lompoc location, is a great choice, with brewed-on-the-premises lagers, ales, pilsners, and stouts.

Lompoc’s top visitor attraction is La Purisima Mission. Founded in 1787 and considered the most fully restored and furnished of the 21 historic California missions, it enables visitors to step back in time to early California mission life. La Purisima is also a state park, with 25 miles of beautiful hiking trails connecting to the backcountry.

To experience all that Lompoc has to offer, plan to spend a few days and make it your comfy home base for wine tasting, sightseeing, and exploring nearby beaches and towns. Located close to both Santa Barbara and Solvang – but without the high price tag and crowds – Lompoc offers a variety of accommodations to suit your style and travel budget.

For information on all Lompoc lodging options, and to plan your Central Coast getaway, visit ExploreLompoc.com

Denison, Texas: The Small Town with the Big Agenda

You don’t have to go far to getaway. Drive just one hour north of Dallas and you will find your weekend destination. Denison, TX is the quintessential small town where you will feel right at home.

The home of T.V. Munson, who saved the French Wine Industry from devastation in the 1800’s, Denison is rich with craft beverage that you cannot get at home. Take a stroll through the vineyards at Hidden Hangar Vineyards and Winery. From 1928 until the 1950’s, the land that the vineyard sits on served as a training airport for “wanna-be” pilots and a fuel stop for those traveling between Oklahoma City and Dallas. The tasting room is open Thursday-Sunday from 12-6 pm where you can sip on varietals such as Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Syrah.

For the whiskey lovers, Ironroot Republic Distillery is a must. The name “Ironroot” pays tribute to T.V. Munson and the “iron” roots that helped save the French wine industry. The distillery is family owned and operated by the Likarish brothers (Robert and Jonathan) along with their mother Marcia and everything is mashed, fermented, distilled, barrel-aged, and bottled on-site in Denison. The spirits are made using high-quality heirloom and non-GMO corn from local farms to capture the authentic flavor of north Texas. Take a tour of the distillery every Saturday at 1 pm and enjoy craft cocktails the first Saturday of the month from 2-8:30 pm.

If you like farm-fresh ingredients, check out the Downtown Denison Farmers Market. From farm fresh eggs, meat, produce and even canned goods – purchase something locally grown and get to know our farmers! You can catch the market on Saturdays on the 700 block of Main Street starting in mid-April.

After you’ve hit up the farmers market, take a stroll down Main Street where you will find antique shops, boutiques, breweries, wineries and restaurants. Peruse the public art displays, galleries and studios and even create a masterpiece of your own to take with you.

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