Go back in time to Old California on a quiet, rustic ride through nature. The Valentine’s Special includes a bottle of wine & chocolates! Located along the Santa Ynez River at nearby River View Park in Buellton. Perfect for families, couples, and horse lovers of all ages. Kids age 8 and up can join the trail ride. Kids age 5 and up can join their parents on a Family Fun Ride. Kids age 2 and up love The Magical Pony Encounter. Rides daily by reservation.
With 100+ giant birds, Ostrichland U.S.A is one of the biggest attractions in Buellton. Get close enough to see how you measure up to the refuge’s ostriches and emus. And try your hand feeding the birds by hand while you’re there. Ostrichland’s gift shop sells unique ostrich wares and ostrich eggs, so if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can bring the experience to your breakfast table too.
With its rocky outcrops and its royal blue waters, California’s Central Coast is like none other. And with an hour’s drive from our grounds in Buellton, you can sink your toes into the sand and feel the sun on your back at Avila Beach. With paddle board rentals, whale watching expeditions and surf schools, this beach offers a whole lot of excitement alongside extraordinary scenery.
When you stay at Flying Flags, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the best bar in Buellton. Located at our sister property next door, Sideways Lounge has a long list of local wines, craft beers and creative cocktails. And the Santa Ynez Sausage Company truck supplies house-made sausages and hand-cut Belgian fries just outside too. For top-notch eats and top-shelf drinks, you can count on Sideways Lounge.
Mendenhall’s Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana
Take a road trip down memory lane in this charming roadside museum. Filled with vintage gasoline pumps, globes and road signs, it delivers a wall-to-wall Americana atmosphere. With tour guides to take you through their incredible private collection and truly stunning number of antique finds to take photos with, this stop will fill half your afternoon and a whole lot of your camera roll too.
The Santa Ynez Valley is filled with truly stunning wineries. And Alma Rosa is one of our favorites. With north-facing slopes, they produce layered Chardonnays and balanced pinot noirs. And with a tasting room that feels more like an art gallery, they serve up a bit of sophistication too. For great wines and an even better time, you don’t want to miss Alma Rosa.
Step into a storybook in this cozy, little museum. Just down the road in Solvang, admission is free and displays explore the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, author of many fairytale classics like The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid. When you’ve had your fill of fairytales, stick around to explore the uniquely Danish charm and unbelievable Danish pastries of the city of Solvang.