24 Hours in Los Alamos, California
Los Alamos is a sleepy town north of Santa Barbara and near Lompoc. I heard about it a few years ago when a blogger I follow posted about it, shoutout @prettylittlefawn, and ever since I have had The Alamo Motel bookmarked and in the back of my mind.
When a girls trip to Ojai presented itself, I threw out the idea of staying one night in Los Alamos before making the hour drive to Ojai. I sent a detailed list of restaurants, shops, and photo ops to my best friend and she replied with a resounding yes, she was in! So I booked the cutest room at The Alamo Motel, room 14 - the king suite, and set about planning our day.
Where to Eat in Los Alamos, CA
Norman’s at the Skyview Motel - Norman’s is cute. as. hell. Designed to perfection with comfortable seating and an outdoor area right by the pool. I routed us straight here where we had our first cocktails of our trip.
Pico - Pico is an upscale restaurant across the street from our hotel. Here we shared a charcuterie plate, braised pork, and scallops.
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery - This place is legit. Packed with locals and tourists, this is the IT breakfast spot. Here I ordered an egg in a hole complete with a bacon béchamel sauce and I kid you not, I think about it every day. It was that good. We also ordered pastries, dirty iced chais and watermelon agua frescas. Nothing disappointed, this place is awesome.
Sights to See In & Near Los Alamos
La Purisima Mission, Lompoc - I am cheating slightly with this blog by incorporating Lompoc on my Los Alamos list, but they’re really close and both towns are so small. At the Lompoc mission we parked in the visitor lot, immediately missed the route to enter the mission and ended up forging our own path through some bushes and trees and over a small creek. The path opened onto a field and in the distance we saw the mission. It’s beautiful and definitely worth the pitstop.
Lompoc Flower Fields - I had been to Lompoc once before as a little girl with my dad. He brought me to see and smell the sweet pea flower fields and I remember the endless rows of colorful, fragrant flowers. I was hoping to find them again, but it’s off season. Still, we found a lone patch of blooming sweet peas to stop and take pictures of as cars zoomed past us on the dirt road.
Where to Stay in Los Alamos
The Alamo Motel - Shelter Club makes some seriously cute motels. They have one in Ojai too, they all have funky/boho decor and cute gift shops featuring local artisans. Guys, this is THE SPOT to stay at in Los Alamos. It is in the heart of the tiny town, everything is walking distance. And, c’mon how cute is our room? I 100% booked the king bed room over the two queen bed room to get these pics.
Skyview Motel - We had lunch here, at Norman’s and this place is cute. It isn’t as centrally located as the Alamo Motel but it is just as cute and has a pool, so book based on your priorities.
Where to Shop in Los Alamos
Sisters Gifts & Home - An old home turned antique shop with every room showcasing new treasures. Go here, spend an hour exploring, you’re bound to leave with something amazing.
Bodega - This is where you’ll want to unwind and spend some time. Do your shopping earlier in the day and come here to sip wine under the twinkly lights. They have corn hole set up, blankets if it’s chilly, and a gift shop filled with ceramics, home goods, and of course, wine.
The Alamo Motel Gift Shop - Even if you opt to stay somewhere else, come to the office and shop the curated selection of goods. They have unique home decor pieces, lotions, wall trinkets, and more. It is 100% worth a stop. PLUS, there’s a wine shop (Muni Wine) on the premises. Buy a bottle or do a sampling and sit on the front yard, it’s serene as hell.
Have I sold you on Los Alamos yet?