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4 Things to Do in the Sideways Town of Buellton

Peel off the coastal Hwy. 101 to a town made famous by the film Sideways that follows two men on a weeklong vacation in wine country.

Here are our top four things to do.

1. Santa Barbara Blueberries at Restoration Oaks Ranch

Blueberry picking near Buellton, Calif.
Blueberry picking near Buellton, Calif.Tori Peglar

Why go: Located just a few minutes from Buellton, this family-owned, 1,000-acre blueberry farm, cattle ranch and retreat offers a down-to-earth, u-pick experience. Fill up your silver pail with pesticide-free blueberries while enjoying being outside in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. santabarbarablueberries.com

Tip: During blueberry (June and July) and raspberry season (August through October), u-pick hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

2. Sideways Tour

Dining at the Hitching Post II Restaurant famous for its BBQ, wine and film location. Photo courtesy of Buellton Visitors Bureau
Dining at the Hitching Post II Restaurant famous for its BBQ, wine and film location. Photo courtesy of Buellton Visitors Bureau

Why go: Trace the steps of the characters who sipped their way around the Santa Ynez Valley, including Buellton’s Hitching Post II, in the 2004 hit film Sideways.

Tip: Pick up a Sideways map at the Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, 597 Avenue of Flags or follow the links online at www.discoverbuellton.com/travel-style/sideways-the-experience/

3. Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant

Enjoying the signature dish at Pea Soup Andersen's. Photo courtesy Buellton Visitors Bureau
Enjoying the signature dish at Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn. Photo courtesy of Buellton Visitors Bureau

Why go: A mainstay for decades, this iconic restaurant in Buellton has been serving travelers and locals for 94 years. www.peasoupandersens.net

Tip: Jump on the bandwagon and order one of the 2 million bowls of pea soup this restaurant serves per year. 

4. Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground

Camping at Flying Flags RV Resort. Photo courtesy Buellton Visitors Bureau
Camping in a vintage trailer at Flying Flags RV Resort. Photo courtesy of Buellton Visitors Bureau

Why go: . Hip vintage Airstreams, luxury safari tents, wine cottages with grapevines growing between backyards and national park-themed cabins offer an amazing lodging experience in Buellton. There are two heated pools. highwaywestvacations.com/properties/flyingflags

Tip: Play bocce ball or horse shoes before heading to the Friday night BBQ at the hip Campfire Cafe.