In 1839, during Mexico’s rule, Jose Antonio de la Guerra received 49,000 acres, naming it "Rancho Los Alamos." Meaning "The Cottonwoods" in Spanish, it refers to the shady trees along the valley's streams. In 1868, ranchers John Bell and James Shaw bought 14,000 acres, planning a town that thrived as a stagecoach stop. These days, locals lovingly dub Los Alamos "Lost, almost," for its small size and discreet allure. It is a favored getaway for the discerning.
Santa Ynez Valley, the Tuscany of California, is conveniently located 2 hours from Los Angeles and 4 hours from San Francisco by car. It offers 200+ wineries, attracting visitors for tastings, tours and relaxation. The unpretentious vibe, enduring since Sideways, thrives as a renowned wine and food hub. Michelin-approved eateries, stylish shops, boutique hotels, and striking wineries make up the region's charm which emanates from its local farms, ranches, and Central Coast seafood.
Bell Street is renown for its culinary line up led by Michelin Star Bell’s french inspired bistro. Bob’s Well Bread is a beloved long time bakery. Full of Life Flatbreads features artisanal wood-fired pizza. Pico serves up farm fresh in the General Store. Indie tasting rooms like Lo-Fi Wines and Casa Dumetz break from tradition. Retail shops, art galleries and event spaces all contribute to the chill vibe. Bell Street's vibrant parade marks the annual Los Alamos Old Days 3 day celebration.