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Sta. Rita Hills is located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Central Coast, nestled between the quaint towns of Buellton and Lompoc, a short two hour drive from Los Angeles. The neighborhood offers endless options for getaway fun. Spend the day, the weekend or the rest of your life biking, hiking, surfing, camping or just enjoying peace and quiet of our countryside.
Our hotels and restaurants are relaxed and welcoming and eager to provide you with Sta. Rita Hills hospitality.
What’s up in the Hills:
La Purisima Mission, a true jewel in our community, is the location for the SRHWA annual Wine and Fire Grand Tasting event scheduled for the weekend of August 15 -17, 2014.
Founded in 1787, the La Purisima Mission land holdings once covered nearly 470 square miles. Bordered by the Santa Maria River in the North and the Gaviota coastline in the South, the land was home to the Chumash people and Spanish settlers. The mission was best known for its hides and blankets and at its peak inhabitants herded as many as 24,000 cattle and sheep.
Today, history lives at La Purisima. The most extensively restored mission in the state, La Purisima hosts over 200,000 visitors each year for recreation and a chance to explore California's heritage.