Pinnacles to Buellton, CA
Flying Flags RV Resort
Route: 146 to 25 to 198 to 101 to 246
Distance: 177 miles
Duration: 1 night
Weather: Sunny and warm (80s)
Another pretty drive as we made our way down to Buellton from Pinnacles NP. We took Highway 25 to 198 to 101 and saw a lot of ranch land on the first stretch of the drive. A coyote ran right in front of us, but thankfully, I didn't hit it. We stopped in Santa Maria for lunch at In-N-Out, which wasn't nearly as good as CC's or No Brand, but still pretty delicious. As we got closer to Buellton, the wind picked up, but it wasn't terrible. There was a large grass fire on the east side of 101, just to the north of Buellton, but it looked like the ground and air crews were doing a good job getting it contained.
Looking east toward the
The first of many on this trip!
We didn't have any trouble finding Flying Flags RV Resort and got settled quickly so we could get the laundry started and relax by the pool while waiting for the clothes to dry. We wandered around the resort, which is quite large and suitable for families and large groups. There are cottages, cabins, luxury tents, vintage trailers and Airstreams for rent, and of course, RV sites. There are two pools (with cabanas), a playground, bocce ball court, fitness center, off-leash dog park, laundry facilities and a cafe. With several wineries nearby, as well as Solvang and the famous Pea Soup Andersens, this would be a great destination to meet up with friends. We only stayed one night, but it would be nice to return someday for a longer visit, especially if we could plan to have some friends or family join us.
Nice place to hang out while waiting for the laundry to dry.
One of the rentals.
Our site had a lot of shade,
which was nice since it was in the 80s.
Some sites had concrete pads, but ours was packed dirt with a brick patio for the picnic table. We had free WiFi and good cell signals for both Verizon and Sprint. There was a little road noise from Hwy. 101, but the park itself was very quiet. In spite of the cost (which is pretty steep for an RV site), we would definitely consider a return visit.