Stephanie Mace

Cuyama Buckhorn

  • Where:
  • Why:Late spring getaway
  • When:June 2021
  • Who:Me and a friend
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Cuyama Buckhorn Look for the iconic red sign from Route 166 as you approach

Look for the iconic red sign from Route 166 as you approach

Cuyama Buckhorn Rooms are comfortable with vintage accents and semi-private patios

Rooms are comfortable with vintage accents and semi-private patios

Cuyama Buckhorn My dog Riggs approves — pets are welcome with a $30 fee

My dog Riggs approves — pets are welcome with a $30 fee

Cuyama Buckhorn Cuyama essentials — including Verve Coffee Roasters instant coffee to fuel your adventures

Cuyama essentials — including Verve Coffee Roasters instant coffee to fuel your adventures

Cuyama Buckhorn Be sure to check out the lobby’s vinyl record collection and curated library

Be sure to check out the lobby’s vinyl record collection and curated library

Cuyama Buckhorn The Buck Stop Coffee Shop opens each morning at 9 a.m.

The Buck Stop Coffee Shop opens each morning at 9 a.m.

Cuyama Buckhorn All smiles after an oat milk latte

All smiles after an oat milk latte

Cuyama Buckhorn Golden hour by the pool

Golden hour by the pool

Cuyama Buckhorn Sunsets are pretty dreamy in the high desert

Sunsets are pretty dreamy in the high desert

Cuyama Buckhorn  Grab a chair facing the mountains and take it all in

Grab a chair facing the mountains and take it all in

Cuyama Buckhorn The outdoor barrel-style sauna also offers magical views

The outdoor barrel-style sauna also offers magical views

Cuyama Buckhorn Dinner at the Buckhorn Restaurant & Bar — where chef Daniel Horn’s ever-changing menu highlights fresh seasonal produce from local farms

Dinner at the Buckhorn Restaurant & Bar — where chef Daniel Horn’s ever-changing menu highlights fresh seasonal produce from local farms

Cuyama Buckhorn Hotel guests, travelers, and locals alike all gather at this iconic roadside dining destination

Hotel guests, travelers, and locals alike all gather at this iconic roadside dining destination

Cuyama Buckhorn Hangout at the firepit after dinner — you’ll receive your S’mores kit upon check in

Hangout at the firepit after dinner — you’ll receive your S’mores kit upon check in

Cuyama Buckhorn The Caliente Deck — another one of the many outdoor spaces

The Caliente Deck — another one of the many outdoor spaces

Cuyama Buckhorn There’s also plenty of seating around the pool, and you can have lunch and cocktails delivered to your chairs

There’s also plenty of seating around the pool, and you can have lunch and cocktails delivered to your chairs

Cuyama Buckhorn Visiting the huts at the Blue Sky Center, a few minutes away from the hotel

Visiting the huts at the Blue Sky Center, a few minutes away from the hotel

Cuyama Buckhorn Blue Sky Center also offers tastings in partnership with Cuyama Beverage Company, which just launched its craft meads (honey wines) in March

Blue Sky Center also offers tastings in partnership with Cuyama Beverage Company, which just launched its craft meads (honey wines) in March

Highs & Lows

  • The abundance of outdoor space — there are countless spots to sip your morning coffee or a glass of sustainable wine — from rustic lounge chairs by the pool, to bar stools facing the Caliente Mountain Range. There’s also cozy firepits, a barrel-style sauna and a courtyard with a gorgeous greenhouse.

  • The connection to community — the rich history of the Cuyama Valley is showcased throughout the hotel, where locals and travelers alike gather for events, holidays and programming. Each room offers a curated selection of books that relate to the region and its community. Most recently, the property’s first Artist In Residence program worked with artist and designer Kim Sutherland to create a book highlighting the iconic residents of Cuyama, which was published in the fall of 2020.

  • The Buck Stop Coffee Shop — with tons of natural light, friendly baristas and delicious lattes, the hotel’s craft coffee shop is a must-visit. You can also enjoy Teapigs fine tea and house-baked pastries and pies served every day.

  • Thoughtful design — the property feels vintage and chic, a style that lead designer and co-owner Ferial Sadeghian calls “Mid-Century Western.” Think vinyl records, unique 1950s furniture, cowhide rugs and Adirondack seating.

  • Service and attention to detail — the staff are friendly and welcoming, with many suggestions for exploring the Cuyama Valley. We especially appreciated the S’mores kit (provided upon check in) and recommendations for hiking in the area.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Inn

  • Vibe

    Vintage California charm

  • Location

    Nestled among the mountains in the high desert

  • Rooms

    21

  • Arrival Experience

    A friendly welcome followed by a tour of the hotel grounds and room

  • Future Forward

    Cuyama Buckhorn is committed to supporting local producers and makers. Shop the curated market at The Buck Stop featuring artisan goods and products, ideal for gifting and souvenirs. The hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant also emphasizes sustainability and collaboration, as the menu incorporates seasonal produce from neighboring ranches in the valley. Plus, they’re mostly plastic free

  • Music

    Upbeat folk with a side of jazz

  • Year Opened

    Originally in 1952, reopened under new ownership in 2018

  • Designed By

    Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance of iDGroup

  • Health & Wellness

    Pool with view of the mountains, barrel style sauna, DIY spa menu in the rooms

  • Food

    Farm-to-table comfort food at the Buckhorn Restaurant, cute breakfast boxes delivered to your room each morning, and poolside service available for lunch and dinner

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Craft cocktails, beer and wines from local vineyards at the Buckhorn Bar. Events include wine and wellness gatherings, dinners and holiday barbecues

  • Minibar & Retail

    A thoughtful collection of “Golden State Goodies” with snacks and spirits from Cuyama Valley neighbors

  • Accessibility

    Accessible

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes! Pets are welcome for a one-time $30 fee

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    A great value

  • Website

    Visit website

Cuyama Buckhorn

Cuyama Buckhorn

4923 Primero St, New Cuyama, CA 93254, USA

Blue Sky Center

Blue Sky Center

1000 Perkins Rd, New Cuyama, CA 93254, USA

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Carrizo Plain National Monument

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Condor’s Hope

Condor’s Hope

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In the Area

Hotel Location 4923 Primero St, New Cuyama, CA 93254, USA

Located on the other side of Los Padres National Forest, Cuyama, California is a quaint and historic town situated in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s High Desert. It’s a two hour drive from Los Angeles and Paso Robles and just 90 minutes to Ojai. You can explore the best of the region at this iconic roadside retreat, including hiking trails, wildlife refuges, local farms and wineries.

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