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SANTA MARIA VALLEY

CALIFORNIA’S SWEET SPOT

The Santa Maria/Orcutt area combines with nearby Lompoc, Los Alamos, and Santa Ynez Valley to become one of the top areas for wine-tasting in the world. There are 12 vineyards in Santa Maria, all of them open to the general public. Santa Maria is also world-famous for its “Santa Maria Style BBQ,” with some of the best tri-tip there is. The Old Orcutt area is home to a variety of restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, spas, and restaurants, all with an old-town vibe.

For patrons of the arts, the PCPA theater company offers some of the most entertaining theater in California. Santa Maria is also home to an annual strawberry festival, and has a new movie theater in the local mall that offers 3d movies and comfortable seating.

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Authentic Chinese Cuisine – Santa Maria, CA

By Donna Polizzi I have been to countless Chinese Restaurants throughout the years. Many of them good. When it comes to authentic Chinese cuisine, the North China Restaurant, located at 113 N. Broadway, stands above the rest and is a Keys 2 the Coast favorite. Let’s just say it’s a good thing they have an…

Cubanissimo Cuban Coffee House and Cafe in Orcutt, Ca

By Donna Polizzi I recently stopped at a new coffee shop in Orcutt and was treated to not only a heartwarming, and inspirational story, but a quintessential American success story. Before I go onto just how fabulous the coffee is, allow me to take a quick detour. Once upon a time on the small island…

New Things are Brewing in Old Orcutt…and it’s a “Blast”!

By Pam Adkisson Some exciting changes are afoot just in time for summer in Old Town Orcutt. About an hour north of Santa Barbara, and 35 minutes south of San Luis Obispo, this small town enclave is experiencing a renaissance, yet maintains its small–town spirit. This month, Rooney‘s Irish Pub will become Blast Brewery at…

RADISSON HOTEL – SANTA MARIA, CA

Chances are if you’ve arrived at an airport in most major cities throughout the United States, you’ll find a Radisson Hotel. Santa Maria is no exception. The Radisson in Santa Maria is situated on the Santa Maria Airport’s airfield. This makes the Radisson ideal for the recreational flyer but perhaps especially for the corporate flyer.…

The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant and Cafe, A New Flavor in Town – Santa Maria, CA

By Gaby Mendoza So many culturally different restaurants are popping up on the Central Coast and all of them aspire to become some of the best restaurants in the area. A lovely, Mediterranean style restaurant, definitely qualifies to be in that category. The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant and Café, is making a name for itself in…

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Brunch at the Santa Maria Inn – Santa Maria, CA

By Donna Polizzi Looking for a great place to go for Sunday Brunch? The Historic Santa Maria Inn has been a place to stay and dine that has hosted the rich and famous for 100 years. To celebrate 100 great years, there is now a new Century Room featuring a fabulous Sunday Brunch. Let me…