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.