Don’t Miss it! March 30th to September 28th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Town Center West – Don’t miss out on the fun at Downtown Friday’s in Santa Maria!  This year promises to be the best ever. Click here for upcoming information on “Friday Nights“. Check us on Facebook!  Downtown Fridays operate in the Fallas…

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paso robles vineyard

By Cindy Rynning- Guest Blogger Paso Robles was named Wine Region of the Year in 2013 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, yet more than a few wine lovers aren’t familiar with the area or its wines. Located between San Francisco and Los Angeles and about 40 minutes east of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find this bucolic town along…

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riverbench winery

  By Donna Polizzi  The Santa Maria Valley is surrounded by wildflower-covered mountains, in the heart of the California Central Coast. There is no better place to get away, any day of the week. Santa Maria is a family-friendly city, with everything you need, for a fun-filled vacation destination. Santa Maria and neighboring Old Orcutt…

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alapay cellars

By Donna Polizzi There is an adorable tasting room, named Alapay Cellars, that is well worth the stop. It’s located at 415 1st Street, Avila Beach, Ca., and they offer up excellent wine, late harvests and an atmosphere that is totally appropriate for the beach. After entering the uniquely rounded building, located literally on the corner…

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oso flaco

 By Donna Polizzi Keys 2 the Coast has discovered another hidden gem to visit on the California Central Coast. The type of place that thrills you to see that we have protected, preserves and let us see nature at its finest? Visiting Oso Flaco Lake State Park in San Luis Obispo County is a must;…

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Guadalupe Native Garden Guadalupe, CA

 By Donna Polizzi  Did you know the little town of Guadalupe, nestled in the western Santa Maria Valley has a native garden? This adorable little patch of California natives will give you a new-found interest in Botany. With its informational message board containing the “Plant of the Month” every month, and plant labels attached to…

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atascadero galaxy theater

By Donna Polizzi It all starts and stops with great food… and Atascadero is a great place to spend a casual day from breakfast to burgers.  Start your day with a lovely breakfast at The Country Touch Café.  This family-owned and operated restaurant is located right off of El Camino Real and is run by…

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sunstone barrels

By Donna Polizzi Tucked away in the cradle of the Santa Ynez Valley, where the rich and famous boast second homes, hundreds of miles away from the Los Angeles rat race, is a true gem on the Central Coast.  Sunstone Winery, located at 125 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, is a short 35-minute drive from Santa Barbara.…

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san antonio winery

By Donna Polizzi San Antonio Winery majestically sits right off Highway 46 East, at 2610 Buena Vista Rd., in Paso Robles. This family-owned winery, spanning four generations, was established in 1917 and opened in Paso Robles in 2010.  After 100 years in business, the experience shows.  San Antonio Winery offers a wide variety of brands, the…

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