WE ARE PANERA. We are bakers of bread. We are fresh from the oven. We are a symbol of warmth and welcome. We are simple pleasure, honest and genuine. We are a life story told over dinner. We are a long lunch with an old friend. We are your weekday morning ritual. We are the kindest gesture of neighbors. We are home. We are family. We are friends! Nearly all of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic free chicken, whole grain bread, and select organic and all natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings.
Nojoqui Falls Park
Walking the short trail at Nojoqui Falls Park takes you to a spectacular waterfall. This is a favorite spot for company outings and family gatherings with various ball fields, barbecue grills, benches, and picnic tables—plus hiking trails, a playground, and restrooms.
La Purisima Mission Historic State Park
Perhaps the crown jewel of the region’s historic structures is La Purisima Mission Historic State Park, the most fully restored of the three completely preserved missions within the California State Park system. Also boasting the most authentic looking setting of all the missions, La Purisima takes visitors back to its 1820 heyday and features livestock […]
Olde Port Beach
Olde Port Beach is located just west of downtown Avila Beach and Avila City Beach. Olde Port Beach is dog-friendly as long as dogs are well-behaved and respond to their owner’s voice commands. Olde Port Beach is typically less busy than the surrounding beaches, but offers less amenities.
Growing Grounds Farm Santa Maria
Growing Grounds Farm Santa Maria is a program of Transitions-Mental Health Association, combining horticultural therapy and vocational training to provide individuals with mental illness employment and a supportive environment where personal growth can be realized. They produce pesticide-free produce, flower and plants. Visit them at 820 W. Foster Rd. at the corner of Foster and […]
Santa Maria Civic Theatre: One Slight Hitch
It’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect! “If you think of Lewis […]
PCPA: The Wolves
This 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist will play in the electrifying intimacy of the Severson Theatre. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girl’s indoor soccer team of distinct personalities navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with the fervent exuberance of a pack of adolescent warriors. The New York Times exclaims, “The scary, exhilarating brightness […]
Great American Melodrama - Unnecessary Farce
March 14 – April 28 Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor meets with his female accountant. In the next room, two cops wait to catch the meeting on video. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s taken the money, and who’s hired the Scottish […]
Presqu'ile 3rd Fridays Live - Tepusquet Tornadoes
Presqu’ile’s house band, the Tepusquet Tornadoes, turn into the Tepusquet Shamrocks for one night only, as they kick off St. Paddy’s weekend! Expect a set list full of hits from the likes of U2, Van Morrison, The Cranberries, Thin Lizzy, and more Irish favorites. Our featured pairing is Chef Lisabeth’s take on corned beef and […]