The breathtaking habitats of Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve inside the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes is a unique and fragile ecosystem offering opportunities for hiking, fishing, picnicking, and bird watching. Nesting bird species include California least tern and the western snowy plover. There is a swatch of riparian habitat along the northern boundary of the preserve, which hosts a variety of bird species. Migrating birds following along the Pacific Flyway make for some excellent bird watching opportunities for visitors to the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve. Heading west on Main Street to the Rancho Guadalupe Park puts birders in proximity of the Santa Maria River mouth and an array of seabirds. Here, numerous scoters, terns, gulls, sandpipers, and ducks are common sightings. Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets are also common year-round. This is one of two coastal access points in the Santa Maria Valley, the other being at the Oso Flaco Lake. This is a short stop from Highway 1, and well worth the visit. (From Santa Maria, head north on Hwy. 166 W. toward Main St. Guadalupe, CA)
The second-largest stretch of dunes in California spanning 22,000 acres and 18 miles, offering biological diversity, hiking, wildflower viewing, birdwatching, whale watching, and nature photography inside of this National Wildlife Refuge. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes have played home to movie classics The Ten Commandments, through modern films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Sideways, […]
Taqueria Carmelita #1
We are a family owned Mexican restaurant serving weekly specials. On Sundays you can always look forward to Menudo and handmade tortillas! Be sure to stop next door and visit our El Oaxaqueno Market for fresh meats, vegetables, misc items and last but not least, our fresh homemade Mexican pastries!
Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center
The mission of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center is to bring cultural awareness of the diverse community groups and ethnicities through art presentations, an ethnic arts gallery, and educational classes.
Palmina produces a full range of wines crafted from Italian varietals grown in Santa Barbara County, California. Palmina is not trying to emulate the Italian versions of those wines, but rather translate the history of those grapes to the growing conditions and vineyard sites of the very unique characteristics of Santa Barbara County. The wines […]
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 […]