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)
Authentic Mexican and Seafood restaurant. One of the best on the Central Coast offering our specialties such as Sizzling Shrimp Fajitas, Soup of the 7 seas aka 7 Mares, Shrimp Cocktails, Shrimp & Ceviche Tostadas, Shrimp Tacos, Enchiladas, Chile Rellenos, and Much more!
Santa Maria Valley Multipurpose Trail
This easy, 5.4-mile out and back trail is located near Waller Park in Santa Maria. The trail is great for all skill levels and features scenic views. There are a number of activities nearby, and dogs are also welcome as long as they’re leashed.
Our Story Italy is the inspiration behind our restaurants, from the ingredients we use to our award-winning wine list. Most of all, we are inspired by the Italian culture – warmth, genuine hospitality and the importance placed on family. Our passion for Italy led us to establish both the Olive Garden Culinary Institute of Tuscany, […]
Located in the northernmost portion of Santa Ynez Valley within Santa Barbara County, in 1978, Zaca Mesa was the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County and over the years they have learned that the grapes varieties indigenous to the Rhône valley of France prosper in its vineyard. Since 1997, they have focused on […]
Santa Maria Downtown Fridays
This family-friendly event for Santa Maria’s downtown will occur every Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town Center West parking lot near Broadway (Highway 135) and Cook Street, all the way to September 27th, weather permitting. Admission and parking are free. There will be live music from local bands, rows of food vendors, […]
Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley 2019
This is weekend wine tasting #SantaMariaStyle The Wine Trolley has returned! Hit the road and explore all you can do in and around Santa Maria Valley. You’ll find it’s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less. Starting Mother’s Day weekend, explore our amazing local wineries and tasting rooms […]
Great American Melodrama - Pappa Pia
June 20 – September 21 Mamma Mia, here we go again! This hilarious send up one of the world’s most popular musicals is set at the Pismo Pier. It’s the sunny and funny tale of a daughter’s quest to discover her true identity and uncover a secret buried in her family’s past. Featuring some of […]
16th Annual Cruzin' For Life Car Show & Friday Night Cruise
Cruzin’ for Life is having their 16th Annual Car Show! Cruzin’ for Life has supported Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties by adopting many wishes for kids living in the Tri-Counties area. Their mission is to raise funds for patient support. Come see all the varieties of beautiful cars at the Cruzin’ for Life Car Show! All proceeds stay […]