Located just moments from the heart of Santa Maria is Casmalia, a picturesque western town, and one of the most authentic Santa Maria-style barbecue restaurants you will encounter, The Hitching Post. This is where California-style barbecue was brought to perfection by the pioneers, bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness. Forbes Magazine featured The Hitching Post as one of the 10 Great BBQ Joints in the USA. Find out what all the hype is about.
Far Western Tavern
A contemporary California ranch cuisine inspired by local traditions, Far Western Tavern is recognized as a landmark of Santa Maria-style barbecue, the renowned regional fare rooted in native tradition, first popularized by the 19th century rancheros. Meals here are prepared with fresh flavors from nearby farms, ranches and vineyards.
Black Bear Diner
The goal of every Black Bear Diner is to deliver scrumptious food in a friendly environment. We promise to make your visit a pleasant one, and we’ll try to keep the puns to a bear minimum (we said “try”).
Point Sal Overlook Trail
This is a hard, 9.8-mile out and back trail also located near Casmalia. This trail offers hikers with amazing views, but the road to the stop is steep and winding in certain areas, so come prepared. The trail is also used for fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail […]
Historic Santa Maria Inn Olde English Tap Room
Restored to its original friendly atmosphere, the Olde English Tap Room is a quiet spot to sip your favorite drink by the warm glow of an inviting fire inside the Historic Santa Maria Inn. Savor a variety of local craft beers on tap in this cozy European atmosphere. Enjoy live music or DJs every Friday […]
The Melodrama favorite returns! Young Jack and Jill Peabody live in Victorian London with their widowed father, a nutty inventor with little time to pay attention to his children. But when the children write to their favorite Super Nanny, they get more than they bargained for — instead of Mary Poppins they end up with […]
PCPA: An Iliad
An Iliad is a modern rendering of Homer’s classic story, adapted for the stage by Lisa Peterson and Dennis O’Hare. In a virtuoso performance, Tarah Flanagan inhabits over fifty characters. With the addition of live music (Eva Scholz-Carlson on the cello), and language that ranges from contemporary realism to epic poetry, An Iliad grapples with humankind’s […]
Muthaland, written and performed by Minita Gandhi, takes us on the epic coming-of-age journey of a first-generation Indian-American woman. The life of a young woman is forever changed on a trip to India during which she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, is the victim of an assault, and ultimately discovers her voice within a […]
Santa Maria Civic Theatre Presents: Little Shop of Horrors
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world […]