California Weekend Getaways for Every Type of Traveler
Ever found yourself in the delightful chaos of planning a trip where everyone in your group has a different idea of the perfect getaway? The struggle is real. Choosing an ideal vacation spot that caters to diverse tastes can be a challenge.
That’s why you should add Santa Maria Valley to the top of your “California Weekend Getaways” list. Not only are we easy to get to if you’re on the coast—we’re the perfect halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles—but we also offer high-quality, wallet-friendly experiences for every kind of traveler.
We’ll give you a few examples.
Entrees at Maya Mexican Restaurant
Foodies on a California weekend getaway want the best of the best—and we deliver. If you stand in the center of Santa Maria Valley, close your eyes, spin, and point in any direction within 30 miles, you’re guaranteed to find a delicious barbecue spot. Savor smoky tri-tip or top-block sirloin cooked exactly the way vaqueros made it in the 19th century. (Don’t skip out on a side of pinquito beans or buttery garlic toast!)
The celebration of flavors doesn’t stop there! Our area has a variety of cuisines, including Italian, Mexican, Southern comfort food, and New American. Take a look at some of our top picks:
For those who want the full wine country experience without all of the crowds and price hikes (we see you, Napa), we’ve got that, too. Sample our region’s flagship varietals—Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah—while taking in one of the world’s most dynamic (and the Central Coast’s first) wine-growing regions.
Here are three experiences wine lovers won’t want to miss on their weekend trip in California:
Make your way to the countryside and take a cruise through the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Stumble upon any one of the 16 tucked-away vineyards along the 30-mile road as you soak up the stunning views of rolling hills.
The Santa Maria Wine Trolley—running during the weekends from May to October/November—is one of the most popular ways to taste Santa Maria Valley’s wines. The Trolley loops around to a handful of the area’s tasting rooms.
When you’re going on a California weekend getaway with your family, food is not the only important factor. There has to be fun stuff to do! Santa Maria Valley boasts plenty of fun experiences that will excite every member of the family.
Besides outdoor activities (more on that later), we’ve got a mix of shopping and entertainment options. The Santa Maria Town Center includes both national stores and local retailers as well as antique shops, so you can find the perfect souvenir to remember your family’s California weekend getaway.
Together, you can explore easy-to-reach sandy beaches like Oceano Dunes and Fisherman’s Beach or take a hike to more secluded parks, such as Point Sal State Beach. (Remember to mind the signs when taking your dog on any nature trail; most require them to be on-leash.)
Once your pup has burned off the zoomies, they can rest and recharge by your side while you sip on locally fermented wine on an outdoor patio. Presqu’ile Winery, Cambria Estate Winery, Riverbench and Rancho Sisquoc all offer tasting experiences where your pup can tag along as you enjoy California’s lovely temperate weather.
You’ll both be worn out after a day of adventure. Luckily, nearly every other hotel in our region allows pets in special rooms for a small fee. Be sure to double-check when you’re booking a place to stay for your weekend trip in California with your four-legged friend.
For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Image for the Outbound Collective website to promote the Santa Maria Valley, in Santa Maria, California.
The area is home to miles and miles of cycling trails, perfect for every type of cyclist. This is a surefire way to take in all the beautiful scenery, get between wineries, and stay moving during your California weekend getaway.