Santa Maria Valley is the perfect backdrop for your next set of vacation snapshots.
The valley’s vineyard-lined hillsides, panoramic vistas and cool Pacific coastline provide the ideal opportunity to explore all the Central Coast has to offer, stopping for a few photo-ops along the way. Read below for the best ways to experience endless outdoor opportunities, world-class wine country and an iconic barbecue tradition. Brush up your Instagram feed while feeding your adventurous side, #SantaMariaStyle.
Oh-So Beautiful at Oso Flaco Lake
This stunning natural area consists of a large freshwater lake and a 1.7-mile boardwalk trail that takes hikers directly to the Pacific Ocean. The park is home to local plant and wildlife and Oso Flaco Lake is perfect spot for fishing, birdwatching, hiking and, of course, Instagramming.
Grab a Bite of #SantaMariaStyle
Our iconic, 150-year-old barbecue tradition must be tasted to be believed. Santa Maria Style barbecue consists of meat grilled over red oak and served with fresh, savory sides. Many of our local barbecue restaurants also offer takeout and/or delivery, to make enjoying this iconic meal easier than ever. Don’t forget to snap a pic before you dig in!
Take in the Vineyard Vistas
The Valley’s transverse geography and acres of vineyards produce some of the best views in the region. Explore a local vineyard tasting room or roll the windows down, turn the radio up and cruise through the countryside by car. Either way, you’re sure to be rewarded with more than a couple of stunning photos.
Taste While You Tour
Get a taste of our flagship varietals—Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah—while touring one of more than 34 tasting rooms. The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is home to 13 of them, and it’s the perfect place to cruise or cycle while exploring, sipping wine and snapping photos.
Watch the Sunset on the Coastal Dunes
Santa Maria Valley is home to 15 beaches within a half-hour drive. You can walk the sand, bring a picnic, dip your toes into the crisp waters of the Pacific and catch an 805 sunset. #NoFilter necessary.
“Hop” to a Brewery
The Central Coast has a hopping beer scene, and the valley’s breweries serve up fresh and delicious beers, cold brew coffee and pub snacks. Have a pint or sample a flight at one of Santa Maria Valley’s local taprooms. Quench your thirst and bring out your inner photographer by finding the perfect angle for that beer-flection.
Look Beyond the #Selfie
#SantaMariaStyle is best experienced with those who mean the most to you. When you come to our valley, you’re immediately treated like an old friend. It’s just what makes the Santa Maria Valley so special, so bring a pal, choose your best “side” and don’t forget to tag them – and us (@santamariavalley)! — in your shots.
In Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. Hit the road and explore it all with our 24 hiking trails, 34 tasting rooms, seven unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a beautiful 30-minute drive. There is no need to venture far if you are looking for sand dunes, cycling and authentic Santa Maria Style dining. You’ll find it’s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less.