Santa Maria Valley Aerial View

Award-winning concierge and travel expert Sarah Dandashy recently visited Santa Maria Valley, enjoying all the valley has to offer—including the Santa Maria Wine Trolley! Read more about her perfect weekend getaway in the excerpt below.


The Perfect Weekend Getaway in Santa Maria Valley: Unplug and Recharge

Are you dreaming of a perfect weekend getaway filled with outdoor adventures, delicious food, and a chance to unwind? Look no further than the beautiful Santa Maria Valley! This picturesque destination is just what you need to unplug and recharge from your daily routine.

Where to stay: Wine Stone Inn

Nestled in the quaint town of Orcutt, CA, the Wine Stone Inn is a charming boutique hotel that offers a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for your stay.

With just 12 rooms, it is cozy and comfortable, yet modern and fresh in design. The staff is super friendly, making you’ll feel right at home in this lovely retreat.

Bonus: They set up a little breakfast bar for light bites in the morning and do a fun wine happy hour in the evenings. Love the communal feel in the lobby area!

All Aboard the Santa Maria Wine Trolley

Wine is par for the course in Santa Maria.

With so many wineries to choose from, the Wine Trolley is a great way to get a taste for the options within a short radius of Old Orcutt.
Running every Saturday and Sunday through November 26, 2023 (plus Labor Day and Black Friday), the trolley starts at Costa de Oro and takes approximately 65 minutes to complete its loop–but we all know you’ll want to take your time at the stops.

Since passengers can hop on and off at their convenience, plan for it to be a fun afternoon activity.

Wine Lovers Rejoice: Bien Nacido’s First Tasting Room

Bien Nacido has a long, rich history in Santa Maria Valley.

So it is pretty exciting that they have decided to a new tasting room in honor of their 50th anniversary!
This is a must-visit spot for wine enthusiasts (or novices) looking to sample some of the most well-known wines from the region.

To read more about what Sarah did during her tip, read the full blog here.