Trip Tips: Experience More for Less at Best Western Plus Big America

Best Western Plus Big America

Set Up Shop at Best Western Plus Big America

Wondering where to stay when you visit our Valley? Not to worry—today, we’re talking one of our favorite Santa Maria Valley hotels: Best Western Plus Big America. Conveniently located just off the 101, we love Best Western Plus Big America because it offers you more for your travel budget, without skimping on any of the creature comforts. With endless amenities at an affordable price, staying at Best Western Plus Big America allows you to use your hard-earned dollars to enjoy whatever it is that brought you to our Valley in the first place: our iconic barbecue scene, charming vineyards and world-class wineries, or even a great day on the links. Today, we’re breaking down three adventures to take once you set up shop at Best Western Plus Big America, the ultimate home base for an unforgettable Central Coast trip.

Three Things to Do from Your Best Western Home Base:

1. Eat Danish pastries in the charming village of Solvang.

European-style architecture, authentic Danish pastries, and wine tasting, anyone? If you’re all about experiencing new cultures and love a tiny town chock-full of charm, Solvang is for you. About a 40-minute drive from Best Western Plus Big America, this endlessly artsy Danish village offers everything from boutique shopping to outdoor theatre performances to wine walks that stop at Solvang’s 20 downtown tasting rooms. PRO TIP: If you’re an adventurer who’s always on the hunt for the perfect shot for the ‘gram, this village is for you—the old-world Danish architecture style and stunning historic churches make for photo ops that will not disappoint your followers.

2. Enjoy a free wine or craft beer tasting with your room key. 

Say what? Present your Best Western Plus Big America hotel room key card at any participating location for a free wine or beer tasting as part of Santa Maria’s “Show me your key card” promotion. Whether you’re a lover of whites, prefer a pinot, or would rather belly up to a local bar for a beer, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to imbibe on local Santa Maria wines or craft brews—all compliments of your hotel key. PRO TIP: Ask for two keys at check-in.

3. Hit the links. 

Fancy yourself a golf enthusiast? Head out for a day of great golf under Santa Maria’s sunny blue Central Coast skies at the nearby Blacklake Golf Resort or The Dunes Golf Club. Conveniently located in Nipomo (about a 15-minute drive from Best Western), Blacklake Golf Resort is a favorite amongst locals and visitors to our Valley alike. From pristine lakeside fairways to oak-studded doglegs, Blacklake offers a 27-hole championship golf experience that will challenge any golfer. Another Nipomo favorite is the Monarch Dunes Golf Club, which features two award-winning golf courses: the 18-hole championship Old Course, and a par-3 Challenge Course. PRO TIP: If you’ve still got some energy left after a day of golf, be sure to check out the iconic Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes on your way back to your room at Best Western Plus Big America.

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.