In the heart of the Santa Maria Valley, you’ll find the charming, walkable streets of Old Town Orcutt.
Founded at the height of oil production in the early 1900s, Orcutt became a center for trade and shipping. Today, it appeals to locals and visitors alike as the perfect place to eat, drink and shop. With five tasting rooms, eclectic boutiques, art galleries and special events that happen year-round, Orcutt is a small-town cultural hub in the Santa Maria Valley.
Throughout the year, every First Friday of the month, shops keep their doors open past normal business hours to welcome anyone looking to kick off their weekend Santa Maria Style. Restaurants and bars often run drink specials, and the avenue out front is an idyllic place to meander while the sun sets over the rolling hills. In the fall, the annual family-friendly Chalk Festival transforms Old Town Orcutt into a gallery of vibrant street murals. On Labor Day weekend, Tour & Taste of the Valley, a wine country cycling, run and wine tasting event, hosts over 50 booths including wineries, breweries, artisans and live music. This event combines a 50k or 100k ride and 5k or 10k run. Old Town Orcutt also hosts several car shows including the Bent Axles show in July and the All Ford Show in September.
In the winter, the Christmas parade, an Old Town Orcutt tradition, will celebrate its 57th anniversary. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley runs through the summer and makes two convenient stops in Old Town before heading out to the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.
No matter when you visit, Old Town Orcutt, a staple of the Santa Maria Valley, is where you can count on being treated like family, and where you can experience a weekend getaway with a hometown feeling.
Core Winery is a family-owned wine tasting room that focuses on high end, handmade blends. Their walls are always adorned with work from featured artists, and their calendar is full of opportunities to experience something new and creative from poetry nights to vinyl trades. Core Winery is operated by owners/winemakers, Dave and Becky Corey. Dave is also an avid cyclist and recently started the Bike & Bottle Project featured on page 22.
Deja Vu Antiques features unique finds from more than 35 premier, professional antique dealers from across the central coast. Deja Vu Showcases traditional antiques as well as an array of repurposed treasures, textiles, vintage and industrial furniture, jewelry, home decor and gifts.
Old Town Market
The Old Town Market is a family-owned “Mom & Pop” corner grocery store. Browse a large selection of local wines, produce grown in Santa Maria Valley, a made-to-order deli, specialty cheeses, and a unique collection of Orcutt souvenirs.
Breakfast at Kay’s Country Kitchen
Nothing says hometown comfort like a classic breakfast over coffee with those you love most. Enjoy the most important meal of the day in Kay’s historic building with a menu so delicious, you’ll be hard pressed to choose. Psst: The Santa Maria Style tri-tip and eggs is a local favorite.
Dinner at Far Western Tavern
The iconic Far Western Tavern is the place for contemporary California ranch cuisine. The restaurant is recognized as a landmark of Santa Maria Style Barbecue. The menu blends local barbecue style with other dishes that reflect the Minetti Family’s heritage in the Santa Maria Valley’s Swiss-Italian ranching community, all prepared with fresh flavors from nearby farms, ranches and vineyards.
Additional neighborhood merchants
Restaurants, Wine & Beer
Blast 825 Brewery & Central Coast Kitchen
C. Nagy Wines
Jack’s in Old Orcutt
Naughty Oak Brewing Co
Old Town Market
Pizzeria Bello Forno
Rickey’s House of Pizza
Vino et Amicis Wine Bar