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Two Days of Vitamin D

Escape the everyday and get outdoors in Santa Maria Valley.

At a Glance

Your Trip

Day One


Get an early start to the day with a filling breakfast at The "A" Street Cafe, which opens as early as 6:30 a.m. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend the pancakes or the breakfast burrito!

Then, visit the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Groves for an unforgettable sight. October through February is the perfect time to visit the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Groves, where thousands of monarchs gather to take refuge in the temperate Central Coast.


Afterwards, take the short drive to the Oceano Dunes, where you can enjoy a long walk on an empty beach and a fantastic view of the horizon. If you're seeking more adventure, you can rent an ATV or go horseback riding.

Outdoor adventures are good for the soul—but can make your stomach growl. Why not go for a sweet treat to replenish yourself? Gina's Piece of Cake in Orcutt offers everything from cookies to eclairs and cake, of course!

While you're walking around Orcutt, stop by Old Town Wine & Brew to try one of 40 varietals from 30 local wineries.


End the day with a gourmet wood-fired pizza at Bello Forno. This Wine Country and Italian-influenced pizzeria won't disappoint with their artisan offerings and cozy vibe.

Day Two


Start your day off right with breakfast at Kay's Country Kitchen. Want to try a local favorite? Order the Santa Maria Style tri-tip and eggs!

Then, take advantage of having Santa Maria Valley to yourself by visiting Preisker Park. Located at the north end of Santa Maria, this park boasts Nesting Lawrence's Goldfinches for avid birdwatchers. Not interested in some avian observation? Preisker Park also has horseshoe pits and playgrounds on a wide-open lawn to enjoy.


For a midday snack, try one of Travel + Leisure Magazine's top small-town bakeries by visiting Bob's Well Bread. Perfect for a hearty lunch or light bite, Bob's Well Bread offers artisan, hand-made bread made in small batches.

Santa Maria Valley Visitor GuideAfterwards, take a hike on the beautiful Oso Flaco Lake Trail and experience the region's unique mix of wooded areas and dunes. Pro tip: Stay till sunset. As the sun goes down, you'll see the grasslands and boardwalk change with the landscape as the bright colors reflect off the water.


It wouldn't be a trip to Santa Maria Valley without getting a taste of Santa Maria Style barbecue! Finish the day off at The Hitching Post and see what all the hype is about.


Eat, Drink

& Do More

Two days isn't nearly enough. With 34 tasting rooms, 24 hiking trails and 15 beaches within a 30 minute drive, you can do the most in the heart of the Central Coast.