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.
Afterwards, 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.