Day One Itinerary
Start your day at the top. Head out to taste award-winning wine at one of Santa Maria Valley’s most beautiful and renowned wineries. USA Today’s readers voted Presqu’ile as a top 10 tasting room in the United States. The views are stunning, the wines lovely and the tasting room is modern yet approachable. The Presqui’le vineyard is 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which you can get a glimpse of over the hillsides on a clear day.
Next, head down the street to Santa Maria Valley’s Old Town Orcutt, a quaint town with antique charm. Downtown Orcutt is home to several local restaurants and shops. Browse for antiques at Déjà vu Antique Mall. This antique mall houses more than 35 professional antique dealers. You won’t find a wider selection of vintage fashion and goods anywhere else in the Central Coast. Then, pop in to Valley Art Gallery to view the latest exhibits from local artists along the central California coast.
Wind up the afternoon at Vino et Amicis, a small, locally-owned wine bar. At Vino et Amicis, you can find wines made in Santa Maria Valley from vineyards of all sizes, even some that don’t have their own tasting rooms. While you’re there, you can order artisan, wood-fired pizza for dinner from Pizzeria Bello Forno, one of Orcutt’s most popular restaurants.
Finally, catch a show at the PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Since its early beginnings in 1964, the PCPA has infused the national theatre scene with thousands of trained actors and theatrical technicians from the Central California Coast.