Hiking in Santa Maria Valley
Fly solo and wind down

Carve Out Some "You" Time

Whether it's wine tasting, hiking the hills, or catching a show, there isn't any lack of things to do while flying solo around Santa Maria Valley.

Pro Tips

For Your Trip

  • Nite Creamery is open until 10:30 p.m. if you’re feeling like a late-night ice cream treat.
  • The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is perfect for an afternoon cruise through the vineyard-lined hills
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Sip solo and stress-free

Although Santa Maria Valley was once named a top 10 destination for wine snobs, you'll fine that the wine is amazing but there aren't actually any snobs here. You'll quickly find that we welcome you like family and, as such, we invite you to let your hair down and enjoy a weekend on your own, at your own pace.

Your Trip At A Glance

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.

Day Two Itinerary

If you wake up hungry, the Atrium Bistro in the Radisson Hotel is one of the best (if not the best) spots in town for Sunday brunch. This can’t-miss feast includes bottomless mimosas and fresh crab legs among other sweet and savory breakfast menu choices.

Then, head north on Highway 1 for a hike at Oso Flaco Lake. This 1.7-mile trail is mostly on a boardwalk and allows hikers to view and learn about native plant life, birds and other animals. The trail leads all the way out to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes where you can take some deep breaths of ocean air, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the view. You can also keep heading north on Highway 1 to rent a horse and take a guided trail ride to the beach with Pacific Dunes Ranch in Oceano.

If you’re visiting the Santa Maria Valley October through February, don’t miss the monarch butterflies at the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Grove. Thousands of monarch butterflies spend the colder months among the eucalyptus trees in groves like this along the Central Coast.

While you’re near Nipomo, visit one of the only growers of luffa sponges in the country at The Luffa Farm. Luffas are grown naturally in the Central Coast, and this farm uses special heirloom seeds to produce extra soft sponges. The farm also offers free drop-in tours and a gift shop. Take away a luffa sponge, hand-made soaps, lotions and more as a souvenir to remember your trip.

Our guess is that, while you're here, you'll find that a couple of days just isn't enough. Not to fret, and we're happy to have you stay. Perhaps we can interest you in some more outdoor adventures and good eats?

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