DescriptionSanta Maria's scenic location can best be viewed by a drive along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, a 21-mile rural road with 17 wineries along it. West of town, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex offers a nature trail, birding and the highest coastal dunes on the West Coast; phone (805) 343-2455.
Residents assert that no visit to Santa Maria is complete without sampling the city's signature cuisine, the Santa Maria Style Barbecue, which consists of beef tri-tip, fresh salsa, pinquito beans, tossed green salad and toasted French bread. After dinner take in a live production staged by the acclaimed Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) of Allan Hancock College. Year-round performances range from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals; for tickets phone the box office Wednesday through Sunday at (805) 922-8313.
Visitor InfoSanta Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau 614 S. Broadway SANTA MARIA, CA 93454. Phone:(805)925-2403 or (800)331-3779
Self-guiding toursFree touring maps of Santa Barbara County wineries; complimentary booklets on Santa Maria Style Barbecue; and $10 Central Coast Birding Guidebooks are available at the chamber of commerce office.
ShoppingSanta Maria Town Center, at Broadway and Main Street, has Macy's and Sears among its more than 70 establishments.
Things to SeeSanta Maria Museum of Flight
WINERIESCottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery