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Visit Santa Maria Valley: Eat, Drink and Play California's Best

Updated: May 12

Pat Pattison's Best of California explores the vibrant Santa Maria Valley, sharing dining experiences and places to explore. The Santa Maria Valley offers diverse local California Coastal cuisine. From Santa Maria style tri-tip barbecue to gourmet pizzas and avocado toast, visitors can indulge in a variety of western and International flavors while exploring the vibrant food scene of Santa Maria Valley. Santa Maria Valley invites travelers to experience its unique charm and natural beauty.

Visiting Santa Maria Valley: California's Hidden Gems

Culinary Delights

Santa Maria Public Market

The Santa Maria Public Market, a culinary haven, offering a diverse array of delicious food options. Additionally, the market serves as a hub for local artisans and craftsmen, providing a unique shopping experience for all. Indulge your taste buds at the Santa Maria Public Market.

Foodie Adventure

For those seeking a culinary adventure, Shaw's Steakhouse impresses with its Santa Maria-style barbecue, showcasing the region's culinary heritage. From succulent Tri-tip at Shaw's Steakhouse to authentic Santa Maria-style barbecue, the culinary scene in Santa Maria Valley is sure to delight.

Kay's Country Kitchen

Kay's Country Kitchen in Orcutt offers a delightful dining experience in the heart of Santa Maria Valley. Known for their delicious breakfast options like veggie omelets and Mediterranean scrambles, as well as their freshly squeezed orange juice, Kay's is a must-visit spot for locals and visitors alike seeking a hearty meal to start their day.

Exploring River Bench Winery: A Journey Through Santa Barbara's Unique Wines

At River Bench Winery, Liza from the Best of California engages in an enlightening conversation with Grant Harmson, the tasting room director, unveiling the essence of their acclaimed wines. Grant shares his enthusiasm for showcasing the winery's exquisite creations to visitors, emphasizing their commitment to crafting exceptional wines. He highlights the uniqueness of River Bench's Pinot Meunier, a rare variety in Santa Barbara County, which offers guests a distinctive tasting experience.

Grant presents three of River Bench's most beloved wines, starting with the renowned One Palm Pinot, characterized by its fruit-forward profile and classic Santa Maria Valley style. He then introduces a sparkling wine, the Cork Jumper Cuvee, crafted in the traditional champagne style, with an equal blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, paying homage to the renowned wines of Champagne, France. Through Grant's insightful narration, viewers are invited to embark on a journey of discovery and appreciation for the distinct flavors and rich heritage of River Bench Winery's offerings, promising a memorable experience for wine enthusiasts.

Embrace the natural beauty of Santa Maria Valley with an excursion to Oso Flaco Lake. Traverse scenic trails, meander through pristine dunes, and soak in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the local wildlife and ecosystem while immersing yourself in the serene ambiance of this hidden gem.


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A testimonial from Jennifer Harrison, Director of Marketing & Communications, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce


In Santa Maria Valley, we pride ourselves in our iconic barbecue and unpretentious wine tasting experiences... From exploring the Oceano Dunes on ATVs to dining on Santa Maria Style barbecue, the Best of California team explored Santa Maria Valley and showcased our destination authentically. Even after their visit, the Best of California team continued to share more about Santa Maria Valley on social media and followed up with metrics.


Getaway to the Santa Maria Valley

Santa Maria Valley promises a memorable getaway with its blend of wine, food, and outdoor activities, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure in the heart of California.


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