Nestled in the foothills of the rolling Sierra Madres, Santa Maria offers scenic views, award winning vineyards, and a short drive to some of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast. This city has been repeatedly recognized for its must-see attractions. Sunset Magazine even named Santa Maria as one of the “Top 100 Culinary Voyages in the West”. This year, Santa Maria will be adding some new culinary options to its city menu, including a highly anticipated new Burgerim franchise slotted to open on Skyway Drive later this year. Here’s a look at some of the best attractions that you don’t want to miss if you visit Santa Maria in 2017.
California’s Best Wine
Santa Maria is perhaps best known for its wine. There are 58 separate wineries in Santa Barbara Country, including the popular Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Santa Maria’s vineyards seem to have some type of superpower, with locals attributing the delicious wines to the coastal climate and the slower pace of vineyard workers. Whatever the secret is behind Santa Maria’s famous wines, it’s working. Make sure you spend some time sampling the city’s best years at wine tastings on your next visit to Santa Maria.
Passion for the Arts
Santa Maria is home to dozens of art galleries, interactive museums, and opportunities to watch live theatre productions. Visit a concert from the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society or browse work from local artists in the Valley Art Gallery. Spend a few hours at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts and Education Center to learn more about art from the diverse ethnicities that all come Santa Maria home.
Museums for Every Interest
This city is home to a number of museums where you can learn more about California’s history and let kids spend an educational day diving into art and science. The Museum of Flight features a full history of aviation on the California coastline and documents all of the major contributions to aeronautics that started in this area. Kids will love the Valley Discovery Museum with hands on science displays. The Natural History Museum also offers interactive displays where you can explore fossils, rock collections, and learn more about the native plants and animals to Santa Maria.
Shopping for Days
You could spend days exploring Santa Maria’s eclectic retail stores and charming storefronts. Shopping in this city is less about designer fashion and more about one-of-a-kind finds. You’ll find a treasure trove of antiques for sale along with handmade jewelry and crafts. At the Los Alamos Depot Mall, you’ll find room after room of vintage furniture and nostalgia for collectors. The Déjà vu Antiques Mall features three dozen antique dealers with items on display from up and down the central coast.
Santa Maria has an award-winning restaurant scene. Barbecue has been the most iconic dish for years, with multiple restaurants serving up big portions of slow cooked sirloin. In 2017, burgers are making a big come back in Santa Maria, especially with the arrival of Burgerim. The new Burgerim restaurant in Santa Maria will serve gourmet burgers made from lamb, dry aged beef, salmon, turkey, and chicken, along with several other options. Burgerim has successfully opened more than 100 locations worldwide and Santa Maria foodies are already clambering to be first in line to try the famous burger menu.
If you spend some time in Santa Maria in 2017, there are endless things to see and do. Stop in at the new Burgerim for lunch, visit a local art gallery, or spend a day browsing antiques. One thing is certain – you’ll never regret spending a day in the beautiful city of Santa Maria.