Hotels in Santa Maria

Hotels in Santa Maria make the perfect base for people who love outdoor adventure, wine tasting, golfing, antiquing, and simply relaxing by the Pacific Ocean. This city in Southern California is most famous for its barbecue, which Sunset Magazine dubbed “the best in the west”, and is also a popular filming location for Hollywood movies. Whether you’re visiting Santa Maria for business or for leisure, you can find the best places to stay with Skyscanner.

The Santa Maria Valley is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. The Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes are just a short drive from Santa Maria, and are one of the largest coastal dune ecosystems in the world. The dunes offer a great place for relaxing by the ocean, but if you want something a little more interesting you can head out on a whale watching excursion or take a guided walk to view the wildflowers.

Culture vultures will find plenty to keep themselves entertained in Santa Maria, with a fine array of independent art galleries and excellent local theatre troupes. There’s always a new performance taking place, whether it’s a contemporary play from the PCPA Theaterfest, a new exhibition from local artists at the Allan Hancock College Art Gallery, or a performance from the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society. It’s well worth checking the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce Website before your visit to find out what’s scheduled during your stay.

Gastronomes will love staying in Santa Maria. The city sits at the heart of one of Southern California’s best wine producing regions. Wine writer Steve Heimoff has called the Santa Maria Valley an “insider’s secret”, and the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is the perfect place to discover the secret for yourself. There are plenty of vineyards in the region, specialising in fine chardonnay, syrah, and pinot noir. After sampling the local wines, you can end the day with a plate of the famous local barbecue.

There’s a great range of accommodation to choose from in Santa Maria, from mid-range hotels and quaint historic inns in the city centre to no-frill motels just off the motorway. There are plenty of big hotel brands to choose from, as well as a few independents. Whatever your style and budget, you can easily find your perfect base.

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