Santa Maria's Central Coast Vacation


Santa Maria, Calif. and Santa Maria Valley has a long and rich history as a welcoming place that makes guests feel at home. The mellow climate influenced by arctic ocean currents keeps the valley cool and pleasant, except for the occasional heat spells that hit the California coast usually once or several days per year.

Many travelers overlook Santa Maria as a destination in favor of the beach hotels and resorts in nearby Santa Barbara or Pismo Beach. It is easy to understand that when you are seeking a beach getaway, why not stay directly overlooking the ocean versus in some hotel on Broadway Street 12 miles inland. The reason for choosing Santa Maria may be a little better price on a room, a more quiet location, the amenities that come with a more populated city such as movies, shopping, stores, and dining, all accessible in easy-to-drive city streets.

Another advantage to making Santa Maria your rest stop is its central location between Pismo Beach, San Simeon (Hearst Castle), Cambria and Cayucos, all to the north on Interstate 101, and Solvang, Buellton, and Santa Barbara to the south.

Wine country sampling is within 15 -30 minutes of the local hotels along beautiful country roads. We think that once you try a stay in Santa Maria, you may find it a preferred choice for its understatement.