Located close to the coast of Southern California, Santa Maria sits in Santa Barbara County and has a population of just over 100,000 residents, making this the largest city in the county.
Situated in wine making country, Santa Maria is known for its wineries, as well as it scenic position in Santa Maria Valley.
This strategic location as well as its proximity to the coast means that there are a wealth of attractions to enjoy in and around Santa Maria, including rolling dunes, parks, seaside piers, and engaging local museums.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Santa Maria:
1. Santa Maria Inn
This historic inn in Santa Maria dates from 1917 and is located in the heart of Santa Maria’s wine country, making it a premium attraction to those visiting this part of the United States.
The inn is known for retaining much of its traditional style and charm, and visitors here can take in a photographic gallery which has a number of pictures that take you through the history of Santa Maria, all the way back to its founding days.
For an afternoon stroll there are also lush rose gardens that surround the inn.