The Santa Maria area is centrally located and home to a growing number of vineyards and wineries in the Santa Barbara County region of California. The SantaMaria Valley is associated with the ever-growing reputation of the California wine industry as a world-class wine producer, but not everyone knows what it is. Let me tell you a little more about Santa Ana, Santa Rosa and the other wine-growing areas in California, which are called "Santa Barbara Wine Country." All of this has combined to create the largest wine-growing region in Southern California, and what some call "wine country" or "California Wine Valley" in terms of wine production.
The grapes of the Valle Santa Maria are also used in the production of many other wines, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Chablis. To experience the best wines from the local wine scene, follow the SantaMaria Valley Wine Trail, which leads you to 15 wineries in the area.
The Santa Maria Valley is bordered by the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and San Diego. Highway 135 southbound leads to Vandenberg Air Force Base and finally to 101 in Los Alamos. The valley borders the counties of Santa Cruz, El Dorado and Santa Rosa. Highway 166 (west) leads you to Guadalupe, Highway 101 (east) leads you into the great central valley of California and Highway 1 (north) to San Jose.
Santa Maria is also home to the Santa Barbara Business College, which has served the community since 1982. The main campus is a 105-hectare park - like a place that provides students with exceptional teaching and cutting-edge technology.
It hosts the annual Free Family Kite Festival, organized by the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. Near the beach with a variety of restaurants and shopping facilities, there are many opportunities to maintain an active social lifestyle in SantaMaria. You can visit the 13 beaches, hike, bike, ride a horse and even go to the sand dunes, but there is so much more to do. When residents do not enjoy one of the many planned activities, their manicured gardens and green spaces provide a friendly social space where they can enjoy and relax.
While visiting this airy spot overlooking the Santa Maria Valley, you can sample a variety of famous Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, as well as some great local wines. The light-flooded tasting room is made of beautiful wood with walls built by hand and has a local stone laid. Speaking of food, you should combine a good local wine with the restaurants of the valley, which specialize in regional traditions.
In the United States, this cut is typically used for ground beef and sliced like a steak, but not until the late 1950s, when it became a local specialty in Santa Maria. Grilled Maria-style steaks are grilled slowly under red oak and usually consist of garlic bread and a pinquito bean salad to round off the dish. SantaMaria has become a popular destination for mail, often sent accidentally to Central City, Colorado.
A train from San Luis Obispo to the south stops there in the morning, and a train to San Diego stops there in the evening. There is also an Amtrak station at Santa Maria Station, just a short walk from downtown. It is served by both Pacific and Amtrak trains, but there are also stops in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ventura and San Jose.
Already chartered flights to Santa Maria can cost up to $39 each way, and some offer flights that have already been chartered to and from Santa Maria.
Amtrak's Pacific service runs daily in both directions, and runs daily from Santa Maria to Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Amtrak's 14 offers bus service to SantaMaria, with a bus stop at IHOP 101 on Main Street. Santa Maria also has public transportation (SMAT-15), with a stop at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
It serves students living in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Santa Barbara County and Santa Cruz County, and who travel to and from the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse. There are also K-12 and 8-12 grades, and the classes are also available for students from Santa Rosa, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
The population for 2019 is estimated at 107,263, making Santa Maria one of the largest cities in the state of California with a population of about 1.5 million. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office operates the SantaMaria Police Department and Santa Maria Park Officers, consisting of 6 sworn officers derived from the department, as well as the San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Department and the Santa Cruz County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department (CA Parks & Recreation). In 2016, around 130,000 emergency calls were handled by the Sante Maria police, with an average of 1,500 calls a day over the Christmas period.