Santa Maria is a city that is located near the Central Coast of California approximately 105 km northwest of Santa Barbara and 150 miles (240 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. As per the 2020 census, the population was 109,707, making it the most populous city in the county. Don’t miss out on the various types of wine and the famous Santa Maria-style barbecue while on a visit to the city.
The Santa Maria area has a large number of vineyards, wineries , and winemakers. The industry is centrally located between the Santa Ynez and Foxen Canyon areas of Santa Barbara County’s wine country, and San Luis Obispo County’s Edna Valley-Arroyo Grande wine country. However, apart from wine grapes, the region also produces strawberries, celery, lettuce, peas, squash, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, and beans.
On a visit to Santa Maria, a must-try culinary delight is the tri-tip barbecue, a regional tradition that is rooted in the Santa Maria Valley. A tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloinusually 1.5 to 2.5 lb. per side of beef.
Coming to the wine for which Santa Maria is famous, the city is often referred to as the Santa Barbara Wine Country.The foggy and windswept Santa Maria Valley is ideal for wine making. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are two famous wines that especially benefit from the climate and the ocean’s influence.
On the entertainment front, Santa Maria’s Allan Hancock College is the home of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA). The city also has two large indoor Regal Edwards movie theatreslocated in the Town Center Mall and off the 101 Freeway.
Santa Maria is served by Xfinity Comcast Internet Services with download speeds ranging from 300 to 900 Mbps depending on the plan chosen by the user. The service provider also offers an exclusive XFI device that boosts the Wi-Fi performance. Residents have a wide range of Internet-related products to choose from.