Taste the Flavors of Santa Maria Valley


By Cori Solomon

Most people when traveling to Santa Barbara County in central California, especially wine country, visit Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Lompoc, Los Olivos and Los Alamos. They usually forget about the town of Santa Maria, the region’s best keep secret. Santa Maria Valley is the most northern Appellation of Santa Barbara County’s AVAs.  You might say the area is made up of three towns, Santa Maria, Orcutt and Old Town Orcutt because they are all intertwined.  Santa Maria is also known for their strawberries, coastal dunes, and Pacific Conservatory Theatre.  Enjoy the outdoors, take a hike at Los Flores Ranch Park, Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve or Oso Flaco Lake. If you love the Central Coast and are looking for something a bit off the beaten path, think about enjoying a relaxing weekend in Santa Maria Valley. Read Cori Solomon’s article on Santa Maria in the Winter 2017 issue of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, and listen to her Big Blend Radio interview below while piecing together the jigsaw puzzle. Learn more about Santa Maria at www.SantaMariaVisitor.com

See SANTA MARIA VALLEY in Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine!   

Listen to our Big Blend Radio interview above while making our online jigsaw puzzle of a colorful dish from Niya’s Restaurant in Santa Maria Valley. Use the Full Screen facility to make the puzzle larger, the Image Icon to see the picture and the Ghost Icon for your background. Use your mouse roller or arrow keys to rotate the puzzle pieces and your mouse to click and drag the pieces to place them. Enjoy!


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About the Author:

Cori Solomon is a freelance writer/photographer residing in Los Angeles, California. Cori is well versed in travel, art, food and wine as she has done extensive traveling and has collected wine since the 1980s. Cori’s background is real estate and art. Cori looks for the story that is behind the restaurant, chef, winery, winemaker or artist. As Cori often travels with her dogs, four Salukis, some of her travel articles deal with pet-friendly hotels and locations. Cori is a member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association.

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