Customized Theme Tours
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau is proud to offer exciting, unique and memorable experiences for your group. These theme tours incorporate the best we have in offering your group a “little piece of the Santa Maria Valley”.
Complimentary tour planning assistance is available to groups staying in Santa Maria Valley hotels. Call us today for more information at (800) 331-3779, ext. 815.
Grape Escape: From Vine to Wine
Escape to the beautiful rolling hills of Santa Maria Valley to taste, tour and learn about winemaking at a variety of wineries. Study the topography and climate of this grape-growing area. Drink up knowledge shared by local growers and winemaker for a few hours, one day, or the entire weekend! Learn about the joys and challenges of pairing local vintages with the freshest and best local ingredients. Experience the unique dining experience of lunch or dinner in a real wine cave. If you’re more of an adventurous group, tour the beautiful Foxen Canyon Wine Trail from the seat of a bicycle!
Hole in One!
Golf at one of the many scenic courses located within our beautiful Central Coast Wine Country. From flatlands to gently rolling terrain, take a unique and memorable golf adventure beneath California oaks with sparkling water pools and breathtaking views.
Live Theatre and Backstage Tour at PCPA Theaterfest
You don’t have to go to New York to experience amazing live theatre! The Santa Maria Valley is home to the cultural gem, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Celebrate the arts through professional live theatre performances during the winter/spring months at the Marian and Severson Theatres in Santa Maria. Additionally, during the summer/fall months enjoy live theatre under the stars at the Festival Theatre in Solvang. Take a backstage tour to see what goes on behind the scenes of a live theater performance, meet the actors, tour the costume shop and stand onstage to appreciate the thrill of being a star!
A few miles down the road, you’ll find an interactive theatre experience at the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville Revue in Oceano. Boo the villain and cheer the hero at sensational shows offered year-round.
Artisans Open Studio Tour and Wine Reception
The Santa Maria Valley is a thriving cultural mecca and home to renowned artisans of every kind! From fine art galleries to handcrafted jewelry, bronze and ceramic sculpture, you’ll find an eclectic mix of the all mediums at the home studios and galleries of our local artisans. Groups can enjoy an artistic demonstration, art show or studio tour along with a wine reception.
Candlelight Dinner at La Purisima Mission Historic State Park
Anyone can visit La Purisima Mission, and thousands of people do each year because this historic landmark is the best preserved of all the California missions. But only larger groups can arrange to enjoy the unique experience of a meal served at this incredible venue. Surrounded by over 900 acres, there’s not a modern building in sight. All plants and livestock on the grounds are authentic to the period.
Girls Night Out
The Santa Maria Valley is perfect place to host friendly get-togethers with your favorite people. Enjoy mochas and breakfast at a funky specialty shop/espresso café/art gallery, and then head on over for facials and a message at a local day spa then take in a matinee of a live theatre performance.
Nature’s Singular Masterpiece
California’s Central Coast is home to the most scenic landscapes in the country. Enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty of Oso Flaco Lake or the grandeur of the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve. Discover the bounty of birds that make our piece of the Pacific Flyway their home.
Take a guided walk to Oso Flaco Lake and discover amazing diversity, including a marine beach, marshland, forest, grassland, chaparral, and desert dunes. This is an ideal location for picnics, birding, whale watching and hiking. Experience a nocturnal nature adventure with an evening under the stars at the lake. Stroll along the boardwalk, view stars through telescopes, enjoy a bonfire on the beach, and hot chocolate, marshmallows and music.
You’ll never tire of the beauty that surrounds you or the peacefulness and tranquility you will find here.
Western Cookout, Santa Maria Style
Nothing can replace the number one attraction to the Valley – our world-famous barbecue! Sunset Magazine recently claimed that Santa Maria Style Barbecue is the best in the world, and everyone from the LA Times to Saveur Magazine touts the praises of this copyrighted recipe.
Grab your Stetson and cowboy boots and head to Rancho Miranda, an authentic working ranch. Enjoy the romance and nostalgia of this rustically beautiful home and horse ranch. Take your party outside to feast on our signature cuisine beneath the star-filled skies surrounded by rose arbors and romantic gardens. Learn how to craft a horseshoe and enjoy a tour this lovely antiques-filled home and learn about the unique history of our area. Hear tales of the Old West from a cowboy poet or learn to two-step to a local country western band!
For a more formal experience, visit one of our local barbecue houses.
Tour Vandenberg Air Force Base with lunch at the Pacific Coast Officer’s Club
Visit the past, discover the present and imagine the future during a fascinating tour of the 98,000 acres of Vandenberg Air Force Base, home of the 30th Space Wing. Customize your visit to include tours of the Heritage Aerospace Museum, space launch complexes, the Korean War Memorial, Minuteman Missile I display and more!
Guided Hike at the American Wild Horse Sanctuary
Go on a Wild Horse Walking Adventure among 80 wild mustangs on a spectacular 310-acre ranch. The sanctuary, situated amongst rolling hills and oak trees, provides a dramatic backdrop for activities that emphasize the importance of America’s wild mustangs in our cultural heritage. Visitors can observe herd behavior, communication and social structure on this Sanctuary Tour.
Adventure in the Dunes
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind ride in a hummer! Experience going sideways around a Pismo dune bowl, see where the Chumash Indians had their village, Competition Hill and Oso Flaco Lake.
Team Building Challenge
A team building event is a perfect way to integrate management theory into an experimental, fun, and adventurous learning activity. Programs can be customized to compliment the subject matter of your meeting or incentive program. Ocean kayaking, ropes courses, rock climbing, and mountain biking are just a few of the available activities.
An historic 1880s stagecoach stop creates the perfect atmosphere for Civil War Balls, Stagecoach Murder Mysteries and outdoor dinner concerts. As you pass through its doors, you step back to a simple yet elegant era.