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Located in the Central Coast region of California, Santa Maria is a small town known for its great wine and agriculture. I decided to stay in Santa Maria during my recent trip to the Central Coast, since it's a very central location for almost everything you could want to do in this region. Santa Maria is a short drive away from towns like Solvang and Pismo Beach, but it's also smack dab in the middle of wine country. Simply put, there's just so much to do in and around Santa Maria, and I was able to check a lot off my list during my recent trip thanks to the central location of my hotel. I booked my hotel in downtown Santa Maria using HotelTonight, which makes it easy to find great last-minute deals on hotels all over the world. Once I booked my Santa Maria hotel, I hopped in my car and headed off toward the Central Coast.

Farmers Market

Every week, downtown Santa Maria hosts a major community event – the Downtown Fridays Farmers Market. I was lucky enough to arrive in Santa Maria just in time to catch this lively event, which draws crowds of locals looking to eat delicious Santa Maria barbecue and shop for locally produced food. Since the Central Coast is a huge region for agriculture, the food at this farmers market is some of the best and freshest you can find. Plus, there's a vibrant atmosphere you'll enjoy at this weekly event, which also hosts live music and entertainment.

Dining

I quickly learned that Santa Maria is very proud of its food. In particular, it's proud of its barbecue. I've long heard that the barbecue in Santa Maria is some of the best in the country, so I knew I had to test out some tri-tip while in the area. There are a number of great spots for barbecue in and around Santa Maria, and I tried out a few. Each time, I was blown away by how delicious it was – there's definitely good reason for the locals to be proud of their barbecue.

Wine Tasting

If you like wine, you'll love the Central Coast. The Santa Maria Valley boasts over 30 wine tasting rooms, where you can sample some of the best wines in the region. Whether you want to spend a day hopping from one winery to the next or you just like admiring the beauty of the rolling vineyards, you're sure to love all that the Santa Maria Valley has to offer.

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Even though I only had a weekend to spend in Santa Maria, I felt like I packed a lot into my short stay. There's so much to do in this beautiful region, from wine tasting to hiking to exploring the beaches, and I was able to make the most of my weekend trip thanks to the central location of my hotel in downtown Santa Maria. It proved to be the perfect home base for my Central Coast adventures, and when I return someday I'll be sure to use HotelTonight again to book my next Santa Maria hotel.

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