Orcutt

Orcutt

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‘OrCutt’ Above the Rest

‘OrCutt’ Above the Rest

A Guide to Old Town Orcutt

Story and Photos By Nicole Leonetti

As a first-time visitor to Old Town Orcutt, I had no idea just how much was truly packed into the five blocks of Clark Avenue. Tasting rooms, breweries, shops, and restaurants — it’s got a little of everything that makes this region so outstanding! The Old Town Orcutt Revitalization Association has worked hard to make the community feel intentional to visitors and locals alike.

Founded in 1904, this small Santa Maria Valley town is a super convenient destination right off Hwy 101. And, ideally, it’s situated in the heart of my personal favorite wine region! Perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway, Old Town Orcutt is a must-see stop along the Central Coast.

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Big fun in the little Village

Big fun in the little Village

Find the best of the Central Coast in The Village of Arroyo Grande

By Mike Miller

One of the most unique shopping experiences on the Central Coast can be discovered at The Village of Arroyo Grande.

The collection of diverse shops and food options draw local residents and tourists alike looking to soak in some Central Coast culture.

The city is located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, in an agriculture-rich region that has an ideal balance of city and small-town vibes. Arroyo Grande is surrounded by coastal foothills, which can look like an oil painting after the spring rains and wildflower blooms. The Village itself is made up of buildings dating back to the early 1900s, which adds a historic, nostalgic flavor to the area. Arroyo Grande also offers golf, various forms of outdoor recreation, community events, music, art shows and much, much more. Essentially, there is something for everyone in Arroyo Grande — especially at The Village.

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Cream of the Carp: A day in Carpinteria

Cream of the Carp: A day in Carpinteria

Carpinteria may just be one of California’s best kept secrets. Join Kerstin Kuhn as she explores the best of one of our favorite little beach towns along the Central Coast.
By Kerstin Kuhn

If there’s one thing California is renowned for across the globe, it’s the iconic coastline and laid-back beach lifestyle. From the rugged beauty of the Northern Coast to the legendary surf breaks of Southern California, our Golden State is a treasure trove of seaside attractions with dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and enchanting little beach towns dotted along the way.

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Lompoc: The Central Coast’s Best-Kept Wine Tasting Secret

Lompoc: The Central Coast’s Best-Kept Wine Tasting Secret

Story and photos by Katherine McMahon

Heading north just after the Gaviota Pass, State Route 1 splits from the California 101 to curve west, passing through serene valleys in the Santa Ynez Mountains and along Salsipuedes Creek to the City of Lompoc. Lompoc sits in its own valley surrounded on the north and west by Vandenberg Air Force Base. On the east side of the city is the Santa Rita Hills which contain some of the best grape growing conditions in the region. Yet when Lompoc was founded 150 years ago, it was established as a temperance colony where the manufacture, sale, and consumption of liquor was prohibited. Fortunately, that stage in Lompoc’s history didn’t last long and today there is a rich local wine culture. Part of what makes the area special for winemaking is the significant presence of diatomaceous earth, which is a white, rocky soil formed from ancient deposits of sea life, much the same way that Paso Robles is known for its calcareous soils. But what stood out for me on my visit to Lompoc was the devotion and passion of the artisans making wine.

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Cayucos

Cayucos

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