Santa Maria Activities
Miles of rural countryside and beautiful scenery.
An excellent middle distance ride with miles of rural countryside and beautiful scenery; most of it, with the exception of Highway 246, is on little-traveled roads. Read story.
Not quite a metric century, the route takes you down the entire Los Alamos Valley, through the lovely Casmalia Hills and cuts across Santa Maria into the upper Sisquoc River valley. Read story.
Lots of back country roads, little traffic, beautiful countryside scenery.
Lots of back country roads, little traffic, beautiful countryside scenery and places to stop along the way like the quaint town of Sisquoc or the historic Foxen Canyon Chapel make this a great ride. A stop at the Rancho Sisquoc Winery will make the loop complete. Read story.
Historic trail leads to fine wine and good times.
Today Foxen Canyon is explored only by those out for an afternoon ride or in search of the excellent wineries developed here since the 1970s. Read story.
The only way in is by bike - or a very long walk.
Point Sal is one of my favorite places to go in the springtime when the wildflowers are in bloom. While I love the acres and acres of golden poppies and bush lupine you can find on the tip-top of Figueroa Mountain, there is something very special about the wildflowers you find on the steep windswept coastline leading to the point. Read story.