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Explore the scenic California coast near Santa Maria

Situated adjacent to Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) and on the outskirts of Santa Barbara Wine Country, Radisson Hotel Santa Maria offers a tranquil escape for business and leisure travelers alike. Book one of our spacious hotel rooms to be close to the area’s best things to do, from touring the vineyards at Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery to playing the fairways of Rancho Maria Golf Club. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes are a must-see, and guests can easily visit loved ones at Vandenberg Air Force Base, a short 13-minute drive from the hotel. Visiting on business? Our hotel is two miles from the Santa Maria Airport Business Park, which features major companies like Coca-Cola, The Okonite Company and Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench.

Parks and recreation:

  • Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes (13.9 miles)
    Kick off your shoes and enjoy this National Natural Landmark with a long walk on the sand dunes by the Pacific Ocean. You can also take a group hike along the Oso Flaco Lake boardwalk or browse an art gallery and educational exhibits at the Dunes Center.
    Phone: +1 (805) 343-2455
  • La Purisima Mission State Park (22.6 miles)
    Take a self-guided tour through this 1,900-acre park featuring restored buildings dating back to the 1700s. Be sure to check the living history calendar so you can observe pottery making, blacksmithing, sheep shearing and more.
    Phone: +1 (805) 733-3713

Vineyards and wineries:

  • Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery (7.9 miles)
    Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah are the specialties at this boutique winery. Stop by for a glass of these Burgundy-style wines, and be sure to buy a bottle to take with you.
    Phone: +1 (805) 937-8463
  • Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery (14.4 miles)
    Finish your tour of this family-owned estate in the tasting room or on the patio, where you can sample winery favorites like Syrah, Viognier and Pinot Gris.
    Phone: +1 (805) 937-8091


  • Rancho Maria Golf Club (4.9 miles)
    Practice your swing or unwind at this 18-hole course with long fairways and challenging sand traps.
    Phone: +1 (805) 937-2019
  • Monarch Dunes Golf Club (19.5 miles)
    Enjoy a game of golf while you take in spectacular views of the California coast. Test your skills at The Challenge Course, made up of 12 par-three holes, and end your visit with a meal at Butterfly Grille.
    Phone: +1 (805) 343-9459

Other points of interest:

  • Santa Maria Museum of Flight (1.9 miles)
    This museum celebrates the history of aviation by preserving vintage planes and other artifacts from the past. Check the calendar of events and attend an air show or take a history tour.
    Phone: +1 (805) 922-8758
  • Old Town Orcutt (2.8 miles)
    Visit this quaint town which was founded in 1906 and is now home to bars, restaurants, a yoga studio, a quilt shop, a salon, an antique store and more.
  • Allan Hancock College (6.4 miles)
    Ranked among the top five community colleges in the state, AHC offers more than 100 fields of study as well as competitive intercollegiate sports like football, basketball, volleyball and cross-country.
    Phone: +1 (805) 922-6966
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base (13.9 miles)
    This Air Force base is home to the 30th Space Wing with multiple associate units, including the 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group.
    Phone: +1 (805) 606-1110