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Explore the scenic California coast near Santa Maria

Nestled between Pismo Beach and the charming Dutch town of Solvang, Radisson Hotel Santa Maria offers a tranquil escape just north of Santa Barbara. Book one of our spacious hotel rooms to be close to the area’s best things to do, from the vineyards at Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery to the fairways of Rancho Maria Golf Club. The Radisson is also situated adjacent to Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX), across the street from the YMCA and about a 15-minute drive from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Here for work? Our hotel is less than a mile 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 (10.9 miles)
    Kick off your shoes and enjoy this National Natural Landmark with a long walk by the Pacific Ocean. You can also take a group hike along the Oso Flaco Lake boardwalk or browse exhibits at the Dunes Center.
    Phone: +1 (805) 343-2455
  • La Purisima Mission State Park (22.9 miles)
    Take a self-guided tour through this 1,900-acre park featuring restored buildings dating back to the 1700s.
    Phone: +1 (805) 733-3713

Vineyards and wineries

  • Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery (8.2 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 (14.7 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 (5.2 miles)
    Whether you’re playing to practice or to unwind, you can do both at this 18-hole course with long fairways and challenging sand traps on California’s Central Coast.
    Phone: +1 (805) 937-2019
  • Monarch Dunes Golf Club (15.6 miles)
    Enjoy a game of golf while you take in the spectacular view 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 (0.8 miles)
    This museum promotes aviation today by preserving vintage planes and their artifacts from the past. Check the calendar of events and attend an air show or take a history tour.
    Phone: +1 (805) 922-8758
  • Allan Hancock College (5 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 (14.2 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