I mentioned before that the Bureau recently participated in the Savor the Central Coast event at Santa Margarita Ranch. It was really exciting to know that several of our Chamber members participated in the event as well, including:

Babé Farms


Skyline Flowers

Barbara Abernethy and Susan Righetti, Far Western Tavern

Pandee Pearson, Adelina’s Bistro at Trilogy

Ryan Gromfin, Central City Market

Terri Stricklin, The Hitching Post of Casmalia

Byron Vineyard and Winery

Cambria Winery

Kenneth Volk Vineyards

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Susie Q’s Brand/Righetti Specialties

Gina Keough, Visitor and Convention Bureau Manager

I would like to thank Donna Cross from Next Day Signs for creating the perfect backdrop for our booth’s filming project and JR Freedman from Got You Cover’d for the rental of a 10’ x 20’ backdrop stand, which worked out quite well for our purposes.

Did you see our winning video featuring Paul and Hope Merkle?  They won a Santa Maria Valley (and beyond!) Getaway package so they could enjoy their very own ‘Santa Maria (and beyond!) Road Trip’.  Many thanks to the following Chamber members for their generosity in contributing gift vouchers for this package:

Best Western Big America Plus

Discovery Museum

Fairfield Inn & Suites

PCPA Theaterfest

McKeon-Phillips Winery

Santa Maria Philharmonic

Hearst Castle

Cottonwood Canyon Winery

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruises

The Hitching Post of Casmalia; and

Riverbench Winery

The purpose of offering a getaway package, was to promote the Santa Maria Valley (and beyond!) by offering an overnight stay and free admission to our area’s attractions.  I believe this creates a feeling not only of welcome for the visitor, but also introduces them to special activities and venues that they might not otherwise know about.  This creates a familiarity with what there is to see and do in the Santa Maria Valley (and beyond!) which then inspires repeat visits and future business.

This is what our Bureau strives to do and because of the generosity and partnerships of the above mentioned members, we are that much more successful in our mission. Thank you all so very much for supporting the work we do!