Located in the spectacular Central Coast wine country, Santa Maria Inn has been a California landmark since 1917. This charming hotel in Santa Maria, CA blends the style and elegance of an English country inn with modern hospitality. With its palm trees and soothing fountains, the Inn is an oasis of tranquility and luxury, offering unique experiences santa Maria leisure and business travelers.
Book Your Easter Brunch Reservation NOW! Relax in our boutique style rooms and luxury suites, many with fireplaces. Lounge by the outdoor pool and hot tub or enjoy a rejuvenating massage. Our historic inn offers pet-friendly accommodations and beautiful green space for walks and fresh air.
Enjoy a romantic Central Coast getaway with chilled Champagne in your room. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings in the breathtaking Santa Barbara Wine Country. Tee off the lush fairways and greens of our spectacular Central Coast golf courses. Enjoy charming accommodations and breakfast in The Century Room.
Enjoy exciting shows and performances at the PCPA Theater in Santa Maria. Enter your email below to receive our awesome hotel deals right in your inbox! For the California wine region, see Santa Maria Valley AVA. Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Maria Valley, stretching from the Santa Lucia Mountains toward the Pacific Ocean, was the homeland of the Chumash people for several thousand years. In 1769, the Portolá Expedition passed through the Santa Maria Valley during the first Spanish land exploration up the coast of Las Californias Province. In the late 19th century, after California gained statehood in 1850, the area’s rich soil attracted farmers and other settlers.
By the end of the century, the Santa Maria River Valley had become one of the most productive agricultural areas in the state. Agriculture is still a key component of the economy for the city and the entire region. The townsite was recorded in Santa Barbara in 1875. The new town was named Grangerville, then changed to Central City. Oil exploration began in 1888, leading to large-scale discoveries at the turn of the 20th century. In 1902, Union Oil discovered the large Orcutt Oil Field in the Solomon Hills south of town, and a number of smaller companies also began pumping oil.
Two years later, Union Oil had 22 wells in production. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22. The climate is mostly sunny, refreshed by the ocean breeze. Agriculture plays an important role in the city’s economy.
The petroleum industry has had a large presence in the area since oil was first discovered at the Orcutt Oil Field in 1902. The 2010 United States Census reported that Santa Maria had a population of 99,553. 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 102. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100. There were 28,294 housing units at an average density of 1,209.