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Santa Maria Sun / Biz Spotlight

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Spotlight on: Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley

Jennifer Harrison, Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau director


Santa Maria's favorite wine trolley is coming back to the valley. The Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley's official second season begins Memorial Day weekend.

The public transportation is the product of a collaborative effort between the Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau and Santa Maria. The 28-passenger trolley is an extension of the city's downtown trolley service launched in 2015. Coordinators say it provides another way for prospective wine tasters to enjoy area wineries without having to drive under the influence of alcohol.

The Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley will return for its second year of operation beginning May 26 and running through Oct. 14. The trolley will operate on Saturdays and Sundays and run every 60 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria. The wine trolley will also run one additional route from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., but won’t include Cottonwood Canyon and Presqu’ile wineries.

"The California Highway Patrol supports the trolley project, as it offers a safe alternative to drinking and driving while wine tasting," said CHP-Santa Maria Public Information Officer Efrem Moore.

The trolley operates on Saturdays and Sundays, and runs every 60 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The route begins at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria (3455 Skyway Drive) and makes two stops in Old Orcutt including the Orcutt Union Plaza and the corner of West Clark and Pacific. It then continues into wine country, where it makes stops at Presqu'ile, Cottonwood Canyon, and Costa de Oro wineries before returning to Santa Maria. It will also run one additional route from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., but won't include Cottonwood Canyon and Presqu'ile wineries.

Tickets are $18 per person, but the price drops to $10 if purchased in advance. The tickets are solely for transportation—wine tasting is purchased separately at each winery. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau (614 S. Broadway), as well as at Cnagy tasting room, Core Winery, Old Town Market, Costa De Oro Winery, and Woody's Butcher Block.

"We were delighted with the enthusiastic support and ridership turnout that this service enjoyed last summer," Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau Director Jennifer Harrison said. "We are excited to bring it back and offer people an affordable, safe way to enjoy our world-class wine country." 


• On May 4, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center, and Marian Regional Medical Center honored Vandenberg Air Force Base Maj. Brandon Grone for his recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome—a rare immune system disorder. Grone met with French Hospital staff and physicians who helped him during his battle with the Guillain-Barré. The event was held as part of the medical centers' effort to recognize May as National Military Appreciation Month.

• The Santa Maria Police Department will host a ceremony on May 16 to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The department will hold a Santa Maria-style barbecue lunch that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ticket are $10 at the door and $7 for presale. For tickets, contact Chrissy Alvarez at (805) 928-3781, Ext. 2144, or email her at

Staff Writer Spencer Cole wrote this week's Biz Spotlight. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, mail, or email at

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