<p>Santa Maria is an exceedingly attractive city with a wide array of apartment living options - there are a lot of comfortable apartments available for rent both south of city center and in many other beautiful neighborhoods as well</p>
If you are one of the lucky few that get to live in downtown Santa Maria, you'll be in walkers heaven. For everyone else, you're likely going to need a car for your daily errands. When searching for your apartment, know that the areas surrounding S Broadway Street are the most walkable. Santa Maria is also right on scenic highway 101.
<p>The city is well-known for its wine industry; the region in which it is located is actually referred to as the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Whether youÕre a wine connoisseur or you wouldnÕt know a Pinot from a Merlot, youÕll love living in this beautiful city. Rent in Santa Maria and start celebrating. Pack a good corkscrew.</p>
<p>If you find yourself spending your weekends in Santa Maria building ships in empty wine bottles, you're not taking advantage of all the fun community events the city has to offer. Attend one of the annual festivals and take part in an activity that doesn't involve intense concentration and little tiny sails. You just might run into a fellow ship in a bottle builder at the Autumn Arts, Grapes and Grains Festival. This free event has something for everyone. Enjoy a car show, live music, arts, crafts, food, and free wine tastings. Should you go a little overboard on the cheese and wine, you can burn some calories and have fun at the annual Turkey Trot Fun Run. Join your fellow residents in a 2.5 mile race and say goodbye to all that goat cheese. Whether you're up for a jog or down for a glass of chardonnay, you'll have a great time at these local events. You might want to keep the wine tasting to a minimum during the whole ship in a bottle thing though.</p>