Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

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Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley (Credit: Visit Santa Maria Valley)
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By edhat staff

The City of Santa Maria is offering $100 vouchers for tourists to visit the area for a minimum of two nights.

Travelers who stay in local hotels now through March 31 will receive a voucher that can be used at wineries, breweries, restaurants, and attractions in the Santa Maria Valley.

The promotion was created by "Visit Santa Maria Valley" and launched on Thursday. According to the website, it's already sold out, but there is a waiting list.

"Our $100 stimulus offer is currently sold out, but that doesn't mean you can't still plan a visit! Explore lodging, dining and attractions and start planning your next getaway," the website states.

Credit: Visit Santa Maria Valley

Under a header of "Do More for Less in Santa Maria Valley," the website boasts the area has nearby beaches, beautiful hotels, and wineries for the budget-conscious traveler. There are 34 wine tasting rooms within a 30-minute drive as well as hiking, golfing, art exploration, and birdwatching, the promotion states.

An area map showing attractions, dining, and arts includes the Pismo Beach, Nipomo, Orcutt, Lompoc, Los Alamos, and Solvang cities as well as Santa Maria.

The website also asserts businesses and attractions are following the state's guidelines for a safe reopening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We expect that all visitors to the area will do their part to respect our region and our state by practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands regularly," the website states.

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420722 Feb 05, 2021 06:04 PM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

Tiers shmeirs, people take this tier stuff way too personally and really think it guarantees you some sort of safety net. Wrong. The only tier we have is called life and there are zero guarantees.

Chip of SB Feb 05, 2021 03:15 PM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

This is outrageous! What will they come up with next, sending children to school? Opening museums? Or god forbid, would they attempt to revive the performing arts? This must be stopped!

2contango Feb 05, 2021 03:34 PM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

Absolute stupidity. The travel and hospitality industry is just a small part of the county's larger economy. You wouldn't know that by watching KEYT's nearly nightly obsession with stories about restaurants and bars. Endangering our residents to please one special interest group only slows down our overall economic recovery.

whateve Feb 06, 2021 10:43 AM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

Along these same lines, who was visiting Santa Maria before the pandemic? It's not like they're trying to recover their tourism industry that never existed.

ParvoPup Feb 05, 2021 05:26 PM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

Can you use the voucher to rent a bullet proof vest?

It is Santa Maria after all.

Seriously, what is there to visit as a tourist?

Costco? Popeye's?

The beautiful packed like sardines housing tracts on Blosser?

Did you know they have 2 WalMarts? - well, one is a Neighborhood Market but whatever.

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 05, 2021 07:30 PM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

"With 15 beaches and 34 tasting rooms all within a 30-minute drive---PLUS over 35% of the county's COVID-19 cases!---it’s the perfect home base to do more for less."

There, fixed it.

Luvaduck Feb 06, 2021 07:25 AM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

Purchasing the vouchers should include a sign-off on seeking Covid treatment in SB County for the duration of the visit and 14 days subsequently. Something like indemnifying Disneyland if one chooses to ride a roll-a-coaster or signs up to participate in a bronco-busting event in a rodeo. Freedom of choice needs to come with responsibility for it.

PitMix Feb 08, 2021 07:28 AM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

You seem knowledgeable about this. That stuff doesn't happen anywhere else. I didn't have a young woman ask me if I wanted a "date" in the early morning on Haley St in SB once.

SBLetsGetAlong Feb 06, 2021 04:19 PM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

I thought we are still in a pandemic, the largest outbreak ever thousands dying every day.

Why is SM encouraging tourist who might bring Covid to them?

Seriously? Open up or stay closed. Make up your minds! Now they’re paying people to travel? Seriously messed up leaders and public health officials!

PitMix Feb 08, 2021 11:33 AM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

98.5% recovery rate is 1.5% dead rate. 5 million US people dead and about the same number of traumatized hospital staff. Please have some mercy on the staff and the families of the soon to be dead people.

letmego Feb 08, 2021 11:48 AM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

You know, I've been looking at the numbers, and the case rate in Los Angeles county is now the same as SB county. We've caught up to them, I guess. So, where's the risk?

elderswimmer Feb 06, 2021 06:49 PM
Santa Maria Offering $100 Vouchers to Tourists

As a Santa Maria resident I am horrified to learn of this folly!!! was endangered enough without encouraging travel by unscreened non residents. Ever hear of LIMIT travel guys? This is a disgrace. As a senior heart patient I am life threatened by this stupid move.

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