Santa Maria Sizzles in SkyWest Magazine

November 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm 1 comment

Santa Maria BBQ and the Santa Maria Valley are once again in the spotlight as SkyWest Magazine devotes a full page travel feature on the region in its latest issue. SkyWest Magazine is the in-flight publication for SkyWest Airlines and United Express.

Aptly headlined “Valley of Variety,” the story explores the magnificent diversity of the Santa Maria Valley visitor experience, including barbecue, wine, nature, culture and family entertainment. As the story states, “This historic picturesque area an hour northwest of Santa Barbara lures visitors off the beaten path with plenty to see and do.”

Among the story’s featured attractions are the treasures of the Santa Maria Museum of Flight; the children’s delights at the Discovery Museum; the towering ocean views of the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes; the “naturalists nirvana” of Los Flores Ranch Park; and the relaxed appeal of the local wine country: “Santa Maria Valley offers visitors an unpretentious opportunity to meet with winemakers at more than a dozen tasting rooms, all set among the valley’s rolling hills and lush landscape.”

Of course, Santa Maria Style Barbecue also takes center stage in the story, including a photo of Cowboy Flavor’s Billy Ruiz cutting into a steaming piece of tri-tip.

Thanks to SkyWest Magazine for their high-flying coverage of the Santa Maria Valley!

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  • 1. Glenn M. Kottcamp  |  November 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Your official Santa Maria BBQ web site, as well as other web sites, make reference to the use of “red oak” in the preparation of authentic Santa Maria BBQ Style tri-tip, and, it is further stated that the red oak is native to the Santa Maria Valley.

    There are two species of red oak in the U.S., the northern red oak (Quercus rubra), which is found in the northeast, and the southern red oak, also called the Spanish oak, (Quercus falcata), which is found in the southern U.S. Neither species of red oak naturally occurs in California.

    Perhaps the reference to red oak in the Santa Maria Valley is to one of the members of a group of oaks (Lobatae) within the genus Quercus that are referred to as red oaks. Include in this red oak group (Lobatae) is the coastal live oak (Quercus agrifolia) that is common in the Coast Range, including the Santa Maria Valley.

    Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Glenn M. Kottcamp

    P.S. This message box does permit underlining or italicizing, including scientific names used.

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