During my December 2016 trip to Santa Maria,
on California’s Central Coast,
I managed to squeeze in a mini pub crawl
in between visting with family
and going on some photo outings.
Less than 24 hours after our arrival in Santa Maria, my mom, dad, wife, daughter, son, aunt, uncle and cousin went out to dinner at Rooney’s Irish Pub
in the nearby suburb of Orcutt,
where I had a beer and Reuben sandwich.
The next day my son and I went for lunch at the Santa Maria Brewing Company Nipomo Tap Room,
located just across the mostly-dry Santa Maria River
from Santa Maria, where I had a beer and a Philly steak
sandwich with beer-batter onion rings.
The third stop on my mini pub crawl was going to be the Olde English Tap Room
at the Santa Maria Inn
where we were staying. But every time I walked by the door it seemed dark and uninviting. Sometimes there was loud pop music blasting ... I suppose they are trying to attract the younger crowd. Because of my big reluctance I decided to skip this place.
The third stop turned out to be not a bar, pub or restaurant, but my parents’ house! On Christmas Day all the relatives gathered there to celebrate my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. My cousin Cindi said that she was going to make herself a margarita,
so I asked her to make me one too, since I had never had one in my 54 years on this planet.
More photos from this trip can be seen in the Santa Maria 2016
and California Coast 2016