Santa Barbara is a beautiful, charming California coastal city. Usually I drive through and only stop at State St. to check out the shops. But after some research this place captured my heart. Santa Barbara is officially on my list. Here are some fun travel options for a weekend stay.
- Hotel Santa Barbara – located on State Street, the heart of the shopping district
- Lavender Inn by the Sea – two blocks from the beach and harbor
- Casa del Mar – several blocks from the beach
- Franciscan Inn – Spanish style hotel several blocks from the beach and wharf
- Blue Agave – Mexican and Global inspired cuisine, extensive cocktail menu. Organic and locally sourced meats and produce.
- Bouchon – French inspired Californian cuisine. Locally sourced ingredients and extensive local wine list.
- Pascucci – Italian cuisine sourcing local and organic ingredients.
- Cadiz – Mediterranean and tapas menu using local produce.
- C’est Cheese – cheese shop and they also have a lunch menu.
- Chocolate Maya – artisan chocolate shop.
- Santa Barbara Wine Festival – July 19-21
- Urban Wine Trail – wine tasting through Downtown Santa Barbara
- Wine Edventures – guided winery tour
- Cielo Spa – massage, facials and body treatments
- Avia Spa – Eastern and Western massage and facial treatments
- El Capitan state beach (State Beach exit)
- Refugio Beach (Refugio Beach Rd exit, Goleta)
- Butterfly Beach (Butterfly Lane)
- East Beach (Mason St)
- West Beach (Stearns Wharf)
- Rancho Oso – horse back riding (rates starting at $40)
- A Wheel Fun Rentals – bike rentals (pricing ranges from $8.95 to $34 depending on hours used)
- Santa Barbara Adventure Company – surf lessons, coastal kayak tours and more
- Shopping – State Street
- Farmers Market – Santa Barbara St & Cota St from 8:30am-12:30pm on Saturdays
- Casa del Herrero – Spanish Colonial Revival home and gardens tour ($20 admission fee, reservation needed)
- Bontanic Garden – botanic gardens and library tour ($8 admission fee)
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art – 19th-20th century American and European art is featured among the collection ($9 admission fee)
Enjoy Santa Barbara!