Santa Barbara knows how to play hard—agriculture and education are huge in this county—but it knows how to play even harder. Residents are inextricably tied to the rolling surf and to the Channel Islands offshore; in town, famous eateries deliver sea-fresh fare and Italian cuisine, all revolving around the wine offerings that hail from just a few miles inland.

Fly Into

SBA Santa Barbara Airport 
(Santa Barbara, CA)

Drive

15mins To Santa Barbara, California
Where is

Santa Barbara

TOP TIPS FOR SANTA BARBARA

  1. 35,000 people visit Santa Barbara every day, so expect crowds during the high season.

  2. Hit up “The Funk Zone,” where you’ll find bars, galleries and other evening-time hotspots.

  3. For a quick bite on the way to the beach, grab a bite at a farmers market for a fast, local experience.

When to Go

For fun in the sun, people flock to Santa Barbara during the summer, but the mild winters make this town a draw throughout the year.
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APPELLATIONS (AVAs)

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  • Santa Maria Valley AVA
  • Santa Ynez Valley AVA
  • Sta. Rita Hills AVA
  • Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA
  • Ballard Canyon AVA
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Don't Miss

  1. Lotusland Gardens This botanical garden possesses a uniquely designed landscape and an opportunity for reprieve.
    Cold Springs Rd, Montecito CA
  2. C'est Cheese There are great cheeses to take along, but stick around for a brunch the locals love.
    825 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara CA
  3. Carr Vineyards & Winery Handcrafted Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah are expertly crafted at this tiny winery in the heart of town.
    414 North Salsipuedes, Santa Barbara CA
  4. Circle Bar B Riding Stables Rustic rooms and private cabins are tucked away in the solitude of the Los Padres National Forest.
    1800 Refugio Road, Goleta CA
  5. Cabrillo Inn at the Beach This low-rise hotel offers all the charm of Santa Barbara, but at some affordable rates.
    931 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara CA

Lodging

Hotel
Cabrillo Inn at the Beach

"East Beach", Santa Barbara's oceanfront paradise with swaying palms, sea breezes and an orchestra of waves. Discover them at the Cabrillo Inn at the Beach.

Resort & Spa
Bacara Resort & Spa

Take a quiet getaway and retreat to the beautiful Bacara Resort. Soak up spectacular views, enjoy top-notch service, and relax in first-class accommodations.

Restaurants

American
Wine Cask Restaurant

This charming spot in historic Santa Barbara offers a great variety of tastes, unique dishes, and an impressive wine list in an elegant but comfortable setting. The farm to table approach to their food and wine makes for a fresh and satisfying meal.

AMERICAN
The Lark Restaurant

Hip, eclectic restaurant with rustic décor and outdoor patio. They have a unique menu of new American fare served in an artfully presented manner.

Things To Do

Wine Tours & Sightseeing
Sustainable Vine Wine Tours

Not your typical wine tour, these expert sommeliers will share their knowledge and take you on a unique tour with private tastings for a top of the line experience.

Museums
Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

This cozy museum takes a look into the Danish history of the valley and features antiques, furniture, and other knick knacks.

Wineries

Winery
Au Bon Climat Winery

This winery is off the beaten path of the funk zone, so you can avoid the crowds. Enjoy a mix of locals and tourists in this chill wine room where the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

Winery
Carr Vineyards & Winery

Relax with a handcrafted Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc,or any of the other handcrafted wines and enjoy a game of shuffleboard or checkers. Art shows, concerts, release parties, and more are also held at this small and welcoming winery.

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