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5 Reasons the Santa Barbara South Coast Wins at Summer

Posted On: Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:26 AM

We all know the struggle of deciding where you're going to take the next summer vacation. With travel bucket lists that are miles long, it's hard to settle on just one location. Luckily for you, the Santa Barbara South Coast the shining star on any travel wish list. While it's true that this majestic destination is great for visiting all year round, summer is definitely no exception, and we're here to provide 5 reasons why the Santa Barbara South Coast wins as a summer vacation hot spot.

1: Like any other sunny destination, the Santa Barbara South Coast provides 300+ days of sunshine a year. But what makes our sunshine even better? Our Mediterranean climate provides remarkably consistent daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, usually accompanied by low humidity and a gentle ocean breeze. Expect to remain refreshingly cool during those summer nights. What does that mean for you? Pack light and schedule plenty of time to explore the mountains, the sea, and everything in between.

Santa Barbara Summer surfer
  (Photo By: Mark Weber)

2: In the Santa Barbara South Coast, we know how to celebrate. Specializing in festivals, summertime is packed with parades, celebrations, and plenty of family fun for all ages. In the summer months alone, there are 5+ annual celebrations that are accompanied by countless supporting events and activities. On any given weekend during the summer months, there is sure to be a festival celebrating Santa Barbara's rich heritage. So bring the confetti and get ready to fiesta!

Santa Barbara Summer Festivals 
(Photo By: Thomas Jacob)

3: As already stated above, summertime in Santa Barbara is great for being outside and relaxing in the breathtaking surroundings. Another way you can take in the great outdoors and satisfy your culinary cravings is to eat on your feet! What is that, you may ask? In the Santa Barbara South Coast, we're equipped with culinary tours, food trucks and plentiful outdoor patios for you to enjoy your eats and still be active on the Santa Barbara streets!

Savor Santa Barbara Food Tours 


4: If relaxing in the summer sun and taking a sip of a refreshing libation sounds like a good time, you'll most definitely want to make your way to the Santa Barbara South Coast. Lovers of wine can uncork their way through the Urban Wine Trail or head to the Santa Ynez Valley for an afternoon of great wines and good times. More a beer lover? We've got 8 unique microbreweries to quench your thirst. Or if you're looking for spirits, Santa Barbara's Funk Zone includes hand crafted cocktails, made farm fresh and there's even a vodka distillery on location.

Santa Barbara Micorbreweries 


5: Family meets fun in the Santa Barbara South Coast. Kids of all ages are delighted to run, see, play, and do while on their stay. Full your days with 60+ kid and parent approved activities. Think educational mornings at the museum and active afternoons in our outdoor splendor. Parents can't go wrong with a family vacation to our sandy shoreline.

Family Friendly in Santa Barbara 
Photo By: Stephan Figge 

The Bachelorette falls in love, with the Santa Barbara South Coast of course!

Posted On: Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 4:03 PM

On Sunday June 1st, fans of ABC's the Bachelorette were given an inside look to the beauty and romance that radiates within the Santa Barbara South Coast. As Andi Dorfman searched for love, she most certainly succeeded, and fell in love with the beach side cities of the Santa Barbara South Coast. From a sunset bike ride to the top of Lizards Mouth to biking along Cabrillo Blvd to a magical dinner set in the Santa Barbara Courthouse's Sunken Gardens, anyone would go weak in the knees to Santa Barbara's splendor.

the bachelorette in santa barbara
At the Bacara Resort & Spa

the bachelorette in santa barbara waterfront 
Andi on Santa Barbara's Sterns Wharf

the bachelorette in santa barbara paseo nuevo 
Getting a rose before being serenaded by Boyz II Men at Paseo Nuevo

If you didn't get a chance to watch the episode, here's a glimpse of all that Santa Barbara had to offer The Bachelorette and her suitors. Did we mention there was a surprise appearance by Boyz II Men? Yes, this is something you don't want to miss.

 

 

Take The Bachelorette's lead and find your perfect paring in Santa Barbara. Here, two is better than one and unlikely pairings make for magical experiences. Think red tile roofs and sunsets. Wine and beach. Mountains and sea. It's no wonder why romance seems to flourish under its starry skies. A city with unparalleled beauty and charm, Santa Barbara has it all.

7 Reasons Why You Need to Do Yoga In Santa Barbara

Posted On: Friday, Jun 6, 2014 3:55 PM

What makes yoga in Santa Barbara different than anywhere else? Yoga in Santa Barbara is more than just striking a pose. It's about taking the time to relax and meditating in the beauty of our surroundings. With beachesparks, trails and plenty of open spaces, the Santa Barbara South Coast is the perfect setting to finding your inner peace.

Never though of Santa Barbara as a yoga desination? Here are 7 reasons why you need to practice yoga in Satna Barbara. 

1. While visiting, you can wake up with the Santa Barbara sunrise and practice yoga on the beach.

Santa Barbara sunrise yoga

Image by Instagram fan @Mrsmilholland 

2. On a summer weekend, why not grab your friends for a getaway to Santa Barbara and teach them how to partner yoga.

Santa Barbara beach yoga

Image by Instagram fan @Breannachurchman

3. Even while hiking in Santa Barbara's great outdoors, you can still find time to fit in a tree pose or two.
santa barbara hiking yoga
  

4. Santa Barbara embodies the meaning of "Namaste".

Santa barbara yoga

Image by Instagram fan @EvolationYoga 

5.  The Santa Barbara mountains make for a beautiful backdrop while you find your inner peace. 

Santa Barbara yoga practice

Image by Instagram fan @Ljkroppyoga 

6. You can take your yoga to the next level by practicing while paddlebarding!

santa barbara paddle boarding yoga

 

7. If you've ever visited (or are planning to), you know that the Santa Barbara South Coast is the key to relaxation. 

Salty Yoga Santa Barbara

Image by Salty Yoga Santa Barbara 

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you are a Santa Barbara yogi! With pride in your practice, you know there is no better place than the Santa Barbara South Coast.

For more information on yoga in Santa Barbara, visit our Yoga Wellness section.

6 Santa Barbara Activities with Breathtaking Views

Posted On: Friday, May 23, 2014 1:25 PM

If you've ever been to Santa Barbara South Coast (or follow our Instagram account), you know that we're in no shortage of spectacular sunsets, you know, the kind that make you stop and stare into its beauty. Here, we're lucky enough to experience this colorful performance 365 days a year. But, sunsets are not all that Santa Barbara South Coast has to offer. We're equipped with breathtaking views that will accompany any activity from our shores to the mountain peaks.

Here are 6 breathtaking views that were submitted by fans as part of our recent #SBStory Contest:

1. The view while hiking the Channel Islands.

Channel Islands Hiking View

Image by Facebook Fan Carol G.

2. Whether you're stand up paddleboarding or sailing, you'll get an eyeful of ocean and mountain views when engaging in our water sports.

Paddleboarding and Sailing

Image by Instagram fan @Willie49er

3. Golfing along the coast has never been so serene.

View while golfing in Santa Barbara

Image by Instagram fan @mikeynails

4. Take your yoga practice to new heights with a tree pose on top of Lizard's Mouth hiking trail.

Yoga on Lizard's Mouth

Image by Instagram user @perkinsj

5. Race along Gibraltar Road as you're accompanied by this breathtaking view.

Biking down mountain

Image by Instagram user @RootsRated

6. "Hang out" and take in Santa Barbara from a new perspective.

hangliding view

Image by Facebook Fan Lee k.

To view all of the images submitted, please visit our Facebook Page.

Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend

Posted On: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:27 PM

"I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food..." -Julia Child

As we prepare our taste buds for the delectable flavors that will surely be available during the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend, the statement above couldn't be more fitting, especially for those who live (and cook) in the Santa Barbara South Coast. The immense bounty of our land is realized each night as dinner is served and a glass of Santa Barba County wine is poured. Because of our climate, there's never a shortage of seasonal foods and wines to pair. Not only does Santa Barbara have a thriving scene of farm-to-table eats, we're also known for our sea-to-table cuisine!

Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend

Has your mouth started watering yet? Don't worry! You can savor all of the flavors of Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend, June 6-8. During this festival, you'll experience Santa Barbara County's top culinary talent for three unforgettable days of food and wine, all set within the luxurious surroundings of the Bacara Resort & Spa. We're getting hungry just thinking about it!

Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend Chef

This event is meant to be relished and is a celebration of Julia Child and her lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and appreciation for Santa Barbara's coastal bounty. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

For more information and tickets, please visit BacaraResort.com

 

Santa Barbara Bowl 2014 Line-Up

Posted On: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:17 PM

The beat of a Santa Barbara summer begins at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Warm summer nights under a diamond filled sky will set the stage for a season of unforgettable performances by world-famous entertainers. Did you know, the artists themselves even request to perform at this one-of-a-kind open air amphitheater? Because of its design, the sounds of summer are heard clearly from the front row, all the way to the top. And with an intimate setting chart of 4,900 seats, guests are pleased to know that there is not a bad seat in the house.

Santa Barbara Bowl

The Santa Barbara Bowl's 2014 Season Line-Up is set to impress, and more concerts will be announced as the season continues. Whether you are planning a summer road trip or week long getaway, be sure to include a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

  • May 15th: KJEE Summer Round-Up Featuring 311, Young The Giant, Big Data, Birds of Tokyo 
  • June 4th: James Taylor and His All Star Band
  • June 15th: Hunter Hayes with Special Guest Dan + Shay
  • June 19th: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Special Guests SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall
  • June 25th: Sarah McLachlan
  • June 26th: Maxwell
  • July 2nd: Joan Baez & Indigo Girls
  • July 3rd: Bob Weir & RatDog with Special Guest The Chris Robinson Brotherhood 
  • July 12th: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Featuring Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Greg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Greg Bissonette 
  • July 13th: Jurassic 5 with Special Guests Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies 
  • July 15th: Slightly Stoopid with Special Guests Cypress Hill and Stephen Marley
  • July 27th: Foreigner & Styx with Special Guest Don Felder
  • August 4th: Arcade Fire
  • August 9th: Sarah Brightman
  • August 15th: Rebelution with Special Guests Iration, The Green, Stick Figure and DJ Mackle 
  • August 31st & September 1st: Jack Johnson with Special Guest Michael Kiwanuka
  • September 13th: George Lopez

 

Can't wait to enjoy the sounds of Santa Barbra? Listen now with Visit Santa Barbara's Pandora Station.

A Walk Through Santa Barbara’s Public Gardens

Posted On: Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:17 PM

Morning, noon and night, my favorite activity in Santa Barbara is to take a long walk and bask in the unparalleled beauty that surrounds our seaside town. Walking in paradise never gets boring, especially when there are countless gardens, all with magical views of everything from tropical to native plants. Not to mention, as you walk, you can discover hidden treasures, unique vantage points, or even a new urban retreat. The best part is that Santa Barbara's public gardens are that they are scattered throughout the south coast, and just a simple stroll away.

If you've never traveled to one of our glorious gardens, or are looking for a new place to stop and smell the roses, you're in luck! It's National Public Gardens Day on May 9th and you're invited to celebrate all month long during Santa Barbara Garden Appreciation Month. During May's month long celebration, you'll have the chance to explore our area's wealth and diversity of gardens with special events and activities, including tours, garden talks, exhibits, and more. For a complete list of offers and activities, please visit sbpublicgardens.org.

In the meantime, here's a list of some of my favorite public gardens and a few ideas of activities to engage in their breathtaking beauty:

  • Get a glimpseof the past at Casa Del Herrero in Montecito. Tour the estate that was designed by architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925. Casa Del Herrero is noted as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America.
  • Take a stroll around Ganna Waskla Lotusland, a 37-acre botanical wonder that contains subtropical and tropical plants from around the world!
  • Breathe in the fresh air as you try to name all of the native plants at The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. As one of the nation's oldest botanic gardens, it is focused exclusively on native plants, to which it is one of the state's largest collections of California Native Plants.
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden By Instagram Fan Michele_Bell 
  • Feed the ducks at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, the "crown jewel" of city parks located centrally in Downtown Santa Barbara.
  • Bring the kids to play at Kid's World, located inAlameda Park, one of the city's oldest park.
Alameda Park
Alameda Park By Insatagram Fan Perkinsj 
  • Let the panoramic views of Santa Barbara take your breath away up on the Riviera at Franceschi Park.
Franchesci Park
Franceschi Park By Instagram Fan Hspitch
Mission Rose Garden
Old Mission Santa Barbara Rose Garden By Insatgram Fan Sincerelysantabarbara
  • Bring your binoculars to go bird watching at Rancho La Patera & Stow House. The gardens are located in the heart of the Los Carneros Natural & Historical Preserve and are a popular respite for bird-watching and outdoor enjoyment.

Have I inspired you to put on your walking shoes and go exploring?

The Santa Barbara Public Market Officially Open for Business

Posted On: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 2:19 PM

The Santa Barbara Public Market is barely finishing up its first official week on the corner of Chapala and Victoria and it's already an instant hit with locals and visitors alike. No scientific evidence is needed, anyone can see this through the huge smiles left on the customer's faces as they taste their way through all of the specialty offerings. And, if you have ever tasted a cupcake made by Enjoy Cupcakes, you know there is no convincing needed!

The Santa Barbara Public Market

Opening its doors on April 14th, 2014 The Santa Barbara Public Market is dedicated to providing the Santa Barbara community with handcrafted, regionally sourced and sustainably made food and wine. With 15 unique shops, there is a little something for everyone. From meats, breads and cheeses to coffee, cupcakes and juices to wine, beer and beyond, The Santa Barbara Public Market has become a one-stop, delicious-shop.

Don't believe us? See for yourself! Doors are open from 7am-10:30pm, but make sure to double check before you go, as certain shops open at later times.

Here are a few images from our latest visit:

The Santa Barbara Public Market Entrance 

Upon entering The Santa Barbara Fresh Market, you can instantly see (and smell) all of the possibilities!

 Enjoy Cupcakes

Enjoy Cupcakes: Cupcakes and cakes artfully presented and lovingly prepared by hand.

 Belcampo Meats Co

Belcampo Meat Co.: Offering sustainably and humanely-raised meats and poultry.

 Crazy Good Bread

Crazy Good Bread: Specializing in unique handcrafted loaves of bread that pair perfectly with great wine & cheese.

Wine Plus Beer

Wine + Beer: An outstanding collection of the finest wines, handcrafted ales and beer.

Earth Day Festival 2014

Posted On: Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 2:18 PM

Santa Barbara South Coast has a long history of protecting mother earth. In fact, did you know that the first ever Earth Day Celebration was held in Santa Barbara? With the creation of the Community Environmental Council in 1970, also brought birth to Earth Day in Santa Barbara.

Continuing the tradition into 2014, this year's two-day celebration in honor of our precious earth will be filled with entertainment, education and community! On April 26 - 27, bring your family and friends to come together at Alameda Park with 35,000 people from across the South Coast to celebrate, connect and recharge! A few highlights to Santa Barbara Earth Day 2014 will feature live bands, exhibitor booths, cultural and dance performances, art exhibits, green car show, Green Shorts Theater, an eco-market place, children's enchanted forest, a beer and wine garden and so much more! Did we mention this event is FREE to attend?!

Join us April 26 - 27 in Alameda Park, come car free, and be care free! Here are a few photos from last year's celebration:

Santa Barbara Earth Day Exhibits
Earth Day Exhibits 
Photo By Erin Feinblatt

Santa Barbara Earth Day Entertainment
Live Entertainment!
Photo By Community Environmental Council

Santa Barbara Earth Day Events
Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of eco-fun!
Photo By Erin Feinblatt 

 

Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend and Wine Festival

Posted On: Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 10:14 AM

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the vines of Santa Barbara wine country are growing with an abundance of grapes in preparation for this year's harvest. The newly budding vines mark the arrival of spring and the beginning of countless afternoons spent sipping world-class Santa Barbara wines, surrounded by our Mediterranean climate and breathtaking panoramic views that stretch from the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend
Photo By Toretti Family Vineyard

If you can already picture yourself kicking back with a glass of cool Chardonnay and thinking "one afternoon is simply not enough," then the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend is for you! With over 40+ wine events April 10-13, the annual Spring Weekend and Wine Festival attracts wine lovers from near and far to participate in one of a kind opportunities to attend wine maker lunches and dinners, winery and tasting room open houses, vineyard walks, a golf tournament, and even a Farm-to-Table picnic and concert. Events include a Wine & Dine Event held at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort on April 11th, where you'll sip 90+ point top rated wines and savor culinary creations prepared by some of Santa Barbara's top chefs. Fans of the Oscar winning movie Sideways can enjoy a shotgun-start golf tournament with host Rex Pickett, the author and playwright of Sideways at Sandpiper Golf Course in Goleta. Or if the open waters are calling your name, enjoy a two hour cruise aboard the "Channel Cat", a luxurious 42-foot catamaran, for a gourmet wine and food pairing event.

Santa Barbara Vintners Grand Tasting
  Photo By  Santa Barbara County Wine

But of course, we can't forget the main attraction, the annual Vintners Festival Grand Tasting! During this event, every single one of the Santa Barbara Vintners 100+ members will gather together to present and sell their wines. Not to mention the additional pairings of food, music and art. Talk about savory! And, just like when you visit Santa Barbara wine country tasting rooms, many of the wines will be poured by the winemakers themselves.

If you are a wine lover like me, the problem will be selecting which one, two or all of these wonderful events to attend! It's the perfect opportunity for a romantic weekend getaway or perhaps a girl's weekend stay! For more information please visit, sbvintnersweekend.com

 

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