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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.
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!
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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!
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.
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.
Photo By: Stephan Figge
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.
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.
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 beaches, parks, 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.
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2. On a summer weekend, why not grab your friends for a getaway to Santa Barbara and teach them how to partner yoga.
4. Santa Barbara embodies the meaning of "Namaste".
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5. The Santa Barbara mountains make for a beautiful backdrop while you find your inner peace.
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6. You can take your yoga to the next level by practicing while paddlebarding!
7. If you've ever visited (or are planning to), you know that the Santa Barbara South Coast is the key to relaxation.
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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.
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.
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.
3. Golfing along the coast has never been so serene.
4. Take your yoga practice to new heights with a tree pose on top of Lizard's Mouth hiking trail.
5. Race along Gibraltar Road as you're accompanied by this breathtaking view.
6. "Hang out" and take in Santa Barbara from a new perspective.
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"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!
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.
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.
Can't wait to enjoy the sounds of Santa Barbra? Listen now with Visit Santa Barbara's Pandora Station.
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:
Have I inspired you to put on your walking shoes and go exploring?
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!
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:
Upon entering The Santa Barbara Fresh Market, you can instantly see (and smell) all of the possibilities!
Enjoy Cupcakes: Cupcakes and cakes artfully presented and lovingly prepared by hand.
Belcampo Meat Co.: Offering sustainably and humanely-raised meats and poultry.
Crazy Good Bread: Specializing in unique handcrafted loaves of bread that pair perfectly with great wine & cheese.
Wine + Beer: An outstanding collection of the finest wines, handcrafted ales and beer.
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:
Photo By Community Environmental Council
Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of eco-fun!
Photo By Erin Feinblatt
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.
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.
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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