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Experience “Ecotopia” in Santa Barbara this Spring
Experience “Ecotopia” in Santa Barbara this Spring - Spring Break is around the corner, and it’s time to thaw out in Santa Barbara with some toe-wiggling on our sandy beaches, sun-soaking in our verdant parks and leg-stretching on our bike paths and hiking trails.

With an abundance of fresh-air fun, a calendar packed with eco-themed events and our everyday culture of sustainability, Santa Barbara is a veritable “Ecotopia” in April. Experience Earth Day in its hometown on April 16 and 17. Get inspired by the Green Shorts Film Festival. Take a spin in our electric shuttles that cruise State Street and the Waterfront. Indulge in a farm-to-table feast at one of our many sustainable restaurants. The list goes on!

Trade in your winter white for a “green” getaway to Santa Barbara. Click here to start planning your trip today!
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Canary Hotel

Get away to the heart of Santa Barbara with rates starting at just $229. Book now through March 31, 2011 for an impromptu excursion and much needed vacation to Canary Hotel. Mark your calendars! Canary Hotel will host a St. Patrick’s Day party on the rooftop. The event will take place on March 17th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include live music, Irish beer, Irish whiskey and flat screen TVs to watch March Madness.

Spring Break’s First Stop: Shop and Dine at La Cumbre Plaza

Shopping is a “must-do” while vacationing in beachside Santa Barbara. Located just off coastal highway 101, La Cumbre Plaza is a hot spot for Spring Break-ing families. Bask in the sun at this outdoor center while shopping at retailers Janie & Jack, Macy’s, Gymboree, J. Crew and more. And, enjoy kid-friendly dining at budget-minded prices. For lunch, try local favorite, Pizza Mizza. Mention the Lucky 7 for lunch deals: get an entrée and bottomless beverage for just $7. For dinner, the Marmalade Café (California eclectic cuisine) offers complimentary kids meals every Wednesday with each adult entrée.

Paradise is Twice as Nice at Ramada Limited

Ring in Spring at the Ramada Limited! Nestled at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains and surrounded by award-winning gardens, lagoons and Koi ponds, Ramada Limited Santa Barbara is a veritable oasis. With a plethora of complimentary amenities and value-added services, guests can leave their worries at home and indulge in a stress-free getaway. Enjoy free high-speed wired and wireless internet access, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, Sealy Posturepedic Plush-Top mattresses in rooms, and an ideal location close to UCSB and all of Santa Barbara’s best attractions. Visit our website and sign up for our email list for special offers that make paradise twice as nice!

Celebrate Earth Day in its Hometown!

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) hosts the 41st annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park April 16 and 17. Santa Barbara was the birthplace of Earth Day and the modern environmental movement. Under the theme “Powered by the People” and CEC’s “Fossil Free by ‘33” campaign, the 2011 festival will feature 250 exhibitors, free valet bike parking, the 3rd annual Green Shorts Film Festival, the 11th annual Green Car Show and more. New this year, the Eco Marketplace showcases cutting-edge purveyors of green products, and the Children’s Enchanted Forest gets the next generation involved in the cause.

Ty Warner Sea Center Presents “Dazzling & Dangerous”

Snakes, spiders and stingrays, oh my! The “Dazzling & Dangerous” exhibit explores local land and sea creatures with dangerous reputations. Dazzling & Dangerous offers a safe place to view these often misunderstood animals up-close, to learn how incredible and fascinating they are, and discover just how close humans and nature co-exist! Exhibit opens May 7, 2011.


66th Annual Santa Barbara Orchid Show

March 11, 2011 - March 13, 2011

The longest-running orchid show in the United States, this three-day floral extravaganza draws top growers and gardening aficionados for exotic garden displays, fine art and photography exhibitions, potting demonstrations and more! The extensive sales area features vendors from all over the world, and local orchid nurseries hold open houses and special sales.

2011 Vintners’ Festival Weekend

April 15, 2011 - April 18, 2011

Attracting wine lovers from near and far, this spring weekend affords attendees the opportunity to meet member vintners, taste their wines and enjoy food and music in Lompoc’s festive River Park. Wineries also hold events throughout the Santa Barbara Wine Country, including library and barrel tastings, vineyard barbecues, winemaker dinners and more.

Santa Barbara Car-Free
Leave the gas guzzler at home when you visit Santa Barbara, where alternative transportation options and a walkable downtown core make it easy to see the sights and save the planet. Get Cool Car-Free Discounts at hotels, outfitters, restaurants and more when you present an Amtrak ticket stub, MTD bus pass or arrive by bicycle. Find out more at

Santa Barbara Bowl
Season Opens

Big-name talent is coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl to kick off the concert season starting in April. Headliners already announced include Janet Jackson (April 9 & 10), Mumford & Sons (April 18) and Robert Plant & The Band of Joy (April 25). Start your spring off right with a concert under the stars!

Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission
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