Santa Barbara is one of my all-time favorite places! The streets are lined with designer boutiques, delicious food and wine tasting rooms, and a waterfront filled with sailboats, kayaks, and stand-up paddle-boarders.
If you want to feel like you’re in Europe but really only travel to California, Santa Barbara is the place to be. It’s actually called the American Riviera because of its beautiful beaches, mountains and culture. There’s luxury hotels and resorts up and down the coast that you don’t want to miss!
I have listed some of my favorite places to stay, eat, do and what you should pack when going to Santa Barbara. Enjoy!
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– Hotel Californian
– Four Seasons, Biltmore
– Ritz-Carlton, Bacara
– Belmond El Encanto
– San Ysidro Ranch
*Contact me to book and receive VIP treatment & special amenities like breakfast daily for 2, hotel or resort credit, early check-in/late check-out, free wifi and more!
The Lark – New American Fare. Great atmosphere with a huge patio.
Loquita – Same owners of The Lark. Tapas bar! Highly recommend the paella and Spanish Octopus!
Belmond El Encanto – Brunch on the patio is to die for. Great views with live music on the weekends
Les Marchands – European style wine bar with the tastiest charcuterie plate and wines!
The Funk Zone – A MUST
This is an area of boutique wine tasting rooms, cafes, restaurants, galleries, shops and more! Don’t worry all you beer drinkers – there are beer gardens as well!
State Street – the main area of Santa Barbara
Shops, restaurants, bars
Beach time – Rent some kayaks and tour the harbor
Santa Barbara Zoo
Golf – Spend a day golfing along the oceanside
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