5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Santa Barbara
The 5 ways we’ll be celebrating ~ And you should be, too
The environmental diversity of the varied landscape surrounding Santa Barbara County provides a unique opportunity to live - and vacation in - an illustrious and often unaffected nature reserve. It’s nearly impossible not to marvel at the majestic sunset out on the westerly cliffs of the imposing Pacific. The year-round perfect temperatures only add to Santa Barbara’s endless mystique, as you admire the native scenery and brilliant colors on your latest jog through one of its many local parks or award-winning gardens. Because at InvitedHome, we believe destinations like these are exactly why we take great pride in celebrating Earth Day year after year. And this year should be no different. Won’t you join us?
Long a pioneer in the celebration of preserving our increasingly fragile planet, Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival is now in its 47th year. Held this year from Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23, 2017 in Alameda Park, it’s two full days of sustainably-minded activities including locally-sourced food vendors, beer and wine gardens that encourage reusable and compostable cups, free bike valets to reduce energy use, and even a green car show to give you a glimpse into an ecologically friendly future. Of course, should you need to be further entertained, there’s always plenty of live music performances, respected environmental speakers and family-friendly programming across three outdoor stages. And best of all? Much like the beloved Earth we are so blessed to live on, admission is free.
There’s a myriad of ways in which to extend your stay and continue the celebration of Earth Day by reveling in the natural wonders of Santa Barbara. And whale watching by boat, or even from along the beach, is one of our year-round favorites. However, the month of April is a particularly special occasion of joy for catching the fantastic mammals in their oceanic habitat. For it is around this time of year that the gray whales and their new calves begin their migration along the California coasts, and thus the cuteness factor registers at an all-time high. Those who prefer a little more danger with their nature, the spring months are also prime viewing for the many Orcas passing by. Just don’t get too close.
Now it’s really time to become one with nature, and Santa Barbara’s plethora of parks and gardens ought to do just the trick on this environmentally conscious trip. So once you’re done exploring the 8,000 square-foot playground in Alameda Park, head to any one of these treasured spots. Those looking for flora and forests native to California will want to head to the Botanic Gardens, where they all are represented in one 5-mile stretch. For the more botanically exotic, let Lotusland be your destination, with its rare gardens of plants from all around the world. Perhaps you would like to sleep under the stars? Give camping a chance at Jalama Beach County Park. And for the truly adventurous, you can take a day cruise out to Santa Barbara Island and Channel Island National Park.
There might be no better example of how beautiful our planet can be when we take meticulous care for it than Santa Barbara’s golf courses. Think about it. Where else can you enjoy lush scenery, rolling greenery, carefully groomed terrains, and laughter and and general camaraderie with your family and friends all along the way? And with plenty of public courses and driving ranges that boast coastal views and unique meandering topographies, regardless of your handicap, you’ll find the 18-hole journey is second to none.
Okay, we admit. This might be pushing the Earth Day theme a bit, but hear us out. Santa Barbara Wine Country is one of the world’s best kept secrets because its unique soils and perfect climates are ideal for growing certain delicious grapes of the highest caliber for winemaking. Perhaps that’s why you’ll find nearly 200 wineries in the region, many of which are tucked discreetly off the beaten path. So take an extra day to pack a lunch, have a little vineyard picnic and explore the countryside. Not feeling too venturesome after all your Earth-friendly activity? Hit the Urban Wine Trail without even leaving the city. Just be sure to stop and raise a glass in honor of all our precious planet provides.
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