Things To Do In Santa Barbara

A SECRET SEASCAPE IN THE ROLLING HILLSIDE ~ SANTA BARBARA, CA

THE AREA

A QUIETER SIDE OF CALIFORNIA ~ THAT IS CERTAIN TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

Sunsets on the beach. Eclectic cuisine on the streets. Salty freshness in the air…and a community with a definitive flair. Santa Barbara is coastal California’s hidden gem, as offbeat as it is off the beaten path. It’s no wonder this is such a popular place to escape. Because every single spot of it is uniquely wonderful.

THE NEIGHBORHOODS

OUTWARDLY TRENDY YET CONSCIOUSLY INTROVERTED ~ A PLACE OF PERFECT BALANCE

Santa Barbara is so diverse, your most difficult vacation decision just might occur before you even get here. It reads almost like a class picture. There are homes for the outgoing. Spots for the shy. Areas for the athletic. Communities for the cool and clever (and okay, the rich and famous). Only in Santa Barbara can you proudly call each one...your neighbor.

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What To Do

GET OUTSIDE ~ OR FIND A QUIET PLACE TO HIDE

With sunshine at your back virtually year round, Santa Barbara always welcomes your family to join in on an al fresco activity or two. But on those rare rainy days or if you just want to get away, museums and daytrips are certainly always at your fingertips.

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TRAILS & PURSUITS

For the beach bums in your bunch, you’ll hardly have a problem finding the closest, pristine one. But for the more motivated, take to hills for your hiking thrills, taste your way through the Urban Wine Trail, or just enjoy a quiet picnic in the park with family and friends.

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A MYRIAD OF MUSEUMS

Head to the Mission for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History or hit up globe-and time-spanning pieces at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Do wildlife sanctuaries count? Then head towards the beachfront Santa Barbara Zoo or the Sea Center at Stearns Wharf to see how many species you can count.

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A HARBOR OF HOBBIES

Water is everywhere around here. And from swimming and kayaking to whale watching and wave catching, whether you choose to be on it or in it is entirely your choice. Just roll with the tide.

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A DAY TRIP OR TWO

Climb aboard a trolley tour or horse’s back and take in the unique sites of Santa Barbara. You can also expand your horizons by bringing the kids to Disneyland or just the adults up to Wine Country.

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THE SOUND OF FORE

There’s no shortage of world-class, championship courses in these parts. Around 6 public ones to be exact. And they’re popular for a reason, so make those tee times early.

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AND SHOPPING GALORE

No two stores are the same around town. From nationally known names to diamond-in-the-rough specialty shops, Santa Barbara spans the full spectrum.

Where To Eat

WHERE FINE DINING ~ IS PAR FOR THE COURSE

What you currently craving? Chances are, Santa Barbara has you covered. Here are just a few of our suggestions:

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LUCKY'S STEAKHOUSE

A time-honored restaurant that holds onto their classic, upscale setting of steak, wine and the fine way to dine. Learn More.

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BROPHY BRO'S

Enjoy the mouth party or calming views of the marina at this seaside spot. Learn More.

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TOMA'S RESTAURANT

Near the waterfront of Santa Barbara, enjoy the romantic vibes that comes with a good Italian restaurant. Learn More.

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JEANNINE'S BAKERY

Grab and go or take your sweet time to dine, this elegant setting has everything to start your day off right. Learn More.

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BLUSH RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Bachelorette parties, big dinners, weekend brunches, wedding receptions, and live music flow in and out of this trendy spot. Learn More.

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THE DAILY GRIND

Choose your own coffee adventure and start your day off right with a good breakfast (or lunch). Learn More.

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THE LARK

Join the fashion-forward crowd who drown out week-day worries with hand-crafted cocktails and savory food. Learn More.

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TRATTORIA MOLLI

A famous Italian place where you’ll find locals, superstars and an exquisite, dining experience. Learn More.

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SANTA BARBARA FISH HOUSE

The fish are fresh, and the views of the Pacific horizon accompanied by an outdoor fire pit will put all your worries at ease. Learn More.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Maximize Your Knowledge Of The Area ~ To Maximize The Enjoyment Of Your Stay

  • Concerned about location? Worry not, most of InvitedHome’s properties are within a two-mile radius of downtown or Montecito.
  • Feel free to pack lightly, as the temperature is pretty much comfortable year round. Just pack a couple light sweaters and your latest evening wear should you want to hit the town.
  • Santa Barbara has its own airport, but many choose the lovely (and relatively quick drive) from other area airports.
  • Sidewalks are everywhere, but even the most enthusiastic explorer will need a car for convenience. It will help to research what’s in your immediate area before you come.
  • While Santa Barbara spans far and wide, nothing is more than a 30-minute drive. And with the exception of maybe on the street downtown, there’s always a place to park.

Still Have Questions?

We have answers. Please don’t hesitate to contact a live InvitedHome vacation consultant via call or chat and we’ll make sure you have all the information you need. We’re always here to help.

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