19 Feb Five ways to have fun in Santa Barbara
As electrifying as Los Angeles can be, it can grind down even the sturdiest of people. When this happens, a local getaway to a destination like Santa Barbara can be just what the doctor ordered.
With Spanish colonial charm, an amazing waterfront, and proximity to the scenic Central Californian coast, it is a magical place to go whether you call SoCal home or are visiting from outside the region. Below, we’ll share how you can have fun during your time in Santa Barbara.
1) Check out Santa Barbara’s Old Mission
History buffs will want to start their time in Santa Barbara by stopping by its Old Mission. Built in 1786 when California still belonged to the Spanish, it has played a role in this city’s life for well over 200 years.
We recommend taking the tour, as knowledgeable guides will help bring the story of this beautiful structure to life. Through the years, they reached out and exchanged agricultural knowledge with the Chumash people, trained militia members to defend Santa Barbara against privateers, and started a choral singing tradition that remains unbroken to this day.
Before leaving, don’t forget to check out their rose garden, which contain 1,500 different varieties of this vibrant flower.
2) Tour local wineries
California wine is known throughout the world for its quality, with many Santa Barbara area vineyards contributing considerably to this state’s reputation.
In order to have the best possible time, let a tour company drive you around to the best wineries. After collecting you from your Casago in Santa Barbara, they’ll take you from one amazing property to the next, where you’ll get to experience the brilliance of local wines.
Packaged together with perks like gourmet picnics and complimentary cupcakes, this is an experience you won’t want to pass up.
3) Soak up State Street’s unique energy
Santa Barbara is a wealthy place. As such, its main drag, State Street, is lined with numerous boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries, each of which has something to offer people of different persuasions.
If your trip has you here on a Tuesday, come down to State Street, as the local farmer’s market sets up here on this date. Offering the best local produce and foodstuffs, it will give you the food needed to eat healthy – thank goodness for kitchens in vacation rentals!
4) Stroll along Santa Barbara harbor
With plenty of flashy boats, an iconic pier, and plenty of diversions to keep you busy, Santa Barbara harbor is one of this city’s top attractions.
When you have finished getting your share of pics from Stearns Wharf, walk into a local restaurant like Brophy Brothers, which is renowned for its seafood chowder.
Sunday is an excellent day to spend down at the harbor, as a market featuring the area’s best artists sets up close to the pier for much of the day.
5) Enjoy sun, surf, and sand at East Beach
Santa Barbara enjoys warm weather through much of the year. As such, East Beach is a very popular place. When you aren’t suntanning, there are plenty of nets where you can play some beach volleyball with some friendly strangers.
As far as swimming goes, the water isn’t exactly tropical, but temperatures do reach the mid 60s by August. On days when temps hit the mid 90s, you and everyone else won’t mind jumping into water this refreshing.