Looking to get out of the zoo that is Los Angeles for a weekend? Want to experience a charming Spanish colonial town on the scenic California coast? Make plans to visit exciting Santa Barbara. In this post, we’ll share some awesome things you can get up to while in this scenic place.
1) Go on a winery tour
California is famous the world over for its wine – the Santa Barbara area contributes more than its share to the millions of bottles shipped around the world, so be sure to sample the vino produced in its vineyards.
It is possible to pay these operations a visit, but don’t do the driving yourself – instead, hire a tour company to take you on a wine hopping excursion. They’ll pick you up from the CasaGo rentals where you are staying and will take you to a variety of properties, each featuring their own unique style of wine.
With additional activities like gourmet picnics offered, this will likely be the highlight of your trip to Santa Barbara.
2) Stroll along Santa Barbara harbor
Its harbor is one of the most iconic aspects of Santa Barbara, as its beauty draws many day trippers from Los Angeles. While many are content to simply enjoy the view of sailboats and yachts from Stearns Wharf, some like to fit in a seafood lunch at establishments like the Brophy Brothers, while others choose to explore the Maritime Museum.
Try to drop by on a Sunday, as an artist’s market sets up on the promenade near the wharf on this day.
3) Soak up the sun at East Beach
With plenty of sunshine through much of the year, Santa Barbara’s East Beach sees a lot of action from locals and visitors alike. Here, you’ll find scores of people sunning themselves, enjoying a picnic lunch on the sands, or participating in a spirited game of beach volleyball.
The water here is refreshing, with an average temperature in the mid 60s by late summer. That may sound chilly, but some days can soar into the mid 90s when sundowner winds blow – when this happens, East Beach is the best place in the area to cool off.
4) Shop and dine on State Street
With plenty of affluent residents and visitors from nearby Los Angeles and elsewhere fuelling its economy, Santa Barbara has plenty of upscale shopping and dining options. While there is the odd chain store or two to satisfy the average consumer, most are unique boutiques which offer goods that are hard to find elsewhere.
With a diverse range of shops, delectable restaurants, and pedestrian friendly sidewalks, this main street is an enjoyable place to spend a beautiful afternoon in Santa Barbara. In you are in town on Tuesday, pick up some fresh produce and other artisanal products at the weekly farmer’s market and bring them back to your vacation rental – who says you can’t eat well on holiday?
5) Tour the Old Mission of Santa Barbara
Into history and culture? Don’t leave Santa Barbara without checking out its Old Mission. Dating back to the time when California was a possession of the Spanish, it was founded in 1786. Guided tours will fill you in on its rich history, explaining their association with local native peoples through the years. On the way out, be sure not to miss its beautiful rose garden.