Santa Barbara is known as the Riviera of the West, and its combination of excellent wineries, idyllic coastline, cultural institutions, and stunning architecture gives it a beauty and charm found nowhere else. Just 100 miles from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara differs tremendously from its neighbor, and its unique character pulls you in immediately. Needless to say, you may have trouble leaving.
Out and About in Santa Barbara
After settling in at your Santa Barbara hotel, start your trip with some cultural lessons. Definitely visit Mission Santa Barbara, California's "Queen of Missions," and make some time to see other attractions such as soul-satisfying Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Once you've checked these off your list, it's time to play.
There are many Santa Barbara beach hotels, and that's because much of life here revolves around the sea. Shop at Stearns Wharf, play volleyball on East Beach, go surfing, and kayak in Channel Islands National Park. After that, relax by going to a winery to sample unforgettable wines and with weather that's almost always agreeable year-round you're bound to find a good seat outside. You can then end your eventful day with a sunset walk on the beach - a must when in Santa Barbara.
Eating and Drinking
From fresh seafood to noteworthy Mexican and French cuisine, you can delight in the culinary scene of Santa Barbara. Once night falls, you'll have many choices for having a good night out. Plenty of hotels in Santa Barbara have great drinking establishments, and you may even be able to find one with a rooftop view.
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