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12/12/2018
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The Most Beautiful Santa Barbara Parks

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There are so many things to love about Santa Barbara, but getting outside should be the first on everyone’s list! Between the beautiful weather and incredible scenery, time in this town is best spent enjoying it. The community is well aware of the blessings of this location and has created countless amazing parks to celebrate it. The following are the most beautiful Santa Barbara parks. Arroyo Burro Beach County Park This is the place to be in Santa Barbara, as it offers sandy beaches, grassy fields, and towering bluffs with

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12/3/2018
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Fun Winter Activities in Santa Barbara to Enjoy Outdoors

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With temperatures hovering in the upper 60s throughout winter, the town of Santa Barbara is a great location for enjoying the beautiful California coastline and all of the winter activities in Santa Barbara! Celebrate the Holidays With twinkling holiday lights strung between Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings, Santa Barbara becomes even more charming in winter. Enjoy the town’s lights with a ride aboard the delightful open-air trolley. With darkness blanketing the town and a chill in the air, sipping hot cider and singing carols aboard the trolley is a quintessential holiday

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11/28/2018
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Kid-Friendly Brunch Spots in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara is an amazing getaway for experiencing the beach. With all the places to go and see, your kids are sure to enjoy Santa Barbara as much as you do. Now, let’s make sure you can give the kiddos an enjoyable brunch dining experience while in Santa Barbara. The following are some of the best kid-friendly brunch spots in Santa Barbara. On The Alley If you are looking for delicious, simple brunch for the kids, On The Alley is the place to be. Located in a tucked away spot

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11/19/2018
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3 Hidden Gems in this Santa Barbara Guidebook

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So now that you have landed on Santa Barbara as your vacation destination of a lifetime, you could buy one of many of the Santa Barbara Guidebook written about our fair city, go to all the places listed between its pages, and end up having the exact same vacation that thousands of other vacationers have experienced. Alternatively, you could color outside the lines and experience our town in a way that is both daring and unique. It’s your vacation, and there really aren’t any rules, but if you choose to the

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11/12/2018
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The Best Winter Events in Santa Barbara

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We’re not bragging or anything, but winter in Santa Barbara is just about the most perfect time of year. The skies are blue and clear, the sun shines brightly over the breathtaking landscape, and the temperatures are never too cold or too hot. Ok, maybe we’re bragging a little, considering that many of our guests live in parts of the world where winter comes early and lasts late, but can you blame us? Santa Barbara is as close to paradise as you can get, and if you feel the urge

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10/31/2018
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Best Bakeries in Santa Barbara CA

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Santa Barbara is famous for a lot of things: good weather, brilliant sunsets, and a laid-back vibe that makes visitors immediately feel at ease. But did you know that many of our bakeries make our guests’ top ten lists of reasons to visit? We love to feed our guests, and like a good grandmother, we also love to treat them with sweets that their mothers would probably veto because they would make them too hyper! If you’re planning a visit to our oceanside village at anytime in the near future,

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10/29/2018
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Best Santa Barbara Restaurants for a Burger

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Santa Barbara is known for a lot of things: romantic cliffs towering over the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful and ancient missions created with faith and dreams, and for being the home to some of the best burger places in the entire state of California! Ok, maybe we aren’t exactly famous for the last one, but it’s our fervent opinion that we ought to be. In those moments when all you crave in life is a big, thick, and juicy burger, these Santa Barbara restaurants have what you

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10/19/2018
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Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara

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Not everyone feels the need to stay home and clean, shop, cook, then clean again at Thanksgiving. Some of our favorite people choose to get away to Santa Barbara for a holiday they can really be thankful for. Over the years, many of our Paradise Retreats guests have discovered the joys of a peaceful and quiet Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara. Is the year you learn you learn new reasons to be grateful, too? All the Trimmings, None of the Work Isn’t it funny how much more tasteful a meal can

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10/19/2018
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Santa Barbara Itinerary

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If you have been wondering if there will be enough for you to do during your once in a lifetime Santa Barbara week long vacation, wonder no more. We’ve provided this sample one week Santa Barbara itinerary to give you a quick idea of what you can expect! Your week is guaranteed to be filled with fine food, fun activities, and exciting adventures that will linger in your memories long after you have returned to real life; here’s our suggestions, but feel free to add more of your own! Day

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10/16/2018
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Santa Barbara Shopping Spots for You and Your Family

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We live in paradise every day of our lives and you would think we would get used to the perfection of Santa Barbara, maybe even begin to take it for granted, but the longer we live here, the more we realize how lucky we are. Perfect weather, perfect scenery, perfect restaurants, and probably our most favorite perfect of all, perfect spots for shopping in all of the country; our perfect paradise has it all! And because we know how much fun it is to lug back suitcases filled with treasures

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