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01/27/2017
Santa Barbara Activities

Five Reasons to Vacation in Montecito

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Beaches, beautiful weather, and homes suitable for the rich and famous: Montecito is an unincorporated part of Santa Barbara that’s best known for being Santa Barbara’s neighbor—but there’s more to it than that! Montecito is its own place, and during a short stay there you’ll realize its individual flair is just as attractive as anywhere in California. Here are five points that really stand out. A Star-Studded Populace Montecito is home to a surprising number of famous people, including Drew Barrymore, Rob Lowe, Oprah Winfrey, and Patrick Stewart. You never

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01/23/2017
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Santa Barbara Destination Wedding

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Planning a destination wedding? Santa Barbara provides some of the most romantic backdrops and venues to make the trip well worth it. From historic sites, vineyards and more, take a look at the venues below and see why Santa Barbara is a must when it comes to your dream wedding. Firestone Valley Firestone Valley offers a scenic background vineyard for you and your loved one to share in during your nuptials. The lovely venue offers a lush experience in the little village of Los Olivos, which is situated in the

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01/16/2017
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Romantic Vacations in Santa Barbara

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Romantic Vacations in Santa Barbara—Why You Should Choose Santa Barbara for your Romantic Vacation If you’ve read anything about Santa Barbara, you can imagine its potential as a romantic retreat. With a welcoming atmosphere in the California Riviera and a fantastic climate, it’s the perfect backdrop to some truly romantic activities! Sparkling Beaches Bring People Together There is plenty to love about the beach, and it’s all better when loved with someone special! Everything from the archetypal long walk on the beach to the thrill of learning to ride the

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01/9/2017
Santa Barbara Activities

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Visit Santa Barbara!

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Looking for a new year’s resolution that will pay off? Plan a vacation to Santa Barbara and book your stay with Paradise Retreats! Santa Barbara has endless activities to do and sights to see. Here are five reasons why visiting Santa Barbara is the best new year’s resolution you could give yourself. Beaches The beaches of Santa Barbara offer a variety of atmospheres for vacationers. Want to experience it all? Spend the day at East Beach. Here you can find a game of volleyball, numerous restaurants, check out the local

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12/27/2016
Santa Barbara Activities

Nearby Towns to Visit on your Santa Barbara Vacation

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Santa Barbara is the most popular town in the Santa Ynez Valley, but it’s not the only one! While you’re on vacation in Santa Barbara, take a day trip to some nearby cities—the region has plenty to offer for a day out! Montecito Montecito is practically adjacent to Santa Barbara’s eastern side, but it still has a charm all its own. We recommend nature-lovers in particular to take some time to check out our neighbor, who boasts some great retreats that many tourists miss! Butterfly Beach and Miramar Beach are

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12/16/2016
Santa Barbara Restaurants

Dining and Relaxing by the Water

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Santa Barbara boasts some of the best seafood restaurants and waterfront views a vacation could ask for. Stop by at any of these restaurants for a seafood culinary experience or simply to enjoy a drink by the water. Santa Barbara Shellfish Company – 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara,CA 93101 Santa Barbara Shellfish Company began as a place to buy and sell fish. Today, the waterfront restaurant serves up some of the most fresh and delicious seafood around. The menu boasts recipes from local fishermen and homemade recipes from the owner

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12/9/2016
Santa Barbara Restaurants

The Best Coffee Shops in Santa Barbara

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Everyone loves the beach. The sand, the weather, and the environment all go great on your vacation. But no matter where our vacation takes us, the one thing that stays constant is our unstoppable craving for a morning cup of coffee. Santa Barbara is the perfect place to enjoy both the crisp warm weather and a great cup of coffee. We have put a list together of the best coffee shops in Santa Barbara to enjoy during your next vacation. The French Press The French Press is one of the

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12/2/2016
Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals

Rental Spotlight: Bella Vista in Carpinteria, California

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This week’s your next California vacation. The Backyard Hands down the best aspect of the home is the backyard of Bella Vista. The patio opens up to the oasis that lies in the back of this vacation home. The wood deck leads to a lush patch of grass and a pristine crystal blue pool. Along with the patio and pool lies a basketball hoop, bocce ball court, pickle ball and tennis court, and horseshoe pit. The backyard is the perfect place to lounge and enjoy the beautiful Carpinteria air. The

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11/23/2016
Santa Barbara Activities

Best Historical Attractions in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara is famous for its amazing weather and unbeatable beaches. But the history of this city is equally beautiful and interesting. Over hundreds of years, the city has been shaped into one of the most vibrant and unique communities in the country. Here are some of the most exciting historical attractions in the city. Stearns Wharf This wharf traces its history back to 1872 when Santa Barbara was a very young and a touch less glamorous city. It was extremely important during the early part of the city’s history

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11/4/2016
Events in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara for the Holidays

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Yep, it’s happened again. Somehow, when you weren’t looking, the calendar flipped a few pages forward and now the holidays are nearly here again! The really wonderful thing, however, is this year you have planned ahead and have already booked your Paradise Retreats vacation home. Christmas is going to be a destination holiday this year, and you are relieved and excited to get out of the normal chores that totally exhaust you, while you sit back, relax, and regain that holiday spirit that has been missing over the last few

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