How to Spend Memorial Day in Santa Barbara

Time flies faster the older we get, and although it seems like it was just last week we were celebrating the winter holidays, Memorial Day is not that far away, making now the perfect time to plan your Santa Barbara Memorial Day getaway. Remembering the days of camping in a tent for the holiday? You and your family would swim in a pond, barbecue hot dogs on the grill, and end the night shooting off fireworks from your camp chairs by the fire. A Memorial Day vacation to Santa Barbara will bring a nostalgic smile to your face as you spend this special day celebrating in paradise—our Paradise Retreats luxury vacation rentals, that is! Here’s a list of activities to help make this year’s holiday magical.

I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival, May 26th through May 28th

Whoever thought all art had to be in frames and hung on the walls has never visited this colorful street festival held at the Old Mission Santa Barbara on Memorial Day Weekend. Madonnari is the Italian word for street painters, and these talented artists will create over 150 chalk and pastel masterpieces for your viewing pleasure. The colors are so bright and vibrant, you will dream about them in your sleep!

Picnic at the Beach

Picnics are as American as apple pie (which should be included in your Memorial Day picnic basket!), and picnics on the beach will make your smile as bright as the California sun. East Beach is a popular place to indulge in holiday weekend activities; spread a blanket out on the grass and partake in a little people watching as you chow down on gourmet treats prepared with ingredients you purchased from Global Gardens Los Olivos Farm Stand. And when you are contemplating joining in the beach volleyball game but are afraid you aren’t good enough, just remember: Life is short, and chances are you won’t ever see these people again!

Tour the Urban Wine Trail

This adventure can take a couple of days and will take you through two different districts in Santa Barbara, tasting wine from Whitcraft, Deep Sea Wines, and Au Bon Climat, among others. Lift a glass to the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and give silent thanks for living in a country this great!

Or You Could Just Stay Home

Not your real home, of course, but in one of our luxury Paradise Retreats vacation escapes! Barbecue by the pool, turn up the tunes, and dance with your beautiful wife under the gorgeous California sun. Paradise really does begin in Santa Barbara! Reserve your stay today.