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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 we have hunted down on our vacation getaways, we are providing this list of the best Santa Barbara shopping spots, so you can find your own perfect haul!

Lovebird Boutique & Jewelry, 535 State Street

As much as everyone loves their hometowns, sometimes it takes awhile for the latest trends and fashions to make it to your neck of the woods, so a trip away can be a godsend for your closet—especially when you visit Lovebird Boutique & Jewelry. Offering the latest trends at budget-friendly costs, it’s also a great place to pick up a sweet-smelling candle for your Aunt Debbie who stayed home to watch your precious pooch!

Plum Goods, 909 State Street

Speaking of picking up gifts for the folks back home, Plum Goods is another spot we love to browse. Specializing in organic, American, and upcycled goodies, you can feel good about spending your vacation dollars on a stained-glass moon to hang from your kitchen window, or those darling beaded earrings your mom will want to wear every day!

Warbler Records, 131 East De la Guerra Street

Remember the good old days when you would sit in your room listening to your favorite singers perform their hearts out on vinyl? The good news is that records are coming back in style—even better is the news you can buy the best of your childhood from Warbler Records. Even today’s stars are praising the virtues of vinyl, and you can buy whatever you like at this vintage store, a unique place in our Santa Barbara shopping spots.

Punch Vintage, 1223 State Street

If we didn’t have to work to earn money for our shopping habits, every spare moment of our day would be spent right here, perusing the aisles for treasures we can’t live without! This award-winning antique/vintage shopping spot offers everything from the smallest of trinkets to the grandest surprises; you may not be able to purchase that mid-century modern coffee table you’ve been dying to own, but there’s plenty of room for that art deco brooch in your carryon!

Paradise Retreats Offers More Than Just Santa Barbara Shopping Spots!

When it comes time to pick out your vacation home away from home, you’ll want to choose the best. Choose Paradise Retreats and discover how the luxury amenities and comfortable extras we provide make all the difference in your vacation experience. Reserve yours today!

With so many celebrities and such beautiful houses, Santa Barbara has a reputation of glitz—and when it comes to starting the new year in style, the city lives up to that reputation proudly! There’s no shortage of options in Santa Barbara as the calendar flips, so it’s time to start planning your first big outing of the year and visit Santa Barbara! See some of the top reasons you should visit Santa Barbara below.

7th Annual Winter Wine Classic

Wine connoisseurs will certainly want to be in Santa Barbara during this popular wine festival. Held on January 27th, you’ll find California’s top wine-makers in attendance and showcasing their best vintages. Admission costs $85 for the general ticket, which includes a commemorative crystal wine tasting glass, wine tastings, appetizers, and live music. There are also designated driver tickets and VIP passes available, but all tickets are limited, so don’t wait too long! You can reserve your spot and find more information on the event website at http://californiawinefestival.com/events/winter-winefest.

33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival

From January 31st to February 10th, enjoy a full schedule of events centered around exciting films. All January, the Riviera Theatre will be showcasing films in preparation for the film festival’s opening night. During the festival, SBIFF will be honoring such stars as Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot and more. Check out all the info at http://sbiff.org/ and purchase your passes.

Santa Barbara Tourist Spots

Visiting Santa Barbara isn’t just about the exciting events; there’s plenty to do and see in the area! From the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to Ventura Pier and Promenade, there are more things to see that you can fit into one trip. We recommend checking out some of the unique museums in the area, like the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, which celebrates the Danish-American culture in Solvang, CA. You can also check out Summerland Winery, which is part of the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail.

Luxury All Night Long When You Visit Santa Barbara

Don’t leave behind the glamour at the party! Instead, come home to it with a Paradise Retreats vacation home. Our vacation rentals are beautiful and luxurious, featuring upscale amenities and furnishings that will make it hard to leave the house! Call us at 1-805-275-1851 to set up your vacation today, or browse our properties and find one that suits you.

All the unique things to do around Santa Barbara make this a very special place. The average day in Santa Barbara takes a whole new life than the average day in most places. Gorgeous beaches, a bustling downtown, and weather that is always perfect make for the perfect place for any number of fun activities. Any bucket list worth its salt should have a few Santa Barbara items on it. While there are countless amazing ways to spend a day here, there are a few things you absolutely cannot miss.

Take a Day Trip to the Channel Islands

You can see the Channel Islands looming in the distance from the coast of Santa Barbara. From this vantage point, you cannot quite perceive the amazing beauty of these islands, but visiting them is a one of a kind experience. You can only access these islands by boat, and you better bring everything you need because there are no services on the islands. But once you are out here, you can enjoy beauty and peace as you can nowhere else. Countless miles of undeveloped coastline are available for swimming, surfing, or just soaking up some sun. You can go kayaking, hiking, and even stay the night for some of the best camping you can find on the west coast of the United States.

Sailing – Things to do Around Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is unlike almost every other destination on the west coast because the coastline runs from east to west. This results in some of the best waters for sailing. Spending a day gliding along the calm blue waters of the pacific provide for some of the most beautiful moments that you can imagine. There are plenty of sailboat charters that will take you out for a voyage with drinks and dinner, but there are also numerous opportunities to learn to sail. This provides for an unforgettable experience.

Take a Swim at Red Rock

Hiking Red Rock Trail is one of the best things to do around Santa Barbara. Hiking this trail along the Santa Ynez River is an amazing experience in and of itself, but most people make this two-mile trek for the wonders that it leads to. You will find a natural swimming pool surrounding by breathtaking rock formations. It is great for spending a blissful day swimming and cliff diving safely into the cool waters. This is a very popular spot, but you can find more secluded pools if you continue a bit down the trail.

For each of these items, there are a dozen more amazing ways to spend a day here. Taking advantage of the beauty of this area is one of the greatest ways you can fulfill any bucket list. Try these adventures out and countless more waiting for you in Santa Barbara during your stay with Paradise Retreats!