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Before you know it the summer season will be here and with it the want to travel. Start off your summer season with a thrilling vacation getaway to Santa Barbara. Our California home offers a beautiful coastline and plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy in the area. Memorial Day is the start of the summer season for us too with many visitors making their way to the coast. Take a look at why you need to spend your Santa Barbara Memorial Day weekend with us:

Hit the Water

There is no better way to start off your summer vacation during Memorial Day than by visiting the local beaches. Santa Barbara is known for its abundance of beautiful beaches that are pristine and let you soak up the sun all day long. You can relax onshore or jump in the water and have a thrilling experience with many different activities. Many different water activities that you can enjoy in Santa Barbara include sailing, surfing, and kayaking. Local surf breaks offer the best spot to learn how to surf or paddleboard without worrying about falling in. Santa Barbara offers several different local outfitters who all provide lessons for those in need. Take a guided kayak excursion that will have you exploring the coast. This can take you around the Santa Barbara Harbor or all the way out to the Channel Island National Park. Sailing lovers will be ecstatic to book a charter with Santa Barbara Parasail Co. Gain altitude of up to 1,000 feet in the air as you get to see sweeping views of the area. Last but certainly not least is whale watching cruises that are close to the end of the season. These majestic creatures will be making their last stop in the area for the season so make sure to book a charter in advance and catch them before they leave.

Visit Local Attractions

Memorial Day is also best spent with local attractions in the area that are family friendly. The Santa Barbara Zoo is located just off the coast and features over 140 different species of animals. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden features over 78 acres of beautiful California plant life native to the region. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will be a favorite with the kids as it features its own Prehistoric Forest with tons of dinosaur exhibits.

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Check out the Restaurant Scene

Santa Barbara features a wonderful array of local restaurants that will keep you fed all stay long. Closures related to COVID in prior years have allowed many restaurants to expand on their patio so you can enjoy the incredible weather as you eat. Shoreline Café will be a family favorite as it is located right on the beach so the kids can play in the sand while the adults enjoy a cocktail. Those who venture downtown will appreciate the Santa Barbara Public Market and its various food vendors. Enjoy a variety of options including sushi, burgers, noodles, pizza, tacos, and so much more. Boathouse is another beachside restaurant where you can dine on the spacious patio or have your meal served picnic-style on the beach.

Explore the Urban Wine Trail

One of the most popular spots for adults to explore here in Santa Barbara is the Urban Wine Trail. You can visit up to 40 different wineries and tasting rooms located between Goleta and Summerland. Enjoy wines at spots such as Santa Barbara Winery which made the first commercial wine after prohibition. Or check out Frequency Wines which has a historic courtyard to enjoy your tasting flight in. Many Santa Barbara tour companies also offer winery tours so you can avoid driving and enjoy each wine guilt-free.

Have Your Own Santa Barbara Memorial Day BBQ

Of course, no Memorial Day weekend is ever complete without your own BBQ. Keep your family tradition alive by hosting a Memorial Day BBQ at your vacation rental. Our properties come with luxury amenities including backyard settings that are a dream. Explore spacious yards with grassy areas and the necessary gas BBQ grill. Make the perfect burgers or steaks for the family. Extended patio decks let you enjoy your meal outside. Many of our properties feature expansive gourmet kitchens with all of the cookware you need to prepare any tasty sides. Comfortable furniture and flat-screen TVs allow you to unwind after celebrating over the weekend. This is the only way to do Santa Barbara Memorial Day right here.

Book Today for Santa Barbara Memorial Day

Memorial Day will be here before you know it so make sure to reserve your vacation rental today. Our properties will keep you comfortable all stay long while being close to each of these wonderful activities and attractions.

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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.