Santa Barbara is the place to be when it comes to shamrocks, parties, and the color green. Come and visit us for St. Patrick’s Day 2020 to have the holiday of a lifetime! Here are some of the upcoming events for St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara that we’re most excited about this year:
Visit the Santa Barbara Public Market
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 7:30am – 11:00pm
38 West Victoria (at Chapala)
We pride ourselves on our sense of community, especially when it comes to our markets. Santa Barbara Public Market will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all day long, including festive food, drinks all around, and even live musical performances. Check out their social media as the holiday draws near for sneak peeks of event details.
Run the Lucky Shamrock 5k for St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara
Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 8:00am
Get active on your Santa Barbara retreat this year by joining in on our Lucky Shamrock 5k! It’s a great way to work off all the delicious food and craft beer if you’d like to indulge a bit for the holiday. Entry is $25.
St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland!
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 8:00pm
33 E Canon Perdido St
The Lobero Theatre is a beautiful historic building, so you should take this chance to see both the lovely Spanish architecture theatre and an awesome Irish concert. Nothing will get you more in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day than a deep dive into the magical world of Irish song and back again. Ticket prices range from $18 – $67.
LepreCon St. Patrick’s Crawl
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 12:00pm – 2:00am
The best way to spend your evening on St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara is by participating in our LepreCon St. Patrick’s Crawl. This bar hop will last 14 solid hours, although you can hop in and out whenever you want to without cover charges as long as you have your wristband. Enjoy live musical acts, professional photographers, exclusive drink deals, and a St. Paddy’s Day costume contest. There will even be cash prizes offered at this event for the best photos. Ticket prices range from $10-20. (The sooner you buy, the more you save!)
Spend Your Stay with Paradise Retreats
After a long and fun St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara, you’ll want a cozy home to return to in the evening. Stay with Paradise Retreats and you’ll feel pampered and at home during your whole stay. Head over to our catalog to find your rental today!
Traveling solo can be a truly wonderful and eye-opening experience, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. In Santa Barbara, you’ll find endless activities you can enjoy on your own. Here are a few of our favorite Santa Barbara activities that you can look forward to:
See a Live Show
There’s always some kind of live show happening in Santa Barbara, no matter what time of year you’re coming to visit us. The Santa Barbara Bowl is a famous outdoor amphitheater where you can enjoy views of the surrounding mountains during the shows. The unique architecture affects the way the sound carries, and it makes these live shows one of a kind. Other beautiful venues where you’ll always find great shows playing are The Granada Theatre and The Arlington Theatre.
Head to The Funk Zone
Find this funky district by Amtrak station, between Highway 101 and the edge of the sea. Here you’ll find all manner of interesting stops and shops, including cafes, art galleries, gift shops, and tasting rooms. This is an awesome area to simply walk around and explore at a leisurely pace, and since you’re on your own, you’ll get to decide when and where to stop. The Urban Wine Trail (a self-guided Santa Barbara wine tour) lies in this area as well, so you can add these stops to your list too! Talking a long walk through the Funk Zone is a great way to explore the fun side of Santa Barbara and make a lifelong memory out of one afternoon.
Find a table for one at the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. We have everything here, from cozy breakfast cafes like Shoreline Beach Cafe, to classic bars like The Good Lion, to upscale dining experiences like The Lark. The wine and craft beer of Santa Barbara are real treats, and you don’t want to miss them, so make sure to try to local brews while you’re dining. Most of all, make sure to dine by the seaside at sunset. We have plenty of restaurants with a view of the sea and grabbing a table there as the day nears its end is one of our favorite ways to end the evening.
Spend Your Stay with Paradise Retreats & Santa Barbara Activities
Get started today on planning your trip to Santa Barbara. Simply head over to our catalog now and take a look at our 1-bedroom vacation rentals, all comfortable and beautiful and perfectly suited to solo travelers. Your dream vacation rental awaits!
On one of the most beautiful stretches of California’s coastline, you’ll find Santa Barbara. Here, you’ll get to enjoy not only the beauty of our beaches, but a tranquil vibe, mindful community, and historic architecture. A Santa Barbara getaway is great year-round, and with all the different things to do here, your holiday will be special and memorable.
Gorgeous Coastline Ready to Explore
In a world where the holiday months are often plagued with snow and gloom, a vibrant and sunny city like Santa Barbara (with its blue skies, temperate weather, and ocean views) is such a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the reduced crowds when visiting popular tourist sites, such as our miles of breathtaking gorgeous sandy beaches. See the golden cliffs, go biking, take a whale-watching tour, and eat your heart out on the finest of seafood! Santa Barbara is the place to be when the holidays roll around this year.
Rich City Life Where Adventure Awaits
Ride the Santa Barbara Trolley and see the sights of the city! If you ride at night, you’ll get to enjoy the magic of the lights and carols as you sip hot cider together. Looking for last-minute gifts? Or do you just love the positive energy that abounds during the holiday shopping season? Either way, you’ll get to enjoy the European-style Santa Barbara Night Market while you’re in town. This market is only open for 5 weeks starting on Black Friday, and during its run, you’ll see culture and crafts and art galore, plus live entertainment and delicious food and craft beer!
Vibrant Community with Open Arms
The Santa Barbara area is the perfect place to spend your holiday because of our strong sense of community. This is reflected on every street corner, from our quaint seaside cafes like Shoreline Beach Cafe, all the way to our beautiful historical sites like the 18th century Mission Santa Barbara. From the smaller attractions like the Maritime Museum, all the way to the art powerhouses that define our city and make it a truly special holiday destination, like Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and our beloved Arlington Theatre.
You’ll Love Your Santa Barbara Getaway
Your mornings in Santa Barbara will be filled with ocean sunrises and cafes by the seaside, your days with inland adventure and ocean fun, and your evenings with exciting city nightlife. End every day in the best of ways by staying with Paradise Retreats. Call us today and we’ll help you book one of our beautiful vacation rentals for your Santa Barbara getaway! We offer a vast selection of properties, including vacation rentals with a pool.
There’s always something happening in Santa Barbara, whether it’s a musical act or a fun festival or a quirky activity that you won’t see in any other city. Put these upcoming Santa Barbara events on your calendar and get excited about your vacation!
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When: October 24, 2019, 7:00pm
Where: Santa Barbara Bowl
Admission: $40 – $82
Live Dive at the Sea Center
There’s nothing like a dive to get acquainted with the magical world of life underwater. Experience the magic live with the trained divers as they explore the sea life underneath Stearns Wharf and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
When: October 26, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Halloween Cupcake and Wine Pairing
After watching the Live Dive, head right on over to this fun cupcake and wine event! Enjoy gourmet cupcakes with your wine, from the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars winner Alison Reide. The cupcakes always sell out, so get yours before it’s too late!
When: October 26, 2019, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: DV8 Cellars
Voodoo Lounge Halloween Dance Party
If you want a Halloween and one of the best Santa Barbara events you’ll never forget, come to the Funk Zone Lounge for this voodoo dance party spectacular, including a wild DJ, cash bar, professional photography, and a costume contest. Proceeds benefit a local non-profit.
When: October 31, 2019, 9:00pm – 12:30am
Where: The Funk Zone Lounge
Admission: $30 – $45
Dance Theatre in Harlem
Celebrate 5 decades of dance with the Dance Theatre of Harlem with this unforgettable ballet performance. This event will be an explosion of culture and art, and we all want to be there!
When: November 6, 2019, 8:00pm
Where: Granada Theatre
Admission: $45 – $80 ($19 for attendees 18 and under)
Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival
Experience the inaugural Surf Film Festival, coming this year in mid-November. Stay tuned for more details as this event draws closer!
When: November 8 – 9, 2019
Where: The Arlington Theatre
Admission: $40 – $65 (for 1 or 2-day passes)
Experience Santa Barbara Events with Paradise Retreats
In Santa Barbara, there’s always something happening, and you’ll want to be here to see it! Take the first step today by finding the perfect rental home to spend your vacation in. Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you get started.
When you come to Santa Barbara, it’s probably because you love the beach, you love city life, and you love finding little adventures to fill the day. Some of the best adventures you can take here are the guided Santa Barbara tours offered in town by the friendly locals who just want to share the best of Santa Barbara. Check out our favorites:
Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour
Take a gourmet tour of the best eateries that Santa Barbara has to offer with Santa Barbara Eating Tours. This is a great way to get your steps in between all the different delights you’ll try, which means you can let go and stay in shape at the same time! You’ll also get to see the sights, like local landmarks, architecture, and historic buildings in the downtown district.
Wine & Chocolate Walking Tour
This is a zany way to fill the day, hosted by Totally Cali Tours. You’ll get to taste delicious wines while learning about their history and the history of the local wine scene and all the most famous winemakers. Along the way, you’ll also get to taste artisanal chocolates and other mouth-watering confections. It’s a chocolate and wine lover’s dream.
Ghost Tours of Santa Barbara
Take a risk on a wild activity! Take this tour offered by Santa Barbara Ghost Tours and you’ll get to see all the rumored haunted places here in town and hear all the backstories behind these alleged hauntings. Whether you believe in it or you find it all silly, it’s a fun time, and you get to learn a lot of local history while you’re out and about from your knowledgeable guide.
Private Charter Boat Tour
With Santa Barbara Sailing Charters you can take a private tour, just for you and your family, or you and your friends, or even you and a loved one. This is a great way to get intimately acquainted with the ocean. You’ll get to see wild sea life in its natural habitat, and with this small charter boat and your dedicated friendly guide, it’ll be a quiet and serene experience.
Experience Santa Barbara Tours with Paradise Retreats
Regardless of whichever awesome tours you take, you’ll want somewhere comfortable to call your own while you’re in town. Just give us a call today and we’ll help you get started on finding your rental home! We offer a large selection of vacation rentals, including properties with their very own pool.
One of the most popular pastimes year-round with locals and tourists in Santa Barbara is fishing. The Large Santa Barbara Channel is the perfect location to reel in big catches and have a relaxing day at your favorite fishing hole. Several spots in Santa Barbara have become more popular for their abundance of fish and higher likelihood to reel in a big one. Here are the top Santa Barbara fishing spots:
Arroyo Burro Beach Park
One of the most popular beach parks in Santa Barbara can be found at Arroyo Burro Beach Park. Also known as Hendry’s Beach, this local attraction allows you to watch the sunset, go swimming, learn to surf, go whale watching, and last but not least have fun fishing. Many locals enjoy fishing at Arroyo Burro due to how easy it is to get there and set up your gear. While you can easily fish right off the coast, you will have even more luck trying to land your big catch further out in the water.
Refugio State Beach
A short trip down the coast will land you at Refugio State Beach, another incredible coastal fishing spot. Refugio State Beach is more tropical looking thanks to the local palm trees and has lifeguards on site year-round to protect any swimmers. While the beach is narrow, you can toss your line in from any point. Make sure to watch out for snorkelers in the water as the beach is a popular swimming destination.
Not all fishing done in Santa Barbara is off the Santa Barbara Channel. In fact, incredible fishing conditions can be found year round nearby at Cachuma Lake. This lake is one of the finest fishing locations in all of Southern California with a deep and rocky topography that allows plenty of room for the fish to thrive. Fish are replenished each year by the state, giving the lake plenty of “catchables” and trophies for you to reel in. Cachuma Lake is known for its rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and catfish; the current record for a catfish trophy is at over 32 pounds!
Enjoy Your Santa Barbara Fishing Excursion
These are just a few of the incredible fishing locales you can enjoy when visiting Santa Barbara. Remain comfortable between your fishing excursions in our luxury vacation rentals found around Santa Barbara. You will have plenty of room in the gourmet kitchens to cook up your catch of the day. Contact us today and let us find you the perfect rental for your Santa Barbara getaway today!
Traveling during the holidays has become an American tradition. For many of us, the extra days off are a big reason, but we also like being able to get away from the responsibilities that encompass the big holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter! If you’re planning a holiday getaway in the upcoming future, Santa Barbara and our Paradise Retreats holiday escapes should be at the top of your list. From New Year’s to Christmas, our homes are the perfect place to celebrate Santa Barbara holidays!
Santa Barbara Holidays – Beer and the Easter Bunny
While everyone can meet the Easter Bunny at any local mall, Easter in Santa Barbara offers the chance to enjoy beer—lots of beer! The Buckles & Brew Invitational Beer Fest is held on April 20 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM and features the specialty brews of over 30 craft breweries AND delicious wines from the best wineries in the area(it’s Santa Barbara, there has to be wine!). Also offering live music, participants can explore the newly redone Santa Barbara Carriage Museum where this tasty event is being held. Located at 129 Castillo Street and costing $45 for general admission or $65 for early admission, the souvenir glass that comes with the price of entry will be a great reminder of the good times you had! This is one of our favorite Santa Barbara holidays!
The Magic of Memorial Day in Santa Barbara
Memorial Day has always been our favorite holiday, even as it represents the somber memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, it forever remains a symbol of the beginning of summer. Memorial Day in Santa Barbara offers a variety of events and activities to keep you busy on this long weekend, with the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival being one of our all-time favorite events! Starting May 25th at 6:00 AM and ending on May 27th at 6:00 PM, the streets outside the Old Mission Santa Barbara come alive in an explosion of color and art as talented artists recreate classic paintings in pastels. Costing nothing to attend, watching the artists perform their magic is almost as fun as seeing the end results!
Fabulous Fourth of July
Fireworks never cease to amaze us and never more so than on the Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise offered by Double Dolphin Cruises! Never knowing where to look—up in the sky or at the reflection in the waters below—is just one part of the wonders you can expect from this dynamic cruise! The cruise begins at 8:00 and costs $110 for a two-hour tour of the harbor and serves light appetizers to complete a perfect night! Celebrating our nation’s independence aboard one of their graceful boats is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the Santa Barbara holidays!
Holiday in Paradise
Whether you are spending Christmas with the family or Labor Day with your college girlfriends, your holiday in paradise won’t be the same without Paradise Retreats. Stylish, comfortable, and inviting, our homes are designed to make guests feel wanted and pampered. Reserve your vacation rental today!
The grace period is over. Summer has officially arrived all over the world! Planning a vacation during the hot and muggy months of summer can often be an experience you wish could have taken place in the cooler months, but when you plan a Santa Barbara vacation, you’re guaranteed an awesome time, no matter what the temperatures are outside! It doesn’t hurt, however, that summer in Santa Barbara is temperate and even cool, but on those days when the red line does climb over the 85 degree mark, these will be the best things to do in Santa Barbara to keep you cool and happy!
Head to the Beach
The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the water is perfect at the beaches of Santa Barbara, beaches that are the most beautiful in the world. Can you give us any reason why you shouldn’t spend a day or two enjoying the cool sensation of ocean water against lightly tanned skin? We didn’t think so, and if you’re feeling the burn of abnormally high temperatures, there’s nothing cooler!
Visit a Museum
The history of Santa Barbara is a rich and compelling one, and getting a peek into our past with a museum tour is one of our favorite ways to kill some hours on a hot summer afternoon. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History lets you explore our natural side and if art is more your thing, The Museum of Contemporary Art will keep you enthralled for hours!
Grab a Beer
Cold beer and a hot summer day goes together like peanut butter and jelly; each are fine on their own, but mix them together and you create something magical! The Lama Dog Tap Room & Bottle Shop is our current favorite, but every brewery in the area has something special to offer, so if you’re out and about and happen to see one that piques your interest, go ahead and check it out!
Rent a Paradise Retreats Home with a Pool
Nothing beats a swim under the stars, and if you have rented one of our homes with pools, you can enjoy their cool comforts ANY time of the day. Greet the morning with a splash or say farewell to the day with a quiet float as the stars twinkle overhead; there’s never a wrong time to take a dip when the pool is in your own backyard!
Rent Your Own Piece of Paradise Today!
The best vacations can be made better with the right vacation homes. Reserve yours today with Paradise Retreats and discover the difference!
As the hot months of summer roll around, thousands of people are making their plans to visit Santa Barbara to seek refuge from the heat. Among beautiful beaches and exciting establishments, you will find countless ways to stay cool this summer. Here are some Santa Barbara summer activities that are sure to keep you comfortable while providing a great time in this amazing city.
Visit Santa Claus Beach
Because you will find endless stretches of beautiful beach, this category could be more generally summed up by saying, “visit any beach.” But still, Santa Claus Beach is a unique one that everyone should visit at some point. Unlike many of the most popular beaches in Santa Barbara, Santa Claus Beach offers great seclusion and peace. It is just down the coast from the heart of the city in a little beach town called Carpinteria. Once you find yourself here, there are countless ways to spend a day enjoying the refreshing ocean breezes and cool waters.
Explore a Museum
Santa Barbara is not simply a beautiful place, but an old city that is home to an incredible history and a resultant vibrant culture. One of the ways to stay cool this summer while exploring these elements is by visiting one of the city’s amazing museum’s. You will find a museum focusing on practically every subject imaginable focused on life in this coastal city. Visit the Carriage and Western Art Museum for something truly unique.
Any vacation destination would not be complete without a wide range of dining options. Santa Barbara does not disappoint in this regard with amazing eateries focusing on every type of cuisine you can think of. The mixture of great food, ambiance, and amazing views makes for a relaxing Santa Barbara activity that is sure to cool anyone off. Downtown Santa Barbara and alongside the harbor are great places to find some of Santa Barbara’s most popular restaurants and bars.
Santa Barbara has become somewhat of a mecca of shopping over the years. Throughout the charming city streets of downtown and the quieter nooks of some of the little beach villages around offer everything from national brands to local artisans. Whether you are looking for something in particular or you just want to explore some of the most diverse shops you will find anywhere, you will find a fun day and cool day shopping Santa Barbara.
Visit Wine Country
For a day spent away from the beach among the beautiful sites and cool breezes of the Santa Ynez Mountains, you can explore one of California’s best wine valleys. You can pick one winery and spend the day or organize a tour of the entire valley. Whatever you choose to do, it is sure to be a lovely day spent cooling off.
Great Santa Barbara Summer Activities to Enjoy from Our Rental Properties
While the summer in Santa Barbara is certainly not unbearable, it is always good to have a few ideas regarding staying cool on vacation. This is a good list but there is plenty more to keep you busy and keep you cool.
Planning a weekend getaway with the guys is a great way to relax, kick back, and most importantly, have fun. Whether you are just journeying out just for the thrill of it, or you are celebrating a birthday or bachelor party, there is something for every crew in Santa Barbara. Explore the best beaches, breweries, and more with your best bros with a Santa Barbara getaway!
It is nearly impossible to vacation in California and not venture out to one of the seemingly endless pristine beaches. There is no better way to soak up the sun than to get in the water and surf in Santa Barbara, one of the surfing capitals of the West Coast. Head to Rincon Point, the “Queen of the Coast,” to enjoy perfect waves along this half mile stretch of coastline. Expert surfers will want to also try out Sandspit, which features heavy backwash and long tubes. More of a beginner? Try out Leadbetter Point or Campus Point instead. Or even better, take lessons as a group and have some friendly competition with who can stay on the surfboard the longest. The loser buys a round of drinks!
Hit the Funk Zone
As the name implies, the Funk Zone is a funky downtown warehouse district that offers a wide variety of things to do. Wander through art galleries and shops, eat at some delicious restaurants, and hit up some amazing wineries and breweries. For those that love craft brews, the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company has rotating specialty beers on tap and flight options if you want to try them all. Best of all, the Funk Zone is close to the beach!
Golf Along the American Riviera
Bring your clubs on vacation with you and enjoy a round along some of the most beautiful golf courses you will find anywhere! There are plenty of courses to choose from, all within a short distance from each other. Rancho San Marcos is located within the Santa Ynez Mountains and this well-maintained course gives you a taste of nature. Glen Annie Golf Club has lake and waterfall features along with amazing views of the Channel Islands. This course is also pretty forgiving, so if you indulge in the craft beer cart you won’t be punished! Lastly, Sandpiper Golf Club has been named one of the Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest, and is situated on an ocean bluff, giving you water views along every hole. No matter which course you choose, you and the guys are sure to have a blast!
Plan a Great Guy’s Santa Barbara Getaway
No matter if you prefer ocean waves, golf courses, or fine dining, Santa Barbara offers nearly everything you could ask for the perfect weekend Santa Barbara getaway with the guys. Plan your vacation today!