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The summer season has been in full swing here in Santa Barbara so make sure you visit before it is all over. That’s right, the perfect end-of-summer season vacation can be found right here. Santa Barbara features cool and sunny weather allowing you to enjoy the outdoors most days of the year. For the perfect vacation look no further than Labor Day weekend. Santa Barbara continues to offer all kinds of fun that are expected of us during all other times of the year. Take a look at how to spend your Labor Day in Santa Barbara with us:

Visit the Zoo

It all starts with family-friendly fun here in Santa Barbara for your Labor Day weekend plans. One of the best family-friendly attractions in the area is the Santa Barbara Zoo. This California zoo is renowned in the area for its spacious exhibits filled with incredible exotic critters. See these animals up close in hands-on exhibits such as the giraffe area. A train in the zoo will take you around the different areas whenever your legs need a break from walking. The kids will be delighted to see all of these wonderful animals in front of them!

Visit the Santa Barbara County Museums

Santa Barbara is also home to a variety of local county museums that offer incredible exhibits that highlight all aspects of history, art, nature, and science. These exhibits are always changing and rotate with the seasons. Up through the month of September visitors will be able to learn about the Environmental Alliance of Santa Barbara County Museums that highlight important environmental causes. These exhibits will show you how to make a difference in our wonderful communities. Don’t miss out on these educational yet exciting exhibits at the Santa Barbara County Museums.

Butterflies Alive!

Another exciting exhibit at a local attraction is the Butterflies Alive! found only at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. This annual exhibition takes place in an enclosed lush garden that is filled with exotic butterflies of all kinds. This attraction runs until September 5th meaning it will end after Labor Day weekend has come to a close. All ages will love to see the butterflies fly around them and even land on their hand or head. You will learn all about these incredible creatures from the knowledgeable staff who love the butterflies just as much as you do. Entrance into the Butterflies Alive! exhibit is included with museum admission that ranges from $12 to $18 per person.

Hit the Wineries

One of the biggest draws to visiting Santa Barbara is stopping by one of the many wine tap rooms here in the city. You can try out wine-tasting flights that let you try out a little bit of everything. Once you have found the perfect wine enjoy it by the glass and grab a bottle or two for your eventual Labor Day weekend BBQ. Local favorites include Santa Barbara Winery, Paradise Springs Winery, and Jamie Slone Wines. You will find that the grapes grown in the region produce some of the best award-winning wines available in all of California!

Prepare the Perfect BBQ

No Labor Day weekend is ever complete without throwing the perfect BBQ for your family and friends. Just because you are not at home does not mean you cannot have all of the fun at the grill. Our vacation rentals come with everything you need and more to grill out back. Our properties are luxurious homes that cannot be completed by others in the area. That includes gourmet kitchens that rival most luxury restaurants. You will find commercial-size appliances that offer more than enough room to cook and store any sides of your meal. The granite countertops have plenty of room to set up everything at once and have the little ones sit and watch. Of course, the main course of your Labor Day in Santa Barbara BBQ is cooked on the gas grill that most of our properties. Offer cook-up the perfect steak, hamburger, or hot dogs for your loved ones. You may even find spacious yards that can host all of your friends and family, especially when you reserve one of our larger homes. If you do not want to do the cooking you can even book a separate concierge service that is available in several of our rentals. We make sure you can spend time with your loved ones instead of worrying about everything else.

Labor Day in Santa Barbara is Waiting

There is plenty of fun and excitement waiting for you right here in Santa Barbara just in time for Labor Day weekend. You will not find a better lodging option than our luxury vacation rentals. Book today to find your next home away from home.

The summer season is one of the most popular times to visit Santa Barbara. Our California home is a beautiful vacation destination that enjoys plenty of sunshine in the summer. If you are looking for the perfect reason to visit look no further than the Fourth of July holiday. Santa Barbara has plenty of exciting events to join in on and summer activities to keep you busy with. Take a look at how you can spend the Santa Barbara 4th of July: 

Santa Barbara 4th of July Celebration 

The city of Santa Barbara is excited to announce that the return of the annual Fourth of July Celebration will be taking place this summer. This year’s events will be building off of the wonderful events in years past for the best celebration yet. The event takes place at Stearns Wharf where you can enjoy an afternoon full of live music, delicious food, and of course the incredible fireworks display. The fireworks display will be starting around 9:00 PM for 20 minutes of dazzling fun. Stearns Wharf will be closed to vehicle traffic from 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM so plan ahead for the route. Visitors are encouraged to bike to the event where additional bike racks will be provided by the city. The weather is absolutely lovely in the summer making for an enjoyable bike ride from your vacation rental to the event. Don’t miss out on the biggest fireworks display in Santa Barbara yet! The Santa Barbara Fourth of July Celebration will be taking place from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM this summer. 

Host Our Own BBQ 

Another great way to spend your vacation rental is by having your own BBQ at your vacation rental. Our vacation properties are second to none here in Santa Barbara and will make for a great spot to grill up your meal. Many of our vacation rentals are full-size homes that feature spacious outdoor yards. Look out back and you may find extended patio decks or grassy lawns. Most of the properties also feature gas BBQ grills where you can cook up the perfect burger or hot dog. You will find everything in the gourmet kitchen to prepare for such a feast. Our kitchens come with extended countertop space and all of the cooking ware you need. The stainless steel appliances have plenty of room to prepare any sides and store any leftovers you have. Simply put, you have everything you need for the perfect BBQ experience just in time for the Santa Barbara 4th of July! 

Visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 

This summer make sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for their seasonal Butterflies Alive! exhibit that runs all summer long. Visitors can enjoy some downtime between their holiday plans by exploring the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion which is full of exotic butterflies and a lush garden. The rest of the museum has plenty of exciting exhibits that will educate visitors on the natural history of the area. Entry into the Butterflies Alive! exhibit is included with standard museum admission.  

Music on the Water with Santa Barbara Sailing Center 

Make sure to hit the water during your Fourth of July visit by joining in on the fun with the Music on the Water with Santa Barbara Sailing Center. This unique experience will take you aboard the Double Dolphin, a giant 50-foot catamaran that takes off every Friday for a beautiful sunset cruise. Local Santa Barbara musicians will be on board performing wonderful music as the sun sets in the background. You will enjoy majestic views of the Santa Barbara coastline. The July 1st cruise is scheduled to have The Coconuts for their lively tunes. Don’t miss out on this unique experience here in Santa Barbara! 

Visit the Santa Barbara Courthouse 

During your visit make sure you get to see some of the must-see attractions in the city including the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. This elegant building is a highlight of the city with its Spanish-colonial style that was first built in 1929. The lush gardens surrounding the building often host wedding photos and are open to public tours. The Mural Room has gorgeous murals on display that are unique works of art. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is nearby plenty of local restaurants and boutiques to shop around at. Don’t miss out on this local attraction during your patriotic getaway. 

Time to Book for Santa Barbara 

All of these events and activities are waiting for you right here in Santa Barbara. A summer holiday is just what you need to get through the season. For the best stay possible make sure to book one of our luxurious vacation rentals here in the city. Our properties feature fine amenities and are nearby all of the exciting attractions in the area.  

There is no time of year in which you cannot enjoy the incredible beauty of Santa Barbara. But around Halloween, the city comes to life with opportunity after opportunity to have an amazing time. The best part is that there is something for everyone here. Whether you are looking to go to amazing parties, do something fun with kids, or anything in between, you will find a Santa Barbara Halloween that you won’t soon forget.

Great Parties

Santa Barbara is a fun-loving town with a strong college presence, so the community takes a good party quite seriously. There is no time when this is truer than during Halloween. You can find great parties throughout the whole city, but you will find the Halloween version of Mardi Gras in Isla Vista. This little section of town is right on the water next to the University of California, Santa Barbara. There are endless places to celebrate that will be filled with some of the most inventive costumes you have ever seen.

Great Family Fun

There are also countless ways to enjoy the holiday with family in Santa Barbara. You can find trick or treating opportunities all over the city, but some of the most unique opportunities are in the Paseo Nuevo district downtown. You cannot find a more energetic trick or treating experience than you can here. Retailers throughout the area hand out candy, and then the party turns into a monster mash themed dance party.

Haunted Houses

Santa Barbara may not seem like the spookiest place, what with all the beaches and amazing weather, but it has a very long history, and it can feel very haunted. There are plenty of haunted houses throughout the city that will provide a memorable experience. You can find casual haunted houses that are better for families, or truly terrifying ones like the Grimsley Haunt, which is one of the most notorious on California’s Central Coast.

The Weather in Santa Barbara Halloween Season

The weather in Santa Barbara is always perfect. This gives it an immediate advantage over places that offer frigid temperatures during the Halloween season. This gives you the ultimate freedom in picking out your costumes, and it gives you the ability to be outside and spend the night however you want. You could even hit the beach if you want!

As you can see from this very short list, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this Santa Barbara Halloween season. But it does not begin to do justice to the endless array of options you have in Santa Barbara this Halloween. Take a trip here and find your perfect Halloween in Santa Barbara.

Yep, it’s happened again. Somehow, when you weren’t looking, the calendar flipped a few pages forward and now the Santa Barbara 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 years. And as your reward, we are compiling this list of holiday activities in the Santa Barbara area that are destined to help put that jolly smile back on your face!

Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

This night time street parade features thousands of twinkle lights, acrobatic dancers, colorful floats, and Santa Claus himself! Occurring downtown on December 2, this popular parade will bring your spirit back quicker than you can say Merry Christmas!

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights

Because you can NEVER have enough parades over the holidays, the Santa Barbara Parade of Lights, held December 11 starting at 5:30, begins at Stearns Wharf and features a Wild West themed holiday celebration: a parade of brightly lit boats dressed in their best holiday finery! Fireworks, snow, treats, and a Christmas village make this party more fun than a barrel of eggnog!

The Nutcracker

Watching the Nutcracker is a time-honored tradition that can be continued today at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. Built in 1931, history and tradition collide to create a memory making night for your entire family.

La Arcada Christmas Walk

There’s really no way to avoid the last-minute Christmas shopping expedition, but if you time it to happen during the La Arcada Christmas Walk, you may leave the mall feeling merrier than when you arrived! Carolers singing, the smell of hot buttered popcorn wafting through the air, the sounds of happy children and the sight of charmingly decorated stores can’t help but get you excited about the pending arrival of Jolly St. Nick.

The Miracle on East Quinientos Street

There is no better place in Santa Barbara to view Christmas Lights. The owner of this private residence (yes, it’s just one house) puts on a show that shames the rest of the neighborhood and warms the cockles of our hearts! Everywhere you turn, you will find a light display that thrills and awes. Not one square inch of this holiday spectacular is left dark!

Paradise Retreats

If you haven’t planned ahead, there is still time right now to book your luxury Paradise Retreats vacation home and celebrate the Santa Barbara holidays in style. And if not, there’s always next year!