If you are looking for the perfect summer getaway this year, look no further than beautiful Santa Barbara. Our California home is a great place to visit any time of year, but summer in Santa Barbara is truly special. A visit during the start of summer lets you enjoy cool temperatures, plenty of outdoor and indoor activities, and avoid the bigger crowds of late summer. Take a look at some of our favorite early summer activities you can find in Santa Barbara this year:
Get Out Your Cruiser
When you visit Santa Barbara, you will immediately notice how many locals take advantage of the friendly streets. Visitors and locals alike are able to bike all around Santa Barbara for a relaxing ride. Several bike paths, such as Cabrillo Bike Path found around the waterfront, lead to beautiful beaches with incredible views. Take in the crisp ocean air as you casually explore the city. For more adventurous riding, you can head out to the mountain trails just outside the city. Grab a mountain bike and ride along these shared trails. The best place for you to grab a bike in town for a short rental is Wheel Fun, the largest bike shop in all of California. This local rental shop features everything you need to properly hit the biking trails.
Visit the Santa Barbara Zoo
Make sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Zoo to visit some incredible exotic animals. The Santa Barbara Zoo has been a staple of the community for years. They currently house many beautiful creatures such as leopards, anteaters, flamingos, gorillas, lions, and so much more. You can easily view each animal in their spacious habitats. The Santa Barbara Zoo will be opened at a limited capacity with reservations made in advance. If you are visiting in early June your children can join their Summer Zoo Camp where they can enjoy interactive science exhibits, guided tours, and even get close up encounters with some of the animals!
Take a Kayaking Tour
Santa Barbara has many incredible spots where you can casually kayak around the shore. Adventure lovers will want something more thrilling to satisfy their trip such as a visit to Prisoners Harbor. Don’t let the name fool you as this area is one of the most beautiful areas to visit. Take a kayak tour with Santa Barbara Adventure Company where you will be guided to the area found just north of Santa Cruz Island. All tours will take you to your destination and provide you with all the gear you need. Make sure to check out their other tour offerings such as rock climbing and wine tasting tours!
Speaking of Wine….
Now that we have your attention, you will want to explore the many wineries found around Santa Barbara. The early summer season is a great time to visit so you can enjoy these wineries outdoor, especially as some restrictions are still in place. Local wineries such as Santa Barbara Winery and Jamie Slone Wines are local favorites and offer tasting flights to try a little of everything. Enjoy other wines by the glass or pick up a bottle or two to take back to your vacation rental. Some of these wineries also have open spaces that can allow a friendly pup to join you on the festivities.
Grab McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
Nothing screams summer quite like picking up a cool treat such as ice cream. Santa Barbara is the home of McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, a locally owned shop that has been around since the 1940s. You can grab a cone or bowl of your favorite ice cream that is made in-house at either of their two locations. Enjoying your ice cream in the shops may still be limited this summer but you can easily do a walk-up order and enjoy your treat as you walk around the city.
Visit Stearns Wharf
Knock out all of your shopping and dining needs by stopping at Stearns Wharf during your visit. This local pier has been open since 1872, making it one of the city’s oldest landmarks. While it has seen several renovations over the years, it continues to host a variety of unique shops and restaurants. Browse the locally owned stores or stop in for a delicious meal with oceanside views. Plan your visit accordingly, as many of the restaurants will have limited seating available. Keep an eye out for the beautiful Spanish and Mediterranean style architecture at Stearns Wharf!
Summer Is Almost Here
Do not hesitate on planning your early summer getaway to Santa Barbara. Reserve one of our beautiful properties right here in the city. You will have access to incredible amenities and home features that are unavailable at other lodging options. Stay away from crowds and have your own personal home away from home this summer in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara is a special city, marked by unique architecture, a vibrant community, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous natural scenery around every corner. The wintertime here is cozy and fun and the air is always full of seasonal magic. When you’re planning your visit, make sure to think about the seasonal Santa Barbara events that lie in wait as we head into winter.
Thanksgiving at the Bacara Ballroom Terrace
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
Give thanks while celebrating the holiday in a classy setting. This brunch will offer a traditional Thanksgiving experience, complete with roast turkey, prime ribs, and seasonal side dishes, much of which is locally sourced. You’ll even find a ceviche bar and a dessert hall here! It’s a great stop during the week of Thanksgiving.
French Cuisine and Wine Tasting
November 29th, December 7th
Bon Appetit’s Kitchen
Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime experience during your vacation this year. Up the wine-tasting ante by attending this unique event, which includes the tasting of traditional French food and a culinary workshop. You even have the option to stay and hang out and enjoy happy hour and tea afterward. It’s definitely a cozy way to spend a winter afternoon.
Santa Barbara Christmas Celebration Concert
Friday, November 29th
The Lobero Theatre
Join us in viewing Grammy-nominated songwriter Jim Brickman as he takes us through a musical celebration of the Christmas season at the lovely Lobero Theatre. Music is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit, so grab your tickets now!
2019 Holiday Party
Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar
Join the fun at the lively Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar for the annual holiday party and dinner, happening between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on December 5th. This is one of the best Santa Barbara events and is held by the Santa Barbara Sail & Power Squadron, so boat lovers won’t want to miss it.
Santa Barbara Events: Parade of Lights
Sunday, December 8th
132 Harbor Way
This is one parade you’ll never forget. It’s not just any parade—it’s a boat parade on the water! Along with that, you’ll find holiday activities starting in the early afternoon on the City Pier, and fireworks at the end of the night too. This is the 33rd annual Parade of Lights, and we know it’s an event we’re always going to look forward to each year.
Paradise Retreats Awaits Your Arrival
Make sure to jot down Paradise Retreats on your list of places to visit! Between all these exciting and fun-filled events, you’ll be endlessly glad to have such a lovely and comfortable rental home to return to in the evenings and wake up in the mornings, like our gorgeous Buena Vista home. Call us at 1-805-275-1851 to find your rental home today. We offer a vast selection of properties, including vacation homes with a private pool!
Santa Barbara is one of the most colorful and vibrant cities you can visit on the entire western coastline. The rich local culture, natural wonders, and even the very architecture all exude a comfortably Californian vibe that you’ll melt into happily, and when you come to enjoy the Santa Barbara sea and sunshine with somebody you love, you’re definitely going to want to explore the romantic side of the city. Here are a few ideas for ensuring the most romantic oceanside Santa Barbara getaway ever:
Spend the Day at Butterfly Beach
Take a day to enjoy this picturesque beach with your one and only. Unlike many of the other beaches in Santa Barbara that face south, Butterfly Beach faces west, out to open sea, which means this is the best place in the city to be when the sun is going down.
Plan a Lunch Date at the Rusack Vineyards
You will both adore Rusack Vineyards, whether you’re lifelong wine lovers or just want to check it out for fun. The rustic yet luxurious aesthetic, the gently rolling hills, and the award-winning wines you get to try in the tasting room will make for the most memorable date.
Take a Walk Down the Stearns Wharf
The best places to visit are often the simplest. Taking a cozy walk together down to the end of the wharf is a free and straightforward way to spend an hour or two. Simply enjoy the oldest wooden wharf in continuous use in California and explore the 17 shops and restaurants there.
Snag Tickets to a Show at The Granada Theatre
For nearly a hundred years The Granada Theatre has stood in the heart of downtown, and it’s a favorite among for locals. Check out the show calendar as you’re planning your trip to see what’s showing, and after your show, stop by the cocktail bar next door together for a cocktail or two!
End the Trip with A Surprise Helicopter Tour
Surprise your significant other with a breathtaking flight that takes you up over the city and the out over the sea. Check out Helicopter Tours of Santa Barbara and start getting excited about this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime adventure! This is one flight you won’t forget, and will probably be your favorite activity during your Santa Barbara getaway!