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We are approaching the home stretch of another incredible year here in Santa Barbara. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit our beautiful vacation destination, you still have plenty of reasons to visit this year. One popular reason to visit the sandy shores of Santa Barbara is for a lovely Thanksgiving holiday away from home. Start a new family tradition by spending your time with us here. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable every day of your stay while keeping you close to incredible activities and attractions. Take a look at why you should book your Santa Barbara Thanksgiving stay with us:

Thanksgiving 4 Miler

Each year most cities host some kind of running event typically in the form of a “turkey trot.” These types of races allow locals and visitors to support a local charity while getting in a little bit of cardio before an incredible Thanksgiving feast. Here in Santa Barbara, we host the Thanksgiving 4 Miler, our form of a turkey trot that will take you on a lovely run through the community. The race is on a flat course, so you will not go up any significant elevation changes. The race starts along Hollister Avenue before finishing up at Thunderbird Park. Post-race activities will take place at the park afterwards including having homemade pies for sale. Don’t miss out on the Santa Barbara classic taking place Thanksgiving 24th at 9:00 AM. Registration costs start at $25 per person.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle

While turkey trots are a standard affair for the holiday, Santa Barbara also offers our Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle. This unique event is exclusive to Santa Barbara and is hosted year after year by Paddle Sports Center here in town. This event offers a morning paddle that takes place on the coast so you can prepare for your eventual feast. Take in the wonderful ocean air and see some of the best coastline sights we have available. Paddle Sports Center offers all of the rental gear you need. The event is just $20 per person not including the cost of rental gear. Experience this unique event in Santa Barbara this year!

Thanksgiving at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Most attractions all over the country will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, here in Santa Barbara, visitors can enjoy the Santa Barbara Zoo on a restricted availability. The Santa Barbara Zoo is one of the best zoos in the state and offers beautiful habitats for exotic animals. Explore the zoo at your leisure during Thanksgiving hours of 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. This is a great way to show your kids some wonderful educational experiences before the big feast.

Dine Out at Local Restaurants

Some families who travel to new places on Thanksgiving wish to avoid the hustle of preparing a big meal in a foreign kitchen. If that is what your family is preparing for fear not as Santa Barbara has many restaurants in town that will be open for a Thanksgiving meal. Coast & Olive is a local favorite and will offer classic Thanksgiving entrees along with fine wine and cocktails. Convivo is another popular fine dining establishment that offers three- or four-course meals right off the coast. Stonehouse Restaurant offers a wonderful four-course meal that uses herbs picked straight from their organic garden. For a more rustic ambience you can dine at hidden gem Cold Spring Tavern. This local restaurant is very popular with the locals and will offer a prix fixe meal with unique twists on classic entrees. Last but not least is a delicious buffet at Harbor Restaurant that offers all you can eat of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Yum!

Prepare Your Own Feast

Of course, Thanksgiving made at home will always have a special place in our hearts. You can continue your family tradition of a home-cooked meal in the comfort of our vacation rentals. Each property offers a luxury gourmet kitchen that you need to see to believe. These kitchens come with state-of-the-art appliances, granite countertops with separate kitchen islands, and all of the cooking ware you need to prepare your feast. Local grocers will have all of the ingredients you need to prepare your meal. Dining room tables offer a fine space to sit down and enjoy your meal together. Some of our properties even offer outdoor patio space so you can take your meal outdoors. Santa Barbara Thanksgiving has never looked as good as it does from our incredible vacation properties.

Book Today for Santa Barbara Thanksgiving

As you can see, a Thanksgiving holiday spent in Santa Barbara will be a memorable experience. Make sure to reserve your favorite vacation rental today before it is already claimed. Santa Barbara has everything you could need for the perfect family getaway.

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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It is never too early to start planning ahead for your much-needed holiday getaway. When looking for the perfect spot to celebrate Christmas this year, we highly recommend our home of Santa Barbara. Enjoy the beauty of California, comfortable weather, exciting holiday events, and the best vacation rentals you can find around the area. Seriously, the average temps in December typically stay in the mid-60s! Check out how you can spend Christmas in Santa Barbara this year:

Holiday Fun at Paseo Nuevo

Locals know that the best place to find your holiday gifts is over at Paseo Nuevo. This beautiful outdoor shopping center features a variety of winter activities to hold you over until Christmas Day. From November 27th to December 31st you can find it “snowing” at Paseo Nuevo so you can get your white Christmas. The “snowfall” takes place at four different times each evening so guests can come and still maintain social distancing. While you are waiting for the “snow” make sure you go visit Santa! That’s right, Santa will be at Paseo Nuevo on November 27th and 28th and December 19th and 20th to hear all about what you kids want for the holidays. The kids will even be able to get a photo with Santa in front of the beautiful Christmas tree! They can also drop off handwritten letters asking for gifts for Christmas and possibly get a response back. Santa is available on these days from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

9th Annual Trolley of Lights Tour

Residents of Santa Barbara really know how to go all out for the holiday season. Local neighborhoods are always in the festive spirit and will decorate their homes with beautiful displays and lights. You can go see all of this in person by reserving a charter with Rockstar Trolley. Each year they take exciting charters out to the neighborhoods on their rustic trolleys. Due to COVID-19 restrictions Rockstar Trolley is unable to host public trolleys but private charters are available. You and a group of up to 32 passengers can enjoy this festive trip to go see all the lights. The Trolley of Lights Tour takes place from December 5th to the 24th.

34th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor

Each year Santa Barbara hosts Santa’s Village by the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. Similar to Paseo Nuevo’s event, the City Pier will be covered in fake snow to make the holiday feel even more festive. Children can play and meet Santa and tell him what they want for the holidays. The holiday culminates with the Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor that is viewable from the pier and is all things festive. Approximately 30 boats take to the water and put on their dazzling display of holiday lights. Each contestant works hard in having the best display to win one of five cash prizes. Fireworks will shoot of into the sky to bring the event to a close. Do not miss out on the 34th consecutive year of this incredible event. While COVID-19 has caused other large events to be canceled, the Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor is still scheduled to take place. Do not miss out on the 34th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor on December 13th. Regular activities start at 3:00 PM with the parade and fireworks starting at 5:00 PM.

Incredible Vacation Rentals

You can plan all you want for an exciting vacation getaway but having the perfect vacation rental will make the trip one to remember. Our holiday vacation rentals can be found all around Santa Barbara allowing you to stay close to each of these exciting events. Pick a rental that is near the beach and see our beautiful shore. Or choose to stay in the fabulous downtown district with urban floor plans. Our rentals come in a variety of sizes so you can pick a property that best suits your family’s needs. Enjoy a variety of amenities such as open floor plans, flat-screen TVs, full-size appliances, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, and so much more. Reserving a private vacation rental lets you maintain your social distancing by staying away from large crowds found at local resorts. Once you have enjoyed the holidays in one of our exclusive vacation rentals you will never want to go back!

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More Fun During Christmas in Santa Barbara

We cannot get over how incredible Santa Barbara is for the holiday season. Take the vacation getaway you deserve and come see it for yourself. Reserve one of our vacation rentals today so you can be close to all of these exciting activities and more during Christmas in Santa Barbara!

If you are still trying to find the perfect location to spend New Year’s, your search now is over. Santa Barbara is the perfect location to see off 2020 with a variety of activities and lively events to hold you over. Take a look at what kind of festivities you can find during New Years in Santa Barbara:

Spend the Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

While you may not be able to find your typical events for New Year’s this year, there is still plenty for you to see and do. One of the top attractions in the city is Santa Barbara Zoo, one of the most incredible zoos in the world. Your family will be joyful when they hear that the Santa Barbara Zoo is open for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day during normal business hours. The zoo features over 500 animals in naturalistic habitats. Popular critters here at the zoo include cheetahs, flamingos, gorillas, lions, penguins, giraffes, and so much more. The Santa Barbara Zoo currently has the zoo train and giraffe feeding decks open for the winter season. You do not want to miss out on a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Normal business hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at 500 Ninos Drive; call 805-962-5339 for any questions or to purchase tickets in advance.

Schedule a New Year’s Eve Dinner

There is no better night for a romantic and fine dining experience than New Year’s Eve. Several restaurants in the city will be hosting special New Year’s Eve menus for the holiday. Dine with Bouchon, a fine dining restaurant that features wine country cuisine and offers a full three courses. Or choose from the regular menu to find something you look for. New Year’s Eve at Bouchon will take place from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM on New Year’s Eve. You can also dine with Belmond El Encanto for a more festive dining experience. A full three-course menu will be served with flutes of champagne and live jazz to enjoy. Whichever restaurant you pick, you will be bringing in the new year with style and incredible food.

Visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara

A New Year’s Eve getaway is the perfect time to get out and explore everything that Santa Barbara has to offer. You cannot pass up on an opportunity to visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara. This local landmark is a Spanish mission that was first erected in 1786. For over 200 years the Old Mission Santa Barbara has provided a beauty like no other. Incredible Spanish architecture and colors decorate the building and have inspired other buildings in the city to follow the same format. The Old Mission Santa Barbara is open daily for tours and free-roaming from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This local landmark can be found at 2201 Laguna St and has been accepting visitors since 1820.

Make the Drive to Lotusland

If you want to see some of the natural beauty surrounding Santa Barbara, you need to make the short drive to Lotusland. This non-profit botanical garden is located in Montecito and is worth the short drive. Over 3,000 different plants are located at Lotusland, which has been recognized as one of the top 10 gardens in the world. Explore the property as desert landscape surrounds decorative pools and more. You can find Lotusland on Cold Spring Road in Montecito; tickets start at $50 per adult, and it is worth the price of admission.

Relax at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park

Since the weather is so beautiful even during the winter in Santa Barbara, you need to check out the local beaches. One of the most popular beaches in the area can be found at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park just off Cliff Drive in the city. Arroyo Burro Beach is technically a dog beach where your canine companion will have an absolute blast. The area features picnic tables, BBQ grills, outdoor showers, and more so you can easily spend the day here. The park opens up daily at 8:00 AM and closes at sundown, so you literally have all day to explore. Make sure your pup is on a leash! The Arroyo Burro Beach County Park can be found at 2981 Cliff Dr in Santa Barbara.

New Years in Santa Barbara is Always Better

Don’t settle for less than spectacular for the upcoming New Year’s holiday. Instead, spend your time with us here in Santa Barbara. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable throughout your stay while having access to everything in Santa Barbara. Pick out your favorite rental property today and get ready for 2021 New Years in Santa Barbara!

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As crazy as it seems, 2020 is finally coming to an end. COVID-19 has thrown travel plans throughout the year into disarray. However, everything is getting better and travel restrictions have finally been lifted. The holidays are almost here, so there is no better time to plan ahead for your Thanksgiving weekend. This November holiday is about spending time with the family and a mouthwatering feast to go with it. If you are looking for the perfect Thanksgiving destination this year, look no further than Santa Barbara. This California destination is the perfect location to escape reality and enjoy some time away. The city is known for its beautiful Spanish architecture and close proximity to the beach. What makes staying in Santa Barbara even better for the holidays is our exclusive selection of vacation rentals. We offer the best properties in and around the area for you to choose from when celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara.

More Properties to Choose From

No competitor can even come close when it comes to our selection of vacation rentals. Each property is privately owned and offers luxury amenities to keep you comfortable all stay long. You can choose from cute cottages that are the perfect escape for young couples. Or reserve a larger Victorian-style home that can comfortably keep the entire family together under a single roof. You will find all the necessary amenities such as fresh linens, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and so much more. No more kids complaining that there is nothing to do! Of course, since this is California, you can enjoy the crisp yet still comfortable weather in November on the patio deck. Now that is plenty to choose from!

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Preparing Your Feast for Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara

Now let’s get to the real reason you are here, the Thanksgiving feast! Ask anyone in your family what they are looking forward to the most and we guarantee they will say it is all about the food. Our vacation rentals are the perfect home away from home. As mentioned, they are full of all the amenities but also the rooms too. Each room is incredibly spacious with open floor plans in most properties. This includes the necessary kitchen where you can whip up the desired feast. The kitchens are stocked with all the utensils and dishware you need for the meal. They also include full-size appliances that have plenty of room for the turkey and a side or two. You will be able to comfortably cook up the entire meal in this single room. Once the feast is prepared make sure the dining area is properly set before you dig in. We can smell the turkey already!

Local Restaurants Too

Santa Barbara is also known for having some incredible restaurants in the area. While COVID has made dining out more difficult most of these restaurants have started offering curbside service when it previously was not available. Fine dining favorites including Bouchon Santa Barbara and Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood will be offering their holiday meals to go. That’s right, you can pick up your favorite holiday entrees and have a giant feast back at your vacation rental. There are plenty of different cuisines available throughout the city letting you break the mold of tradition and try something new. Don’t forget the bottle of wine or two!

Plenty of Seasonal Activities

Indulging yourself in a huge feast is not all there is to celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara. The area has been known to showcase incredible holiday events year after year. Unfortunately, COVID has made most large events unavailable this year but that does not mean the fun stops there. Instead, try out some smaller activities during your stay. Santa Barbara is home to an abundance of pumpkin patches where you can pick and choose your favorite. These local farms also usually have other activities for the kids too. Head just outside the city limits and check out the incredible vintages at the local wineries. The fall season is prime time for winemaking and the tourist traffic is at a low. Grab a light sweater and head to the beach for beautiful ocean views. While it might be a bit too chilly to jump in the water it is the perfect time to have a comfortable walk during the day. No matter how you celebrate your downtime during your holiday weekend it will be spent with loved ones.

Thanksgiving Is Just Around the Corner

There is no time like the present to get ready for your Thanksgiving journey to Santa Barbara. Take a look at our vacation rentals and see which one calls out to you. A Thanksgiving getaway to Santa Barbara is just the thing you need to finish off 2020.

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.

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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.

Sure, July 4th is fun all across the country, but no celebration is quite like a Santa Barbara Fourth of July. With festivities that range the gamut from music to dancing to good eats, you’ve got your choice of activities no matter your mood!

Art Show

Over 80 artisans have a spot in this long-running Old Mission Santa Barbara art show. Snack on some delicious Santa Barbara Fourth of July food while looking at some of the coolest pieces the area’s local artists have to offer you. This is a totally free event from 10am to 5pm. Yep, that includes free parking!

Santa Barbara Fourth of July Parade

Everyone loves a good parade, and the annual Santa Barbara parade can’t be beaten. This is the 55th year of this awesome bash in Old Town Santa Barbara, which starts at 1pm on Micheltorena Street and makes its way down State Street to finish at Cota Street. This is hugely patriotic, with over 175 agencies from across the city proudly taking part. Come see what all the fuss is about and feel the thrill of a loud and crowded celebration! This is one of the most popular attractions to see for a Santa Barbara Fourth of July.

Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

Live music and fun are part of an all-day event hosted by the Stearns Wharf Merchants Association that opens at 11am and goes until the city’s 9pm fireworks display. Tequila Mockingbird and other bands will be playing for hours on two different stages, and you can dance, shop, or even get your face painted right on the wharf! Partake in great food from local vendors, exciting drinks and cocktails at trendy restaurants, and other entertaining events like wine-tasting and palmistry. In the evening, you’ll have a phenomenal view of this 20-minute long choreographed fireworks show.

Sunken Gardens

The annual 4th of July concert taking place at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens is a local fan favorite. Starting at 5pm, you’ll hear some traditional American tunes by Scott Joplin, John Philip Sousa, Leonard Bernstein, among others, all performed by the talented Crown City Brass Quintet. It’s next to impossible not to tap your foot to these old-school melodies. You’ll want to bring the whole family to this event, along with lawn chairs and blankets to relax on at the garden grounds.

Party On

After seeing how much will be out there, you’re probably planning your Fourth of July 2019 getaway right now. Keep the party going all day and all night in Santa Barbara! Contact Paradise Retreats today to make sure you have the perfect vacation rental to come home to when the fun finally comes to a close.

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!

Whether you are looking for some incredible nature to explore or you want to find fun events and festivals, Santa Barbara is a great place to visit. The community here always makes for an interesting one to visit, especially as Halloween approaches. Endless costume parties, trick or treating opportunities, and celebrations dot this calendar, so there are plenty of fun things to do for Halloween in Santa Barbara!

Visit the Pumpkin Patch this Halloween in Santa Barbara

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch is the most charming pumpkin patch in the area. It is the perfect place to find the perfect pumpkin or to simply come to enjoy the scenery with a nice hot cider. You will find opportunities to take hay rides, traverse the fun corn maze, and to enjoy the petting zoo. You can take advantage any day of the week leading up to Halloween in October. Find it at 5091 Hollister Ave.

Meow-lloween at Cat Therapy

You will not find a fright here, but rather a fun time. The main event here are the adorable and cuddly friends that call this place home. Hang out with these cats amidst charming Halloween decorations as you enjoy snacks, hot spiced cider and more. Take advantage of one of the cat yoga classes that blend the rejuvenation of yoga with fun of hanging out with adorable kittens and cats. Find it on Halloween day at 1213 State St., and don’t forget your costume!

Murder Mystery Dinner

This night of fun and spooky mystery provides a great way to celebrate Halloween. This night blends an incredible 4-course meal with the excitement of discovering who the culprit is within the room. You will be transported back to the 1920s and living the like the Great Gatsby. Between tender pork loins and mushroom gravy, you must find the murderer in your midst before the night is through!

Find Your Paradise Retreat

You will love all the events for Halloween in Santa Barbara, but you will really love the endless beautiful vacation homes that are available throughout the entire year. Paradise Retreats is one of the top vacation rental companies in the area, and for years we have worked to ensure that the list of homes we provide represents the very best that Santa Barbara has to offer. You will love the comforts of home that are provided by charming décor, a full kitchen, and spacious living rooms and bedrooms. You will also love features that add a sense of luxury to your stay in high end furniture, beautiful views of a beautiful area, and added features like gas fireplaces, hot tubs, and more. Find your own paradise in one of our vacation rentals today!

This Labor Day Weekend, why not take the family out for a weekend full of excitement in Santa Barbara, California? You will find a variety of amazing activities and events that are perfect for families of all ages. Keep reading if you want to know more about what to do in Santa Barbara this Labor Day.

Explore Downtown Santa Barbara

Your family will love seeing all of the unique restaurants, shops, and attractions found in downtown Santa Barbara.
La Arcada Court features incredible name-brand stores you could spend hours inside. Take your family on a guided tour of Santa Barbara Public Market and taste the delicious food from the area. Or rent a bike and get around quicker with the breeze in your hair.

Open Studios Tour

Catch a glimpse of the Santa Barbara Studio with their annual Open Studios Tour. This can’t-be-missed Labor Day event has pulled in hundreds every year to see the exciting galleries of local art. More than 30 artists are on this year’s roster and excited to host you and your family. Even better, this year’s event is free; just make sure you reserve tickets online at EventBrite.

Saturday Fishermen’s Market

Catch some of the freshest seafood around with the weekly Saturday Fishermen’s Market. This weekly event will feature some of the biggest catches this Labor Day Weekend, letting you purchase incredible seafood to prepare for your family.

Check Out the Night Life

Wanting to know what to do in Santa Barbara once the night begins? Leave the kids at home and put on your best dress for an incredible night on the town. The Santa Barbara night clubs will be hosting a variety of events on Labor Day Weekend with incredible drink specials and music artists that will light up the night. Check out Eos Lounge for exciting dancing and live music sets that will blow your mind. The Red Piano will have you singing along to all of your favorite jams with this piano rock bar.

Take a Wine Tour

Another great adults-only event is taking a wine tour of the many local wineries. You can relax and sip on some of the best local wines in the area. Whether you enjoy red or white wine, there will be a drink for you.

Book with Paradise Retreats for Labor Day in Santa Barbara

If you are ready to start planning your Labor Day in Santa Barbara adventure, contact Paradise Retreats to help find you the perfect vacation rental and check out what interesting activities our town has for you! Our selection of properties is second to none and ready to host you. Call today and see what we have available for your vacation getaway!