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It’s no secret that we love our town, and when you’re thinking of taking a fall vacation, we sincerely hope you choose Santa Barbara as the location (and of course, Paradise Retreats for your vacation accommodations!). In our minds, there is no better place on earth to celebrate the end of summer and beginning of cool days, cooler nights, and the taste of pumpkin spice everything! And to help you, our treasured guests, to enjoy your Santa Barbara vacation to the fullest, we are about to share five secrets that will help you know what to see and do in Santa Barbara this Fall!

Fly High in the Sky at Sunset

Imagine getting the chance to fly in a hot air balloon (tethered to the ground), enjoy a gourmet meal with wine, and follow it up with a dance party and a tribute to Stevie Wonder, all while doing a good deed. The Santa Barbara Glow in the Park event does all this and more! Held at Elings Park at sunset on September 16th, the proceeds of this wondrous event will be donated to Doctors Without Borders, allowing you to have a good time and do something worthy!

Share a Box of Chocolates with Your Family

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, a chocolate shop specializing in hand-made artisan chocolates, will tell you that fall is the perfect time to enjoy their one of a kind treats. Not so hot as to melt in your hands, wasting perfectly wonderful chocolate, and not so cold that it freezes the milky goodness, fall and chocolate go hand in hand. Located at 428 East Haley Street, the chocolates made here will change your life!

Pop Open a Cold One

Every season is the perfect season for a craft beer, and the California Brew Festival, taking place at Chase Palm Park on October 7th, offers a multitude of opportunities to sample some of the best brews in the nation! Food, music, and of course, the beers from over 40 local breweries, make this event one that remains close to our heart!

Sample a Taste of the Town

Traveling foodies will be thrilled to learn that they can visit Santa Barbara pretty much anytime during September and October and enjoy a taste of the town. Epicurean festivals abound, including the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival on October 14! Offering everything from lemons to seafood to wine and beer, no visitor goes home hungry in the fall in Santa Barbara.

Shine your Light at Home

There’s no need to go out to have a perfect time when you’re staying in paradise—one of our Paradise Retreats luxury escapes, that is! Take a nap in the middle of the day, stay up all night, and spend your in-between hours enjoying the simple moments that make the most magical memories in homes that are designed to be lived in. Check our beautiful rental homes and reserve your stay today!

Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful destinations along the entire coast of California. As such, it receives countless visitors throughout the year, especially during the summer. But the great thing about Santa Barbara is there is not a single bad time of year to visit. As fall in Santa Barbara comes around, the city does not enjoy its highest tourism boom, but this is perhaps the best time of year to visit. Here are a few reasons why.

The Weather

You can always count on the weather in Santa Barbara. It is consistently sunny with highs ranging from the high 60s to low 70s. These averages, paired with cool ocean breezes, make this city an absolute paradise throughout the whole year, including the fall.

A Wine Country Bursting with Color

The Santa Barbara area is home to one of the most vibrant wine-countries in the country in the Santa Ynez Mountains just to the northwest of the city. While the beaches and city streets of Santa Barbara seem to be in a perpetual state of summer, a short trip to the vineyards and wineries shows endless sycamore, cottonwood, and liquidambar trees bursting with the beautiful colors of autumn, which set the stage to enjoy some of the most sought-after wines in the country.

Great Waves During Fall in Santa Barbara

While the crowds flock to Santa Barbara during the summer, the same cannot be said for the best waves. The positioning of the area on the coast results in the best point-breaks remaining dormant during the summer and spring. However, during the fall in Santa Barbara, this area becomes a surfer’s dream, as massive swells consistently roll in. El Capitan State Beach is one of the best places to take advantage of this.

Santa Barbara Brew Festival and More

This is a celebration of beer, food, and music Santa Barbara style, which means it is taking place right by the ocean! On October 7th, 2017, you can enjoy unique pours from countless local breweries, along with upbeat musical performances. But there is so much more where this festival came from in Santa Barbara, as the city will be home to countless celebrations of culture, food, music, and just about everything else you can imagine before the fall is over.

Less Crowds

It is amazing that you can enjoy all of the amazing benefits of a Santa Barbara fall with a small fraction of the crowds that you would see during the summer. This means quieter beaches, less crowded waters for swimming and surfing, ease in getting into wine tastings and restaurants, and so much more!

There certainly is no wrong time to visit Santa Barbara, but the fall is very likely the best time to visit this beautiful city and surrounding area. If you are looking to plan a vacation for the fall, make it a Santa Barbara vacation—one that you will never forget!