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Get away from the winter chill found back home and choose Santa Barbara as your winter destination this season. Our Californian home is the perfect spot where you can enjoy a variety of activities and celebrate the winter season. Take a look at some of our top Santa Barbara activities waiting for you this winter:

Visit Mission Santa Barbara

One of the first things you will notice when you visit Santa Barbara is the beautiful and rustic Spanish architecture found around the city. One of the most famous landmarks in the city, the Mission Santa Barbara, features this same architecture and is available for daily tours. First built in 1786, this mission has been a namesake of Santa Barbara and continues to inspire the residents of the city. This mission is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM for daily tours that will take you around the property. Make sure to mask up, as the state of California requires it.

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done at Stearns Wharf

If you have not completed your holiday shopping, make sure you stop by Stearns Wharf. The local wharf was first built in 1872 and became the longest pier in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Stearns Wharf now features a variety of local shops and restaurants to browse from. Pick up some unique souvenirs to bring home or find some local and hip outerwear. The onsite tackle shop provides all the fishing gear you need for a relaxing day trying to reel up a catch. Several onsite restaurants use freshly caught seafood in their entrees every day. Stearns Wharf even features the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. The wharf is open 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day of the week; make sure to check out the schedule beforehand as some restaurants and shops may close before then. Current COVID restrictions may prevent some restaurants from featuring dine-in services at this time.

Visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Come see all of the beautiful plant life that grows around the Santa Barbara region by visiting the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The garden is located on 78 acres of cultivated woodlands that features over 1,000 different varieties of plants. Over 5.5 miles of trails lets you get your steps in as you explore the lands. Explorers can even come across beautiful waterfalls and lakeside views that are joy to see in person. While onsite classes and tours are not being held at this time the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden continues to remain open for visitors. Visit this local favorite any day of the week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Book a Santa Barbara Whale Watching Experience

The California coast is home to migrating whales during the winter season as they seek out warmer waters. You can see these majestic creatures in person when you visit in the winter season. Local tour companies continue to provide these sought-after experiences. Condor Express Whale Watching is one of the highest-rated whale watching companies here in Santa Barbara. Their winter whale watching excursions are approximately 4.5 hours long and are known for gray whale and dolphin sightings. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all tours now book for up to 50% of regular boat capacity, allowing you to have plenty of room around you. A selection of meals is also available making sure you do not go hungry on this cruise. Place your Santa Barbara whale watching reservation by contacting Condor Express Whale Watching by dialing 805-882-0088 or by emailing info@condorexpress.com.

Hit the Trails

Santa Barbara features some truly incredible weather here during the winter season. Average daily highs are recorded around 65 degrees allowing you to explore outside with a light jacket. Take advantage of this glorious weather by hitting one of the many different hiking trails in the area. While some state parks are currently closed due to COVID-19 you can still explore many other trail heads. These include the popular Jesusita Trailhead that is a casual hike with incredible views. Cold Spring Trailhead is perfect for the adventurous and experienced hikers that will reward you with panoramic views of the area. You simply cannot beat the ocean views and preserved hiking paths at Douglas Family Preserve. This 70-acre preserve features a variety of native plant life and completely undeveloped ocean front lands. There is nowhere else in Santa Barbara that features this many coastal views. Santa Barbara is perfect for those looking to break the normal tradition with a winter adventure!

Book Your Rental Today

As you can see, Santa Barbara continues to offer unparalleled fun and excitement even with this year’s COVID-19 restrictions. Make the most of your winter adventure by reserving one of our vacation rentals today. You will be able to enjoy a variety of amenities while maintaining your social distancing this winter season.