Santa Barbara

With so many celebrities and such beautiful houses, Santa Barbara has a reputation of glitz—and when it comes to starting the new year in style, the city lives up to that reputation proudly! There’s no shortage of options in Santa Barbara as the calendar flips, so it’s time to start planning your first big outing of the year and visit Santa Barbara! See some of the top reasons you should visit below.

7th Annual Winter Wine Classic

Wine connoisseurs will certainly want to be in Santa Barbara during this popular wine festival. Held on January 27th, you’ll find California’s top wine-makers in attendance and showcasing their best vintages. Admission costs $85 for the general ticket, which includes a commemorative crystal wine tasting glass, wine tastings, appetizers, and live music. There are also designated driver tickets and VIP passes available, but all tickets are limited, so don’t wait too long! You can reserve your spot and find more information on the event website at

33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival

From January 31st to February 10th, enjoy a full schedule of events centered around exciting films. All January, the Riviera Theatre will be showcasing films in preparation for the film festival’s opening night. During the festival, SBIFF will be honoring such stars as Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot and more. Check out all the info at and purchase your passes.

Santa Barbara Tourist Spots

Santa Barbara isn’t just about the exciting events; there’s plenty to do and see in the area! From the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to Ventura Pier and Promenade, there’s more things to see than you can fit into one trip. We recommend checking out some of the unique museums in the area, like the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, which celebrates the Danish-American culture in Solvang, CA. You can also check out Summerland Winery, which is part of the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail.

Luxury All Night Long

Don’t leave behind the glamour at the party! Instead, come home to it with a Paradise Retreats vacation home. Our vacation rentals are beautiful and luxurious, featuring upscale amenities and furnishings that will make it hard to leave the house! Call us at 1-805-275-1851 to set up your vacation today, or browse our properties and find one that suits you.