If you are new around here, welcome! But if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you should know by now that I love Santa Barbara. My husband and I took our first trip there to renew our wedding vows in the fall of 2010 and were instantly in love with the city. Now that we live only an hour away, we venture up there every chance we get. In this post I’ll be sharing my favorite things to eat, see and do while visiting Santa Barbara.
The Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Zoo
The Museum of Modern Art
The Santa Barbara Courthouse and Clock Tower
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Shop at the Paseo Nuevo
Visit one of the many wineries for a tasting (my favorite is Santa Barbara Winery)
Visit the shops along State Street
Hit some balls at the batting cages at East Beach Tacos
Visit Stearn’s Wharf
Rent bikes and ride along the coast
Take a Hike to Inspiration Point, Gaviota Peak or through the Botanical Gardens
Visit Shoreline Park
Take a photo in front of the Rainbow Arch
Visit the Farmer’s Market
Head to the beach – my favorites are East Beach, Butterfly Beach and Arroyo Burro Beach (dog friendly!)
Eat and Drink
The French Press – probably the best coffee EVER!
CaDario – upscale Italian
Santa Barbara Winery – their tastings are reasonable and all of their wines are really good.
East Beach Tacos – casual outdoor walk up (we LOVE the Poke Taco and the Gangnum Style)
Figueroa Mtn Brewery – technically they don’t serve any food but they do have amazing craft beer
The Lucky Penny – adjacent to Figueroa Mtn, they deliver to the brewery and have awesome food.
Finney’s – They also have a location in Westlake Village and their food is incredible. Their truffle flatbread, chicken and waffle bites, brussel sprouts and burgers are all amazing!
Finch & Fork – They have ah-mazing brunch! We got the pork belly benedict and the short-rib and sweet potato hash are both really good. *updated 5.14.18*
McConnell’s Ice Cream – they also have an LA location in Studio City
The Habit – yes, they have these everywhere BUT the original location is in Santa Barbara!
What to Wear
Known as the “American Riviera” the climate is mild. Shorts, casual beach wear and sandals are always appropriate. I’d also recommend packing a lightweight sweater as it can get chilly when the fog rolls in and the sun sets.
If you guys ever visit Santa Barbara definitely let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, if you need other packing ideas check out last Friday’s post.