All About Santa Barbara, California

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Travel | Comments Off on All About Santa Barbara, California

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Culture lovers will be impressed with the wide variety of museums located in downtown Santa Barbara. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the area’s many natural attractions, like white sand beaches and mountain trails. A warm Mediterranean climate ensures that most of these are accessible no matter when you visit. And, there’s always Santa Barbara’s wine country reputation. Walk the Santa Barbara urban wine trail or take a day trip to Los Olivos.

What do Oprah, John Cleese, Drew Barrymore, and Justin Bieber have in common? They all have (not so humble) homes in sunny Santa Barbara. The rich and famous have long escaped the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles by driving up the coast to visit – or stay – in this more relaxed beach town.

Santa Barbara has earned a reputation as the “American Riveria” because of its Mediterranean climate and stretches of sandy shores. Publicly accessible white sand beaches run along the inviting coast, perfectly suited to almost every imaginable recreational activity – from bicycling to kiteboarding. Locals take full advantage of Santa Barbara’s most famous natural asset by using the shoreline to stage weddings, craft fairs, music festivals, and more.

Our unique combination of ocean breezes, rolling foothills, and shallow valleys creates a haven of microclimates, responsible for one of the most diverse grape producing regions in the country. Famous for legendarily fickle pinots, Santa Barbara is also home to many Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.

The ubiquitous red tile roofs of Santa Barbara are practically inescapable. After a devastating earthquake in 1925, the majority of the city was rebuilt, taking inspiration from the Spanish style of the California Missions. Spanish red tiles cover the roofs of most downtown buildings, creating a scenic vista from higher vantage points, like the legendary 360-degree view from the clock tower at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

Santa Barbara’s coastal location and temperate climate make it a natural home for lush foliage and gorgeous blooms. Pack a picnic and spend a lovely afternoon in the legendary sunken gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to take a tour of the native floriculture and learn about sustainable agricultural practices.