a terrific vacation destination!
Aside from our wedding festivities, there are a number of fun things to do in and around Santa Barbara. A few of our favorites:
We recommend: Sandpiper Golf
7925 Hollister Avenue (11 miles north of Santa Barbara)
For more information: 805-968-1541 or www.sandpipergolf.com
For general Santa Barbara surfing information: www.santabarbarasurfing.com.
For beginners, check out lessons at www.santabarbarasurfschool.com
There are many beautiful trails in Santa Barbara
For more information: www.santabarbarahikes.com
In Santa Barbara County there are three distinct appellations: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Santa Rita Hills. Many of the wineries have tasting rooms in which visitors are invited to learn about the various wines and offer tours to teach guests about the winemaking process. Some wineries host special dinners to demonstrate the pairing of wine with food and they hold events such as concerts, dramatic readings and art shows which are open to the public.
Sideways fans can access the Sideways tour map here:
Note that the wine country is 45-60 minutes North on Highway 101. There are many services that take groups on tours of the wineries and the vineyards from SB.
For more information: www.sbcountywines.com, www.syvva.com
See Santa Barbaras beautiful beaches, charming town, and historical landmarks.
For more information and suggested tours: www.santabarbaracarfree.org
Sunday, September 25th is Santa Barbara’s annual sandcastle building contest on East Beach.
Show off your sandcastle artistry or just go and check out others’ creations.
For more information: www.sandcastlefestival.com
santa barbara zoo
Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my!
For more information: www.santabarbarazoo.org or 805-962-6310
The former home of William Randolph Hearst, built in the early 1900s, is an estate featuring 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. The estates magnificent main house, "Casa Grande," and three guesthouses are of Mediterranean Revival style, with the imposing towers of Casa Grande being inspired by a Spanish cathedral. The blending of the architectural style with the surrounding land, and Hearsts superb European and Mediterranean art collections, was so seamless that world-renowned architectural historian, Lord John Julius Norwich, was moved to say that "Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word."
There are five tour options available. Tour One is supposedly the most popular with first-time visitors and sells out early. Make reservations early by calling 1-800-444-4448. Note that Hearst Castle is about 150 miles north of Santa Barbara.
For more information: www.hearstcastle.com
disneyland and disney's california adventure
Fun for kids and grown-ups, too!
Note that Disney is about 120 miles south of Santa Barbara.
For more information: www.disneyland.com
six flags magic mountain
Amusement park with the largest collection of extreme roller coasters on the planet.
Note that Magic Mountain is about 1 hour southeast of Santa Barbara.
For more information: www.sixflags.com/parks/magicmountain or 661-255-4100
The Danish Capital of America is 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. Old World architectural styles blend with flower-lined streets to create a walkable village. Delightful shops offer imported European wares: porcelain, collectibles, wrought iron and every form of handicraft. The aroma of chocolate, bakeries, coffee and beer garden fare flavor the quaint streets.
For more information: www.solvangusa.com
The Getty Center, a dramatic hill-top campus in Los Angeles, opened in 1997. The mission of the J. Paul Getty Museum is to delight, inspire, and educate a diverse public through the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of works of art of the highest quality.
The Getty Museum is about 90 miles from Santa Barbara.
For more information: www.getty.edu or 310-440-7300