Guide to a Weekend Away in Santa Barbara

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  • USA

  • California

  • Santa Barbara

  • Beaches

  • Domestic Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Group Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Shopping

  • Coastal

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Curator’s statement

Santa Barbara is a lovely weekend away from the hustle of Los Angeles. It's a relaxing destination to catch up with friends, enjoy great food and wine and check out the locally curated shops. The serenity of exploring between the beach and the mountains have you considering when you can relocate to this pristine locale.

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Where to stay in Santa Barbara, California

Kimpton Canary Hotel

Located in the "America Riviera," The Kimpton Canary provides the quintessential Santa Barbara hotel experience with luxurious accommodations and a staff focused on delighting at every turn.

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Hotel Californian

Elite hotel in Santa Barbara with a splendid design and meticulous service often a magnet for the Hollywood elite, international visitors and locals alike.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Things to do in Santa Barbara, California

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Presqu'ile Winery: Presqu’ile (‘press-keel’) is a family-owned winery in the Santa Maria Valley dedicated to crafting exceptional, cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah from Santa Barbara County. About an hour from Santa Barbara, it's a lovely place to spend an afternoon during your trip.

Walk Stearns Wharf: A morning walk on the wharf is an energizing start to the day. Be sure to keep an eye out for the pelicans, as they are big enough to mistake for swimmers.

Shop Downtown: Santa Barbara is full of curated shops. The Shopkeepers, The Blue Door, & Santa Barbara Apothecary Co. are a few favorites.

Catch a show at the Santa Barbara Bowl: Plan your weekend around a show at this fun outdoor arena full of vistas.

Places to eat & drink in Santa Barbara, California

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The Lark: The family-style dinner at this New American restaurant will have you looking to order more after each plate. Just be sure to include the brussels sprouts in your order.

Test Pilot: With an extensive cocktail menu, everyone will find something to enjoy. The spicy marg starts to have a kick at level 4 so be mindful when you're ordering.

Goat Tree: Great for an afternoon pick-me-up. The macarons are a treat, especially the peppermint patty flavor.

McConnell's Fine Ice Cream: Look no further for made-from-scratch ice cream with seasonal flavors to awaken your inner child.

Lilac Pâtisserie: Gluten free? No problem. You're good to go on this entire menu.

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