The Ultimate California Get-Away is Right in Our Own Backyard
Whether you are planning a girls’ weekend in Santa Barbara, or a romantic California couples escape, right here is the ultimate California getaway. From luxury resorts and hotels, to beaches, biking and hiking trails, shopping, and great food and wine, Santa Barbara is the perfect location for a much-needed weekend getaway, even for residents. Staycation anyone?
Featuring beauty beyond belief, the Pacific Ocean lies at its feet while the Santa Ynez Mountains create a dramatic backdrop. This picture-postcard California coastal paradise has plenty to keep everyone engaged for the weekend — and beyond. So why not getaway in your own backyard?
Photo courtesy of Rosewood Miramar Beach
Places to Stay
You have many choices of amazing places to stay during a weekend in Santa Barbara, along one of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive coastlines.
The Rosewood Miramar Beach for a girl’s getaway
Montecito’s Rosewood Miramar Beach offers a captivating estate-style atmosphere and the finest in leisure amenities. Situated directly on Miramar Beach, the resort’s beachfront suites offer guests a taste of the refined seaside living that we who live here enjoy every day. Each 960-square-foot suite features a living room fireplace and a comfortably furnished patio where the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean add to the serenity of the setting.
San Ysidro Ranch for a romantic weekend
Voted America’s Best Resort by Travel & Leisure Magazine, this oasis of romance offers a unique blend of privacy, peace, and tranquility in an idyllic setting tucked away in the foothills. The property boasts thirty-eight vine-covered cottages surrounded by landscaped gardens under a canopy of stately sycamores and oaks; the perfect place to unplug from the world. Stay where Camelot began with John and Jackie Kennedy, honeymooning in the cottage that now bears their name.
Places to Dine
When it comes to great options for dining during a weekend in Santa Barbara, Start the day off with breakfast at Jeannine’s Restaurant & Bakery, a local gem that has been part of the fabric of Santa Barbara for over 30 years. Enjoy one-of-a-kind pastries and nutritious food every day at any of the three locations: State Street, Goleta, or the original location on Coast Village Road in Montecito.
For lunch, head to Renaud’s Patisserie & Bakery for a taste of Paris without having to board a plane. Proprietor and pastry chef Renaud Gonthier baked for The Ritz-Carlton and has appeared on The Food Network and The Travel Channel.
Image courtesy of Lucky's Restaurant
For dinner, don’t miss Montecito’s Lucky’s Steakhouse where the décor is part of the allure. Vast windows surrounded by old studio headshots of Hollywood stars create a palpable classy feel. But it's the quality steaks that have garnered Lucky's a devoted repeat clientele. Filet mignon, sirloin, and New York steak are served à la carte, complemented with your choice of starch and options.
Image courtesy of Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Things to Do
There’s so much to see and do here that you’ll find it difficult to decide where to begin. But here are a few things to consider:
- Get Your Vitamin Sea
Santa Barbara is well known for its expansive, pristine beaches that beckon everyone to soak in the “vitamin sea.” Blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a coastal California lifestyle, area beaches like Butterfly Beach are great spots for swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, or just relaxing. Butterfly Beach is one of the most spectacular sunset spots in town. Then there’s Hendry’s Beach, officially Arroyo Burro Beach Park. Dogs are allowed off-leash on a portion of the beach, making this is a great spot for a romp. And who could forget Summerland Beach County Park, which offers stunning views overlooking the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands National Park?
- Kayak the Harbor
Get a different perspective of the Santa Barbara harbor and coastline from the water. The Santa Barbara Adventure Company offers a variety of coastal trips including guided tours where you can learn about marine ecology and the Santa Barbara Channel — and hopefully kayak with dolphins and sea lions. There are also sea kayak trips to the Channel Islands.
- Cruise the Afternoon Away
Join Celebration Cruises at Stearns Wharf on an experience you won’t soon forget. Enjoy Santa Barbara’s scenic sunset cruises or go whale watching aboard a 70′ multi-level luxury yacht, the Azure Seas. For a more intimate adventure, take one of the Santa Barbara boat rides aboard “Lil’ Toot,” Santa Barbara’s official water taxi. The company’s newest boat, Whisper, offers luxurious harbor cruises aboard Santa Barbara’s first fully electric charter boat.
- Cycling and Biking
Whether you’re pedaling your beach cruiser along Santa Barbara’s famed ocean-side Cabrillo Boulevard, or flying down a dirt road, Santa Barbara’s diversified landscape offers cycling and biking trails for all skill levels. Road biking here is arguably among the best in the country, complemented by our ocean breeze, the rolling foothills, steep Gibraltar Road and the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Meantime, Santa Barbara’s front and backcountry trails are perfect for mountain biking and a great way to experience the vast 875,000 acres comprising the Los Padres National Forest and its 1,257 miles of maintained trails.
Where else can you find hiking trails that wind along flowing creeks shaded by California bay, sycamore, and oak tree forests? Or chaparral-choked mountainsides that sweep across the entire range with views of Santa Barbara’s red tile roofs, white sand beaches, and the sparking Pacific Ocean? The hiking is special here, especially since the Santa Ynez Mountain range is one of only two in the world that runs east to west, eventually spilling into the ocean on the breathtaking Gaviota Coast.
Here are some examples of what I’m talking about:
- Inspiration Point offers amazing panoramic views
- The Nojoqui Falls features an 80-foot-tall waterfall
- For an easy hike, take in the fresh air combined with local flora at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Porter Trail
- When you reach the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views that show off Santa Barbara’s backcountry and the vast Los Padres National Forest
Shopping here comes with its own distinct flair as you’re surrounded by beauty at every turn. Boutiques are scattered throughout town, from Arlington Plaza and De La Guerra Plaza to multiple high-end consignment shops and galleries, all waiting to be discovered. The Funk Zone is bursting with energy, and, while it is known for its abundance of wine tasting rooms, it also is the home of some excellent eclectic shops as well.
Uptown you’ll find more open-air shopping options like La Cumbre Plaza. And two areas in Montecito, Coast Village Road, and the Upper Village, are home to a collection of one-off boutiques, as well as exclusive shops where you can find clothing, home décor, garden supplies, furniture and more.
The ultimate shopping experience here during a weekend in Santa Barbara is our amazing real estate options. If you’re thinking of selling your home in any of the communities in and around Santa Barbara, I invite you to call me at (805) 886-9378, or send me an email at Cristal@montecito-estate.com for a complimentary consultation. I can also discuss buying in the area.