BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA’S

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BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA’S

BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA'S

BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA’S

Santa Barbara’s population, who are winemakers, fishers, artists, and chefs, have long preserved the city’s history and culture, as evidenced by the brightly colored tiles of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the vintage theaters. Tall buildings are not allowed because of a law that was enacted in 1930. El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District was also created in 1960 to preserve the area’s unique mission-style architecture in downtown. With a new generation of tastemakers populating neighborhoods like the Funk Zone and the Lagoon District, the city’s cool community spirit has spread beyond downtown these days. Here’s where you may view it.BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA’S 

 

 

BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA'S

Stay in the Funk Zone
In recent years, the Funk Zone has become one of Santa Barbara’s hottest neighborhoods, thanks in part to its converted warehouses and graffiti murals. The Wayfarer Santa Barbara hotel is a great base for exploring this local community; it’s within walking distance of East Beach and the Santa Barbara Pier, and there are beach cruise bikes available for rent. Whether you’re traveling solo, with your partner, or with your crew, there’s a welcoming atmosphere in the mix of private and shared guest rooms, as well as a fully equipped communal kitchen and a year-round heated pool. Start your day with the complimentary breakfast and take part in social events like poolside yoga, pub crawls, cooking demos, and live music.

BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA'S

Dive into Waterfront History
Housed in the former Naval Reserve Building right on the waterfront, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum was founded by a group of local fishermen, divers, and sailors to showcase the history of the Santa Barbara Channel. They envisioned it as a place where visitors could experience the heritage of this coastal community, just steps from where you can still kayak, paddleboard, or have a seaside meal. From lighthouse artifacts to Native American canoes used to cross the channel, the exhibits include a deep-sea-dive VR experience and hands-on crafts for kids, as well as timeless tales of shipwrecks and surfing. Take in the great view from the fourth floor and browse the shop for local books and souvenirs.

BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA'S

BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA’S

 

Kick Back in East Beach
A popular beach for families—and volleyball players of all levels—East Beach is a stop on the scenic Cabrillo Bike Path, which runs along the coastline. Within walking distance of the sand and its plethora of volleyball courts, The Inn at East Beach is a budget-friendly hotel with 33 spacious rooms featuring stylish mid-century décor and views of the Santa Ynez foothills. You’ll also find a surprising number of amenities, like ’round-the-clock complimentary coffee from the Santa Barbara Roasting Company in the lobby (as well as tea and hot cocoa) and on-site bike rentals provided by Cal Coast Adventures. Plus, you can borrow all the beach essentials you might need, from sand toys and body boards to umbrellas and chairs.

Throw in the Towel
To hit the beach in comfort and style, bring a towel from Riviera Towel Company. Plush, absorbent, and beautifully patterned, these designed-in-Santa Barbara beach and bath towels let you dry off while making a statement. Steeped in the tradition of the Turkish Towel, they’re made from super-soft, sustainable cotton. Yet they dry faster than terrycloth and pack up tight, making them perfect for travel. Plus, a portion of every sale benefits marine agencies working to heal and protect our oceans. Visit the showroom in the Sevilla Square building and you’ll also find blankets, bathrobes, and beach bags in the same unique designs of stripes, diamonds, and chevrons.

 

BEST PLACE IN SANTA BARBARA’S

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