Whether you enjoy hiking, fine-dining, water sports, lazing on the beach, culture, or a great night-life, Santa Barbara has something for you.

Its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and colorful culture make Santa Barbara a premier resort destination. World-class accommodations and dining await its many visitors.

Santa Barbara is a 2-hour drive north from Los Angeles or a short hop from any corner of the world via the Santa Barbara airport. Santa Barbara’s harbor is home to the world famous Stearns Wharf, a great destination for the entire family. Visiting the zoological gardens makes for a great family day-trip.

From the City, you are just minutes away from the Santa Barbara wine country. The gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley, with its breath-taking vistas, is home to such notable attractions as Solvang and the Chumash Reservation. For more information visit santabarbaraca.gov

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Central Coast Golf Trail

By The Unknown Golfer
If you are a golfer of any kind and you find yourself traveling along Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County, there’s an abundance of beautiful public golf courses awaiting your arrival. Along with my trusty golfing companion, Jason, we visited three highly-recommended Santa Barbara County courses and discovered three gems.

Jason and I set off to play Rancho San Marcos, La Purisima, and the Alisal River Course.
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Holiday season on the Central Coast

By Misty Hall
The holiday season is here! (Unless you’re a pumpkin spice fan, in which case you kicked things off in August at Starbucks.) The Central Coast plays host to hundreds of holiday events, from haunted houses to winter wine walks, so get out there and celebrate!
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Sleeping with the Ghosts of the Central Coast

By Rachael Quisel

These chilling accommodations are a great place to rest your head. Just keep one eye open...

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Treasure Hunting up the 101

By Sami Zahringer

There is an air of hushed reverence in an antique store, almost like being in a church, as one peruses old objects with many tales to whisper. It is here you find the gimlet-eyed shopper looking for a bargain 
— a unique find — a treasure! Together, they create an atmosphere that most people find irresistible. Almost everybody loves snooping around in an antique store, including children, making it a fun outing for the entire family. It feels a bit like granny’s attic.

Read on for some of our favorite 
antique stores on the Central Coast, 
and design your own treasure trail.

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Pour Me Some Paso

By Misty Hall

Ah, Paso Robles. Dubbed by some as the “new Napa,” Paso has exploded into the wine scene in recent years. But despite its growing fame, Paso has managed to keep its rural cowboy charm and laid-back California vibe. Here are three Paso wineries that have caught our eye — and a few others from across the Central Coast, too.
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Camp the Central Coast

By Misty Hall

Some of my earliest, and happiest, memories are from camping trips with my family on the Central Coast. Memories of sunburns and s’mores, of long days and warm nights, making friends with the kids in the next campsite, and roaming. Free-range roaming, sans parents, with a gang of little twerps on bicycles through the campgrounds and surrounding hills. Getting gloriously dirty, trying to catch fish with a pole and bullfrogs with our hands and a flashlight. When I became an adult, my love for camping continued. There’s just something simple and beautiful about being outside all day, whether it be way up in the mountains, at the lake, or down at the beach. In today’s increasingly internet-dependent world, we all need to spend more time unplugged, just BEING, with the ones we love.
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