Friday, March 18, 2016

Top 10 Things To Do in Santa Barbara

things to do in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is a coastal paradise with all of the things you love about California wrapped into one town. Sparkling waters, lush vineyards, and Spanish flair set the scene for treasured memories under the sun. As long term residents, the owners and staff of the Cheshire Cat Inn wanted to provide you with a few of their favorite things to do in Santa Barbara:

      1. Taste the Town: You’ll be hard pressed to find yourself dining at a chain restaurant here, and with all the fresh local options why would you want to? Santa Barbara is known for fresh seafood, coastal-inspired dishes, and killer Mexican cuisine. Check out this guide to find the place that suits your cravings.

2. Wine Tours and Vineyards: Santa Barbara vineyards are absolutely breathtaking – a wine tour is a must for any visit and the diverse flavors and distinctive character of Santa Barbara wines mean you’ll have no trouble finding a bottle worthy to take home.

3. Urban Wine Trail: If the downtown feel is more your pace, the Urban Wine Trail is a great way to get a real taste of the history and charm of Santa Barbara. You’ll sip on wines crafted by the best vineyards in the area as you stroll through the streets of this stunning city.

4. Take a Hike: California-living means lots of outdoor time and Santa Barbara has some of the most breathtaking nature and wildlife around. Top picks: go for a morning hike to the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains or take a more laid-back hike to the San Ysidro Waterfall.

5. Bike the City: One of the favorite ways to see Santa Barbara is by bike – so much more freedom than with a car. Whether you’re looking for a ride along the beach, through the town, or across wine country, the city is bike friendly so ditching the car is no hardship.

6.  Trolley Tours: Hit all of the hot spots in one shot on these charming trolley tours. See everything from the signature Spanish-inspired architecture of the city to the scenic bird refuge at the Santa Barbara zoo –the whole tour is narrated so you might learn a thing or two!

7. Go on an Adventure: A thrilling Santa Barbara activity is the perfect way to try something new. Try stand-up paddle boarding, surf lessons, or even paragliding. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to walk away from these unforgettable experiences with some amazing memories.

8. Sustainable Vine Wine Tours: For a more intimate wine tasting experience that’s also environmentally friendly – this is the place for you. Your tour includes Mercedes Benz luxury transportation, wine tasting at the small, family-owned wineries of Santa Barbara County, and a made-to-order organic lunch.

9. Dine at Bouchon: One of our favorite spots – Bouchon is coastal dining at it’s finest, with the menu designed around their exclusive Santa Barbara wine list. You’ll enjoy thoughtfully paired meals with the areas freshest local ingredients, all in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

10. The Funk Zone: This area of downtown is all about celebrating the unique character of the businesses and artists that reside there. You can see everything from quaint art galleries to eclectic cafes and wineries. The neighborhood has quickly become a hot spot for locals and visitors alike.

After your exhilarating day exploring this sea-side haven, return to the Cheshire Cat Inn, our luxurious Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast for a bedtime treat and a peaceful night’s sleep. You’ll wake up to the smell of fresh homemade breakfast, rejuvenated and ready to take on a new day of adventures.

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