Visiting Santa Barbara

OOOO...lots to do! We'd suggest extending your stay a bit! The next week is Santa Barbara's big Solstice celebration and there is so much to see in our area. On our to do list to fill this out! Sort of at the bottom of the list . . .

BEACHES
Butterfly Beach - I can't even believe we are divulging our favorite picnic spot. Little more intimate with a local feel although it can get crowded on the weekends.
Hendry's
Leadbetter - Ummm... well, not one of my favorite beaches but Shoreline Park above it is a really nice place for a stroll. Santa Barbara City College is across the way which actually has some WONDERFUL views along their bluffs.
Coal Oil Point - Nice rugged sort of feel! Surfers like this spot. GREAT for tidepooling.
Miramar - Another out of the way "quieter" beach although it is private property above the tide line. One of our favorite walks is from the Miramar to Butterfly Beach. Needs to be a lowish sort of tide for this to make it all the way without getting wet. Heading towards Sharks Cove is also a fun walk and at the end you'll enjoy a spot where only a FEW people pass by if any. Miramar point also has some nice tide pools.
East Beach - One of the closest beaches to the Festival. Great little bike path that runs along it you can also rollerblade on. Not much in the way of surf (but there isn't much surf in the summer here anyways)

HIKES
There are TONS of great places to hike here in Santa Barbara. www.santabarbarahikes.com is an awesome Santa Barbara hiking resource that gives descriptions of the trails and directions for how to get there.

Following are a few of Stephen and Misa's favorites.
San Ysidro
Seven Falls
Cold Spring
Knapp Castle
Forbush Flat

OUR FAVORITE PLACES FOR GROCERIES
Isla Vista Food Co-Op (they are helping to feed the artists!)
Whole Foods Market (they are helping to feed the artists!)
Trader Joes
Tri County Produce (they are helping to feed the artists!)

OUR FAVORITE EATS
Paradise Cafe
Sojourner Cafe
Olio Limone

OUR FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS

PICNICS & PARKS
Alice Keck
Shoreline Park

SIGHTS & FUN STUFF
Santa Barbara Mission & the beautiful Mission Rose Gardens
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
The Wharf
The Breakwater
Our Zoo!
The Botanic Gardens
The Museum of Natural History
The Carousel
Farmers Markets
The Doll Museum
Lotusland

WINE TASTING
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