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Visiting Santa Barbara

Sideways framed this vineyard-laden city as the perfect place for a glass of pinot, but viticulture isn't the only culture in Santa Barbara. Watch skilled surfers carve waves at Rincon Point, hike the rocky Santa Ynez foothills, or hunt down local masterpieces at the city's weekly Arts and Crafts Show. Kids will love a trip to the excellent Santa Barbara Zoo, while retail mavens will have their pick from a host of shops along Stearn’s Wharf and State Street.

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Sideways framed this vineyard-laden city as the perfect place for a glass of pinot, but viticulture isn't the only culture in Santa Barbara. Watch skilled surfers carve waves at Rincon Point, hike the rocky Santa Ynez foothills, or hunt down local masterpieces at the city's weekly Arts and Crafts Show. Kids will love a trip to the excellent Santa Barbara Zoo, while retail mavens will have their pick from a host of shops along Stearn’s Wharf and State Street.

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Stories and Tips Santa Barbara

Rickshaw ride

Written by Tate on 10 Aug, 2000

Santa Barbara is home to UCSB, one of the loudest and raunchiest Universities in the state. It is no surprise that on the weekends, the college kids all come to the downtown area to dance and drink, so if you're up for a hip bar…Read More


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Picnicking in wine country

Written by vondrejech on 11 Oct, 2005

There are so many wineries and so little time as most are open between 10am and 4pm so you don't want to waste time waiting for food in a restaurant for lunch. Additionally almost every vineyard has gone through the trouble of making a beautiful…Read More


Historic Santa Barbara

Written by dglawless on 05 Mar, 2001

Santa Barbara was a wonderful place to spend the day and would have been a nice place to spend a couple of days. There are beautiful historic adobe buildings as well as some beautiful modern buildings. The mountains are behind Santa Barbara with the ocean…Read More


Listening to the surf

Written by kdog on 15 Nov, 2002

We love to camp here and just chill out. The dogs run on the beach, chasing the birds. We set up our hammocks, got out our books, or just napped and listened to the waves. There are no phones or tv's to distact you. The…Read More


The wine country of Santa Barbara

Written by BeAdventureous! on 11 Nov, 2002

We took a day trip and the scenery was awesome. We stopped in Solvang, but it was very touristy. Still, we did a bit of wine tasting at Lucas and Lewellen and brought away some wine for take-home, plus two nice wine glasses that were…Read More


Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Written by 12CGTV on 14 Mar, 2003

In February and March, Amtrak has a half price deal. I took the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner from San Diego to Santa Barbara for $26 round trip. This was my first time, and I will be going again. The train has food, drinks, and the beach…Read More


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Low cost Shuttle

Written by 12CGTV on 14 Mar, 2003

Take the Downtown and Waterfront Electric Shuttle. For twenty five cents, you can go downtown or up and down the waterfront. About every ten minutes, the shuttle will come by. It's a great way to get around.…Read More


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