5 Great Places To Visit In Santa Barbara



Santa Barbara is a California coastal town that is known for fantastic year-round weather, gorgeous Spanish architecture, first class dining, and luxurious shopping… Which makes Santa Barbara the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Here are 5 places you can’t miss during your stay.


  1. Bacara: This gorgeous resort overlooks 78 acres of oceanfront property. The lush grounds are beyond stunning; the Bistro restaurant offers a panoramic view of the ocean, as well as fantastic food. Yummy fire pits are spread through-out the grounds and create perfect nooks for snuggling up to play a board game at night. Last but not least, their peaceful spa offers a chocolate fudge anti-aging mask that (almost) made me lick my own face.








In addition to all of this, Bacara provides the perfect setting for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway, or families to relax and play. I’ve never seen so many adorable babies and dogs checked into one resort. Perhaps it’s because the grounds are so vastly spread out that you can bike, golf, swim or run alongside the beach before wine tasting in the resort’s tasting room, or getting cozy in their coffee shop. You literally don’t need to leave this resort once you’ve checked in, and you might even bump into Oprah. 

Bonus: Their gorgeous pools are heated to 83 degrees year round. We were lucky enough to sunbathe and swim on my December birthday this year.




  1. State Street: Is located downtown and offers high-end shopping, eclectic boutiques, fine dining, cozy cafes, art galleries and great people watching. It’s the perfect place to purchase a one-of-a-kind gift and indulge on freshly made pasta served with local wines. I personally enjoy this area most during the daytime when all the boutiques are open.


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Bonus: If you have time, I recommend dining at “Milk & Honey.” The setting is romantic (yet lively), while offering fantastic tapas dishes, delicious cocktails, and they even have a happy hour from 5-7 PM! Their mojito may be the best in town, you can be the judge. 


  1. El Encanto: This magical hotel is located amongst lush hills and overlooks the ocean. It is intimate, stunning and swanky to say the least. My husband and I had dinner here on my birthday and their attention to detail in both the food and making me feel special was completely over the top! Their grounds are incredibly sexy and provide the perfect place to cozy up with a good book, play croquet, or sip on a nice glass of Pinot Noir. This hotel feels sophisticated, yet inviting. I look forward to staying here the next time I visit Santa Barbara.





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  1.  The Funk Zone: This adorable area has been converted from industrial buildings to 20+ wine tasting rooms. Besides offering casual places to taste great wines at affordable prices, you can also find food trucks, art, and live music. This is a fun destination for a date, group birthday celebration, and/or bachelorette party. Two of my personal favorite tasting rooms are Pali Wine Company and Santa Barbara Winery, they both have fantastic wines as well as live music. Also, Santa Barbara Winery allows guests to keep their wine glasses after finishing the tasting, always a fun souvenir. 

Bonus: Most of these tasting rooms are dog and baby friendly, a plus in my book since my dog actually thinks she’s a baby.


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  1. Santa Barbara Zoo: If traveling with children this stop is an absolute must. Their layout is spacious for a smaller sized zoo; while also having a fun selection of animals, train rides, and breathtaking views. I recommend having a picnic lunch on top of the hill while overlooking the ocean. Even without children I still adore this place.


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Whether you need a romantic pick-me-up, a girl’s getaway, or a fun family adventure… I hope these travel tips help make your next Santa Barbara visit absolutely perfect.



Simply Nina


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