How to Plan the Perfect Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway

How to Plan the Perfect Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway

California Select Registry – December 28, 2014

Santa Barbara, CA has long been a favorite destination for weekend trips.  With its picturesque California coastal views, bevy of vineyards and wineries, great restaurants, and plenty of shopping, it's easy to see why people have enjoyed visiting the city year after year.  If you're looking for a romantic trip, a fun girls weekend, or just a place to relax for a few days, you should consider a Santa Barbara weekend getaway.  Here are some ideas to help you start the planning process.

Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway Activities

One of the most popular activities for those on a Santa Barbara weekend getaway is a tour of a winery or a visit to a tasting room.  There are so many wineries to choose from that a good way to explore them all is to book a wine tour where a guide can help you navigate the multitude of options.   Other popular activities include visiting sites like the Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Casa del Herrero, and the iconic Santa Barbara County Court House, which is the centerpiece of the town. Other places of interest include Lotusland gardens, the Granada Theatre, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Reagan Ranch Center, the Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Waterfront.  Some also choose to just relax and explore the city and soak in the unique Santa Barbara atmosphere.

Dining in Santa Barbara

When enjoying your Santa Barbara weekend getaway, you'll find a large variety of amazing dining options to choose from.  From casual fare to fine cuisine, there is something for everyone in Santa Barbara.  Some of the top picks in town include Cadiz, The Lark, Bouchon, Downey's, Zaytoon, Arigato Sushi, Los Agaves, and Toma Restaurant and Bar among others.

Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway Accommodations

When you take a Santa Barbara weekend getaway, you should take advantage of one of the three amazing Select Registry properties in Santa Barbara County:

Santa Ynez Inn

The Santa Inez Inn is in the heart of Santa Barbara County int country.  The Inn's lavish suites will keep guests it the utmost comfort with their many amenities such as fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs.  This Santa Ynez bed and breakfast is perfectly located near wineries, vineyards, shopping, and area tours.  The Santa Ynez Inn is also home to beautiful gardens and a lovely sundeck, perfect for lounging.

The Ballard Inn & Restaurant

The Ballard Inn and Restaurant is located just 35 minutes away from Santa Barbara.  The Inn has upscale and elegant accommodations for guests who come to visit the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County wine country. The Ballard, CA bed and breakfast has 15 gorgeous rooms with luxury amenities like fireplaces, sumptuous bedding, private balconies, and turndown service.  There is also an amazing restaurant on-site.

Simpson House Inn

The Simpson House Inn is a beautiful Santa Barbara bed and breakfast with 15 total rooms.  The Victorian Estate has both a main house and a Carriage House as well as English Garden Cottages.  All of the accommodation options will allow you to pamper yourself during your stay with amenities like featherbeds, antique furnishings, fireplaces, jacuzzi or clawfoot tubs, and private decks.

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