The Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort exemplifies why Santa Barbara is sometimes referred to as the "California Riviera". Just steps from the famous East Beach, with its world-class beach volleyball and art exhibits, it's also a stone's throw from nearby Stearn's...more
It's tough to beat the SB Bowl for live music on a summer evening. It's an intimate outdoor venue where you can see some big names play while stealing glances at the scenic backdrop of the city at sunset.
Take a tour of the "Queen of the Missions" and discover how Santa Barbara began. Learn details about what life was like when the mission was built in 1786, and stroll the gardens, with their impressive rose collection and beautiful views from the Santa Barbara foothills....more
Much less crowded than other Santa Barbara beaches, "El Cap" has good parking, and even an overnight camping area for vacationers looking to rough it — that is, as rough as drive-in camping at a beautiful beach can be. Just 15 miles north of Santa Barbara off Highway 101, it's an easy...more
Chat with fishermen as pelicans land nearby at the end of Stearns Wharf, then meander along the wooden path with the mountains as a backdrop, and see which restaurant takes your fancy. If you get a bit lost, take a peek at the giant compass and regain your bearings....more