Santa Barbara Vacations


I Get Around

Wine Country Tour and Solvang

The Queen awaits your arrival!

A Stroll in the Garden

Channel Islands Getaway

Travel Tips - Celebrate Mother Earth... Santa Barbara style!



Santa Barbara enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate with temperate nights and soft, ocean breezes. From this splendid setting has sprung an orchid industry that now produces more orchids than any other region in the country. Many of the growers introduce their finest blooms at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

This three-day event, held March 9-11,2018, will showcase living displays of more than 25,000 species by 50 orchid exhibitors from around the world.There will be workshops and demonstrations on such topics as repotting orchids and flower arranging as well as an art show and expert advice

Did you know Santa Barbara was home to the very first Earth Day celebration in 1969 - 49 years ago! Join this eco-minded community that spurred a year-round environmental movement during the 2018 Earth Day Festival over the dates of April 21 - 22, 2018 to celebrate with other earth-loving folks.

Educate....Inspire....Act.....Explore the many Festival Zones including the EcoVillage where colorful exhibitor booths have many unique finds: green products, smart technology, cool gadgets, organic clothing, and fun stuff you didn’t know you needed until now. The Green Car Show highlights the latest and greatest in automotive technology, including the newest electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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I Get Around

Enjoy a fully-narrated city tour about this beautiful destination best known as “America’s Riveria”. Highlights include Mission Santa Barbara which was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786, and is the 10th (of twenty-one total) California Missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans during the 1700s.

Visit the Santa Barbara County County Courthouse, an architectural must see, Stearns Wharf the city’s most visited landmark, the Moreton Fig Tree where it’s said the roots of this tree look like giant boa constrictors from Indiana Jones and the Dolphin Fountain, an eye-catching fountain located on the oceanfront by Stearns Wharf.

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Wine Country Tour and Solvang

The film Sideways (2004) made a star out of Santa Barbara, Californias wine country and drummed up demand for pinot noir around the world. Today, you can taste your way through the Santa Barbara Wine Country while learning the history of the spectacular vineyards on the same path forged by Miles and Jack.

The quaint Danish village of Solvang is part of the beautiful wine country and well worth a visit. Enjoy wine tasting, boutique shopping and sampling authentic Danish bakeries and International cuisine, outdoor adventures and craft beer tastings.

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The Queen awaits your arrival!

Spend time with the “Queen of the California Missions!” Established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786 the Santa Barbara Mission was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans.

More than 200 years later, the Mission continues to be the home to a community of Franciscan friars, a beautiful church with a large and active parish; a museum and gift shop; a cemetery and mausoleum; and twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The Missions commanding position and grand proportions, graceful lines and soft, blending colors all reinforce her title, Queen of the Missions.

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A Stroll in the Garden

Spend time strolling around the beautifully designed gardens of LOTUSLAND. This quirky estate and botanic garden was once the home of Madame Ganna Walska, a well-known Polish opera singer and socialite. She purchased the estate in 1941 and spent the next 43 years creating Lotusland. The spectacular collections of exotic plants throughout the 37-acre property are a very personal expression of Walska’s penchant for the dramatic, the unexpected, and the whimsical. After her death in 1984, Lotusland features more than a dozen different gardens such as the butterfly garden, the theatre garden, the aloe garden the water stairs as well as a collection of her famous garden artwork.

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Channel Islands Getaway

Leave your cares and worries behind as you step back in time and visit the rugged, beautiful diversity of the Channel Islands whose archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years.

Channel Islands National Park is undoubtedly one of the most unique and breathtaking in the country. Five islands make up the archipelago and surrounding marine sanctuary that\'s long seclusion from the mainland has created unique animals, plants and archaeological resources found nowhere else. The islands are also home to the oldest dated human remains in North America—Arlington Springs Man

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