The Santa Barbara Area

The Santa Barbara Area Travel Guide

Articles about The Santa Barbara Area

By Kavita Mokha

Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Buenos Aires to Brooklyn.

By Deb Hopewell

Visit these thriving college towns for a crash course in live music, craft beer, art, and history.

By Lindsay Taub
By Katrina Brown Hunt

What makes a town magnetic? Travel + Leisure readers voted for their favorite small towns—with beaches, mountains, vineyards, and personality to spare.

By Margaret Talbot
The thing you tend to forget when you're planning a road trip with young kids is that they don't like to leave the places they like. Children are natural-born Buddhists—fervent in their devotion to the here and now. Whatever the next roadside attr...
By Katrina Brown Hunt

A hotel on the sand is bliss—and even more so when it’s a steal.

Hotels in The Santa Barbara Area

Seven years and $134 million in the making, Belmond's takeover of the storied El Encanto (the brand's first West Coast resort) is reinventing a genteel slice of California history.

Restaurants in The Santa Barbara Area

The open-air trolley on State Street leads to organic lunch spot Scarlett Begonia, which serves one of the best brunches in town. Snag a table in the hidden courtyard and order the salmon carpaccio.

Things to do in The Santa Barbara Area

Six blocks from the town courthouse, this weekly market is the perfect place to watch gray-haired hippies, dreadlocked surfers, and well-heeled natives hunt for Central Coast olive oils and zingy lemon-flavored pistachios.