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 Katrina Brown Hunt

Festivals, harvest-season goodies, and lower prices: in these cities, fall travel is both savvy and sublime.

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...

Hotels in The Santa Barbara Area

Seven years and $134 million in the making, Orient Express Hotels' 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

Santa Barbara's latest arrival is a casual breakfast-and-lunch spot whose home-style sandwiches are inspired by Ugandan street food. For breakfast, try the scrambled eggs, bacon, and smoked tomato on house-made flatbread.

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.