The Santa Barbara Area

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.

Catch up on early California history at the beautiful, centuries-old Santa Barbara Mission.

To avoid crowds at the Last Chance Trail, opt for the Shelf Road Trail, with its dramatic valley views.

Here, rugged mountains make up a beautiful backdrop against the 1,100 acres of lush green grapevines.

Part cheese shop and part lunch stop, C'est Cheese sells more than 100 varieties, as well as artisan goods such as jams, olive oils, salumi, and various wines from France, Italy, Spain, and California.

Just offshore from developed SoCal lie the Channel Islands, five of which are protected as a national park.

Check out the Japanese teahouse and wander through the 65 acres of over 1,000 species of plants and flowers.

Of the 24 hiking paths that crisscross the valley, the 6_-mile Last Chance Trail, which winds through the forested Santa Paula Canyon, is the most beautiful—and the most popular.

Considering the small waves and cool climate, Butterfly Beach isn’t exactly a destination for surfers or sunbathers, but the palm-lined stretch of shore in Santa Barbara’s most affluent neighborhood–Montecito–certainly holds appeal for people who want to dip their feet in the surf.

Sample the freshest area produce and meats, including wild boar and colorful local heirloom tomatoes, escargots, pepper-crusted venison.

Visit the art-filled sultry little wine bar where residents and visitors alike mingle over glasses of regional favorites; the 54-bottle list includes three from the Ojai valley itself.

This family-run vineyard founded in 1983 specializes in Riesling and Pinot Grigio.