The Santa Barbara Area

The Santa Barbara Area Travel Guide

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.

This olive farm near town offers tours, free samples, and bottles of orange- and rosemary-infused oils.

The elaborate architecture is equal parts alcazar and Palazzo Vecchio. The view from the clocktower stretches from the Channel Islands to the Santa Barbara Mission.

The candy shop is famous for its house-made Danish milk and dark chocolates. Order them by the box—or the pound.

This tour operator offers 60-minute cruise tours of California's Channel Islands. They'll take you to Anacapa Island and ferry you back when you’re through (nobody stays overnight but the resident animals).

Pick up a warm fleece jacket before you go at Ventura’s Great Pacific Iron Works, a.k.a. the Patagonia mother ship.

Pilgrims, gurus, and yogis have been drawn to these chaparral-covered hills for years. To see why, follow Reeves Road to the serene Meditation Mount where rock platforms seem suspended over the valley.

Nancy Michali trained at San Francisco’s renowned Tanta Marie culinary school before opening the Ojai Culinary Studio in a wood-floored house. The assortment of international cooking classes features ingredients from the on-site garden.

Taste the latest vintage of organic wines.

The 1807 adobe Mission Santa Inés is one of 21 Spanish missions in California. Stroll through the rose-and-oleander garden.