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.

Charles Banks and business partner Stanley Kroenke, perhaps best known for Screaming Eagle, own this 600-acre winery north of Santa Barbara in the hill-filled town of Buellton.

The school is located a block from prime paddleboarding territory on East Beach.

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.

A modern-day general store with everything from jams to home gadgets.

Stop by this beautifully rustic winery, with its more than 300 acres of vineyards.

Known for its fresh, high-quality baked goods and inventive breakfast dishes, D’Angelo is situated on a side street near downtown Santa Barbara, not far from the 1902 train station.

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.

Eat local by booking one of these guided tours that lead the culinarily curious to fresh foods at the farmers’ market, fishermen’s market, C’est Cheese, and Our Daily Bread—all of which are also ideal spots for picking up picnic fixings for lunch to pair with Central Coast wine.

Hike the trails in this national forest.

Try a yoga-basics class at this downtown studio.

An open-air used bookstore set in the frame of a traditional (though roofless) house.

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