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.

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

The 18-mile Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex hosts hikes where guides point out the various habitats (dunes, sands, and wetlands) as well as plants and animals such as the California red-legged frog and giant coreopsis, a tall plant with beautiful yellow flowers.

Flirty tops by Nanette Lapore, Isabella Fiore bags, and other women’s favorites.

The Arlington Theatre resides in the center of downtown’s main drag and evokes another era, complete with Mission Revival architecture and red seats surrounded by yellow Spanish-style “villas” that form the walls.

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

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.