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.

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.

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

Try a yoga-basics class at this downtown studio.

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

Visit the rustic studio workshop of Midcentury ceramist Otto Heino, who, at the age of 95, produces museum-worthy pieces.

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.

Sip six of this setup’s best wines, take in the view from one of the picnic tables, play a game of chess on the life-size chessboard, or walk along the connected hiking trail.

Handmade furniture and a great selection of local jewelry.