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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.