Things to Do in The Santa Barbara Area

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The Arlington Theatre resides in the center of downtown’s main drag and evokes another era, complete with Mission Revival architecture and red... Read More

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

Sample the freshest area produce and meats, including wild boar and colorful local heirloom tomatoes, escargots, pepper-crusted venison. Read More

Considering the small waves and cool climate, Butterfly Beach isn’t exactly a destination for surfers or sunbathers, but the palm-lined stretch of... Read More

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... Read More

Taste the latest vintage of organic wines. Read More

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

In Ventura, the center leads full-day kayaking tours of the islands, where dolphins and sea caves await. $180 per person; rentals $35–$55 per day Read More

Just offshore from developed SoCal lie the Channel Islands, five of which are protected as a national park. Fewer than 30,000 people actually leave the... Read More

This family-run vineyard founded in 1983 specializes in Riesling and Pinot Grigio. Read More

Known for its fresh, high-quality baked goods and inventive breakfast dishes, D’Angelo is situated on a side street near downtown Santa Barbara,... Read More

Where It Is: Sometimes called “the North American Galapagos,” this chain of eight islands lies 150 miles off the coast of southern... Read More

You’ll find everything from collectables to fine jewelry at this shop, which specializes in Danish and European imports. Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

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&rsquo... Read More

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