If you like wine, you should visit the Santa Barbara wine country. Only 45 minute drive from Santa Brabara, you are able to find a plethora of wineries in Santa Ynes, Los Olivos, Solvang and Buelton. Regardless of which way you choose to get there, either the 101N or the 154, you'll enjoy beautiful views. Some of my favorite wieries to visit are Sunstone, Firestone, Fess Parker and Gainey.
I would recommend chartering a sail boat, but I would not recommend taking the sailboat out to whale watch. We didn't realize how far from shore you have to go to hopefully see whales. The water is really rough, so if you are on a smaller boat, it gets really rocky and it gets really cold. If you get sea sick, you will be hating life. Sail around the harbor and not too far from shore, that way you can relax and enjoy the beautiful views that Santa Barbara has to offer. You'll also stay much warmer.
If there is a show playing at the Santa Barbara Bowl, it's a great venue! About 1/4 the size of the Hollywood Bowl, it feels much more intimate feeling. If you're staying downtown, it is totally walkable to get to (less than ~2 miles) and a lovely walk. If you drive, you still have to walk about half that distance to get from the parking area to the venue anyway.
Santa Barbara was, for us, the most appealing beach in USA. A good stripe of sand, a calm sea, an organized and well maintained shore and lots of shops and restaurants at walking distance.
The life seamed easy and calm, and good taste was present.
Even the sun came to help our good appreciation. Definitively: Santa Barbara was "MY" beach in my first trip to California
Located down in Santa Barbara's Harbor is the Maritime Museum. It was closed by the time we got to the harbor, but I am sure it is neat. I love places like this. Museums like these are a treasure to their commuities and the education of our young.
There are a couple of restaurants here such as Brophy's Bros, Chucks Waterfront Grill and the Maritime Museum. Other than that it is mostly where the boats slips are, but it has a wonderful walking path you can stroll along to see the beautiful ocean all the wonderful boats or yachts. You can catch that water taxi from here and will take you to Stern's Wharf or back to here.
While on our little adventure from the tavern, we noticed these signs, so we followed one. It lead us to a spot where you can see the underbelly of the Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge and to a sign that explained a little bit of the history.
It says: Old Stagecoach Route 1860-1901
This old stagecoach road was used by all traffic until the Cold Springs Arches Bridge was built in 1963.
Well Fargo Bank, Goleta Beautiful, Goleta Historial Society, City & County of Santa Barbara, De La Guerra y Pacheco Chapter 15 E Clampus Vitus and Other Friends.
Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge is the 5th longest span arch bridge of a supporting deck in the world. It also is know for some fatal attraction, so hopfully they will find a way to fix that soon.
Ojai jail was built by then Constable Andrew Van Curen in 1873. When the town replaced Van Curen, he wouldn't let them keep the wooden jail. So they replaced it with a concrete bunker built in 1920 that sits in Libby Park in Ojai still. This wooden jail is located at Cold Springs Tavern. Located towards the back off the patio of the restaurant building.
Inside the Treasure N Trash building is some wonderful newpaper articles of the history of the building and the people who have owned it. Some neat photos too!
The plaque reads: In 1868 this tavern was known as "Cold Springs Relay Station". It was the half way stop between "Mattel's Tavern" to the north, and Patrick Kinevan's "Summit House" to the south. In those days sturdy stagecoaches know as "mudwagons" traveled the rugged San Marcos Pass. It was here horses were changed and passengers rested and enjoyed the noon day meal. In 1900 the Doulton family bought the old tavern with its adjoining 40 acres. In 1941 they sold it to the Ovington family whose daughter Audrey Ovington owns it to this day.
Plaque dedicated August 4, 1993 by
Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116. Native Sons of the Golden West
Reina Del Mar Palor No. 126 Native Daughters of the Golden West
Tierra De Oro Palor No. 204 Native Daughters of the Golden West
It was also very dangerous road due to the fact that highway robbers frequent this pass. Let alone enduring the bump ride to get to point a and b. What is so unique they have maintained its rustic charm. It is nestle in the moutain and the road can be quite dangerous if your not paying attention.
The other building on the property has its own history. The Road Gang house was where the Chinese laborers bunked at while the San Marcos turnpike was being built in 1868.
Arts and Craft Show happen to be going on that day and we took a stroll looking and admiring what the local talent created of many wonderful paintings and sculptures. It’s held every Sunday at Cabrillo Boulevard from East of Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez and runs every Sunday and on designated holidays from 10am until dus.
There are numerous wineries nearby Santa Barbara. They are open to the public, with wine tasting opportunities at each one. In addition to the wine, the wineries also offer local specialities such as dips, sauces, chips, etc. The scenery surrounding the winery is beautiful, with the rolling hills, the vineyards, old oak trees, etc. Very pastoral and usually you will see
Take a tour on board the "Land Shark" amphibious vehicle. Designed specifically for the tourist industry it can drive on both land and sea and does. The 90 minute narrated tour starts at Stearns Wharf and drives past scenic and historical landmarks in Santa Barbara. Then it cruises along the coastline on the water starting and ending at the harbor. You may be lucky and see whales, dolphins or seals.
A 3 hour Bike & Wine Tour with the Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours. They have more than one tour option but we did the 3 hour bike trail with a gourmet lunch and winery visit which also included olive oil tasting all for $135. This also included the bike rental and helmet and guide. We were beginners and they took us out with it only being just the two of us. It was awesome and definitely the highlight of our L.A. Trip. The operators of the company were fantastic. It was also somewhat romantic as well.
well, it's true that paso has great wineries. doesn't the op want to be in santa barbara? paso is two hours north of santa barbara.
i would do a search for winery tours in santa barbara. here is one i found with a simple search. you don't need to leave santa barbara county for great wine.
this covers a half hour north of santa barbara where there is plenty of good stuff (seen the movie sideways? it's there). i would hate to see you drive all the way up to nowhere town, which is an hour north of where i grew up, to go to wineries. santa barbara is beautiful, has the nightlife that paso doesn't have, has culture, a city dynamic with a small town feel. it's just ...
there's so much more to see and do. all you have to do is walk down state street and you will find adult night life. get a hotel or motel within walking distance from state street (6 blocks is a short walk) and you don't need to be near the beach. there are plenty of carts and buses that go down state street. just stay south of carillo st. which crosses state, and you will have no trouble finding anything.
hope that helps.
sorry above posters. you are right about there being good wine, but why leave a place with so much more other opportunities for the adventures they want? i may be wrong...
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