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    Bike & Wine Tour

    by gripdxd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    This is us on our bikes with our guide The grapes in the backround Our private gourmet (fresh) lunch
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    to stay in santa barbara for wineries or not to?

    by rkearns Updated Jul 20, 2010

    hi,
    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.

    http://www.santabarbarabackroads.com/?gclid=CP6bw8fL-aICFQ8ObAodmEIqlQ

    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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  • Trikke Santa Barbara

    by TrikkeSB Written Jul 15, 2010

    Trikke Santa Barbara offers a great new way to see everything Santa Barbara has to offer from its beautiful beaches to its historical roots. Bring the family and ride aboard the innovative electric Trikke carving vehicle - an ultralight, environmentally friendly and FUN personal transporter. The three-wheeled carving vehicle offers a completely stable platform that's fun for all skill sets and abilities. A quick five-minute lesson is all you need to get going. Carve into turns as if skiing in the snow and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful sites of Santa Barbara.

    Trikke Santa Barbara also offers GPS automated tours of historical Santa Barbara by incorporating the innovative GPS Ranger technology with the Trikke carving vehicle. Tour at your own pace and discover what Santa Barbara has to offer. As you pass by a point of interest, the GPS Ranger automatically plays the associated media having been triggered by your location. You can also redeem discount coupons from Santa Barbara retailers and restaurants through this system.

    Experience Santa Barbara as never before. Make a reservation whether you are an individual, family or company looking for a fun new team building activity. Rates begin at $14/hr for the walking tour and go up to $29/hr for the full Trikke and tour experience. Half-day and full-day discounts are available.

    Come by 18 E De La Guerra for a test ride before you rent. Trikke Santa Barbara - Ski the streets!

    For more information or to make a reservation, contact Rusty Harrington (805) 450-1172.

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    Moreton Bay Fig Tree

    by ranger49 Written Jul 2, 2010

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    We crossed the road at the bottom of State sStreet to see the Amtrak Station but after a wander around with nostalgic memories of stations like this one in old Hollywood films we discovered an even older relic of Santa Barbara behind the railtrack.

    It was a most amazing tree. The spread of its branches reach right across the road and it is said to be capable of sheltering 1000 standing people under its shade.
    The information plaques told us it is over 120 years old and known as the Moreton Bay Fig Tree.
    Said to be the largest tree of its kind in America, the trunk measures 38 feet in circumference. It was the first tree to be officially recognised by the City, in 1970, as having notable historic interest.
    The tree is protected by a low rail and prominent notices ask visitors not to damage the tree by climbing, swinging on its branches or walking over its massive roots. We were sad to see a large group of American youths doing all of those things. Happilt no visible symtoms of serious harm are visible on the great bulk of this enormous specimen.

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    Old Spanish Days, Fiesta

    by sisterthyme Written Mar 6, 2010

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    The Old Spanish Days (or simply Fiesta, as locals call it) is an annual festival that occurs the first week of August. Now nearly 100 years old, the festivities have become a rather integral part of the city's culture and traditions.

    Although Old Spanish days is celebrated throughout Santa Barbara in many different areas, the most happening and interesting location is in the De La Guerra Plaza. Here you will find a stage where live music and traditional Spanish dance is performed all day; many vendors selling everything from delicious authentic Mexican and Spanish meals to margaritas and assorted desserts; and busy open-air marketplaces selling beautiful (yet slightly expensive) clothing and jewelry. The festivities start early in the morning and continue late into the night, and draw both tourists and locals.

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    The night life in Santa Barbara.

    by Dizzyhead Written Oct 9, 2009

    I had a really good time here and the bouncers were just fine. They even let us stay longer while all other people had to leave the night club. We warched a quarterfinal between Sweden and Senegal in the World Cup (football). But the bad thing with the rules here and in California is that they closed so early. They closed it 02.00. Too early.

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  • Captain Jacks Tours

    by CGX11 Written Feb 7, 2009

    The first time I went, we did the SB Wine tour and my girl friends and I had a great experience. This time we did the Santa Rita Hills Wine Tour and it was even better! Our tour guide, Dan, gave us tons of historical background and all the wineries were fabulous. The tours are perfect for a girls day out or with your significant other. My boyfriend and I are planning on doing a kayaking tour next time...can't wait!! =) I recommend Captain Jack's to anyone who is looking for an awesome experience in SB!

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    Wine Tasting at the Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

    by TravellerMel Written Nov 17, 2008

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    Beautiful winery just North of Santa Barbara. Well worth the drive. Tasting Fee $10.00 per person (check the paper or tourist books for coupons), and you even get to keep the coonskin cap logo glass! Average of 6 wines poured for each tasting.

    For those who don't know, Fess Parker is an actor who most famously portrayed Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on the 1950's TV shows. He and his family own and operate the vineyards.

    Tasting Room & Visitor Center Open
    Monday- Sunday from 10 AM until 5 PM

    Close-Up The Three That Came Home with Me! At the Fess Parker Winery With Gram outside the Fess Parker Winery
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    Downtown beach

    by trvlrtom Written Nov 17, 2008

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    The beach at Santa Barbara is one of the better ones located in a city. It hasn't been overdeveloped and doesn't have a lot of cheap tourist shops or ugly, late 20th century hotels facing the ocean. It is a wide, soft, sandy beach, perfect for taking a walk, watching beach volleyball, taking in the sun or testing the water for a quick swim.

    The wharf is good to check out places to eat and buy some postcards. It too, hasn't been overly developed and doesn't have the almost circus atmosphere of the wharfs in San Francisco or Monterey further north.

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    Arroyo Burro Beach (aka Hendry's)

    by trvlrtom Written Nov 14, 2008

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    This is a really good beach, a little off the beaten path and favored by locals. Officially named Arroyo Burro Beach but known as Hendry's, it's a ten minute drive along the Coast from downtown Santa Barbara heading north. If you want to enjoy a walk and a quiet scene, this is the place to go.

    The beach is surorunded by towering cliffs and a curving coastline. Surfers like it here, along with dogs and their owners. There's a restaurant and snack bar here (The Boathouse, in another tip I've got), outdoor showers, restrooms, free parking, and a grassy picnic area.

    There are other things to do nearby. Elings Park is a half mile up Las Positas - popular with hang gliders and paragliders. Just next to the beach is the Douglas Family Reserve, which has great cliffside terrain in all of Santa Barbara that is great for hiking.

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    Hang out at the beach or do water sports

    by malianrob Updated Jul 26, 2008

    I dont usually go to the beach while I am in Santa Barbara but that will change. There is so much to do here. So many activities going on here .The harbor of Santa Barbara developed because the Channel Islands have provided a haven from severe weather. The waterfront area grew up around that harbor and is currently a working harbor with a very productive fishing fleet. It also hosts five parks, a wharf, numerous restaurants, quaint shops and a walking/biking path that stretches almost five miles.
    There are sail boat everywhere.

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    Poor Man's Pebble Beach

    by rstary Written May 31, 2008

    Golf at Sandpiper. It is the most beautiful location right on the water north of Santa Barbara. I've been to Pebble Beach and it is fabulous. This place is wonderful in it's own way with five holes right on the water. They do have a par three that you hit down hill toward the water which is reminiscent of a similar Pebble Beach hole. This is a little more affordable golf course and you don't have to stay at an expensive resort to play there!

    On the number 12 tee near the beach Par 3 11th Hole by the beach
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    Sunsets are free!

    by tvdandy Written Oct 5, 2007

    Like I said, unfortunately the sun does not set on the ocean in Santa Barbara, but there are still plenty of cool areas to take pics where the sun is setting and the beautiful glow of the skys of the aftermath. Very peaceful and soulful I might add. Go around the beach area for some amazing colors after sunset. If you are lucky enough you might even be there for a full moon! What a great photo op!

    Full moon, Santa Barbara Sunset behind the mountains, Santa Barbara Sun Setting on harbor, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara beach in the glow of the moon
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    Boating for the Jet Set

    by tvdandy Written Oct 5, 2007

    Santa Barbara is all things glamourous, boating in no exception. The marina and beach area is full of great areas to cruise around on a sailboat looking cool and being the envy of schmucks like me in my Walmart clothes photographing you. It is a very cool atmosphere, heading west once State st meets the beach. Can't miss the harbor.

    Sailing away in Santa Barbara Watching the boats Sailing around dusk Sailboats abound in Santa Barbara
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    A decent beach

    by tvdandy Written Oct 5, 2007

    I would not rate the beach very highly that runs right into State St. There is alot of seaweed and those flying gnats. The water is cold and the waves are lame. BUT it is a pretty good people watching place, with lots of the typical California volleyball action, hottie blondes and the like. Also a very mellow vibe, and like I said, just a little walk from downtown, so the convenience factor is high.
    Just a nice place to layout without being a party animal for a while.

    Santa Barbara beach Volleyball is part of Cali culture beauty and boats watching the harbor
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