Our passports might be collecting dust these days, but with a little creativity and imagination, it is possible to get a travel fix with some international flavor. And you can do so safely within the borders of the Santa Barbara County lines.
Between the Mediterranean climate, cuisine, and lifestyle, the Spanish-Moorish architecture, and the dramatic way the mountains meet the sea, the city gives off a distinctively European vibe. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes have stood in for locales like Egypt and Morocco in many a feature film over the decades—dating as far back as The Sheika silent picture released in InCecil B.
DeMille built the largest movie set in history on these sandy shores for The Ten Commandmentstraces of which can still be seen depending on how the wind is blowing.
Take a stroll along the remote beaches of the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve and soak up the solitary essence of the mystical landscape that has inspired countless creative visionaries. Horseback riding along unspoiled beaches is a quintessential Baja, Mexico photo op.
Pre-mix mason jars of margaritas in advance or fill your flask with a smoky, sippable mezcal to further channel the flavor of Mexico with a post-ride libation. With more than wineries in Santa Barbara County and a growing climate that allows a broad diversity of grape varietals to flourish, our winemakers reflect an equally international influence. Spend a day channeling the joie de vivre of France sipping your way through the Santa Ynez Valley —with a deated driver, of course.
Make Bordeaux your next destination with a high-end private tasting at Crown Point Vineyards. The winery specializes in cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux blends made by a team of esteemed French winemakers.
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Read our Island Hopping Guide to discover the many ways you can channel Charles Darwin as you get acquainted with the more than endemic species only found on the Channel Islands. Inthe village was settled by Danes whose legacies live on through family-run businesses that still flourish today. Italian immigrants from the Piedmont and Veneto regions settled in Santa Barbara in the 19th century and left their mark in trades including our dairies, fisheries, and stone masonry.
If you want to travel to Umbria to do some souvenir shopping, step into Italian Pottery Outletan import shop established by another local Italian family in Greece is known for its superior extra virgin olive oils and that tradition has been translated locally by Theo Stephan, the maker behind the Global Gardens range of gourmet oils and vinegars. Visit the Vedanta Temple in the foothills of Montecito to take a virtual spiritual quest to India.
Walk the scenic grounds of the acre property, taking in its sweeping Pacific views.
Over the ensuing decades, he lovingly tended to the garden until his retirement in The impressive garden recently reopened after a meticulous, two-year restoration project that improved the water clarity in the ponds and made it wheelchair accessible for the first time. Pay a visit and practice the Japanese art of shinrin-yoku forest bathing while soaking up the serenity of the grounds.
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They are uniquely Santa Barbaran and tell stories about the natural world, California history and architecture, art, music, makers, fascinating characters, and so much more. The fact is, for such a….
From outdoor museums to botanical and zoological gardens, spice up your virtual learning lesson plan with an overnight field trip to experience the educational adventures available within the Santa Barbara South Coast. Additionally, area hotels make….
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