The 4th of July is coming right up, and that means the Santa Barbara Harbor! There will be lots of activities during the day, lots of people all along all the beaches and around the harbor area, and then at around 9 p.m. or so,...More
Thank you very much for reaching out and for taking this special trip to Santa Barbara. We would be happy to help with ideas for your visit! There are many hotels at a variety of styles and price ranges right along Cabrillo... More
Thank you very much for reaching out and for taking this special trip to Santa Barbara. We would be happy to help with ideas for your visit! There are many hotels at a variety of styles and price ranges right along Cabrillo Boulevard, which overlooks the beach and ocean. For an exhaustive list of hotels you can check out our visitors' bureau Visit Santa Barbara. You can do an online search for their website since they don't post here. For ideas of things to do, there are so many options! Do you and your wife enjoy the arts? There is a Sunday artwalk along Cabrillo Boulevard with has all local, handcrafted items. Even without purchasing, it's fun to peruse. Museums? There is a Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Karpeles Manuscript Library (right in downtown and free to enter), Maritime Museum (in the harbor and same building as the viewing deck), among others. Along the waterfront there is a free fourth-floor viewing deck in the harbor with gorgeous views. Also, the Courthouse has a clock tower with gorgeous views of the city and that is also free of charge. There are also great local coffee shops to sit in and take in the atmosphere, restaurants that can be as fancy or casual as you'd like, and great locally-made ice cream shops too. If you'd like to get out into nature, there are near-by hikes or even a flat Douglas Family Preserve for an easy stroll overlooking the ocean. We hope this helps and that you have a truly memorable and special weekend. If you have any additional questions, call any time: 805-897-1962.