My husband and I (early 30's) will be traveling to Santa Barbara in late Feb for a 3 day weekend. Since we don't get away alot without our young kids, we are looking for a fun, yet relaxing weekend. We enjoy good food, wine, beautiful scenery. We will be flying into LAX and out of Burbank if anyone has any suggestions for scenic stops/restaurants on the way to/from SB. We would like to drive along the PCH for the most scenic ride. I was thinking we would spend the first two days exploring Santa Barbara, see downtown, walk on the beach, and possibly take a segway tour to Butterfly Beach from SB (this tour is rated very well on tripadvisor and seems like it would be a pretty and fun ride?). Also, our hotel in the west beach area of SB provides free bikes - what are the best places for a scenic ride? Would be open to other suggestions as well!
What I would really like to know, what are the "must see/do" things in Santa Barbara? Especially scenic things. We will only have 2 days here.
My next question - I was thinking on Sunday, our third and last day, maybe we would drive 40 min. north and check out some of the vineyards in the Santa Ynez area and downtown Solvang. Is this worth a trip? We like small, quaint towns and good wine so this sounded nice. I am wondering however if I'm cramming too much in. Given we only have 3 days, should we spend all of it in Santa Barbara, or will we have covered Santa Barbara in the first two days and it is worth spending our last day in the Solvang area? Is this area particularly scenic? (I can go to vineyards on the east coast where we live, I am most interested in going to the Solvang/Santa Ynez area if it's a pretty, scenic area to check out?)
Are there any quaint, scenic towns within an hour north or south of SB that are a "must see"?
Would appreciate any feedback! Thanks!