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Santa Barbara for quick trip?

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Santa Barbara for quick trip?

Looking at places for 3-4 days to fit in a vacation between college sons summer internship in Texas. Is Santa Barbara a good place? We have done San Diego, LA and San Fran in Calfironia and love all of them. He golfs so maybe a public courses? An suggestions on college freshman boy social activities?

Thanks-Texas mom

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1. Re: Santa Barbara for quick trip?

Drop him off at isla vista and pick him up four days later. Dont ask questions.

But seriously, im confused. Are you asking about coming from houston to santa barbara for 3-4 days? And just the two of you, or more family? Santa Barbara is a great place. I'm not sure if it is right for your trip though without being more clear.

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2. Re: Santa Barbara for quick trip?

Santa Barbara would be good, but I think an Orange County beach city, Laguna Beach or Huntington Beach, might be better.

But it all depends on budget and what kind of an experience you want besides golfing.

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3. Re: Santa Barbara for quick trip?

Sorry about the lack of details, lol. Yes, mom and son trip. We are looking at Co Springs, Sedona and Santa Barbara. It will be 3-4 days total in SB due to time constraints . Three very different locations so i was looking for any suggestions as to what we might do in SB. Just browsing it looks like we could kayak, golf and shop ( mom). I also was wondering if Santa Barbara was a romantic city versus family?

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Yes, mom in Houston and son at the university of Texas. I got a chuckle out of your comment:) but I'm hoping since I don't get many details while he's at college, I could spend sometime with him.

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5. Re: Santa Barbara for quick trip?

Yes, Santa Barbara has a well deserved reputation for being more romantic and better enjoyed with a glass of local wine. It is still family friendly, and state street has a definite college town feel- despite not being close to the college. You could make it work, but I dont think it would be my first choice to visit with my mom at that age. If I had such a tight schedule, I would probably be looking at places where I could get a direct flight saving many hours of travel time.

I do like the above suggestion of orange county, but I assume youve been there as well?

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6. Re: Santa Barbara for quick trip?

Of the three I'd say Santa Barbara unless your aura needs massaging or crystals recharging, then Sedona for sure.

You did say you had been to LA, SF and SD, but didn't respond about Laguna Beach/Huntington Beach. I still think I'd choose them over SB for a short vacation.

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Kayaking is excellent in Santa Barbara, and at the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands provide a world class kayaking experience. It's probably best to arrange a tour and it is an all day experience that requires planning. You can paddle under an iconic arch rock or between the islets at Anacapa Island. There is even an underwater arch that you can swim through, but it was a serendipitous find for us and it would be hard to find again, besides that we had parked our kayaks on the rock, which isn't really allowed. At Santa Cruz Island you can kayak into caves. In one of the caves the sunlight lights the water into a brilliant blue and the cave opens up into a hidden rock garden. Otherwise, the next best kayaking is in the SB Harbor where the boats, birds, sea lions, and wharf will keep your interest. There are rentals at the Harbor. It is a half day experience. If you are so inclined you could also drive two hours to Shell Beach to kayak Dinosaur Caves - an interesting kayaking area among the sea stacks close to shore. http://www.islandpackers.com/WaterSports.html ....... http://www.channelislandso.com/rentals.php ... ... www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/hiking.htm . . ... http://www.centralcoastkayaks.com/

(I'm not a golfer, but...) There are excellent golf courses in Santa Barbara. The premier course may be Sandpiper next to the ocean. The River Course is a beautiful course located next to Solvang. Santa Barbara has a municipal course. http://www.sandpipergolf.com/ ...... http://rivercourse.com/-home ...... santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/golf/

(I'm a utilitarian shopper, but...) The Paseo Nuevo provides a typical shopping experience. Larger urban areas will have more availability in their malls, but the Paseo suffices. Otherwise State St, has plenty of local, antique, gift, pottery, jewelry, book, and brand stores. On Sundays Santa Barbara has an arts and crafts fair along the beach. An interesting mall shopping mall is La Arcada. http://www.paseonuevoshopping.com/ ...... santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/recrea… ..... .... http://www.laarcadasantabarbara.com/ and the Thousand Oaks Mall about two hours drive south is a shopper's paradise - http://www.shoptheoaksmall.com/

Santa Barbara has lots of excellent hiking, including an easy hike at the Botanic Garden, and a interesting private garden tour at Lotusland. http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/ .... .... ..... http://www.sbbg.org/ ... ... ... http://www.lotusland.org/

And there is a bit of history in the Santa Barbara Mission and the Santa Barbara Courthouse. http://www.santabarbaracourthouse.org/ ..... ...... http://www.santabarbaramission.org/

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8. Re: Santa Barbara for quick trip?

My daughter is in college at SBCC and I am LOLing about the advice to drop your son off in Isla Vista and NOT ASK QUESTIONS. Sage advice. We are headed out for her graduation in three weeks and I think you would have a very nice time in SB.

I've gotten great advice from this forum--some of the best TA members on Planet Earth!

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