The renowned Lafond Winery single varietal bottlings of vineyard and Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are poured at the Lafond Winery City Tasting Room next to the Santa Barbara Winery Tasting Room in Santa Barbara’s popular FunkZone. Also available is Wine Club information, Gift Baskets, Gift Cards and current releases. In 1962, Pierre Lafond opened the first winery in Santa Barbara County since prohibition. Today, there are over 100.
Sea breeze and sun complement a charming patio setting at the Santa Barbara Winery tasting room—located just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean in downtown Santa Barbara -a site that doubles as a production (all their wines are bottled there) and storage facility. The wines under the Santa Barbara Winery label range from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to lesser known but memorable varietals such as Primitivo and Lagrein.Feature Article
Drawing inspiration from ancient oaks, nineteenth century adobe structures and an original stagecoach trail, Rancho San Marcos is steeped in history and tranquil beauty.Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. - and recently renovated by owner, TyWarner - this 6800 yard Par 71 course offers stunning views of the Santa Ynez River Valley, distant furrowed peaks and eagles soaring above Lake Cachuma.Feature Article
An inspiring combination of challenge and beauty as championship golf brings you to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. With breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole, Sandpiper is a truly memorable experience. Sandpiper combines a tradition of championship golf and spectacular surroundings to provide its guests with something more than a round of golf… The Sandpiper Experience!Feature Article
For almost 160 years this site has been the home of local government and a place of civic pride and celebration. Visitors from around the world come to see the courthouse, mural room and grounds. Hundreds get married in the Mural Room or in the Garden every year. The courthouse complex is comprised of four buildings totaling 150,000 square feet. Santa Barbara Courthouse a National Historic Landmark!
The icon of Santa Barbara, Old Mission Santa Barbara is a world-class destination for anyone interested in how Santa Barbara began. From our museum and mausoleum to our retreat center and splendid church, Old Mission Santa Barbara has something to offer everyone. More than 200 years later, the Mission continues to be the chief cultural and historic landmark in the city of Santa Barbara. Home to a community of Franciscan friars, the Mission property has ten acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and a beautiful church with a large and active parish. The gift shop includes jewelry, religious artifacts, statues, books, clothing, and postcards for sale in our gift shop. Open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm
Take a short stroll out over the Pacific Ocean and savor the sensory experiences of California’s oldest working wharf. Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze while watching local fishing boats off-load their morning catches. Touch marine life in a special aquarium. Taste wines and indulge in cuisines from fastfood to fanciful. Delight in a wealth of colorful shopping amidst commanding, panoramic views of the mountains and the coastline.
Naturally sheltered by mountains and islands on a southward facing coastline, Santa Barbara Harbor has one of the ten best climates in the world. With over 1100 slips accommodating boats from 20 feet to 150 feet long, Come and see what our beautiful harbor has to offer. Enjoy fine dining, day charters or an island trip to one of four offshore islands. Visit the exciting Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, which offers fun for the whole family. There’s a lot to do in Santa Barbara Harbor.
Celebrating its 46th year, the santa Barbara arts & crafts show was inspired by European sidewalk shows and the outdoor art fiestas of Mexico. Sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation Department since 1965, the show is now the only continuous, non-juried arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. The show is held every Sunday under the palms on Cabrillo Blvd. and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Approximately 200 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own original work in a beautiful outdoor setting. Come join us for a visit!
The Chumash Casino Resort offers gaming at its exhilarating best, including 2,000 slot machines, Bingo and exciting table games like Blackjack and Poker. Cash prizes, weekly luxury car giveaways and exceptional customer service make the Chumash Casino Resort the most exciting getaway in Santa Barbara’s wine country.
For some of the best entertainment around, visit the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom. The showroom features intimate seating for 1,300 and hosts top headliner entertainers, world championship boxing and more. You can start and end your day in one of our luxurious suites or relaxing rooms at the AAA Four- Diamond-rated Chumash Casino Resort Hotel.
A remarkable permanent collection featuring ancient art: 19th C, American, French & English, 20th C, European, North American & Latin American, as well as a vast collection of works on paper and highly praised Asian art. Showing thru Jan 2013, The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry & Politics in 17th Century China. This exhibition showcases nearly 60 paintings from an era of unrivaled historical drama & artistic achievement in China that spans from the late Ming (ca. 1600-1644) & the early Qing dynasties (1644-ca.1700). Dec 15 thru Mar 2013 view California Dreaming: Plein-Air Painting from San Francisco to San Diego. Also, visit the children’s gallery, café & gift store. Open Tue- Sun, 11am-5pm.
View Santa Barbara by both land and sea, on this “boat with wheels!” Designed for comfortable cruising, the ambhibious Land Shark offers fully narrated 90-min. tours departing from Stearns Wharf at 12pm, 2pm, & 4pm, winding thru the streets of Santa Barbara and its historical landmarks, and splashing down into the blue waters of the Santa Barbara harbor.
Climb aboard the all new Condor Express, a jet powered catamaran, for a spectacular whale watching trip, sportfishing or island excursion. The crew is very knowledgeable about the whales, islands & sea. The Condor Express has a spacious galley with food and cocktail service.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. An average Zoo visit lasts 2.5 hours; but many guests spend a half day meandering the grounds, taking in the Pacific Ocean views, and enjoying a picnic lunch or dinner after visiting the animals.Feature Article