Santa Barbara, California
We asked Katie Allen at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of the local connoisseurs, including some they work with every day at the Resort. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains on the other, Santa Barbara is one of the most coveted destinations for sunny skies, a mild climate and its own sophisticated brand of California cool.
Shopping: For Men and Women
A shopping spree is not complete without stopping by Susan Pitcher’s Dressed and Ready on Coast Village Road, and Wendy Foster in Montecito and in downtown Santa Barbara. These boutiques are full of local designer apparel and jewellery. For a more handsome wardrobe, K. Frank is great for more casual or contemporary clothing. Nearby, Carroll and Co. is ideal for a sophisticated look for men. Choose from tasteful ties, sweaters and slacks.
Get Cosy with Cocktails
Lucky’s on Coast Village Road is a great place to start. Order the Grass Skirt Martini—it’s a secret martini only locals know about. Then head over to the Hungry Cat, which offers a chalkboard menu featuring a specialty cocktail made with local, fresh-squeezed juices and house-infused spirits. The oysters are the best in town, but the “Pug” burger is a great alternative for those who don’t like seafood.
Concerts, Crafts and Performing Arts
For concerts, the Santa Barbara Bowl is a great outdoor amphitheatre. Entertainers travel from around the world to play in this venue, with breathtaking views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. On Sundays, stroll along Cabrillo Boulevard for the Arts and Crafts show to get a real idea of Santa Barbara’s local culture. The Granada Theater has been entertaining Santa Barbarians since the 1920s. It’s a local landmark that makes any evening entertainment much more memorable.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is in a wonderful location that overlooks the Andree Clarke Bird Refuge, with great views of the Santa Barbara coast. Ride the red train around the grounds and see more than 400 animals in their natural habitat. Don’t skip the gorilla exhibit! Riding bikes or surreys that can fit the whole family is another great way to spend the afternoon. Families can ride along the Santa Barbara’s coastal bike path and stop by the Ty Warner Sea Center, where children can pet starfish and learn about the wonders of the sea.