Four Seasons Santa Barbara: Within Walking Distance

Take a walk or hop on a bike to enjoy the best of Santa Barbara right around Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, from the wines to the waves.

May 1, 2012
  • Channel Drive along Butterfly Beach
  • Montecito boutique shopping
  • Rent a Beach Cruiser in Santa Barbara
  • The Asian Otter enclosure at the Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Beach volleyball game in Santa Barbara
  • Downtown Santa Barbara, including State Street
  • Wine selections at Margerum Wine Company, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara California USA
Directly across the street (Channel Drive) from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara spreads Butterfly Beach. A mix of packed sand, rugged cliffs and, yes, California surf, this local favourite welcomes walkers and joggers. It’s also a lovely spot to catch a sunset, since it’s one of the few west-facing beaches in the area.
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Tucked in an exclusive neighbourhood, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara lies about a half mile from charming Montecito. Walk northeast (go left) from the Biltmore’s driveway onto Channel Drive. Roughly a half mile farther, Channel Drive intersects with Montecito’s main drag, Coast Village Road. Dotted with clothing boutiques, jewellery stores, independent restaurants and art galleries, it’s a wonderful place to spend an afternoon—or dinner at the very least. Lucky’s serves up excellent steaks and seafood. Italian restaurant Trattoria Mollie has earned praise from Oprah and President Obama for its homemade pasta. While in town, perhaps you’ll run into one of the Hollywood stars who live here—Oprah, Rob Lowe and Michael Douglas among them.
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Enjoy an authentic California adventure by renting a beach cruiser from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Turn your red bike, complete with a basket, right out of the driveway, pedalling parallel to the coast. Wind around the Santa Barbara Cemetery, dubbed the “Best Last Place” due to its amazing views of the Pacific, then pass the Andree Clark Bird Refuge on your right. Keep your eyes open for black-crowned night herons, red-winged blackbirds, gulls, ducks and geese.
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It’s an arresting sight when giraffes raise their heads above the foliage surrounding the Santa Barbara Zoo. Observe them from the Cabrillo Bike Path, or better yet, pay the reasonable admission to see lions, penguins, elephants, gorillas, snow leopards and more than 500 other animals in this lush garden setting.
Photography Katie Dillon
Between the zoo and touristy Stearns Wharf at State Street, the Cabrillo Bike Path passes icons of quintessential coastal California. Depending on the time of day, you could catch a beach volleyball game or helmeted youngsters perfecting ollies at the skate park. Count on views of swaying palms and crashing waves.
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State Street holds loads of shopping, dining and wining pleasures. Here, you’ll find well-known brands Betsy Johnson, Coach, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and others. To the east between State and Garden and Yanonali and Mason streets, the Funk Zone boasts Santa Barbara’s eclectic shopping side. From these funky side-street boutiques and emerging artists and craftspeople, you’re sure to find something original—maybe even a surfboard.
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Margerum Wine Company is one of many wineries tucked off State Street. Located at 813 Anacapa Street, this tasting room features the vintages of Doug Margerum. As one of the leaders of winemaking in Santa Barbara, Margerum encourages other winemakers, of which there are now at least 15 on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. Margerum specializes in three wines: Sybarite sauvignon blanc, Uber syrah and M5—a blend of syrah, grenache, mourvèdre, counoise and cinsault grapes from nine of the top vineyards in Santa Barbara county.
Photography courtesy Margerum Wine Company
Once a former post office, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art houses a collection of more than 27,000 pieces of art. It continually earns recognition as a top museum, organizing blockbuster exhibitions, such as the recent “Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–1912.” Its permanent collection includes a selection of antiquities rivalled in the western U.S. only by those housed at the J. Paul Getty Museum, as well as masterpieces of French Impressionism and an outstanding show of 2,600 Asian artworks in a variety of media.
Photography Alamy

Fit, savvy and fun, Santa Barbarians appreciate the numerous beaches, bike paths and sidewalks dotting their slice of the “American Riviera.” Follow in their footsteps—or bike tread—from the main entrance of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and sample some of what makes this coastal city one of California’s best. Wine, art and birds are just a few of the highlights.


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