Santa Barbara Guidebook

Kelly

Santa Barbara Guidebook

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Farmer's Markets

http://www.sbfarmersmarket.org/events.php • Saturday – 8:30am - 1:00pm - downtown on Cota St between Anacapa St and Santa Barbara St • Sunday – 10:00am – 2:00pm Goleta in the costco parking lot (Camino Real Marketplace) • Tuesday – 3:00pm – 6:30pm - State street (between Haley and Ortega) • Thursday – 3:00pm – 6:00pm – Goleta in the costco parking lot (Camino Real Marketplace) • Friday – 8:00am - 11:15am – Montecito coast village road (lower village)
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Grocery Stores

• Lazy Acres is around the corner at the top of Shoreline Drive just before Cliff Drive and is similar to a whole foods (more expensive but great store) • Vons is also around the corner on Cliff Drive in the plaza with the McDonalds • Mesa Produce is next to the Vons plaza (old gas station) and has farm fresh produce • Tri-county produce (end of Milpas) – larger ‘produce stand/specialty market’ • Whole foods – upper state • Ralphs is downtown (Chapala and Carrillo) and is the best ‘normal’ grocery store • Trader Joes – one on De La Vina and one on Milpas (equal in distance from the house)
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Waterfront Dining

o Boathouse – great waterfront atmosphere, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. o Shoreline café – super casual, plastic tables in the sand o Biltmore (Four seasons) – across from the beach - nice o Miramar (Montecito) – on the beach - nice o The Wharf (last place on the right) good seafood, small, not fancy o The Harbor (Brophy brothers (seafood) or Chucks waterfront Grill patio (ambiance) or On The Alley (order at the counter))
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Breakfast

o Backyard Bowls – frozen acai berry blended into a smoothie topped with fresh fruit, etc. o Finch and Fork (in the Hotel Santa Barbara Downtown) o Boathouse (waterfront) o Cajun Kitchen (greasy spoon) o Cantwell’s (takeout breakfast burrito) o On The Alley (OTA) Harbor – order at counter
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Upper State Street Restaurants

• Arigato (sushi) – State St • Sama Sama (Asian fushion) – State Street • CaDario (Italian) – off of State St on Victoria • Bouchon (super high end) – State St • Jane (American) – State St • Olio Pizzeria– State St
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Funk Zone Dining

• The Lark (American, family style, hip) – Funk Zone (Anacapa St) • Loquita (Tapas) – State Street/Funk zone • Les Marchand’s (French/American) • Santo Mezcal (nice Mexican) • Finney’s (barlike setting, good food) • The Patio – Outdoor/Sandwiches • Mony’s Taco’s – limited seating
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Montecito Dining

• Honor Bar (American) – Montecito • Oliver’s (Vegan, but good) – Montecito • Lucky’s (high-end steak house) – Montecito • Miramar Hotel (by the beach) - Montecito
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Urban Wine Trail

• There are 16 or so tasting rooms in downtown SB. I would recommend starting near Municipal, Kunin and Corks and Crowns (all next door to one another on Anacapa by Cabrillo) • Topa Topa Brewery is a cool spot in the funk zone with order at the counter food (lama dog/The nook) there’s also Figueroa Mtn Brewery or Shaloobs (which has food) • Food in the funk zone: Pizza at lucky penny, Mony’s tacos, lama dog/The nook, Metropolis (Sandwiches), Tyger Tyger (Vietnamese and Thai), Shaloobs http://www.urbanwinetrailsb.com/
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Wine Country

It's definitely worth going over. It’s about a 35 minute drive. Most wineries have picnic areas so I would recommend stopping at Los Olivos Grocery on your way over and picking up sandwiches to bring to one of the wineries. http://www.californiawineryadvisor.com/articles/view/Santa_Barbara_Wine_Maps o Lincourt o Rusack o Zaca Mesa (further out) Cold Springs Tavern is a fun stop on the way back from wine country. It’s off the 154 near the top. They’re famous for their tri-tip sandwiches (served in the restaurant – but also served outside on Sundays).
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Surfing

• Mesa Steps (end of Mesa Lane – right by your house) • Leadbetter point (far end of shoreline park on shoreline drive) • Hammonds (south on the 101) • Rincon • Hobsons • Mondos – beginner break just past faria • C-street (ventura)
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Shopping

Paseo Nuevo http://www.paseonuevoshopping.com/ - This is an outdoor mall (paseo) on state street and starts at the Ortega and ends at the Nordstrom (canon perdido). I would park under the mall (entrances on Chapala street). The first 75 mins is free and then it’s $1.50/hour. State street – if you head up state street from Paseo Nuevo you will find several more shops. There isn’t much past Victoria St. SB is known for it’s consignment shops – there are a few on state street that you may want to pop into if you’re in the mood.
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Museums

• Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (by the Mission) – nice ‘hike’ • Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Downtown on State Street) • Maritime Museum (in the Harbor) – make sure you take the elevator to the viewing deck • Santa Barbara Historical Museum (Downtown just off of state street) • Santa Barbara Sea center (Wharf) • Santa Barbara Mission • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (by the Mission) – fun for kids and adults – there is a ‘backyard’ area for kids to play outside http://www.santabarbaraca.com/includes/media/docs/Museum-Pamphlet-orig.pdf
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Hiking

http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/hikes/frontcountry/ - Most SB hikes provide a great ocean view (including all of the below). All have elevation gain and are out and back hikes so you can turn around at any point. • Inspiration Point (3 hours round trip) • Romero Canyon (3 hours round trip) • McMenemy Bench (1.5 hours round trip)
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Touristy Stuff

• Land shark – 90 minute narrated tour on land and through the harbor - it leaves at 12 and 2 daily at the end of the wharf on Cabrillo – tickets purchased on board – Adults $25, kids $10 http://www.out2seesb.com/tours-land-shark.html • Trolley Tour – 90 minute narrated tour of SB – leaves every hour 10am -4pm– tickets at the visitors center and I believe on board - http://www.sbtrolley.com/ $19/adult – one free child with each adult otherwise $8 • Double Dolphin – Sunset sailboat tours out of the harbor (2 hours $25/person – kids free) • Little toot water ferry http://www.sbwatertaxi.com
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Summer Events

• Nite moves (Wednesday) – swim and 5k run on shoreline park (can do just swim or just run too). Ends in the park with food, music and beer. • Concerts in the Park (Thursday) – Chase palm park – free music, waterfront, bring a picnic and wine (they say no alcohol but most people have plastic cups) • Outdoor movies at the courthouse (Fridays) – bring a blanket, food and drink
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Activities

• Stand up paddle – you can rent boards in the harbor. • Kayaking – you can rent kayaks in the harbor – they have single and double kayaks • Sunday art Walk on Cabrillo – Every Sunday there is an art show along Cabrillo (far side of the wharf) • Urban Wine Trail • Hiking • Museums/Zoo
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Santa Barbara Zoo

• There is food there or you can bring stuff to picnic as there are several nice lawns. Kids under 2 are free. $14/adult and $6 for parking. http://www.sbzoo.org/