We're excited to announce our new Santa Barbara guide! Two hours north of LA, this seaside town rocks our world with activities for minis and moms alike. From vineyards to surf shops, mountain hiking to beach bumming, Santa Barbara has four-season appeal but is particularly rad come summer. Check out our Santa Barbara guide now and start California dreamin'.
There are many fabulous places to rest your head in beautiful SB, from ranches to resorts we have you covered.
8301 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara
- Set on 78 acres of prime Santa Barbara coastline, the Bacara scores bragging rights for some of the area’s most extensive amenities, from three golf courses to a two-mile private beach.
- The 358 rooms and suites have an updated traditional look, plus spacious marble bathrooms from the entry-level options to the Signature suites.
- Bacara takes food seriously, and there are frequent culinary events and weekend specials; plan at least a few meals “on campus.”
- Every room, from the least expensive to the most, has a private patio or balcony, meaning mom and dad can sip a glass of wine al fresco after kids have conked out for the night.
- Don’t like to drive? No sweat. With so many activities at the resort, there’s no need to leave.
- The Monarch Kids Club accepts children ages 5 to 12 so parents can dig some downtime.
2844 State St, Santa Barbara
A breakfast institution; order at the counter and try to grab a table outside to enjoy freshly baked scones and scrumptious eggs benedict.
127 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
Wood-fired pizza, salads and sandwiches that the whole family will love, in downtown Santa Barbara. They also serve breakfast and you can grab take-away for a meal on-the-go, or stay a while and enjoy lunch on their sunny patio.
900 San Ysidro Ln, Santa Barbara
Plan a romantic night out at San Ysidro ranch’s fine-dining eatery; outdoor tables are the pick in warmer weather, but the cozy indoor space sets a baby-making mood as well thanks to a crackling fireplace and beamed ceilings.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara
Located on Steams Wharf, the Sea Center is a must-do for all ages and so hands-on that parents might get nervous (editor’s advice: don’t). Kids can crawl through a tide pool tank, touch sharks, and get hands-on experience with a variety of odd sea creatures.
This former industrial area has transformed into one of the most happening parts of Santa Barbara. Look for galleries, eateries (including a few of our favorites), wine tasting rooms and boutiques tucked into revitalized warehouses.
Take the ferry over for a day trip exploring the Channel Islands. There’s great kayaking to explore the marine reserve (which includes all eight islands and the surrounding seas) plus resident colonies of sea lions and colorful fish species.
Santa Barbara Public Market
38 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara
This is the spot for local produce, artisanal ice cream, and sustainable seafood, and it also features a kitchen for cooking classes and winemaker dinners. If you’re a fan of San Fran’s Ferry Building Marketplace, you’ll love SB’s version, too.