Social distancing is keeping folks at home with their families. Yet, this presents a great opportunity to explore the abundance of Santa Barbara from the comfort of your living room. Visit Santa Barbara museums online, take a virtual art class or partake in a “live” happy hour!

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

For a museum going experience, tune into the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s YouTube station. Creatives and artists will find plenty to keep them busy during lockdown. Choose from virtual museum tours and even arts and crafts workshops by the museum’s teaching artists. Intellectuals will enjoy loads of lectures with many detailed and long videos that really delve deep into the arts.

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Moxi museum at home

It’s easy to keep the kids entertained with Moxi at Home. There are games and projects for all ages designed to keep children engaged via distance learning. Even though kids aren’t at the museum itself, they can still get elbow deep in fun with DIY crafts and hands-on activities. From painting to 3D modeling to robotics and stamp making, there’s so much to choose from, kids and parents are sure to find numerous ways to bond and create lasting memories that will transcend time.


Santa Barbara virtual wine tasting

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There’s no shortage of wineries in Santa Barbara, so order some wine for delivery from one of the local winemakers and take part in a virtual happy hour or wine tasting. Check out the virtual vineyard tours of Riverbench Vineyard & Winery and join in on one of their Facebook Live virtual wine tastings.

Santa Barbara painting class with wine

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Get your wine and art fix in one with a virtual art class by The Painted Cabernet. Order an at-home painting kit, open up your favorite bottle of wine* and get yourself set-up for a relaxing and satisfying evening of creativity. These virtual art classes will teach you step-by-step how to create your own painting just like if you were in their studio on State Street! *Wine not included in the virtual class.

Virtual foodie group class

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If you’re missing your friends, connect with them in a virtual group cooking class hosted by Eat This, Shoot That. The “Virtual Foodie Adventures” class is open for groups of at least 5 people and up to 100 people for a 30-45 minute cooking or cocktail class via Zoom. Learn from one of Santa Barbara’s chefs or mixologists and even come away with tips on smartphone food photography.

Where to stay in Santa Barbara after Lockdown is over

We know virtual activities aren’t the same as visiting Santa Barbara itself, but don’t worry, Santa Barbara isn’t going anywhere. When California is ready to open up, the Central Coast will be right here waiting for you. In the meantime, and after you’ve taken all the virtual classes you can handle, we hope you’ll be inspired to browse our beautiful rental properties and plan ahead for a future trip!