Enjoying meaningful time with friends and family has become profoundly more precious within the last two years. Though virtual happy hours, Zoom reunions and online hangouts are the norm these days, in-person, face-to-face time is now all the more rare. The opportunities where we can gather, embrace and feel the warmth of friends and loved ones is not wasted or taken lightly anymore. True connections matter and a vacation to Santa Barbara should be filled with memories between you and your favorite people.

Here are a couple of our favorite heart-centered, local Santa Barbara companies that value community and togetherness, allowing visitors to experience Santa Barbara through meaningful and creative custom home experiences where friends and family can bond in the comfort of their own Santa Barbara vacation rental home.

Togetherness is more meaningful than ever in Santa Barbara

Gather in the comfort of your own backyard, patio or garden – or rather – those of your Santa Barbara vacation rental home. Choose from a variety of bespoke experiences catered for small groups by the company Santa Barbara Together.

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Celebrate a special occasion or birthday with a backyard experience to remember, such as a magical movie night under the stars. This family-friendly 3-hour backyard event includes a 17-foot screen set-up, lounge chairs, lanterns, blankets and classic movie treats even the kids will love!

Santa Barbara is famous for wine tasting but why not bring the experience to your own backyard during your stay?

There is a reason Santa Barbara is often referred to as the American Riviera. But painting is so much more fun together, isn’t it? Experience a two-hour painting session en plein-air for a fun lesson led by a professional artist that both beginner and experienced artists will love. Seat up to 12 guests with easels, canvases, brushes, paint, pallets, aprons, water cups and artist cloth.

Add on a catered lunch for a truly exquisite experience.

Visit https://www.santabarbaratogether.com/ to learn more about the many bespoke curated events available for you to experience in your vacation home.

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Custom picnics and charcuterie boards in Santa Barbara

Nothing bonds humans together like the breaking of bread. Eat lavishly and savor the delicacies of an artistically curated charcuterie board experience delivered by Travessa.

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Travessa can custom design platters for your unique occasion whether big or small. Platters are also available for larger gatherings and events. Plan your event and work with Travessa to design a custom charcuterie board experience to suit your party and guests.

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If you’d like to pair your custom charcuterie board from Travessa with an optimal champagne or wine, Villa Wine Bar has an extensive selection in their wine shop in Downtown Santa Barbara (Visit https://www.villawinebar.com/ for a wide selection of wine and bubbles to choose from). For charcuterie board orders and deliveries, contact Travessa via direct message on Instagram @travessasb.

Experience curated home parties in your Santa Barbara vacation rental home

It’s the perfect way to celebrate a special event, anniversary or birthday. Bring your friends and family and rent a vacation rental home in Santa Barbara. Enjoy the spaciousness of your temporary home that is safe and fit for entertaining and a comfortable space to host several guests under one roof.

Visit https://hallercoastalhomes.com/ to check your dates.