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? Gather your wine aficionado friends together for a custom wine tasting experience complete with a two-hour sommelier-led tasting education, a selection of wines and appetizer plates for a minimum of eight people.

There is a reason Santa Barbara is often referred to as the American Riviera. With a temperate climate, glorious sunsets, endless beaches and mountain vistas, you will often find artists at their easels attempting to capture the beauty of this picturesque coastal town. 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. To make any of the above experiences even more memorable, consider available add-ons, such as cocktails, wine, a Bubble Tea bar, Florals or Charcuterie.

If you’re the kind of person who prefers to call the beach your own backyard, this next catered experience is just for you. Lounge in luxury with a stylish beach day set-up with large canopy, tables, chairs, recliners, ice chest, beach games and toys. 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. Platters include fine meats and cheeses sourced through local distributors who import directly from Europe and locally sourced vegetables, fruit, dips and even honey and flowers from local farms.

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Travessa can custom design platters for your unique occasion whether big or small. Choose an elegant charcuterie board experience for a small gathering or intimate private picnic at your scenic beachfront Santa Barbara vacation rental home. 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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The company takes pride in only sourcing the most high-quality meats and cheeses that are made in small batches with care using traditional artisan methods instead of industrial machinery.

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Travessa is a locally owned spinoff from Villa Wine Bar, a craft beer and wine kitchen in Santa Barbara in operation since 2014. When starting the charcuterie board catering and delivery business, Travessa partners Lynne and Gabi chose the name “Travessa”  garnering inspiration from Gabi’s Brazilian roots – the word travessa means “platter” in Portuguese.

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.

Stay in one of our conveniently located vacation rental homes and reach out to the above companies to order one or more of the above curated Santa Barbara home experiences and create memories this trip that will last forever. Visit https://hallercoastalhomes.com/ to check your dates.