With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many couples are looking for that perfect destination to mark the occasion and celebrate. Santa Barbara presents a range of romantic adventures and activities that are sure to captivate your partner. As you map out your Valentine’s Day escape, consider these suggestions for creating new lifetime memories in Santa Barbara.
Sunset Sail Along the Coast
Embark on a romantic voyage with a sunset cruise along Santa Barbara’s breathtaking coastline. Toast to your love with champagne as you bask in the sun’s golden rays, forging unforgettable memories together. Celebration Cruises is one of the premier charters available, and even has an all-electric vessel! You can even book a private and intimate yacht rental for your sunset cruise, such as the Happiest Ours charter or Sunset Kidd.
Wine Tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley
The scenic Santa Ynez Valley’s rolling hills are home to vineyards and quaint wineries that set the stage for a day of romance, and are just a short drive from Santa Barbara. Beckman Vineyards is a great choice, and is a family-run business that offers wine flights, picnics, and great views. Andrew Murray Vineyards is another favorite, and their rhone driven varietals are some of California’s best. Be sure to check on a reservation here, so that you are sure to be accommodated. Whether you prefer robust reds or crisp whites, the Santa Ynez Valley’s wine country offers a romantic escape that is sure to delight.
Wow Them With a Unique Activity or Gift
If you really want to step it up a notch, there are a couple great options that offer the ability to really personalize a gift or experience for that special someone and make it unforgettable. Santa Barbara Together is an amazing newer local company that offers enlightening and entertaining experiences you can share in the comfort of your own space. They will show up and bring everything you need to enjoy wine tasting, cinema nights, painting sessions, beach days, and more! Or you could have a special gift waiting for your sweetheart upon arrival. Just check out Santa Barbara Gift Baskets and pick out your favorite. Just mention you are staying in a Haller Coastal Homes property and we can let them in before you arrive to deliver that something special!
Treats on the Beach
There is nothing as romantic as some time on the beach with your loved one. Grab a picnic basket, pack it with gourmet delights, and then head to the beach for a romantic al fresco dining experience. You can take in the amazing Santa Barbara sunsets and savor a delicious meal accompanied by the soothing sound of waves lapping upon the shore. The tranquil setting of Butterfly Beach provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate and memorable Valentine’s Day celebration. Shoreline Park and 1000 Steps Beach are also great destinations for your picnic.
Private Horseback Ride in the Santa Barbara Hills
If you’re looking for a unique adventure, saddle up for a horseback ride through the scenic hills of Santa Barbara, where breathtaking views and trails await. Share a romantic journey as you and your partner explore the region’s natural beauty on horseback, guided by experienced wranglers who will ensure a safe and memorable experience. Located on more than 1,000 acres, the Circle Bar B Ranch is a great choice. They are just about a half an hour outside Santa Barbara and offer some rides with breathtaking views. For an even more romantic and unique experience, check out Santa Barbara Beach Rides. They offer rides along the beaches or along the bluffs, and you’re sure to make some amazing memories along the way.
Oceanfront Elegance: A Romantic Dinner with a View in Santa Barbara
No romantic getaway in Santa Barbara would be complete without a memorable dining experience with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. There is no shortage of dining options for you, with amazing cuisine and intimate settings that make for the perfect evening.
Rosewood Miramar Beach’s Caruso’s is one of the hottest reservations lately, and offers award-winning dining along with stunning views. The ocean-facing terrace at Belmond’s El Encanto is another great option, as its ambience and waterfront views offer the perfect setup for a romantic evening. Bluewater Grill is another favorite, and has sweeping views and a diverse menu. Whether you prefer seafood delicacies or gourmet creations, a romantic dinner with a view is the perfect way to elevate your Valentine’s Day celebration in Santa Barbara.
As you plan your Valentine’s Day escape to Santa Barbara, these romantic experiences promise to create lasting memories and strengthen the bond with your sweetheart. Whether you’re toasting to your love on a sunset sail, savoring the flavors of wine country, enjoying a beachside picnic, or embarking on a horseback ride, Santa Barbara offers the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. And Haller Coastal Homes can deliver for you on the accommodations side. We have an amazing roster of Santa Barbara vacation properties that are perfectly suited for your escape!