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Film buffs get ready! The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) returns this year from Feb 8-18, 2023, at the amazing Riviera Theatre. The SBIFF is an annual event that celebrates and showcases the best in independent and international cinema. Founded in 1986, SBIFF has grown into one of the premier film festivals in the world, attracting top talent from around the globe each February. They passionately pursue their mission, which is to engage, enrich, and inspire through the power of film!

SBIFF screens hundreds of films each year in a variety of categories, including feature films, documentaries, shorts, and student films. The festival also hosts a number of special events, including panels with industry professionals, workshops, and red-carpet events.

One of the highlights of the SBIFF is the “Tribute” series, in which the festival pays homage to some of the most talented and influential figures in the film industry. Past honorees have included Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Tom Hanks.  Honorees and award winners this year include such notables as Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Fraser, and more!

In addition to showcasing the best in film, SBIFF also focuses on education and outreach. The festival offers a number of educational programs and workshops for students, as well as internships and mentorship opportunities for aspiring filmmakers.

SBIFF is more than just a film festival – it’s a celebration of cinema and a platform for talented artists to share their work with the world. Whether you’re a film buff, a filmmaker, or just someone who loves a good story, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is an event that you won’t want to miss.  And Haller Coastal Homes is proud to have a broad offering of vacation rentals that are perfect for your stay!


If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with that special someone, consider Santa Barbara, CA. This beautiful city offers a wide range of romantic activities and some amazing dining options for couples. Whether you want to enjoy a special dinner, take in the stunning scenery, or get outside for some activity, Santa Barbara has something for everyone.

When it comes to dining, Santa Barbara has no shortage of romantic options.

Olio E Limone, Bouchon, Zaytoon, and Toma Restaurant and Bar are favorites of ours, and make for a memorable Valentine’s Day meal. Each restaurant offers a unique atmosphere and menu, so you can choose the one that best suits your tastes.  And Rosewood Miramar Beach offers 6 dining options that are sure to fit your needs.  From sweeping oceanfront views with fine dining to casual bars and sushi, they have something for everyone.  

If you’re looking for something a bit more casual, consider creating a romantic picnic on the beach.

Goleta Beach, East Beach, and Butterfly Beach are all ideal spots for a picnic. They all offer beautiful views and plenty of privacy. So pack a basket with your favorite foods and drinks, and don’t forget to bring a blanket and some cozy pillows to sit on.

Santa Barbara is also a great place for some Valentine’s Day outdoor adventure, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy some quality time with your special someone while exploring the beautiful surroundings.

Hiking in the mountains near Santa Barbara is a popular activity, and there are several top-rated trails to choose from. The Cold Springs Trail and the Jesusita Trail are both excellent choices for a Valentine’s Day hike.  Inspiration Point, on the Jesusita, will definitely provide some Instagram-worthy shots!  And pro tip:  perfect picnic spots near the summit of Cold Springs!

After a day of adventure, you can kick back and relax with a romantic sunset cruise on Celebration Cruises in Santa Barbara.

This two-hour Valentine’s cruise includes chocolates and champagne. And, enjoy well as stunning views of the sunset. Double Dolphin is another popular option, and they offer a 2-hour sunset cruise.  The Condor Express also does whale watching excursions, and is a popular favorite.  

For a relaxing way to unwind, consider booking a couples massage at Float Luxury Spa, Hotel Californian Spa, or Salt Cave. Float Luxury Spa offers a wide range of massage options, including hot stone massages and couples massages.

Hotel Californian Spa has a beautiful setting and offers a variety of treatments, including couples massages and facials. Salt Cave has a unique atmosphere, with Himalayan salt walls and a variety of massage options.

Santa Barbara is a wonderful place to spend Valentine’s Day with that special someone.

From romantic dinners and picnics on the beach to relaxing spa treatments, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful city.  And Haller Coastal Homes is proud to have a broad offering of vacation rentals that are perfect for your romantic getaway!

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