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Get ready to immerse yourself in a celebration of environmental awareness and sustainable living at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival! Held annually in one of California’s most eco-conscious cities, this vibrant event is a testament to the community’s commitment to protecting the planet and promoting a greener future. Join us as we delve into the history, highlights, and how-tos of enjoying this renowned festival.

History of the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival:

Considered by many as the birthplace of the Earth Day movement, the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the nation. Since its inception in 1970, the festival has evolved into a beloved community event, drawing thousands of attendees each year. Over the decades, it has served as a platform for environmental advocacy, education, and inspiration, fostering a sense of environmental stewardship among locals and visitors alike.

Dates and Location:

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, which takes place on April 27-28, 2024. This year’s theme is Planet vs Plastic, and calls to advocate for widespread awareness on the health risks of plastics, rapidly phasing out single-use plastics and pushing for a strong UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution by the end of 2024. The festival is held at Alameda Park, a scenic green space located in downtown Santa Barbara. With its lush trees, expansive lawns, and central location (easily reached on foot or by bike, bus, shuttle or train), Alameda Park provides the perfect setting for a day of eco-friendly festivities.  Our Villa Castillo properties are located in the perfect spot for a walk or bike ride to the Festival.

Highlights of the Festival:

From live music and interactive exhibits to educational workshops and delicious organic food, the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival offers something for everyone. Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss:

Live Entertainment: Groove to the beats of local musicians and bands performing on multiple stages throughout the park. From acoustic sets to high-energy performances, the music at the festival reflects the spirit of sustainability and community.  The Main Stage starts at 11am on each day, and the last artist takes the stage at 6pm on Saturday and 4:45pm on Sunday.

Green Exhibits and Workshops: Explore a diverse array of eco-friendly exhibits and interactive displays showcasing the latest innovations in renewable energy, conservation, and sustainable living practices. Engage with environmental organizations, learn from experts, and discover practical tips for reducing your ecological footprint.  The EcoMarketplace even has green products, smart technology, cool gadgets, organic clothing, and more

Kid-Friendly Activities: Bring the whole family and enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities and entertainment, including arts and crafts, nature-themed games, karate, book-reading, and storytelling sessions. Inspire the next generation of environmental stewards with hands-on experiences that highlight the importance of conservation and environmental awareness.

Organic Food and Refreshments: Indulge in a culinary adventure with a selection of delicious organic food vendors offering everything from farm-fresh produce to gourmet treats. Savor the flavors of locally sourced, sustainable cuisine while supporting businesses that prioritize ethical and environmentally responsible practices.

Community Engagement: Connect with like-minded individuals and organizations who share your passion for sustainability and environmental advocacy. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, join a community garden, or get involved in local conservation efforts, the festival provides ample opportunities to make meaningful connections and take action for positive change.

How to Enjoy the Festival:

To make the most of your experience at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, here are a few tips:

Plan Ahead: Check the festival’s website for updates on event schedules, exhibitors, and activities. Consider creating a personalized itinerary to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the highlights.

Arrive Early: Beat the crowds by arriving early in the day to explore the festival grounds and secure prime seating for performances and workshops.

Bring Reusable Essentials: Remember to bring along reusable water bottles, utensils, and tote bags to minimize waste and support the festival’s commitment to sustainability.

Engage and Participate: Take advantage of the interactive exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations to learn new skills and gain insights into sustainable living practices. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and engage with exhibitors and presenters.

We want you to know that at Haller Coastal Homes, our commitment to sustainable practices extends well beyond nice views and lavish accommodations. We believe in, and want to be a part of, a world where reducing waste, embracing renewable energy, and caring for the planet are at the forefront of the travel experience.  Check out our recent BLOG to learn more about how we are doing our part to promote sustainable hospitality and travel.  

As you can see, the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is more than just an event—it’s a celebration of community, sustainability, and the natural beauty of our planet. By attending the festival, you’ll not only be inspired to make positive changes in your own life but also join a collective effort to protect and preserve the environment for future generations. So, mark your calendar, gather your friends and family, book your vacation rental through Haller Coastal Homes, and join us for a day of eco-friendly fun and inspiration at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. Together, we can make a difference in building a brighter, greener future for all.

A journey to Santa Barbara offers an array of Instagram-worthy spots that will take your feed to the next level. From stunning ocean vistas to cultural and historic architecture, there’s no shortage of locations to capture that perfect shot. No matter whether you’re an avid photographer or just looking for some vacation snapshots that will have all of your friends full of envy, come along with us as we explore the top 10 photo-worthy destinations in Santa Barbara!

Old Mission Santa Barbara

With its distinctive red-tiled roofs and Spanish colonial architecture, Old Mission Santa Barbara is a photographer’s paradise. Wander through the mission’s picturesque gardens, framed by towering palms and blooming bougainvillea, and capture the timeless beauty of this historic landmark. Hint:  if you’re looking for more historical or cultural locations, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is a favorite, as well!

Stearns Wharf

As one of the most iconic landmarks in Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf offers endless photo opportunities. From the vibrant array of shops and restaurants to panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, capturing a selfie against the backdrop of this historic pier is a must for any visit to Santa Barbara.

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

During the winter months, the Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove becomes a dazzling display of nature’s wonders. Witness thousands of monarch butterflies fluttering among the eucalyptus trees and capture the ethereal beauty of these majestic creatures in flight.

Those Beaches!

Santa Barbara’s beaches are renowned for their golden sands and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you’re lounging on the shores of East Beach or watching the sun sink below the horizon at Butterfly Beach, be sure to capture the magic of these coastal moments to share with your followers.

Seven Falls Hiking Trail

For those seeking adventure to go with some stunning scenery, the Seven Falls Hiking Trail delivers both. Trek through lush canyons and alongside cascading waterfalls, pausing to snap photos of the rugged terrain and panoramic vistas that await around every bend.

Chromatic Gate

A vibrant burst of color amidst the city’s urban landscape, the Santa Barbara Chromatic Gate is a modern art installation that demands attention. Stand beneath its towering arches and capture the kaleidoscope of hues that dance across its surface, creating the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos. This one is a social media favorite, and is located near East Beach.

Tiled Stairs at Paseo Nuevo

Hidden within the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Spanish-tiled stairs at Paseo Nuevo offer a whimsical photo op. Ascend these colorful steps adorned with intricate tile patterns and vibrant mosaics, and let your creativity soar as you capture unique perspectives of this artistic gem.

Santa Barbara Public Market

Foodies and photography enthusiasts alike will delight in the Santa Barbara Public Market. Explore the market’s eclectic array of culinary delights, from artisanal cheeses to gourmet tacos, and snap photos of mouthwatering dishes and bustling food stalls that are sure to make your followers drool. Hint:  they’ve got their own set of colorful Spanish-tiled stairs that make a great backdrop!

The Lucky Penny

Although the Funk Zone is brimming with great photo ops, consider stopping by The Lucky Penny for a snap or two.  Your tummy will love the wood-fired pizza, but your fans will love the unique and shiny backdrop of over 150,000 pennies that cover the exterior and shimmer in the Santa Barbara sun!

Douglas Family Preserve

On a bluff near the Mesa you’ll find Douglas Family Preserve.  This city park is dog-friendly, and has walking trails and scenic ocean views, in addition to the beautiful wildflowers in the spring.

From the sun-kissed beaches to the vibrant city streets, each corner in Santa Barbara boasts its own unique charm begging to be captured and shared.  And Haller Coastal Homes has an amazing roster of luxury vacation properties that are the perfect home base for your adventures.  So, grab your camera or phone, and embark on a journey to discover the most captivating scenes this coastal paradise has to offer. With every photo you snap, you’ll not only immortalize the beauty of Santa Barbara but also inspire envy among your friends and followers. Get ready to elevate your Instagram game and let the world see why Santa Barbara is a photographer’s dream destination!

Renting for 30 days doesn’t mean you need to occupy the home for 30 days. Maybe it’s your summer weekend beach house that you rent the month of July and drive up each weekend? Maybe you only need a place for 2 weeks but like the flexibility of planning those 2 weeks within a month that is all yours? Maybe your friends can only join you for part of the time you are there and would like to stay longer?

That’s why 30 day rentals WIN in the cost savings category of vacation rentals and provide the best flexibility of travel out there!

Here are just a few of our min 30 night rentals, but truly any of our other properties are also available for 30 night stays and best to rent in off season to avoid the higher prices.

Taking advantage of the lower nightly rates but renting for 30 nights is a great way to save money if you plan to travel to Santa Barbara and stay longer than a week. Booking for 30 days also saves you 14% on taxes which is a HUGE savings.

Modern amenities, high-end furnishings, and a beautifully remodeled home with stunning ocean views from every bedroom?  Yes, please!  Relax in style at Leadbetter Beach Retreat.  Perfectly located near the beach, State Street, the Funk Zone, cafes, and more.  You hardly need a vehicle on your extended vacation here.  You can bike, walk or Uber practically everywhere!  Did we mention you’d have access to the heated pool, rec deck, BBQ area, and more?

With its amazing and panoramic ocean views, Ocean View Villa is one of our most sought-after long-term vacation properties.  Outdoor living, comfort, and luxury all come together in this stunning 2-bedroom, 3-bath villa in Mesa.  As an added bonus, this property also comes complete with a two car garage, numerous patios & terraces, and laundry facilities equipped with a washer/dryer.  It’s ideal for extended getaways, or even yearly rental.

Want to be so close to the water that you almost get your feet wet?  Then Beachfront Hideaway is the perfect spot to spend a few months.  You’ll be just steps away from Leadbetter Beach, and can easily enjoy local places like Shoreline Cafe, the harbor, or savor Brophy Brothers’ famous clam chowder! Sip champagne or coffee with panoramic views of the Pacific on one of the multiple private patios.  This 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo is newly remodeled and ready for you.  

There is something to be said for the concept of “slow travel”.  Short getaways and vacations often provide a quick glimpse into the culture, history, and beauty of coastal gems like Santa Barbara, California.  But if you want to really get a true feel for what it’s like to live like a local, extended stays are where it’s at.  After all, every moment spent in Santa Barbara is an opportunity to create cherished memories that last a lifetime.  And once you’ve experienced this place in that way, you’ll be coming back again. 

From sunset strolls along the beach to exploring the endless, diverse roster of amazing culinary stops, Santa Barbara has so much to discover.  And at Haller Coastal Homes, we have several amazing vacation properties that are ideally suited for some “slow travel” and longer stays.  Savvy travelers have figured out that many times they can rent these longer term properties for an entire month for LESS than it would cost to book a two week rental in a similar property.  We have many travelers who have booked month-long stays and only used the property as a weekend getaway that they can drive to!  When you consider the savings on city taxes for long-term rentals as well as reduced nightly rates, the math makes sense!

So skip the short stays and instead opt for “slow travel” in this paradise on the California coast.   You’ll have ample time to find your new favorite happy hours, greet the sunrises, make some friends, and really get a feel for life in Santa Barbara.  And the team at Haller Coastal Homes is here for any of your needs during your extended stay!

With a variety of styles and shops to explore, along with the amazing climate and stunning scenery, Santa Barbara is the perfect coastal destination for Mother’s Day.  In this blog, we’ll give you some great tips on how to get the most out of your shopping spree in Santa Barbara on her special getaway! 

Known as the heart of the shopping experience in Santa Barbara, State Street is always at the top of your list.  This beautiful palm-lined thoroughfare offers a ton of great options, from artisan boutiques to brands you’ve known forever.  To better accommodate the foot traffic, a whopping 7 blocks of State Street are closed to vehicle traffic and make for a beautiful shopping stroll.  No matter what you have in mind, you can find it here or in one of the many adjacent shopping areas.  It’s such a great mix of everything from well-known premier brands all the way down to the most unique local shops.  You can spend an entire day here!


La Arcada Plaza is another amazing area adjacent to State Street.  With its Spanish architecture and famous “turtle fountain”, this one is a joy to stroll through.  You’ll find upscale shopping amidst the centuries-old bronze sculptures and local galleries.  *HINT:  be sure to check out Barbieri & Kempe for some amazing wines!


Sevilla Square is another great State Street shopping area, featuring merchants that include local owners, great food and drink, day spas, and gift shops.  


After a day (or two) of exploring the State Street area, we’re off to the Funk Zone.  Located near the waterfront, this vibrant and eclectic neighborhood is known for its artsy vibes and hip shops.  Once a former industrial area, old warehouses and factories have been lovingly transformed into a mix of boutique shops, art galleries, craft breweries, wineries, and more.  

Looking to take in the salty air and seascapes while you browse?  Then run over to Stearns Wharf to check out their souvenir and gift shops, sweet treats, clothing stores and more.  Plus, you’ll find some of the best views in the area.  

Santa Barbara is home to hundreds of interesting and amazing retail locations, but the well-known locally-owned boutiques and unique shops are really what make for great memories.  Here are some of our favorites:

And here are a few other hidden local gems that are worth experiencing:  Angel Montecito, Warbler Records, Arbor Collective, Riviera Towel Company, Whiskey & Leather, and the Lovebird Boutique & Jewelry Bar.  

As Mom wraps up her coastal shopping spree, she’ll carry with her not only the shopping haul, but also the joy of spending quality time with loved ones in this sunny, culture-rich destination. And after a long day of retail therapy, she can unwind in style in one of the many incredible luxury vacation rentals from Haller Coastal Homes

Just off of the sun-kissed coast of Southern California lies a hidden gem, the Channel Islands National Park. Comprising five distinct islands — Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara — this national park is a haven of natural wonders for you to explore. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, then we’ve got your guide to experiencing the magic of this amazing national treasure.

As we mentioned, the Channel Islands are of course, well….islands.  So your journey begins with a boat ride!  Outside of private vessels, the park’s concessionaire boats are operated by Island Packers.  They offer a variety of island trips and specialty cruises originating from the ports of Ventura Harbor and Oxnard Harbor.  You can find their Shuttle Routes Map and more information on their website, but you’ll want to be sure to book your transportation in advance so you don’t have any surprises!  And depending on the time of year, your boat ride may include the opportunity to see some amazing marine life such as whales, dolphins, porpoises, and more.  

Once you’ve arrived, the fun really begins.  Each of the five Channel Islands is a remarkable world of its own.  And you’ll have opportunities for so many activities and unique ways to experience the wildlife and natural settings, both on land and in the water.  

The diverse ecosystem and its wildlife are just one of the many amazing things you’ll get to take in on your trip.  Seals and sea lions dot the rocky shores.  And birdwatchers can spot rare species, including the endemic island scrub-jay on Santa Cruz and maybe a peregrine falcon soaring overhead. Snorkeling or diving in the crystal-clear waters unveils a kaleidoscope of marine life, from vibrant fish to playful sea lions.

If you love to hike, you’ll find some of the most picturesque opportunities of a lifetime here.  Each island boasts a network of hiking trails, offering varying levels of difficulty and showcasing the islands’ diverse landscapes. On Santa Cruz, the Scorpion Canyon Loop takes you through a lush canyon with remnants of the island’s ranching history. Meanwhile, San Miguel’s Lester Ranch Trail offers sweeping views of the coastline and is ideal for those seeking solitude.  Inspiration Point is one of the best trails in the park, and you’ll find its view to be something not soon forgotten.  You can even take part in guided tours by knowledgeable naturalists.  And keep your eyes peeled for some amazing plant life.  The islands are home to more than 800 plant species, and wildflower viewing is a popular activity. 

For those that want to suit up for a little underwater adventure, you’ll find that here too.  The diving and snorkeling at Channel Islands National Park are known as some of the best in the world.  You’ll weave your way through sea kelp forests, among caves and coves, and see an amazingly diverse marine world.  Snorkeling and diving are best done on the islands of Santa Barbara, Anacapa, and eastern Santa Cruz Islands due to the extreme windy conditions that can be present on the other islands.  For a great diving experience, you can check out Channel Islands Expeditions or Cal Boat Diving, as they offer guided trips. Channel Islands Adventure Company is also the National Park’s Authorized Concessionaire, and offers not only snorkel trips but Sea Caves Kayak Tours, as well.

For a truly immersive experience, consider camping on the islands. Campsites are available on Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel, providing a rare opportunity to witness the islands’ transformation as the sun sets and the stars emerge. Permits are required, so plan ahead to secure your spot for a night of stargazing and the soothing sounds of the ocean.

Due to their relative isolation and protection, the Channel Islands National Park has tidepools that are some of the best you’ll find in the state. Anemones, sea stars, urchins, limpets, periwinkles, chitons, barnacles, mussels, and many other beautiful species can be seen at numerous pristine tidepool sites. The sites that are most easily accessible include: Frenchy’s Cove on Anacapa Island; Smuggler’s Cove on Santa Cruz Island; Becher’s Bay at the pier, Southeast Anchorage, East Point on Santa Rosa Island; eastern end of Cuyler Harbor on San Miguel Island.

Want to check out the amazing sights and sounds of the islands anytime, and from the comfort of your cushy home base?  The park offers a variety of webcams, where you can view stunning mountaintop vistas, underwater kelp forests, bald eagle nests, and more! You can find them all HERE.

The Channel Islands National Park is more than a destination; it’s a sanctuary where the beauty of the natural world unfolds in so many ways. So, as you bid farewell to this coastal paradise, remember that the echoes of its untamed wonders will forever resonate in your heart, inviting you to return to these Pacific jewels. When you’re ready to map out your Channel Islands adventure, Haller Coastal Homes will be happy to help you plan it!

Spring Break is just around the corner!  And if you’re dreaming of a sun-soaked, laid back getaway to a coastal paradise, then Santa Barbara is the perfect destination!  This picturesque city offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and exciting events. Here’s your guide to crafting the perfect Spring Break vacation in Santa Barbara!

In some parts of the country, chilly temps and snowflakes can have you feeling a little cabin fever and ready to get back outside and into nature.  And Santa Barbara is the perfect place for that.  Whether you prefer biking, hiking, fishing, or just spending time outside, you’ll find plenty of exciting options nearby. For the hikers, you can’t miss a chance to see Inspiration Point.  Considered one of the most popular local hikes, this 3.4 mile out-and-back offers up some of the most stunning views you can find of the Pacific coastline.  Channel Islands National Park is another favorite, and encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment. You’ll have the opportunity to hike, camp, snorkel, kayak, birdwatch, take photographs, sketch, or just relax to the soothing sounds of the natural world. Elings Park is a great place for mountain biking, but also offers plenty of hiking and running trails, as well.  Gaviota State Park and El Capitán State Beach are two more gems that are located just a short drive from Santa Barbara.  The Los Padres National Forest and Douglas Family Preserve also offer some of the best outdoor activities in the region, with breathtaking vistas and plenty to explore.  

If exploring the area on two wheels is your thing, hit up Cal Coast Adventures.  They offer bike tours, ebike rentals and tours, and more!   And you’re feeling extra adventurous, check out Eagle Paragliding, where you get the chance to fly solo on your first day of paragliding training!

For those wanting to pack an entire day with fun and adventure, consider a Top Deck Tour.  This full-day excursion starts with a 90-minute guided kayak tour, followed by a breathtaking horseback ride through shaded canyons with stunning views.  After your ride concludes, you’ll enjoy lunch and two wine tastings at venues in the city of Santa Barbara!

Spring also brings some special events and festivals that are perfect to plan a Spring Break around.  The Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show takes place every Sunday year-round (and on Saturdays of major holiday weekends) on Cabrillo Boulevard from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez.  From handmade jewelry to paintings, this open-air market is a treasure trove of creativity. The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is another huge event and is held on April 27-28, 2024.  It is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the country – and is believed to be one of the largest Earth Day festivals on the West Coast!  Spring is synonymous with blooms and flowers, and on March 8-10th you can catch the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.  It’s one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious orchid shows in the United States.  

Long known for its music and cultural scene, Santa Barbara doesn’t disappoint in the Spring!  You’ll find a long list of top-level entertainment at places like the Santa Barbara Bowl, Granada Theatre, Lobero Theatre, and more.  Some highlights at the SB Bowl include Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, and Cody Jinks.  The Granada features Marshall Tucker Band and Jefferson Starship, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Little Women.  And the Lobero offers a wide variety of entertaining artists, as well.  

Looking for some ideas that everyone will enjoy?  The Santa Barbara Zoo is just a couple miles from State Street, and offers a full day of fun for the whole family.  The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is another family favorite.  You can wander among more than 1,000 plants, trees and flowers that exemplify the diverse botanical beauty of the region.  And you’ll have some stunning views of the Channel Islands, Santa Ynez Mountains, and more.  Or maybe consider an afternoon of pickleball, the sport that has been sweeping the nation.  Santa Barbara has an avid pickleball scene, and Santa Barbara Pickelball is a great resource for finding places to play.

In Santa Barbara, your perfect Spring Break is not just a dream.  It’s a reality waiting to unfold! Whether you’re into music, nature, culinary delights, or artistic endeavors, this coastal paradise has something for everyone. And Haller Coastal Homes will make sure that your vacation experience is one you’ll never forget.  So pack your bags, set your itinerary, pick out your favorite property to stay at, and get ready for a Spring Break that’s as unforgettable as the sunsets over Santa Barbara’s coastline.

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!

Get ready to check off your 2024 bucket list in the sun-drenched paradise of Santa Barbara, California! This coastal gem beckons with a wide variety of outdoor adventures, cultural delights, and unforgettable experiences that are sure to make this year one to remember. From exploring the beautiful parks and beaches to enjoying the city’s vibrant history, festivals, and events, Santa Barbara offers a wealth of opportunities to create cherished memories and cross off those must-do experiences. 

Outdoor Adventures

Beyond the city limits, Santa Barbara is surrounded by parks and recreation areas that offer endless opportunities for exploration. Visit the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains to discover rugged trails that lead to stunning views of the coastline.  Or spend an afternoon exploring the tranquil setting of Lake Cachuma, where you can enjoy boating, fishing, and picnicking. Just a short drive from the city, you’ll find Inspiration Point, a stunning overlook in the Santa Ynez Mountains that offers panoramic views of the coastline and the city below. Another local gem is the Douglas Family Preserve, a coastal bluff park known for its scenic trails and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Channel Islands National Park is another great option, with its pristine islands offering opportunities for hiking, picnicking, kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring secluded coves.

Beach Bliss: Relaxation and Recreation

No trip to Santa Barbara is complete without a day spent on its beautiful beaches. You can soak up the sun on the golden sands of East Beach, catch waves at renowned surf spots like Rincon Point, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beautiful shores of Butterfly Beach or others. For a more complete look at the amazing local beaches, check out our recent blog Best Beaches of Santa Barbara! Added bonus: during certain times of the year, Santa Barbara is a great destination for Whale Watching!

Cultural Delights: Festivals and Events

Santa Barbara is widely known for its vibrant cultural scene, and its calendar is filled with festivals and events that celebrate art, music, and film. Join us July 31-Aug 4 for Santa Barbara’s most popular festival: Old Spanish Days – Fiesta.   Taking place all around town, you’ll find parades, carnivals, rodeos, music, dance performances, cultural exhibits, and more.  You’ll learn so much about the history and culture of the area and find plenty to do during your visit.  Another great event is the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where you can mingle with filmmakers and celebrities while enjoying a lineup of highly-acclaimed films from all over the world. For music lovers, Santa Barbara also features a diverse and eclectic live music scene.  And the Santa Barbara Bowl is a famous venue, hosting concerts and events that showcase a wide range of musical genres in a stunning outdoor setting. Their 2024 lineup already includes showstoppers like Willie Nelson, Cody Jinks, Brothers Osborne, Indigo Girls, and more.  

Dining and Entertainment: State Street and The Funk Zone

After a day of outdoor adventures, unwind in the mix of Santa Barbara’s vibrant dining and entertainment scene. State Street is the city’s main thoroughfare, lined with an array of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and galleries. Meanwhile, The Funk Zone, a hip arts district, offers a lively atmosphere.  Its collection of tasting rooms, breweries, and art galleries is sure to please. It’s the perfect place to sample local flavors and immerse yourself in the city’s creative energy.

Don’t Forget the Vino!

No visit to Santa Barbara would be complete without indulging in the region’s renowned wine culture. Just a short drive from the city lies the Santa Ynez Valley, where rolling vineyards and sun-drenched hillsides create the perfect setting for a great wine experience. Explore the wineries of the region, known for their award-winning varietals, from robust reds to crisp whites. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or simply appreciate the finer things in life, a day spent enjoying the flavors of the Santa Ynez Valley is an essential addition to your 2024 bucket list. Some of the top wineries in the area include Alma Rosa Winery, Babcock Winery, Dierberg Vineyard, and Brewer Clifton, but there are many others that are equally as delightful!

As you compile the bucket list for your 2024 escapes, Santa Barbara’s blend of natural beauty, cultural vibrancy, and outdoor adventures can check all of those off. Whether you’re savoring the flavors of local cuisine, immersing yourself in the city’s rich cultural scene, or strolling the scenic beaches Santa Barbara promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you yearning for more. And don’t forget, we have a roster of some of the most luxurious and spacious accommodations in the entire area.  Just visit Haller Coastal Homes and browse the amazing properties that we currently have available for your getaway! 

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