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Santa Barbara
With gorgeous beaches, breathtaking cliff views, delicious restaurants, world-class hotels and a vibrant arts community, how could Santa Barbara not be on this list? Blink, and you could imagine you're on the Riviera. Perfect for a weekend escape from Los Angeles or a holiday that gives you the best of California in one spot.

All things to do » Things to do

Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Observatories & Planetariums
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Santa Barbara Art Glass
Santa Barbara Art Glass
Owner description: Make something beautiful: in our private glassblowing class for two with an item to take home A stone's throw from Stearn's Wharf rests Saul Alcaraz's studio, Santa Barbara Art... more Owner description: Make something beautiful: in our private glassblowing class for two with an item to take home A stone's throw from Stearn's Wharf rests Saul Alcaraz's studio, Santa Barbara Art Glass, where you'll discover blown glass is functional art -- and that you're capable of creating a masterpiece: * $249 ($500 value) for two-hour private couples' glass-blowing class * You'll make your creations in a blazing 2,000-degree oven. Or our: Beginner's glassblowing Class in a class of four student *$99. ($200 value) for one person creating one item. *Group discounts available * For all ages * Vouchers do not have an expiration date. Classes available: Monday- Saturday 9am, 11am, or 2pm Sunday 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm Must pick up your item the following day less
Attraction type: Art Galleries
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Lotusland
Lotusland
Owner description: Lotusland is a globally renowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is home to 3,200 different types of plants from around... more Owner description: Lotusland is a globally renowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is home to 3,200 different types of plants from around the world. The estate gardens were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. The fascinating life and career of Madame Ganna Walska culminated with 43 years of designing unusual display gardens with exotic plants. In her writings she described herself as "an enemy of the average" - truly a woman of unique accomplishments, philosophies and imagination. Lotusland  is home to several extraordinary collections including rare cycads, cacti, palms and euphorbias. Additional gardens feature ferns, aloes, lotuses, water lilies, bromeliads and cactus garden with more than 300 species.Lotusland's  philosophies addresses the ecology of the garden, employing management practices that promote the health of the individual plants and the garden as a whole. Reservations are required to visit. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Reagan Ranch Center
Reagan Ranch Center
Owner description: The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California is open to the general public for tours and visitation Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. These... more Owner description: The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara, California is open to the general public for tours and visitation Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. These galleries feature original Reagan Ranch artifacts matched with state-of-the-art, interactive, multimedia exhibits that highlight the history of Ronald Reagan’s quarter-century at Rancho del Cielo and the accomplishments of his presidency.Over six hours of dynamic multimedia exhibits provide access to exclusive speeches, interviews, radio addresses, and original video presentations. The centerpiece of the gallery is a 28-foot-long interactive “timeline” that gives users the ability to explore the “Western White House” during the 1980s. less
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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Casa del Herrero
Casa del Herrero
Owner description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for the 90-minute, Docent-led tours is $20 per person. Designated in 2009 as Santa... more Owner description: Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for the 90-minute, Docent-led tours is $20 per person. Designated in 2009 as Santa Barbara's 4th National Historic Landmark, the Casa del Herrero, built in 1925, stands today as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The creative manifestation of St. Louis industrialist George Fox Steedman, Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith) reflects the visionary passions of its 'dream team' of designers: reknowned architect, George Washington Smith, landscape architects Lockwood de Forest and Francis T. Underhill, and antiquarians Arthur Byne and Mildred Stapley, who also helped outfit the well-known Hearst Castle. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
Ranked #1 of 475 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price: USD 2 - 10
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Handlebar Coffee Roasters
Handlebar Coffee Roasters
Ranked #2 of 475 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #3 of 475 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Italian, American
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Lilac Patisserie
Lilac Patisserie
Ranked #4 of 475 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Jeannine's Bakery
Jeannine's Bakery
Ranked #5 of 475 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

The Wayfarer
2.5 of 5
The Wayfarer
USD 128 - 419
Ranked #8 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Castillo Inn at the Beach
2.5 of 5
Castillo Inn at the Beach
USD 118 - 291
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Creekside Montecito
Creekside Montecito
USD 160 - 185
Ranked #5 of 20 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Simpson House Inn
4.0 of 5
Simpson House Inn
USD 300 - 614
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Harbor House Inn
3.0 of 5
Harbor House Inn
USD 188 - 394
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
3.0 of 5
Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
USD 228 - 361
Ranked #10 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Spanish Garden Inn
4.0 of 5
Spanish Garden Inn
USD 348 - 551
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
5.0 of 5
San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property
USD 804 - 2,471
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Belmond El Encanto
5.0 of 5
Belmond El Encanto
USD 426 - 1,015
Ranked #4 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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