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Things We Love to Do in Santa Barbara

We don’t just work here, we live and play here, too. These are some of our favorite spots you won’t want to miss while you’re in town. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.

Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara

There are many specialty shops at Stearns Wharf. You will find souvenirs, delicious candy at Mother Stearns Candy Shop, Ice Cream at the Great Pacific Ice Cream Company, and unique shells at Nature’s Own Gift Shop.

Downtown Santa Barbara

We’re located just three blocks from State Street, the hub of downtown shopping and dining.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Founded in 1786, the Mission is the chief cultural and historic landmark in the city of Santa Barbara. Home to a community of Franciscan friars, the Mission also has a retreat center,  a church, a museum, a gift shop, a cemetery and mausoleum, and ten acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

Santa Barbara Wintners

Santa Barbara and surrounding areas have some outstanding wineries. Take a tour and raise a glass!

Farmers’ Market

This daily market offers an array of fresh produce and amazing artisan goods. It travels to various locations around town, so be sure to check the website for its current spot.

Santa Barbara Courthouse View

This beautiful Spanish-Moorish estate was built in 1929 and is surrounded by pristine gardens. The top of the courthouse offers incredible 360-degree views of the area.