Santa Barbara is a city ripe with culture that can help brighten your day, influence your creativity, and garner you all the likes you want on Instagram. Those of you readers who consider yourself “culturalists” need to visit the American Riviera. Here’s why:
A great place to dive into Santa Barbara’s creative world is at the Sunday art walks along Cabrillo Boulevard. These pop-up markets feature a string of local vendors sharing a variety of artworks that range from realist paintings, to photography, sculptures, and clothes. There are also a number of art galleries and studios located in the nearby Funk Zone neighborhood, which you can’t miss.
Santa Barbara is in Southern California, but it’s temperate enough to grow grapes and support vibrant vineyards. Tour nearby wineries, sample local varietals at a number of tasting rooms around town, and keep an eye out for wine-centric events on your next visit. Check out this post for some insight into Santa Barbara’s Best Wine Tours.
The Hidden Gems
Santa Barbara culture is full of hidden gems that you’re likely to discover on any trip. For instance, on any given weekend morning, you can catch a free performance from the Santa Barbara Ukulele Club at the Marina by Brophy Bros seafood restaurant. You can also visit a wet-plate collodion photographer in the Funk Zone to spot a one-of-a-kind studio.
Santa Barbara is an absolute winner when it comes to its gastronomical offerings. The seafood, as well as international offerings, and the New American farm-to-table scene are all off the charts. For some insight into Fine Dining in Santa Barbara, check out this post. To get a taste for the best International Cuisine in Santa Barbara, check this one.
Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the gorgeous Santa Ynez Mountain Range, the nature in Santa Barbara is awesome. Since the outdoors has a strong connection with the local culture, and offers some of the best views of the city in town, we suggest getting out into it. Take a trip to the nearby Channel Islands, our check out one of our favorite hikes in Santa Barbara.
There are so many amazing things to see and do in Santa Barbara. Check out our blog for more guides, from the best Santa Barbara hikes to the California wines you should be drinking this summer.