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Last year ended and this year began in the midst of a tragic time for Southern California. Blazing wildfires cleared houses and took lives, and ultimately made the region susceptible to major floods and mudslides. In the months since, our resilient community has been working hard to rebuild. We’re humbled to share that now, beautiful Santa Barbara is back, open for travelers to explore once again.

The Damage

Fires in December and then floods and mudslides in early January took a serious toll on Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas. At one point, the famous 101 Freeway closed from Ventura to Santa Barbara. The events took out train services, and tragically claimed several lives.

The Bounce Back

By mid-January, Santa Barbara spokeswoman Karna Hughes announced that Santa Barbara’s main attractions were back up and running. Among them were beloved local spots like the Santa Barbara Zoo, Old Mission Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

The roads and train services also got back up and running soon after the terrifying natural disasters.

Supporting Santa Barbara

In addition to knowing you’ll be safe and have every local attraction available to you, it’s also important to consider that this is a special time to visit Santa Barbara County. These disasters took a heavy toll on local businesses and farms, and on our community at large. Bringing money into local economies, and celebrating local culture can only help heal these wounds.

Where You Can Stay

The whole city is back up and running, so come and explore it from your waterfront home-base, Hotel Milo. Explore America’s Riviera with Hotel Milo, and get more local recommendations on our Santa Barbara blog.