With the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop and the prevalence of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Santa Barbara feels straight out of a movie set. In fact, before Los Angeles became Los Angeles, Santa Barbara was a booming hub for the silver screen, California’s first major movie studio, Flying A Studio was located here. In the 1920's, hundreds of silent films were produced in Santa Barbara and Charlie Chaplin was a frequent visitor. Add in beach, the harbor and Stearn's Wharf and the downtown buzz stretches to the water.
Wineries here are intimate spaces where you can watch the art unfold as
you sip. You don’t have to travel outside the city either as there are
plenty of opportunities right in downtown. Santa Barbara Winery, opened
in 1962, was the area’s first commercial winery after Prohibition.
Whilst the region is known for Chardonnay, the variety of grapes
available will ensure the wine enthusiast a quaffable experience!
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.