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24 Hours In Santa Barbara

24 Hours in Santa Barbara

Our laid-back beach town is designed for serendipitous occasions - trying out a new restaurant, spontaneous wine tasting or catching the perfect sunset... whatever it is, the less planning the better. But if you're visiting California and only have a day to spend in Santa Barbara, it's best to know where to go and why. This list will give you a taste of Santa Barbara and hopefully encourage you to come again and stay longer!
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Scarlett Begonia Now Serving Dinner

Scarlett Begonia is now serving dinner! Their dinner menu is an eclectic mix of dishes from lamb meatballs to short ribs and even lobster...
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Bacara Resort’s Afternoon Tea

Set in the resort’s grand lobby amidst a warm fireplace and elegant furnishings, Bacara’s Tea & Trunk Shows feature a contemporary twist on traditional high tea by pairing the service with a designer trunk show.
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Santa Barbara Restaurants Open on Christmas 2012

Take a load off this Christmas and let somebody else do the cooking! These fine Santa Barbara restaurants will be open and serving dinner on Christmas Day (unless noted as Christmas Eve). Keep scrolling below to see all of the menus, times and prices for each of the restaurants.
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3 Wineries You Can’t Miss in the Santa Ynez Valley

If you only have time to hit a few wineries, these 3 are sure to give you the best taste that the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer!
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Nojoqui Falls, Santa Barbara

With all of the rain we've been having lately we thought it was the perfect time to take a little hike to Nojoqui Falls....
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SBMerge and Hotels.com Partner to Book Hotels Online

SBMerge.com, already known for its comprehensive guide to Santa Barbara restaurants and events, has joined with Hotels.com to provide consumers with an easier way to book hotels in Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara Palettes

All of this dull drab weather of late has muted the usual bright & colorful details that decorate Santa Barbara, so these are a reminder of what it's normally like...
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Cozy Up By the Fire! — Top 10 Restaurants with Fireplaces

The forecast for the foreseeable future is full of cloudy skies, cooler temperatures and even chances for rain! We think the best way to beat the cold is by cozying up next to a warm fireplace, but since we don't…

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2012 Santa Barbara Shop Local Guide

Invest in our wonderful community by supporting local businesses this holiday season!
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Santa Ynez Valley Itineraries

Four days of activities and adventures in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.
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Pico Iyer on Chaucer’s Bookstore

One of our long time favorite travel writers, Pico Iyer, also happens to have been raised in Santa Barbara. When he is in town you can often find him speaking at the Lobero about upcoming books on global travel, the Dalai…

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Santa Barbara Public Market

The Public Market will showcase the best our land has to offer and the uniqueness of our local flavor.
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Ca Dario Pizzeria

Located a few doors down from their existing restaurant, Ca Dario Pizzeria will be serving up traditional family recipes.
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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2012

We're rounding up all of the restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving Day and posting all of their menus for you to read in one convenient location!
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Malibu Wineries Day Trip

Sometimes the best remedy on a gloomy Sunday morning in Santa Barbara is to go for a drive... Come with us on our quick getaway to the wineries in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu.
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Trees of Santa Barbara

One of Santa Barbara's many charms are the beautiful trees that line the edges of streets, fill parks and decorate skylines everywhere we look.
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Rusack Family Launches Santa Catalina Island Vineyards

Famed Santa Ynez winery Rusack Vineyards are debuting the first release of wine from their new vineyard on Catalina Island. Their limited production of a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are available at their winery in the Santa Ynez Valley and through their wine club, Isla Wine Circle.
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Santa Barbara’s Best Breakfasts, Part 1

We've been on a quest to find the best breakfast in Santa Barbara and are writing about three restaurants every week until we've tried them all and can confidently name one restaurant as the winner.
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“From A to V” (Abalone to Vino) epicure.sb Culinary Extravaganza

In keeping with the spirit of epicure.sb, Santa Barbara’s 4th annual month-long culinary extravaganza, Bella Vista is dishing up a savory five-course wine dinner menu for just $75 per person during the entire month of October.
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