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DINING IN PARADISE

Dive into this selection of eateries where culinary excellence meets stunning coastal views!

ANGEL OAK

Indulge in the perfect fusion of vintage wines, fine dining, and panoramic ocean vistas at Angel Oak, nestled atop the breathtaking cliffs of Haskell’s Beach at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Delight yourself with a menu that celebrates the best the region has to offer, whether you choose to savor delectable bites from the raw menu, indulge in hot seafood entrees, or a 30-day, dry-aged New York strip.

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CARUSO’S

Embark on a culinary journey like no other at Caruso’s, a Michelin-starred gem nestled along the serene shores of Miramar Beach in Montecito. Indulge in the extraordinary with Chef Massimo Falsini’s world-class menu, showcasing seasonal delights such as the impeccably charred Pacific octopus and the Santa Barbara bluefin ahi tartare. Caruso’s is perfect for those who desire impeccable service, breathtaking surroundings, and melt-in-your-mouth bites.

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BOATHOUSE AT HENDRY’S

Discover the local gem Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach, mere steps from the shores of Arroyo Burro Beach. Delight in your surroundings as you experience the coastal breeze intertwine with the delicious aromas of seafood and gaze out to the Pacific. Their menu is brimming with culinary delights, like the Pan Seared Scallops and the Boathouse Seafood Pasta.

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REUNION KITCHEN + DRINK

Experience the charm of Reunion Kitchen + Drink, a delightful eatery offering seaside dining on Santa Barbara’s popular East Beach. With an extensive drink list to complement their diverse menu, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor signature dishes like the mouthwatering slow-braised short ribs or the refreshing poke bowl.

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BLUEWATER GRILL

Set against the backdrop of Stearns Wharf, Bluewater Grill beckons from the unmistakable lighthouse, offering a three-story seafood haven. Specializing in hyper-local, sustainably caught seafood, their dishes are crafted with classic precision or infused with a modern twist. Inside, discover two bars boasting an extensive selection of Santa Barbara’s local wines, completing the ultimate culinary experience.

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TOMA RESTAURANT & BAR

Just down Cabrillo Boulevard is Toma Restaurant & Bar, a premier Italian-inspired Mediterranean restaurant across from the Santa Barbara Harbor. Consistently hailed as the #1 restaurant in the area, Toma presents a unique and seasonal array of classic dishes with a modern twist, skillfully curated by Executive Chef, Gregorio Bonilla.

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OKU

Indulge your palate with elevated Japanese cuisine at Oku, where a tempting array of fresh-caught sushi, sashimi, and seafood awaits, along with exquisite “from-the-land” offerings like the certified Japanese A5 Miyazaki Wagyu. Whether you choose to dine ocean-front indoors or on their rooftop patio and lounge, Oku promises a culinary experience that transcends expectations.

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Flor de Maiz

Immerse yourself in the sophisticated blend of coastal California and Mexican cuisine at Flor de Maiz. From creatively crafted cocktails to thoughtfully inventive plates, Flor de Maiz promises a unique dining experience that elevates your palate.

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VALENTINE’S DAY THE SANTA BARBARA WAY

Celebrate the love in your life with this curated guide to the perfect romantic getaway in Santa Barbara!

WHAT TO DO

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Partake in an unforgettable night with the stars as you enjoy a film at the 39th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival. Learn more.

Spa Romance Package at San Ysidro Ranch

Treat yourself and your loved one to a day of pampering and relaxation with San Ysidro Ranch’s romance package in the salon and spa. With full exclusive access to a chromotherapy soaking tub and steam shower, a full-body exfoliation treatment, a luxurious custom mineral bath, and endless sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries, you both will leave feeling renewed. Learn more.

Valentine’ Day Champagne Cruise

Hop aboard a private yacht in the Santa Barbara Harbor and sail into the sunset for a romantic evening with your partner. Your captain is included, and you can even enjoy catering and champagne with an extra purchase. Learn more.

Cupcake and Wine Pairings

Take a trip to Santa Ynez valley, Santa Barbara’s wine country, and schedule a private wine tour. Enjoy several tastings, complimentary lunch, and your own personal chauffeur to take you where you would like. Before the day comes to an end, you will stop for a wine tasting paired with cupcakes from local, beloved bakeries. It will surely be a sweet trip! Learn more.

WHERE TO EAT

Valentine’s Day Menus

Bouchon – 3 course menu of wine country cuisine

The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch – 4 course prix-fixe menu in a dreamy, rustic ambiance

La Paloma Cafe – thoughtfully crafted California barbecue that reflects the region’s history

Lucky Penny – heart shaped pizzas with frosé

The Lark – a la carte menu with romantic dishes

Loquita – a la carte menu of Spanish cuisine

Romantic Destinations

Rare Society – Santa Maria style steakhouse

Olio e Limone Ristorante – artisanal Italian cuisine

Toma – Italian and Mediterranean dishes

Oliver’s – unique plant-based cuisine

Angel Oak – elevated coastal cuisine steakhouse

Blackbird – inventive menu inspired by the CA coast

Zaytoon – fresh, high quality Lebanese dishes

A DAY IN THE FUNK ZONE

The Funk Zone, a beloved neighborhood located between lower State and the Waterfront, is an eclectic collection of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, breweries, boutiques, creative collectives, galleries, hotels and more. It spans 13 walkable blocks and promises a day well spent discovering Santa Barbara’s contemporary, lively side.


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Begin by fueling your day at one of the many cafes or restaurants the Funk Zone has to offer. For coffee and baked goods, try Dart Coffee Co., where they pay careful attention to the source of their organic coffee beans and offer a picturesque garden for you to sip your coffee in. Or stop by Helena Avenue Bakery where you will find an assortment of pastries, baked goods, coffees, and gourmet breakfast and lunch options made to order. This bakery + kitchen is well-known for its locally sourced homemade specialties that feature the highest quality of ingredients. Another plus is that Helena Avenue shares a space with Santa Barbara Wine Collective so you can grab a bottle of your favorite local wine for the perfect pairing.

Besides just cafes or breakfast spots, there are plenty of restaurants in the Funk Zone that are worth a visit. Lucky Penny serves up delicious pizza, while Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio features a well-rounded menu of snacks, sliders, salads, sandwiches and BBQ. The Lark, Loquita, and Rare Society are all fantastic 5-star dinner destinations, cooking up Californian cuisine, Spanish dishes, and wood-fired meats and seafood respectively.

WINERIES AND BREWERIES

You could spend hours on end trying out the 20+ wineries in the neighborhood, just use the Urban Wine Trail, a self-guided trail of tasting rooms representing Santa Barbara County wines, as your guide. We recommend checking out Melville Winery Tasting Room, Margerum Tasting Room, Pali Wine Co., and Paradise Springs Winery. As for breweries, a short walk in the neighborhood reveals plenty of options. Enjoy craft brews from Figueroa Mountain Brewery Co. or Topa Topa Brewing Co. If something stronger is your drink of choice, try Cutler’s Artisan Spirits or Test Pilot.

SHOPS AND GALLERIES

The Funk Zone is known as Santa Barbara’s most vibrant hot-spot for all things artisan and original. Naturally, it’s no stranger to unique boutiques locally owned and cultivated. Loveworn is where you can find vintage clothing and original graphic tees, and The Shopkeepers features a collection of vintage clothes, shoes, accessories, and home goods. Discover the works of local artisans and makers at Seaside Makers Collective, find the best local and up-and-coming artists at Helena Mason Art Gallery, or find your new favorite accessories at Jules By The Sea, a boutique that sells artisan made jewelry.

Explore Some of Our Rentals Near The Funk Zone

Villa Portofino

6 Guests / 3 beds / 2.5 baths

0.5 miles from The Funk Zone

Classic Cottage Downtown

6 Guests / 3 beds / 2 baths

2 miles from The Funk Zone

Santa Barbara Retreat

5 Guests / 3 beds / 2 baths

2.8 miles from The Funk Zone

Mesa Beach Escape

6 Guests / 4 beds / 2 baths

3.5 miles from The Funk Zone

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS: WINTER 2023 SOCIAL CALENDAR

Embrace the Holiday Spirit in Santa Barbara, where the cool winter climate harmonizes with year-round sunshine. Discover an abundance of festive events and activities that make this city the perfect winter wonderland for ‘Season’s Greetings!’

Recurring Events

‘Miracle’ At The Funk Zone | November 10th – January 1st

This Christmas Bar brings the holiday season to life with extravagant decorations and whimsical displays alongside a menu brimming with spirited cocktails served in Christmas collectible glasses. What is one of the most coveted reservations of the season, Miracle provides a joyous and entertaining way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family in a uniquely festive atmosphere.

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Zoolights | November 15th – January 14th

Experience the Santa Barbara Zoo in a whole new light at the 2nd Annual Zoolights! Visit the park after dark and step into a world of lights, interactive exhibits, and light scenes that depict nature from all over the world. Plus, all of the animal exhibits will be open to view.

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Julefest | November 24th – January 6th

Take a quick trip up North to Solvang where the Danish Village transforms into a holiday wonderland. The festivities will include nighttime Makers Market for holiday shopping, a popular scavenger hunt through the town, candlelight tours, daily Light & Music tours, and so much more.

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Christmas Patch | November 24th – December 17th

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at Lane Farms in Goleta, where Christmas cheer abounds. Take a leisurely stroll amidst rows of Christmas trees, capture holiday memories with photos, and challenge yourself at the corn maze. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits for a delightful holiday pie, adding a delicious touch to your seasonal celebrations.

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Holiday Harbor Cruise | December 1st – December 22nd

Embark on a weekend adventure every Friday and Saturday aboard the iconic and festively adorned “Lil Toot” along the Santa Barbara Waterfront. Cruise the harbor while discovering captivating insights into local history and marine life. This unique experience combines scenic views and festive cheer!

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Snowfall At Paseo Nuevo | December 1st – December 24th

Every weekend of December, Paseo Nuevo is bringing snowfall to the Santa Barbara Coast. Experience the wonderful sight of snow, the larger-than-life Christmas tree, and do some holiday shopping along State Street. Starts at 6pm.

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Events & Activities

Christmas Tree Lighting | December 5th

Come together with your loved ones to revel in the holiday spirit at El Encanto’s lively Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Delight in snacks sourced from the Chef’s Garden, expertly paired with award-winning wines and comforting winter beverages.

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Holiday Stroll, Sip, and Shop | December 7th

Dive into the holiday spirit during a magical evening of sipping, shopping, and strolling along Coast Village Road in Montecito. Explore the shops along the road to find that ideal gift for your loved ones, all while treating yourself to some festive drinks and tasty nibbles. Enjoy the melodic tunes of carolers setting the perfect holiday mood. As the sun sets, don’t miss the dazzling tree lighting ceremony – it’s the cherry on top of a truly festive evening.

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Hanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony | December 8th

Join the El Encanto staff for a Menorah lighting on the picturesque Terrace Garden Patio, followed by a laid-back latke soirée in the cozy Fireside Room. It’s a warm and inviting way to celebrate the season with a touch of holiday magic.

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37th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights | December 10th

Join the city of Santa Barbara and head down to the Waterfront for an afternoon and evening of festive fun! Gather your loved ones to watch the lively parade, and cap off the night with a dazzling fireworks show. For the best views, check out Stearns Wharf, the breakwater, West Beach, and East Beach. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season with a blend of community and coastal charm.

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The Nutcracker Ballet | December 16th – December 17th

State Street Ballet brings an enchanting performance of The Nutcracker, a cherished tradition in Santa Barbara. Featuring over 150 professional dancers, musicians, and ballet students, this grand production brings the beloved story to life with all the splendor Santa Barbarans have come to love. Join the community for three magical performances, as the stage comes alive with the beauty and grace of this annual celebration. It’s a festive treat for all ages.

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Christmas Eve Prix Fixe / Four Course Dinner | December 24th

Make your Christmas Eve memorable with The Rosewood at Miramar Beach at one of their hotel restaurants: The Revere Room or Caruso’s. Indulge in a festive four-course dinner at The Revere Room, featuring locally sourced ingredients for a delightful dining experience. Alternatively, join Caruso’s for Seven Fish dinners, accompanied by the melodic tunes of carolers in the nearby Living Room, and savor the enchanting snowfall on the Great Lawn. It’s a perfect blend of culinary delights and holiday charm to celebrate the season.

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Christmas Day Prix Fixe / Four Course Dinner | December 25th

Create lasting holiday memories with an unforgettable Santa Barbara experience. Indulge in The Revere Room’s prix fixe dinner, featuring a blend of regional Christmas classics and a delightful assortment of seasonal dishes. Or, at Caruso’s, toast to the holidays while taking in panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and savoring selections from a sumptuous menu curated for the occasion by Chef Massimo Falsini. It’s a perfect blend of festive flavors and scenic elegance to elevate your holiday celebration.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner | December 31st

Ring in the New Year with a magical evening at El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, where the holiday festivities are as enchanting as the Coastal California views. Elevate your evening with a champagne toast upon arrival to dinner, then indulge in the 5-Course Prix-Fix Menu. It’s a perfect blend of gourmet dining, bubbly celebrations, and live music to welcome the New Year in style.

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New Year’s Eve Champagne Cruise | December 31st

Embark on a memorable journey into 2024 along the California coastline aboard The Double Dolphin. Experience the New Year’s Eve Champagne sail, featuring bottomless champagne and breathtaking Riviera views. Set sail in style, welcoming the new year with the soothing sounds of the ocean and the sparkle of celebratory bubbles.

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New Year’s Eve Le Bal Cristal | December 31st

Partake in an unforgettable night a glimmering night of unmatched elegance and exclusive service in the fabulous Baccarat crystal Chandelier Ballroom at The Rosewood. Lively libations, spectacular performers, one of Los Angeles’s top dance bands, Champagne toasts, and much more await. Celebrate the New Year in a way like never before, raising a glass to a night of unparalleled glamour and joy. Black-tie required.

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FALL 2023 SOCIAL CALENDAR

Fall has taken off in Santa Barbara. Get into the autumnal spirit with this handpicked list of events and activities in the Santa Barbara area! Scroll to the end to discover all the Halloween attractions this season has to offer.

37th Annual California Avocado Festival

October 6th – October 8th

This festival, hosted in the heart of Carpinteria, is one of the largest free music festivals in California. It features over 75 acts on four stages: the endless ways to eat an avocado, live entertainment, and various local vendors.

Santa Barbara Vitners Festival

October 14th

Revered as the Original Santa Barbara Wine Festival, enjoy the 39th annual Vitners Festival where you can taste wines from 50+ wineries and savor cuisine from local restaurants and chefs.

Ride Santa Barbara 100

October 21st

One of the nine in the country, Ride Santa Barbara 100 is a premier 100 mile ride through the central coast. There are varying levels of world-class cycling for riders of all levels, all of which offer oceanfront views and serene back roads.

Los Olivos Day In The Country

October 21st

Take a day trip to Los Olivos and join in on their highly acclaimed Day in the Country Festival! Enjoy a parade, 100+ vendors, live music, food, beer and wine, and the small town charm of Los Olivos.

Santa Barbara Half Marathon

November 5th

Returning for its second time is the Santa Barbara Half Marathon! Run 13.1 miles as you take in the sights of the Santa Barbara Waterfront and more.

Thanksgiving Prex Fixe Dinner at the Rosewood

November 23rd

Gather and give thanks with a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu at Caruso’s and The Revere Room at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. Sourced with local and seasonal ingredients, this dinner is sure to provide a delicious holiday fare.

Halloween Events & Activities

Boo At The Zoo

October 20th – 29th

Experience spooky decorations, photo opportunities, and trick-or-treating while exploring the animal exhibits. Admission to Boo at the Zoo grants you access to a train ride, mad science experiments, a scare zone, a lively dance party, encounters with creepy-crawly animals, and bounce houses.

Halloween Move Drive In: E.T.

October 28th

Drive your car over to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and take part in their spooky Halloween festivities! Enjoy food trucks and concession stands, trick-or-treat from car to car, participate in an automobile costume contest, and watch the family  favorite E.T.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch

September 29th – October 31st

Located at the La Cumbre Plaza, this local pumpkin patch offers all of the perfect decor pieces to make your home feel like fall. Pick from a variety of pumpkins, squash, ornamental gourds, hay bales, and more.

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch

September 30th – October 31st

At Lane Farms you will find plenty of autumn activities that are sure to put you in the fall spirit. Enjoy hay rides, farm animals, a corn maze, pumpkins as far as the eye can see, and the perfect backdrop for your fall photos.

Montecito Country Mart Pumpkin Patch

October 1st – 31st

Open all day, every day is the Montecito Country Mart Honor System Pumpkin Patch! Find it in the courtyard.