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Suggestions for 2 days in Santa Barbara

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Suggestions for 2 days in Santa Barbara

Heading to Santa Barbara from Boston on Oct. 31. First time visitor. Would appreciate suggestions for things to do/places for dinner. Was thinking of dinner at Barbareno and The Black Sheep. Considered Cold Spring Tavern but that may be too touristy and it also seems to have many mixed reviews. Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Santa Barbara

Have you browsed through previous posts in the forum or checked the "things to do" tab at the top of this page (full site) and the restaurants section?

www.santabarbara.com

www.santabarbaracarfree.org

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2. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Santa Barbara

Barbareño is an interesting place to eat, well worth it. Check out the Lark as well. Also, Boathouse at Hendry's. Inexpensive lunch at Pajaro Beach Café south of SB can be fun if you want a little beach time with your lunch.

Things to do:

Drive down to Arroyo Burro Park (most people don't do this, it's worth the short drive).

Tour the Courthouse. See the old Adobes of Downtown (including the ranch). Walk through Old El Paseo.

Natural History Museum with Butterfly Enclosure (and Rocky Nook Park next door for a feel of what SB would look like in its natural state). The Mission is also in that area.

Small Art Gallery (worth a quick visit though).

Botanic Gardens (not large, two different ones).

Boat rides, surf rentals, boogie boarding, kayaking, SUP.

Rent a bike (tons of bike trails).

Painted Cave (above Santa Barbara, worth it, if it's open)

Day trips galore.

Urban Wine Trail. (There are really enough tasting rooms for two days of tasting).

SB Funk Zone for hanging out in the evening.

Check out the Amphitheater and the Los Lobos for anything going on in the live entertainment area.

Super rica Taqueria for great tacos (and to enter into an argument about which tacos are best in SB).

Tons of little beach areas (check out the ones in Montecito).

A drink at the Biltmore.

Sunset at the Belmond Encanto.

Happy Travels!

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3. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Santa Barbara

The drive to Cold Springs Tavern takes you up into the nearby mountains, with beautiful scenery. We often enjoyed the drive and ate there when our son went to UCSB - old log cabin setting and interesting menu items.

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4. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Santa Barbara

Yep, there's a reason that Cold Springs is so popular.

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5. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Santa Barbara

Cold Springs usually throws people off cus its off the beaten path and very casual, lots of bikers, etc but if the weather is nice and you don't mind the trek its an experience for sure. Barbareno and Black Sheep are also solid choices, i actually prefer Les Marchands to The Lark both for dining and cocktails. we love Bibi Ji and Sama Sama Kitchen, but rumor has it the folks at Sama Sama will be heading to Ojai soon so don't know what that means for their place in SB and when. other favorites include Louie's California Bistro for simple but tasty classic Cal-French style food, Olio Crudo Bar for raw seafood (first come first serve), The Little Door for sharing small plates (also Milk & Honey), and Petit Valentien for a quiet romantic night out.

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