Summertime in Santa Barbara
Get festive this month in one of our favorite coastal cities
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Hyatt Santa Barbara
Relaxing on a schedule? Skip the 45-minute drive to the valley. You can taste 17 wineries downtown on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. For the map, go to urbanwinetrailsb.com. Grassini Family Vineyards just opened a tasting room, although they’re not yet part of the official wine trail. They offer flights of Cab Sauv, Sauv Blanc, and more (813 Anacapa Street).
Near the beach, the former Hotel Mar Monte is now Hyatt Santa Barbara (1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard), while the Hotel Indigo (121 State Street) is a brand new 41-room boutiquer that’s walkable from the train station. Indigo also has a satellite gallery, courtesy of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. But be warned: if you go to Santa Barbara during Fiesta (August 1–5), you may need to stay in Carpinteria, Summerland, or Goleta. Our favorite in Goleta is, of course, the Bacara Resort & Spa, which just underwent a full reno (8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta).
If you’re not feasting on Mexican cuisine during the Fiesta, there are plenty of good eats in town. The locals love Cadiz, just opened last year, for its southern-Med cuisine made with ingredients grown nearby, as well as its late-night menu on Friday and Saturday (509 State Street). Brophy’s is a favorite for chowder (119 Harbor Way), Shoreline Café is right on the beach and good for families (801 Shoreline Drive), Backyard Bowls serves up healthy breakfasts (331 Motor Way), and Cielito Restaurant & Taqueria is a brand-new Mexican place emphasizing fresh seafood items. (1114 State Street).
Coming Soon The Canary Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel, is now a Kimpton property, and the Orient-Express hotel company will reopen the landmark El Encanto in March 2013.