Explore Santa Barbara


Set between beautiful beaches with the majestic backdrop of the Santa Ynez range, Drift is located in the heart of Santa Barbara on State Street, an energetic, car-free promenade perfect for evening strolls and outdoor dining.


Set between beautiful beaches with the majestic backdrop of the Santa Ynez range, Drift is located in the heart of Santa Barbara on State Street, an energetic, car-free promenade perfect for evening strolls and outdoor dining.
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Brophy Bros

Brophy Bros

You’ll find the best chowder and fish and chips in Southern California at Brophy Bros, located in the heart of Santa Barbara Harbor. This place is authentic as it gets - you might even see fisherman unloading their catch.
The lark

The lark

A fish market turned eatery that's known for modern American cuisine and a picturesque indoor/outdoor setting. Come for the ambiance and stay for the high quality, locally sourced seasonal ingredients that won't disappoint.

Helena Avanue Bakery

Rustic, organic breads and artisinal pastries (made from scratch!) make Helena's a carb-lovers dream. Pop in for a coffee and grab some treats to go; they're the perfect add-on to any adventure.
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With extensive hot/cold tapas options and a dedicated Gin & Tonic menu, Loquita is the ultimate insta-worthy destination for snacks and sips. We love the Costa Blanca kaffir-infused twist on the classic G&T.
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La Super-Rica Taqueria

This unassuming order-at-the-window Mexican spot is more than worth the long line for its under $10 pricing and assortment of authentic Mexican dishes.
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Lilly's Taqueria

Santa Barbara's best rated taqueria. This casual spot is known for being both authentic and affordable, and serves steamed and grilled taco fillings.
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Santa Barbara Craft Ramen

There's nothing better than ramen when the SoCal temps drop below 60. This downtown Santa Barbara staple satisfies every tonkotsu craving, one bowl at a time.
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Since 1949 McConnell's has served the finest ice cream made from scratch. With old dairy roots and a 70+ year legacy, McConnell's is on a mission to leave Santa Barbara a "little bit sweeter" with each scoop.


The self-proclaimed best pastrami in town. This casual sandwich shop keeps it simple with top-notch ingredients and unforgettable seasoning.

Arigato Sushi

Arigato serves the finest sushi in town. Pair an innovative sushi or nigiri dish with expertly curated sake while taking in the local art scene at this low-key Santa Barbara favorite.


This waterfront restaurant features California-Asian cuisine, a sushi bar, craft cocktail menu, rooftop dining and lounge space, and unobstructed ocean views.
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test Pilot

Craft cocktails with a Tiki twist. Test Pilot offers exotic cocktails and boozy slushies that are the perfect mix of potent and palatable.
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Beer that's good for the environment. For real. Night Lizard is committed to craft beers, local ingredients, and environmental education. They even donate 10% of each purchase to eco-conscious causes so you can feel good about every sip.

The Good Lion

An award-winning Santa Barbara staple. This contemporary cocktail bar delivers a weekly rotating menu in an upscale setting inspired by the American Riviera.
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With 20 beers on tap that change daily, a curated selection of local wines, and in-house specialties, this taproom and bottle shop is a true Santa Barbara experience.
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Douglas Family Preserve

Made for the whole family, including our four-legged friends. Hit the trails of this 70 acre open preserve to enjoy the native habitat while taking in stunning cliff side ocean views.
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Inspiration point (Hike)

A year-round hike that's guaranteed to inspire. Start your two-ish hour trek as early as possible and work your way up where inspiration awaits. The terrain is a little tricky, so make sure you're up for the challenge.
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Butterfly Beach

Leisure lovers flock to Butterfly Beach for spotless sands, gentle waves, and awe-inspiring sunsets. Grab a bike at the Cabrillo Bike Path and take in the views on the three-mile beach ride for an ideal R&R moment.
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Santa Barbara Bowl

If you’re visiting from April to October, make sure to check out the Santa Barbara Bowl schedule. This outdoor amphitheater plays host to some of our favorite artists every season and is a music lover’s dream venue.
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Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

Established in 1926, the Santa Barbara Botanical garden is the first to focus exclusively on native plants.
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Elings Park

With more than 200 acres of space, Eling’s Park is a go-to for Santa Barbara’s outdoor enthusiasts. The park is home to sports fields, BMX and mountain biking tracks, wedding venues, and even local festivals.
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Funk zone

The “Funk Zone” has become a favorite of Santa Barbara’s contemporary-cool set. Discover the alternative side of the American Riviera at one of the many boutique wine-tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops.
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Wine Tours

Santa Barbara’s idyllic coastal valleys are home to over 200 wineries. Book your own private Coastal Concierge tour with a staff member for a stress-free tasting day tailored to your tastes.

Adventure Tours

Get your adrenaline fix with bike tours, surf lessons, kayaking, and more here. Use code “DRIFTHOTEL” to save 10%.
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Walking Tours

Explore Santa Barbara on foot with walking tours led by locals. Visit freewalkingtoursb.com for more info.
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Coast Village Road

The ultra-chic Coastal Village Road is the gem of Montecito. Home to upscale shops, restaurants, and cafes, this picturesque stretch runs through Montecito's "Lower Village".
Lights on the street

State Street Promenade Market

This outdoor market featuring local businesses, artisans, non-profits, restaurants, and performers is a great way to get to know the local community and flavors. Held the first Thursday of the month from 3-8 pm on the 1000 block of State Street.
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La Arcada Plaza

Old world charm with all the modern upgrades. La Arcada Plaza blends iconic, Spanish style architecture with a mix of locally owned restaurants, shops, galleries, and specialty services in Santa Barbara's historic cultural arts district.
Paseo Nuevo Mall

Paseo Nuevo Mall

This open air plaza is the perfect place to spend a day in downtown Santa Barbara. Shop at local and national retailers, grab a bite at one of the many restaurants, or make it a movie night at the Paseo Nuevo Cinema.