Natural Home Goes to Santa Barbara, California

Explore, eat and relax in Santa Barbara

| July/August 2004

  • In Santa Barbara County you can explore more than 100 miles of spectacular coastline.
    Photo Courtesy Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau
  • Learn about California’s native plants on the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens’ five miles of trails.
    Photo Courtesy Blaksley Library Archives, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • The church at Mission Santa Barbara—famous for its twin bell towers.
    Photo By Stephen Williams

With bountiful California sunshine, organic produce available year-round, and a multitude of outdoor activities—whale watching, sea kayaking, biking—Santa Barbara is the perfect city to get in tune with nature and yourself. Schedule a visit during Old Spanish Days Fiesta (August 4–8), a local tradition featuring parades, a mariachi festival, and Mexican mercados.


Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
This conservation-minded garden acquaints visitors with more than 1,000 species of rare and endangered native California plants.
1212 Mission Canyon Road. (805) 682-4726; 

Lined with palm trees and featuring wharf views, East Beach is the most popular sandy spot for swimming, surfing, or volleyball. Traveling with your pooch? Butterfly Beach, located farther south, is more dog friendly than most.

Sunstone Winery
A thirty-mile side trip into Santa Ynez wine country takes you to Sunstone Vineyard, an all-organic estate where you can sample cabernet, syrah, and sauvignon blanc.125 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez. (805) 688-9463; 


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