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Attention parents, who says Spring Break needs to be all about the kids? From luxury hideaways to wine tasting to nights at the theatre, we think it’s time to reinvent what it means to go on a spring vacation to Santa Barbara.

March is a beautiful time to visit, as the summer crowds have yet to set in and our near-perfect weather is in full swing. Don’t forget that mountains-meet-ocean element, and you’ll be ready to kiss winter goodbye.

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Don’t miss theSunday Champagne Brunch at The Stonehouse. Photo Credit: Instagram @sanysidroranch

First things first, if you’re venturing to Santa Barbara, you’ll need just the right hideaway to call home. Tucked within the foothills of Montecito, San Ysidro Ranch is the ultimate place to get away. Stepping foot on property, you’ll know two things for sure; that you’ve discovered a place that is truly enchanting and you’ll never want to leave.

While at San Ysidro Ranch, you’ll not only feel like a celebrity, but you’re likely to spot a few during your stay, as the property has a long history of being a respite for A-Listers back to 1953, where Jackie O and JFK famously honeymooned. Not to mention, The Stonehouse Restaurant at San Ysidro Ranch has been honored by Wine Spectator Magazine with their Grand Award for three consecutive years (2014-2015-2016).  This is their highest award, given to only 88 establishments, which represent the world’s best wine programs.

During the month of March, take advantage of special offers including mid-week discounted rates or if a weekend stay is more your style, other offers include a stay two, get the third night free.

world-of-pinot-noir-kandy_ozNext, make sure to visit Santa Barbara during the 17th Annual World of Pinot Noir (March 3-4). For two full days, Pinot Noir will be the primary focus of in-depth tasting seminars, grand tastings, and more. If you love a good glass (or two) of Pinot Noir, we hope to see you there. Get your tickets early, because space is limited.

March also marks the return of the 72nd Annual International Orchid Show (March 17-19), one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids. This year’s theme, “Orchid Mystique,” is complemented by three days highlighting the bold and beautiful evolution of the orchid, with more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world.

If your travels to Santa Barbara are later in the month, don’t miss the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival (March 23-27). Held at the New Vic Theatre, this annual festival will include five days of exceptional films from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity, including a wide range of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and shorts by American, European, and Israeli filmmakers.

However, don’t think the kids aren’t welcome! If family-fun is what you’re looking for this Spring Break, Santa Barbara delivers endless opportunities. Spend an afternoon at the Santa Barbara Zoo and become a zookeeper for a day, or head to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, where kids can crawl through a 1,500-gallon tide pool tank, and even “pet” a shark in the live touch pool.

Perhaps the great outdoors is calling? Santa Barbara has an abundance of activities to keep you and your family busy for a week along our golden shores. Just think: whale watching, surfing, kayaking, sailing and more, much more. Need more ideas? Check out these outdoor-inspired itineraries.

Featured March Events

Manual Cinema “The Magic City”

Time: Location: UCSB Campbell Hall

“Manual Cinema’s Magic City lets everyone in” The Chicago TribuneLoosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 fantasy novel, The Magic City tells the story of nine year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature…

Compañía Nacional de Danza


“Spain’s leading dance company … Dancers possess exquisite musical reflexes, their bodies display that mix of extravagant talent and hardworking modesty.” The Guardian (U.K.)“Among the top contemporary ballet companies…

Wu Man & the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

Time: Location: University of California, Santa Barbara

“Watching the musicians let fly on lutes, fiddles and gongs, as the singers roared through lively ballads recounting folk tales and myths, you were swept up by their energy and charisma.” The New York TimesWu Man is the world’s…

Toy Story 3 at Granada Theatre


On Friday, March 9, the Granada Theatre presents Toy Story 3 in collaboration with Cliff Drive Care Center. This classic focuses on Woody’s plan to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned, and depicts their journey home to…

La Bamba


On Sunday, March 11th, the Granada Theatre shows La Bamba, on its 4K high-definition screen at 3 PM! Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) becomes an overnight rock ‘n’ roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad…

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