Photo Credit: Belmond El Encanto
This Month's Highlights
Kiss your normal routine goodbye and plan a secret escape to Santa Barbara during the month of May. Say hello to mornings meant for sleeping in, afternoons of adventure seeking and romantic nights with dinner alfresco. This is the routine you should be repeating.
As you break free from normalcy, plan to stay a few extra days. Once you get a taste of the Santa Barbara lifestyle, you’ll never want to leave. At the very least, late-checkouts are always an option. *Wink*
Here are a few of our favorite escapes to be had during the month of May:
BELMOND EL ENCANTO
Secret escapes are only as good as the place you escape to. For a respite that will wash your cares away, Belmond El Encanto can certainly deliver. Tucked away within the hillside of the famed American Riviera®, the tranquil setting at Belmond El Encanto will not only take your breath away, your everyday worries will fade away with the setting sun.
As you plan your great Santa Barbara adventures, take time to bask in your private bungalow, indulge in spa services and take a dip in the property’s zero edge infinity pool. You’re in luck, Belmond El Encanto is offering a special 50% discount on every fourth consecutive night booked.* No need to use the wishing well on property, this daydream doesn’t have to be limited to just two nights.
*Celebrate with Savings of a 50% discount on every fourth consecutive night booked with Belmond El Encanto’s Best Available Rate. Tax and service charge are not included, minimum length of stay required.
SANTA BARBARA ADVENTURE COMPANY
Next up, escape for the day to Channel Islands National Park. May marks the first trip of the season to visit North America’s largest sea cave, Painted cave. A bucket-list trip for many, Santa Barbara Adventure Company will help you explore “the Galapagos Islands of North America.”
While out at sea, your day will consist of paddling over the kelp forests of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and through its naturally formed sea caves. First time kayakers, don’t you worry— professional guides will navigate you to the islands best kept secrets.
After kayaking, we recommend exploring under the surface, with a snorkel and fin. The best part of it all? This trip is all inclusive, so no need to bring a lunch or your own gear. The only thing you need to pack is an attitude for adventure and exploration.
Book Your Stay
For those wanting an evening under the stars this May, we recommend a stroll over to Santa Barbara’s Historic Theater District for dinner and sips at the new Somerset Restaurant. Its exterior courtyard, outfitted with century-old olive trees, a central hearth and gas lamps is the perfect romantic escape or night out with friends. The restaurants hip interior is an ode to Mid-century Modern with comfortable, luxurious and tactile design counterpoints.
But it’s not just about the ambiance. Somerset’s menu offers farm-driven California cuisine with light French and Italian influences using local ingredients. As spring blossoms, so will your taste buds with Somerset’s culinary delights.
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
For its fifth consecutive year, Santa Barbara welcomes the return of America’s most prestigious cycling stage race, the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. This year’s oceanfront Stage 4 start will take place along Cabrillo Boulevard on May 17, and will host some of the world’s top professional cycling teams as they compete on over 700 miles of scenic California highways and roadways.
Plan a trip to Santa Barbara to see this entertaining start. Rent or bring your own gear and ride along breezy Cabrillo Blvd. or challenge yourself with a climb up lung-busting Gibraltar Road.
I MADONNARI STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL
Escape reality as art comes to life during the annual I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, May 28 to 29. Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images. Don’t miss a detail — stay for the weekend at El Encanto, located within walking distance of the festival. Return each day to see works of art come to life right before your eyes.