3 Days in Santa Barbara for Peace Seekers

Santa Barbara is an unmatched haven for wellness, overflowing with healing spas, tranquil gardens and a myriad of soul-soothing adventures compatible with all energy levels. Rest and rejuvenate in a botanical wonderland. Soak up the awe-inspiring landscape from a hilltop trail. And Zen out to the sound of crashing waves as you sink into a beachside savasana pose. In this tranquil three-day itinerary, you’ll discover peaceful outlooks, delicious, healthy eateries and a bounty of activities guaranteed to leave you in a state of bliss. 

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DAY ONE

Morning: Salute the sun at East Beach with Santa Barbara Beach Yoga. Stretch out your stress on the soft sand as you gradually ease into the morning with a close-up view of the glassy Pacific. (The invigorating and restorative classes are suitable for all yogi levels.) Afterwards, grab a coffee and bite to eat from Café Lido inside Mar Monte Hotel across the street.

Afternoon: Pedal through paradise on Santa Barbara BCycle’s electric bikes. Start on the iconic, palm tree-lined Cabrillo Boulevard and head to Shoreline Park to scout for whales. Continue the journey uphill into the Mesa neighborhood, where you can dig into flavorful, nourishing vegan dishes and soothing teas at plant-based Mesa Verde Restaurant.

Evening: Pack a picnic with light bites from Lazy Acres Market to enjoy while watching sunset from Franceschi Park. The expansive panorama of the coastline from this horticultural wonderland is incredible. For dinner, make your way to The Black Sheep “SB Brasserie” for a fresh, French-influenced meal to round out a day of holistic and fresh air fun.

DAY TWO

Morning: Stroll through the towering redwoods and winding trails in Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. In the spring, the native wildflowers come alive and paint the open spaces shades of orange and purple. Take a digital detox and practice the Japanese art of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), each step bringing you closer to inner harmony. The lush grounds also provide ideal, secluded spaces for seated meditation.

Afternoon: Slip further into relaxation mode with a lavender-infused massage at Float Luxury Spa. The healing downtown oasis offers numerous body treatments, revitalizing facials and energizing rituals. Add the warm coconut oil scalp massage if you want to truly float. Post-spa, make your way to The Sacred Space in Summerland for a stroll in its lush garden grounds while you shop for crystals, tinctures, jewelry, teas and more to extend your wellness rituals at home. 

Evening: Come dusk, board the Double Dolphin for a sunset cruise and catch a glimpse of The American Riviera® in its full glory. For dinner, treat yourself to a transcendent culinary experience at Sushi by Scratch Restaurants, a Montecito jewel in omakase fare.

DAY THREE

Morning: Soothe your soul with a halotherapy session at Salt Cave Santa Barbara, where Jurassic-age Himalayan salt blocks and crystals line the entire underground cavern, the largest in North America, allowing you to breathe in air saturated with beneficial salt particles. When your healing journey is complete, peruse through the gift shop to stock up on more home spa products.

Afternoon: Get lost among the aisles at Paradise Found, a “peace, love and good vibes” shop in downtown Santa Barbara. Explore the mercantile’s curated selection of books, crystals, jewelry and spiritual tools. Book a session with an intuitive reader to guide your intentions for your post-vacation future. After some shopping, learn about the rich history and stunning architecture of Santa Barbara with Free Santa Barbara Walking Tours.

Evening: Meander down State Street Promenade and grab a table at Satellite, a funky outer space-themed vegetarian restaurant and natural wine shop serving up veggie-packed sandwiches, salads, light bites and mouthwatering sweets. Prepare to return home renewed with a full heart and belly, and usher in bright, new beginnings after three peaceful days in Santa Barbara.

WHERE TO STAY

Mar Monte Hotel

The calming sounds of the ocean just moments outside your window at Mar Monte Hotel are both rejuvenating and exhilarating as you settle into your stay in The American Riviera®. The modern design influenced by Spanish-style architecture truly makes for a quintessential Santa Barbara experience.

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