While the rest of the country is layering up for winter, Santa Barbara’s warm days continue well into November, making visitors wonder if summer ever really left. In fact, there’s no time quite like November to visit our dreamy, sun-soaked shores for seasonal hotel deals, thrilling events, holiday shopping and more. Offering an eternal summer-time feeling without the crowds and the most unbelievable sunsets, visitors quickly realize that while getting here is easy, it’s difficult to leave.
This Month's Highlights
The lush tropical gardens and koi-filled lagoons at the Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara are a serene oasis of calm before the craze of the holidays. Located near the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, this top-rated and budget-friendly hotel is set among Santa Barbara’s natural beauty. Pocketed between Goleta and Santa Barbara, the property is a short distance from the Santa Barbara Airport and mere miles away from downtown shops, restaurants and attractions.
Rise and shine for Ramada Santa Barbara’s complimentary Continental breakfast before setting off for a fun-filled fall day in The American Riviera®. Be sure to grab the value passes received at check-in for savings on dining, wine tasting, local breweries and more. After diving into all Santa Barbara has to offer, return for a dip in the hotels outdoor heated swimming pool…it’s the perfect temperature for your November vacation. Learn More
Historic Theatre District Highlights
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, dinner and a show is made easy when visiting Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District. Anchored by three premier performing arts venues— Granada Theatre, Lobero Theatre and Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic—this popular district is packed with many of Santa Barbara’s top dining destinations and cocktail bars as well as shops, galleries and museums. A few recommendations for can’t miss performances include: Opera Santa Barbara presents “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini (Fri., Nov. 1 and Sun., Nov. 3), Dance Theatre of Harlem (Wed., Nov. 6), Marymount presents “Willy Wonka Jr.“ (Tues., Nov. 5 and Wed., Nov. 6) and “Doublewide Kings Play: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young” (Sat., Nov. 16).
Get the most of this enchanting district and plan to stay a little longer, with our guide to Savor Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District.
True crime fans are invited to join Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind popular podcast “My Favorite Murder” at Arlington Theater Fri., Nov. 1 and Sat., Nov. 2 for a first-ever weekend-long Murderino gathering in Santa Barbara dubbed “My Favorite Weekend.” Each day offers the opportunity to mingle with fellow Murderinos, watch “My Favorite Murder” live show tapings and special guest appearances from Jensen & Holes from “The Murder Squad” and Sara Iyer and Steven Ray Morris from “The Purrrcast.” Hotel and ticket packages are available. Learn More
Surfing is a cornerstone of Santa Barbara’s culture, which makes it appropriate that the inaugural two-day Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival takes place at the Arlington Theater, Fri., Nov. 8 and Sat., Nov. 9. Meant as a comprehensive celebration of surf filmmaking to honor the diverse storytelling styles of filmmakers, fans of the genre can “drop in” for movie screenings, special filmmaker panels, Q&A sessions, surf exhibits, parties and more. Learn More
First comes stuffing, then comes pumpkin smashing at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Guaranteed to be a smashing’ good time, animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house on Thanksgiving Day to venture out to the Santa Barbara Zoo for one of the seasons most entertaining events. Make a new Thanksgiving Day tradition from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., watching gorillas, otters and other Santa Barbara Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. Free with regular admission. Learn More