Santa Barbara is a special place. Known for its sun, surf, hospitality, cultural attractions and natural beauty, we invite you to fall in love with Santa Barbara this February. Discover coastal relaxation, enjoy a post-spa Pinot, or savor dinner with a sunset view.  

To begin your love affair with Santa Barbara, we’ve highlighted the top three reasons to visit during the month of February. 


Before heading to Santa Barbara, pick a place to call home while on vacation.  If you’re looking to spend extra quality time with your special someone, treat yourself to one more day in paradise. During the month of February, participating hotels are offering special deals including your third night free or 20% off your reservation.  From oceanfront resorts to boutique urban retreats, visitors to Santa Barbara can save more by traveling to the Santa Barbara South Coast this February. Once booked, all that’s left to do is  picture yourself, glass in hand, soaking up an extra day of sun-drenched relaxation.


For 11 special days, the spotlight shines even brighter when the stars come out for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31- February 10). Over 200+ films, tributes and symposiums fill the two star-studded weeks, bringing the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara.

santa barbara festivalsHighlights for this year’s festival include the 2018 Cinema Vanguard Award (February 1) honoring Willem Dafoe, 2018 Maltin Modern Master Award (February 2) recipient Gary Oldman, and 2018 Virtuosos Award (February 3) honoring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Hong Chau (Downsizing), John Boyega (Detroit), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name). Finding just the right ticket is made easy with a variety of ticket options available. Pick and choose from packages including Platinum Passes, Film Geek Package, and all the way down to the 4 Film MiniPak.

As romance takes center stage during February, make it a date-night and add a little glitz and glamour of your own. Before heading to the theatre, dinner and drinks make for the best kind of double feature.


Come hungry and leave satisfied after dining out during Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, February 23 – March 4, 2018. For one delicious week, over 20+ area restaurants will be offering delectable 3-course menus, all for a prix fixe price. Treat yourself and a loved one to one (or two) of Santa Barbara’s newest hot-spots or revisit a classic locale with menus priced at $25, $35 and $45. You’ll get the chance to pick three options for each course including your appetizer, entrée and dessert. No matter which mouth-watering restaurant you choose, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling full.

A great meal is nothing without an exceptional wine pairing. Savor all that Santa Barbara wine country has to offer, through special tasting experiences at select wine tasting rooms during Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

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