In February, Santa Barbara begins to warm up, bringing the bright tidings of spring on the horizon. With more days of sunshine, comfortably cool afternoons and longer daylight hours, it’s the perfect month to discover our coastal city. Enjoy a refreshing pint of craft beer or a glass of local Pinot Noir with that special someone during Valentine’s Weekend, or take Fido on a gorgeous beach walk and end the day at one of the many dog-friendly eateries in town. Read on for the top reasons to visit Santa Barbara during the month of February.*
Seasonal tip? Explore the Santa Barbara South Coast at your leisure and choose from nearly 20 local accommodations offering a 3rd night free when you book a two-night stay. With so many artisanal boutiques to shop and decadent meals to savor, do yourself a favor and add on an extra night.
*Before arriving, please call and confirm all reservations in advance.
Love is in the Air
February ushers in brighter days, gorgeous sunsets and the perfect opportunity for a romantic getaway. Spend Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara getting cozy on a beach walk, taking in epic views on a hike through the backcountry or savoring a delicious candlelit meal. Not to mention, for the wine lovers, Santa Barbara boasts a number of Restaurants with Amazing Wine Lists to sip your way through during your stay. If the time is right, Santa Barbara also is the perfect backdrop for an intimately epic proposal, where the stunning landscape can help make that special moment unforgettable. Celebrating Galentine’s Day this year? Grab your gal pals and head to the Santa Barbara South Coast with this Girlfriend’s Guide in tow, featuring wine tasting, mouthwatering meals and incredibly relaxing spa experiences.
Speaking of spa experiences…show yourself a little self-care this February with a reinvigorating massage or soul-soothing yoga flow. Embrace the many unique, mindful activities and meditative moments available exclusively in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara is one of the best spots to escape to with the whole family, furry friends included! Whether you prefer to peruse State Street Promenade’s boutiques and outdoor eateries, explore the sea via kayak or paddleboard, or revel in the magic of Douglas Family Preserve and Elings Park, adventure awaits for you and your dog in Santa Barbara. After the day’s excitement, relax with a glass of wine in hand and your pup on your lap at these Dog-Friendly Wineries.
What tastes better together than wine and chocolate? Show your friends and family some love with handmade artisan chocolates from one of Santa Barbara’s premium purveyors. Enjoy offerings from Jessica Foster Confections, like the passionfruit white chocolate or apple cinnamon truffles. Don’t miss out on the hand rolled caramels that will melt in your mouth. Twenty-Four Blackbirds in the Haley Corridor gives visitors a chance to try single origin chocolates from countries, including Madagascar and the Dominican Republic. The hand painted, colorfully glossy truffles are a true sight to behold, and try the dark chocolate covered espresso beans for a real caffeine kick!
Located in Sevilla Square, Chocolate Maya sells local and imported bon bons and chocolates in unique, seasonal shapes and flavor combinations. If you’re looking for something exciting to give, try the “Sacrifice” spicy drinking chocolate and turn up the heat.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and through the work of local Black/African-American led organizations, the community will honor the historical achievements with both virtual and in-person events this year, including performances, displays and more. This year’s theme is Black Joy & Legacy Through Family Health & Safety, which connects the events to uplifting the joy, accomplishments, challenges, and successes of local Black/African-American individuals. Make sure to explore the various gallery and library displays in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria Valley, open all of February, as well as Xtreme Hip-Hop Fitness (February 19), Santa Barbara Black/African American History Trolley (February 20) and Open Mic Night (February 25).
Van Gogh Has Arrived
For lovers of art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is set to host the much anticipated two-month exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources (February 27-May 22, 2022). The experiential showcase will display 20 works of art by Van Gogh alongside nearly 75 items deemed critical to understanding Van Gogh and his admiration for others’ art. Over 60 artists are represented in the exhibition, including Jules Breton, Anton Mauve, Adolphe Monticelli, Léon-Augustin Lhermitte, Jean-François Raffaëlli, Eugène Delacroix, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin. Make sure to plan for the expansive, city-wide programming from 17 other businesses to run alongside the SBMA exhibit as a Community Partner Program. These curated performances, musical renditions, gallery lectures and supplementary art exhibitions will serve to truly amaze and inspire attendees, whether or not they are familiar with Van Gogh’s legacy.
February is when the theatres come alive with show stoppingly unforgettable performances. Head over to Lobero Theatre to jam along to The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (February 5, 2022), a dynamic group that has played jazz festivals and performed in concert series around the world. Granada Theatre’s lineup later in February features Santa Barbara Symphony: Beethoven in Bloom (February 19-20, 2022), a collaboration with Santa Barbara Botanic Garden that will have you imagining yourself strolling through nature, coupled with EMMY Award-winning composer Jeff Beal’s visual and musical depiction of rebirth after the devastation of the Thomas Fire. A few days later, Jersey Boys (February 22-23, 2022) will show the behind-the-scenes story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frank Valli and the Four Seasons.