Photo Credit: Rosewood Miramar Beach

Throughout the month of February, Santa Barbara begins to warm up and fresh air blows in off the coast, bringing the tidings of spring on the horizon. Enjoy a romantic sunset dinner before a show at the Granada Theatre, sip on a post-spa Sauvignon Blanc, or spend a thrilling afternoon catching waves in our coastal paradise. During the month of February, we encourage you to begin your love affair with Santa Barbara. To spark that loving-feeling, we’ve highlighted the top reasons to visit during the month of February.

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Rosewood Miramar Beach

The highly-anticipated Rosewood Miramar Beach resort is set to open in February 2019, and will feature a stunning 161 guest rooms and suites, along with beachfront accommodations, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, two cabana-lined pools, beach service on the shores of beautiful Miramar Beach, and Sense, A Rosewood Spa. With six distinct dining venues, including a beachfront restaurant, an al fresco beach bar, and a sophisticated cocktail lounge, Rosewood Miramar Beach is sure to make a splash this February. Reservations are now accepted, so start planning for your next luxurious experience in Montecito, just named one of “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019” by Travel + Leisure. Learn More

The Silver Bough

The Silver Bough, located inside The Montecito Inn.

The debut of The Silver Bough is predicted to make waves in the fine dining industry, and the restaurant, brainchild of Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee, will join their already wildly popular establishments, The Monarch and Chaplin’s Martini Bar, at The Montecito Inn. The Silver Bough, with its front row dining experience and 16ft Brazilian Quartzite chef’s counter, is where culinary creativity and expression is paramount, and undeniably delicious. You can expect dishes like whipped caviar, Tasmanian ocean trout, locally caught box crab, and camomile custard dusted in gold. The interiors are simply stunning, and you will gaze in awe at the creamy white carrera marble coating the walls lined with crimson velvet curtains. The Silver Bough will seat a total of eight guests at 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with limited tickets released the 1st of every month, so spots are highly coveted at this three-act culinary exhibition. Learn More

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 30 – February 9, 2019.

Revel in the excitement as Hollywood’s biggest stars ascend upon Santa Barbara for the renowned awards season. The 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 30 – February 9, 2019,  is a showcase of those highly accomplished in their fields, and honors the incredible filmmaking that happens around the world. Thousands flock to our seaside haven to view truly outstanding films while celebrating the film industry in conjunction. Tickets to individual showings as well as award presentations are available for purchase. Known to sell quickly, be sure to snag them while you have a chance.

Highlights for this year’s festival include the 2019 Maltin Modern Master Award (February 2) recipient Glenn Close, the 2019 Montecito Award (February 3) honoring Melissa McCarthy, and the 2019 Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Michael B. Jordan (February 4). Learn More

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, February 22 – March 3, 2019.

Santa Barbara’s culinary scene is incomparable, and from February 22 – March 3, 2019, you will have a chance to dine at dozens of local participating restaurants, all offering prix fixe menus. Lunches are $25 for two courses and dinners are set at $40 for three courses. Santa Barbara Restaurant Week boasts an array of delectable offerings, whether Italian or Mexican suit your palate, or if you are looking for a crisp salad and fresh crab straight from the ocean. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the lively food scene that makes Santa Barbara proud. Learn More

The Stage is Set

During the month of February, Santa Barbara’s historic theaters are set to host incredible performances and lectures that are not-to-be-missed. The gorgeous Granada Theatre will show Jessica Lang Dance (February 21, 2019), a company known for their striking visual imagery and choreography, as well as Snarky Puppy (February 21, 2019), a Brooklyn-based funk collective straight from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Death of a Salesman (February 7-24, 2019) will debut at the New Vic Theatre, and world renowned photographer and conservationist Annie Leibovitz (February 28, 2019) will lecture at The Arlington Center for the Performing Arts. The Historic Theatre District is within walking distance of fine dining and widespread shopping, so you can fill your day with enjoyable activities both before and after the showings.

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