Santa Barbara is ripe with activity during the month of June, whether your goal is tranquil relaxation, exhilarating polo matches, seaside indulging, or colorfully celebrating the year-round sunshine in our beachy paradise. With so many thrilling and unique events to attend, planning your lodging arrangements beforehand to ensure a stress-free vacation is an absolute must. At San Ysidro Ranch, leave behind your daily routine and truly let go in the serene foothills of Montecito. Along with a gorgeous property filled with blooming wildflowers, expansive lawns and stunning exterior decor, each of the 37 pristinely stylized cottages allow for privacy for you and your loved ones to truly get away, while still being mere minutes from Coast Village Road and downtown Santa Barbara.
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During your stay, explore the gardens and take in the fresh aroma of local herbs and flora, and enjoy a gourmet meal at one of San Ysidro Ranch’s award-winning restaurants, where casual celebrity sightings are more common than not. The Stonehouse features an ocean view deck, a wood-burning fireplace and regional cuisine prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the on-site chef’s garden. Spruce up your Sunday festivities with their delicious champagne brunch, offering menu items like Jumbo lump crab Benedict and peanut butter crunch French toast. The second eatery on-site is Plow & Angel, a cozy, stained-glass windowed hot spot serving up dinner favorites like crispy glazed Brussels sprouts, grilled flatbreads and Scottish salmon. Relish in incredible food, views spanning the ocean and mountains, and romantic ambiance at San Ysidro Ranch.
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After spending a few days along the beaches of Santa Barbara, get dressed in your most colorful sundresses and espadrilles, seersucker suits and boat shoes, to spend a day at the polo fields. If there’s ever an occasion to wear your largest summer hat, it’s Sunday Polo at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club! Matches will be held June 2, 9, 16, and 23, and will then continue every Sunday July through September, so head to the polo fields for a day of exhilarating competition at one of the most prestigious equestrian venues on the West Coast. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Southern California foothills, watch the heart-pumping action of a polo match as you socialize under the sunshine. Enjoy the time-old tradition of the Divot Stomp, just like in the movies, as you get to walk onto the field during halftime and replace the divots put into the grass by the horses’ hooves.
Stay after the match for the Patrón Tequila After-Party, a social affair beginning immediately following the trophy presentation in the main clubhouse and on the field, where you’ll enjoy dancing, live entertainment and drinks for purchase.
Take a break from life’s daily worries and relax at one of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s signature wellness events. Stretch and dance it out to funky tunes at Happy Hour Silent Disco Yoga on June 8. A Vinyasa yoga class intertwined with free form dancing, you’ll be sure to emerge feeling energized for the future. Immerse yourself in the beauty and motion of yoga and afterwards, further unwind with a glass of wine. Or, if meditation is more your style, follow Brandon Kaysen on June 22 for A Meditative Journey Through Sound as he guides you into a deep state of peacefulness. Enjoy the light tinkle of an array of instruments including Tibetan and crystal bowls, didgeridoo, chimes and more.
After focusing your attention to mindfulness and the spirit, you can’t forget to nourish your physical body as well. Every Wednesday in June, the Chef’s Table at Bella Vista Restaurant allows you to revel in the craftsmanship of Executive Chef Marco Fossati as he whips up your main course with fresh-picked local ingredients. Savor your three-course meal seaside, and soak in the sunset from your seat.
Cool off with the fresh ocean breeze and chilled cider from The Apiary Ciderworks & Meadery at Sipping on the Sea, June 20. Aboard the Double Dolphin, sample from local botanically infused and single variety meads and ciders while learning more about the selection from an Apiary representative. Bask in the golden glow of a famed Santa Barbara sunset near the end of your sail. And it doesn’t have to stop there! Extend your voyage an extra day to experience all that Santa Barbara has to offer, as one day surely won’t cut it. After indulging in cider and mead, fill up on seafood from Stearns Wharf, or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants downtown.
The 45th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration kicks off the summer season with a vibrant explosion of creative energy, June 21-23 at Alameda Park. The unforgettable parade, on June 22, treats attendees to exuberantly decorated non-motorized floats, 1,000 imaginatively costumed participants, bands, dancers, and drum ensembles as it makes its way up State Street from the waterfront. The party continues at Alameda Park with more music, food, and arts-and-crafts booths. Not only is Summer Solstice an over-the-top fun-fest, it’s the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing 100,000 spectators.