Photo by Blake Bronstad at Jamie Slone Wines
Who’s ready for summer in Santa Barbara? Bursting with vibrant festivals featuring the best of Santa Barbara wine, food, music and entertainment, we can’t think of a better time to visit.
But first, planning the perfect getaway begins with selecting just the right hotel. If you’re looking for a premium location that oozes chic style and laid-back vibes, there’s no place like Hotel Milo. From quintessential Santa Barbara architecture to complimentary beach cruisers, every inch of this seaside property will make you never want to leave.
This summer, Hotel Milo welcomes visitors with perks, promotions and savings. First, toast to Santa Barbara’s finest vintners with a weekly Milo Uncorked wine tasting series. Set in the hotel’s picturesque courtyard, cheers to The American Riviera® in an oasis of lush gardens and unparalleled views of the oceans and mountains. Continue cheersing to local Santa Barbara County wine with the “Grownup Bunk Bed Getaway” promotion that provides spacious accommodations, perfect for the ultimate girls’ or guys’ getaway. Including all the best perks, a bottle of local wine upon check-in, deluxe ocean view accommodations for up to six guests, complimentary tastings at four wineries along the Urban Wine Trail, a scenic trolley tour, and guaranteed late checkout, it’s time to get the gang together for a getaway to Santa Barbara. Opting for something more traditional? Make things simple and save more, the more you stay. Hotel Milo offers tiered packages, rewarding guests with serious savings of up to 15%.
The 44th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration kicks off the summer season with a brilliant explosion of creative energy, June 23-25 at Alameda Park. The can’t-miss parade, on June 24, treats attendees to exuberantly decorated non-motorized floats, 1,000 imaginatively costumed participants, bands, dance, and drum ensembles as it makes its way up State Street from the waterfront to Alameda Park, where the party continues 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.
When it’s time for another wine break, head to Jamie Slone Wines’ Tasting Room in Santa Barbara’s historic Presidio Neighborhood. In between boutique shopping along State Street, choose from three different wine tasting experiences. For a casual, walk-up kind of afternoon, where no appointment is necessary, sit at the beautiful bar or lounge in the cozy living room and choose from two savory tastings, the Classic Flight or Red Obsession.
For an elevated tasting, pair your love of wine and chocolate with an appointment only “Kym Slone’s Perfect Wine and Chocolate Pairing Experience.” You’ll enjoy chocolates from Santa Barbara’s Best Chocolatier, Jean Michel of Chocolats Du Calibressan paired perfectly with five delicious wines. Don’t miss out on the Wine Education Experience, “Get Your Wine Smarts On” with local wine expert, Hope Riley. An appointment only 90-minute relaxed wine tasting experience in the gorgeous Jamie Slone Wines’ Private Reserve Room. You’ll learn how wine is made, improve your ability to describe wine, discover the best way to serve wine, and they’ll even discuss food and wine pairings. Guests will explore six different wines, two whites, three reds and one blind tasting.
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! Each Sunday during the month of June (and all summer long), 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 half-time 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.
Raise your glass and cheers to the Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival on Saturday June 30th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Held each year under a grove of oak trees, this must-attend, wine-centric festival features tastings from more than 50 premier Central Coast California wineries. To make this event even more delicious, complement your wine with sweet and savory delights from more than 30 of Santa Barbara County’s finest restaurateurs and caterers. Enjoy a delectable afternoon and feel good to boot, this festival is all for a good cause. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival supports the Museum’s nature and science education programs.