Next Month in Santa Barbara


Photo Credit: Belmond El Encanto

Kiss your normal routine goodbye and plan a secret escape to Santa Barbara during the month of May. Say hello to mornings meant for sleeping in, afternoons of adventure seeking and romantic nights with dinner alfresco. This is the routine you should be repeating.

As you break free from normalcy, plan to stay a few extra days. Once you get a taste of the Santa Barbara lifestyle, you’ll never want to leave. At the very least, late-checkouts are always an option. *Wink*

Here are a few of our favorite escapes to be had during the month of May:


We can’t decide. What’s better the infinity pool or the never ending views of Santa Barbara? Photo Credit: Instagram @fatgirltrapped

Secret escapes are only as good as the place you escape to. For a respite that will wash your cares away, Belmond El Encanto can certainly deliver. Tucked away within the hillside of the famed American Riviera®, the tranquil setting at Belmond El Encanto will not only take your breath away, your everyday worries will fade away with the setting sun.

As you plan your great Santa Barbara adventures, take time to bask in your private bungalow, indulge in spa services and take a dip in the property’s zero edge infinity pool. You’re in luck, Belmond El Encanto is offering a special 50% discount on every fourth consecutive night booked.* No need to use the wishing well on property, this daydream doesn’t have to be limited to just two nights.

*Celebrate with Savings of a 50% discount on every fourth consecutive night booked with Belmond El Encanto’s Best Available Rate. Tax and service charge are not included, minimum length of stay required.


Kayaking along Santa Cruz Island. Photo Credit: Instagram @sbadventure

Next up, escape for the day to Channel Islands National Park. May marks the first trip of the season to visit North America’s largest sea cave, Painted cave. A bucket-list trip for many, Santa Barbara Adventure Company will help you explore “the Galapagos Islands of North America.”

While out at sea, your day will consist of paddling over the kelp forests of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and through its naturally formed sea caves. First time kayakers, don’t you worry— professional guides will navigate you to the islands best kept secrets.

After kayaking, we recommend exploring under the surface, with a snorkel and fin. The best part of it all? This trip is all inclusive, so no need to bring a lunch or your own gear. The only thing you need to pack is an attitude for adventure and exploration.

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Exterior elegance at Somerset. Photo Credit: Instagram @somersetsantabarbara

For those wanting an evening under the stars this May, we recommend a stroll over to Santa Barbara’s Historic Theater District for dinner and sips at the new Somerset Restaurant. Its exterior courtyard, outfitted with century-old olive trees, a central hearth and gas lamps is the perfect romantic escape or night out with friends. The restaurants hip interior is an ode to Mid-century Modern with comfortable, luxurious and tactile design counterpoints.

But it’s not just about the ambiance. Somerset’s menu offers farm-driven California cuisine with light French and Italian influences using local ingredients. As spring blossoms, so will your taste buds with Somerset’s culinary delights.


For its fifth consecutive year, Santa Barbara welcomes the return of America’s most prestigious cycling stage race, the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. This year’s oceanfront Stage 4 start will take place along Cabrillo Boulevard on May 17, and will host some of the world’s top professional cycling teams as they compete on over 700 miles of scenic California highways and roadways.

Plan a trip to Santa Barbara to see this entertaining start. Rent or bring your own gear and ride along breezy Cabrillo Blvd. or challenge yourself with a climb up lung-busting Gibraltar Road.


Artists at work during the annual street painting festival. Photo Credit: Instagram @imadonnari

Escape reality as art comes to life during the annual I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, May 28 to 29. Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images. Don’t miss a detail — stay for the weekend at El Encanto, located within walking distance of the festival. Return each day to see works of art come to life right before your eyes.

Featured May Events

Anthony Doerr In Conversation with Pico Iyer

Time: Location: University of California, Santa Barbara

“Strange and beautiful… Doerr writes about the big questions, the imponderables, the major metaphysical dreads, and he does it fearlessly.” The New York Times Book ReviewAuthor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We…

The Weepies “Hideaway 10 Year Anniversary Tour”

Time: Location: University of California, Santa Barbara

“Deb Talan and Steve Tannen couldn’t write a bad song if they tried... the two have found their groove with a comforting synthesis of husky vocals and springy guitar that makes any combination of words and melodies shine like…

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom


On Friday, May 11, the Granada Theatre presents Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in collaboration with Lois and Walter Capps Project. This movie focuses on the remarkable life of South African revolutionary, president and world icon Nelson Mandela.…

Paint in the Vineyard at Kalyra Winery

Time: Location: Kalyra Winery

Are you looking for something unique to do in the Santa Barbara County Wine Country? Why not join us at the picturesque Kalyra Winery in Santa Ynez to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush?! Our painting in the vineyard classes provide a beautiful,…

Great May Offerings

A First Timer’s Guide To Santa Barbara

Located on a pristine stretch of California’s central coastline, Santa Barbara brings together the Golden State’s Spanish influence, laid-back vibe, and upscale sensibility in a way few places can. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your visit to The American Riviera®.

20% Off Your Next Stay at Ramada Santa Barbara

Nestled amid lush gardens, a fresh-water lagoon, and colorful koi ponds, stay at the award-winning Ramada Santa Barbara during the month of May. Mention Visit Santa Barbara and you’ll receive 20% off all rooms. To make your stay even better, you’ll receive 2 for 1 admission to the Santa Barbara Zoo and 2 for 1 wine tasting at local tasting rooms around the city*. To redeem, call direct at 800-654-1965.

A Dog’s Day in Santa Barbara

Vacations are better when all members of the family can go, even the four-legged ones. And for those in search of a destination that will welcome and entertain your canine companion with open paws, Santa Barbara is the perfect spot. From beaches, parks, and trails, to dog-friendly cafes and even wine tasting rooms, there are plenty of activities for you and your dog to enjoy together.

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