Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
While the rest of the country is layering up for winter, Santa Barbara’s warm days continue well into November, making visitors wonder if summer ever really left. In fact, there’s no time quite like November to visit our dreamy, sun-soaked shores and taste the area’s culinary abundance. Offering that eternal summer-time feeling, without the crowds and the most unbelievable sunsets you will ever see, visitors quickly realize that while getting here is easy, it’s difficult to leave.
To welcome you into the bliss of paradise, our friends at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara are offering indulgent spa packages, a must-do before the rush of the holiday season.
Just picture it. With a glass of Prosecco in hand, you’ll be on your way to ultimate relaxation with a massage or facial at one of Santa Barbara’s most luxurious hotel spas. Restore your natural radiance and serenity, all the while, hearing the gentle sounds of the Pacific Ocean rising and falling across the picturesque Butterfly Beach. It doesn’t get better than this.
Historic Theatre District Highlights
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, dinner and a show is made easy when visiting Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District. Anchored by three premier performing arts venues—the Granada Theatre, the Lobero Theatre and Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic—this popular district is packed with many of Santa Barbara’s top dining destinations and cocktail bars as well as shops, galleries and museums. A few recommendations for can’t miss performances include: Joan Baez (November 1), An Evening with David Crosby & Friends (November 8), Ivan Amodei’s Secrets and Illusions (November 10), and La Bohème (November 9-11).
Get the most of this enchanting district and plan to stay a little longer, with our guide to Savor Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District.
Santa Barbara Night Market
Holiday shoppers are in for a retail treat as Santa Barbara will host its first ever European-style Christmas Night Market, November 23 – January 6, at 701 State Street in Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants. Every Christmas, all over Europe, craftsmen, retailers, wineries and artisans exhibit their goods in a traditional night market often known for its lively and unique shopping experience. This year, Santa Barbara Night Market, is proud to bring this tradition to State Street with holiday themed décor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer. Open Monday and Wednesday through Sunday from 4-10pm, be sure to save extra room in your suitcase for seasonal goodies to bring back home.
Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash
First comes stuffing, then comes pumpkin smashing at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Guaranteed to be a smashing’ good time, animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house on Thanksgiving Day and venture to the Santa Barbara Zoo for one of the seasons most entertaining events. Instead of pumpkin pie, make a new Thanksgiving tradition from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., as you watch the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. Free with regular Zoo admission.