Treat yourself to a getaway to the Santa Barbara South Coast this October, where the arts come alive and culinary delights take center stage. From the first glimmer of dawn to the slow swirl of an evening Pinot Noir, harvest season invites you to savor the plentiful bounty of Santa Barbara.

If you’re feeling the need for a quick getaway before the holidays hit, we’ve compiled a list of inspirational activities that will fuel your soul and ensure that you and your loved ones are at a safe and recommended distance from other travelers. Our local lodging industry has even gone one step further to ensure your health and safety. Over 20 hotels throughout the Santa Barbara South Coast have secured a new Clean & SafeCertification from the California Hotel & Lodging Association. 

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This fall, remote learning brings unexpected opportunities. Pack up the family and combine school days with discovery days in Santa Barbara. Why not learn about endangered species hands-on at the Santa Barbara Zoo? Or come face to face with a dolphin or a whale while on the water, then visit a massive blue whale skeleton at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History? Santa Barbara’s summer weather will continue well into the fall, so we invite you to take advantage of quality family time combined with hands-on learning. Learn More

Harvest in Wine Country

Sip and celebrate the harvest season with a visit to Santa Barbara Wine Country, where our local vintners have outdone themselves yet again by majorly upgrading the line-up of outdoor wine tasting experiences in Santa Barbara. While many wineries previously offered outdoor tasting options, be they overlooking rolling hills and vineyards in wine country, or prime patio perches just steps from the beach in downtown Santa Barbara, the recent pandemic presented new opportunities for vintners to create fresh, alfresco experiences that are super safe and just as enjoyable as ever. 

To help you plan a perfect day—or better yet, several days—of wine tasting along the Urban Wine Trail and in Santa Barbara Wine Country, use this guide as your checklist to safely sip and social distance. Learn More

Outdoor Dining

In The American Riviera, there’s no better way to enjoy a meal than by pairing it with seaside views and the splendor of the great outdoors. Lucky for us (and you), Santa Barbara’s restaurant community has readily adapted to accommodate dining out safely in the midst of a pandemic. Between maximizing existing outdoor dining space and creatively expanding their alfresco footprint, you can feel safe and socially distanced while savoring our regional cuisine at dozens of restaurants around town. Learn More

Mountains to Beaches

The Santa Barbara South Coast features the best of both worlds when it comes to outdoor adventure. Water lovers can enjoy the beaches and some of California’s most scenic islands just a short boat ride away. Hikers will find endless trails in the Los Padres National Forest with towering views of the Pacific. Add endless biking trails, manicured gardens, and the local’s “always outside” mentality, and you’ll understand why Santa Barbara is so beloved. If you’re an outdoor lover, here are 10 ways that you can get the most out of a Santa Barbara getaway this fall. Learn More

Featured October Events

Jason Isbell


"An artist who sets an imposingly high bar, then routinely clears it again and again."Variety Among the most prominent figures working in Americana today, four-time Grammy Award-winner Jason Isbell reigns as one of the genre’s master…

Gillian Tett


When it comes to economics, Gillian Tett is on the money. She has an unparalleled track record at predicting important trends that impact the world – her fortitude and savvy had her predict the 2008 financial crisis, she foresaw the rise of…

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Canyon Ride Santa Barbara 100 Virtual Ride

The Canyon Ride Santa Barbara 100 (RideSB100) is going virtual for 2020, encouraging riders to #KeepYourDistance and ride one of four virtual challenges from October 17 to 25 along the world-class Santa Barbara course, on their own roads, or even…

Sipping on the Sea with Captain Fatty’s


On Board This Month: Captain Fatty's Sip local beer from Captain Fatty's while enjoying a Santa Barbara Sunset aboard the Double Dolphin! A representative from the brewery will be on board to pour the tastings and provide education…

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