Handlebar Coffee is across the street from El Presidio de Santa Barbara, a Historical site housing remnants of a 1782 Spanish fortress, including 2 original adobe buildings. It was founded in 2011 by married pair of former professional cyclists Kim Anderson and Aaron Olsen. The Columbian sourced coffee is full of flavor, and the outdoor patio is a great ambiance on a sunny day with a view of the Spanish Fortress. It's a great place to stop in for a cafe right off of State Street.
When most people think of California wines, they think of Napa Valley. Even most Angelino's (people from L.A.) have never heard of the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Ynez is just north of Santa Barbara, and is one of most diverse grape-growing regions in the county.
A half-day exploring the sea caves on kayaks with Channel Islands Adventure Company.
Valentine's Day is coming up, so I've collected a few romantic weekend getaway ideas for you. The 3 locations below are perfect places to relax and unwind for a short trip from Los Angeles whether you want to wine taste, star gaze, or hang out poolside.
Santa Barbara is a quick two hour drive from L.A.. Better yet, you can take the Surfliner, a train that goes through a lot of California’s major coastal cities. The Pacific Surfliner drops you off in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, a wino’s dream.