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It’s just two hours away, but Santa Barbara’s beauty and riches have earned it a reputation as the Central Coast’s Shangri-la. Enjoy the destination’s coastal allure with a weekend of alternating between walks on the beach and sophisticated shopping, dining and museum-going.


The new Goodland Hotel has a beachy-casual vibe, free yoga classes and fire pits. Nestle up with a blanket during cocktail hour.

5650 Calle Real, Goleta; 877-480-1465 or


Take a tour of town on a Pedego, an electric bike that goes up to 20 miles per hour and was developed by two pals from Irvine. Chug along East Beach on your own ($25 an hour) or get a Bikes to Go staffer to show you the high points.

Bikes to Go, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Ste. 11, Santa Barbara; 805-628-2444 or


Raoul Textiles is the workshop-showroom of designer Sally McQuillan’s line of luxurious fabrics, hand-printed on Belgian linen in a small factory around the corner. Browse pillows, tote bags and chic furniture in this lovely space.

136 State St., Santa Barbara; 805-899-4947 or


Roasted beet salad, sea scallops with avocado and a smoky margarita are your must-order dinner at the justly raved-about Finch & Fork restaurant, where seasonal local produce shows up in inventive dishes.

Finch & Fork, 31 W. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara; 805-879-9100 or


Well-to-do areas have the best museums, and the stately Santa Barbara Museum of Art doesn’t disappoint with current shows ranging from Day-Glo modern works to the Impressionism collected by Armand Hammer, including Degas dancers.

1130 State St., Santa Barbara; 805-963-4364 or


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