It’s Time for Your Chic Santa Barbara Getaway
There’s shopping, art, fine food and your own electric bike
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 thegoodland.com
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 sbbikestogo.com
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 raoultextiles.com
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 finchandforkrestaurant.com
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 sbma.net