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Savor the sun-splashed sights of Santa Barbara

Boutique wineries, coastal sailing trips, polo matches: there’s a vast array of things to do in Santa Barbara. Whatever your dream Californian adventure, El Encanto is the perfect gateway into the golden state.

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Experiences at El Encanto

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Four-Day Santa Barbara Discovery

Experience the wonders of Santa Barbara from El Encanto. Our local experts have put together an unforgettable four-night itinerary to show you the very best of the American Riviera. Anticipate outdoor adventures, a toast to the Wine Trail and leisurely bike rides along the shore.

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Sound bath meditation in Santa Barbara

Sound Bath Meditation

The surf-lapped cliffs of the Pacific Coast or our serene hilltop gardens—join sound practitioner and meditation guru Cristy Candle for a rejuvenating experience. Unwind through sound bath meditation and let life’s stresses wash over you in your choice of stunning location.

The location of your sound bath experience will be dependent on the weather conditions on the day.

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Farm to Cup Coffee

A coffee-lovers paradise, the beautiful Valley Heart Ranch unfurls down a lush hillside overlooking the sea. This organic coffee farm is home to four different varieties—all irresistible.

Enjoy an exclusive tasting and roasting experience with the Coastal Coffee Collective, as well as a tour of the stunning five-acre grounds. To complete this flavorful outing, savor a delectable coffee-inspired picnic, specially curated by our executive chef.

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Gourmet Sail

Santa Barbara’s sensational coastline is best admired from the glittering Pacific Ocean. Glide away from the shore for a gentle cruise with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center.

The only thing that could top the views is a heavenly four-course lunch or dinner, prepared by our executive chef. Take to the waves and tuck-in!

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Hilltop Picnic

After working up a sweat on a scenic hike, it’s only right to celebrate with a gourmet hilltop picnic. Choose one of the many stunning trails in Santa Barbara, Montecito or Goleta for a three-hour experience with a skilled guide. Your delicious lunch for two includes a bottle of local Californian wine or bubbles.

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Alfresco movie night

Here’s looking at you, kid: watch your favorite stars under the stars with an alfresco movie screening. Relax on your private terrace and tuck in to popcorn, artisanal candies and mocktails. A celestial atmosphere awaits.

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Artisanal picnic baskets

Whether you’re pining for a Maine lobster roll or Bento-style fare, El Encanto's gourmet picnic baskets are perfect for a lazy afternoon. 

Take your delectable meal to the historic Santa Barbara Mission. Head to the California coast. Or enjoy an exclusive visit to Lotus land, a local hidden gem of botanical gardens in Montecito. In our grounds, pair your picnic with lawn games at the Lily Pond and Arbor. Sit comfortably by the wishing well, or on the terrace of your private cottage.

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