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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, Belmond El Encanto is the perfect gateway into the golden state.

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Four-Day Santa Barbara Discovery

Experience the wonders of Santa Barbara from Belmond 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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Gourmet Sail

Enjoy a private tour of Santa Barbara Harbor’s Saturday morning fish market. Meet with the city’s fisherfolk and select fresh catch for your bespoke five-course lunch or dinner with wine pairing. As the sun climbs higher into the sky, board your private 50’ Catalina Yacht, expertly helmed by Santa Barbara Sailing Center. A leisurely sail along the California coast is the perfect way to appreciate Santa Barbara’s charm.

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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, Belmond 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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Wineries

Wineries

Explore Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail via a series of nearby tasting rooms.

Or journey to Santa Ynez Valley, just a 30-minute drive away. Here you’ll find more than 270 wineries producing regional favorites including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

California is a world-class sporting destination, and for good reason. Experience the ridges and bluffs of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Grab a surfboard and head down to Rincon Point. For something more leisurely, paddle board along the coast at sunset. Ask our concierge about local golfing ranges—there’s no shortage of scenic options.

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Shopping

Shopping

Of all the indulgent things to do in Santa Barbara, a little boutique browsing is essential.

Take one of our complimentary electric bikes into fashionable downtown Santa Barbara. Discover independent labels and artisanal souvenirs, or simply window shop as you soak up the sun.

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