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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.

101 Years on Highway 101

Anniversary

101 Years on Highway 101

Belmond El Encanto has been the original Hollywood Hideaway for 101 years.

Join us as we celebrate this milestone anniversary and anticipate a year of unmissable events. Movie nights beneath the stars, timeless lawn games, limited edition picnic hampers, exclusive celebration cocktails and more.

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Santa Barbara Bowl

Santa Barbara Bowl

Catch your favorite band just moments away from our discrete hillside location. 

This famed outdoor amphitheater offers a superb line-up of spring, summer and fall concerts for music lovers. Speak to our concierge for a chance at the best seats in the house.

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Polo Season

Polo Season

Experience ‘the sport of kings’ in all its glory.

Polo season starts on May 3 and the Belmond El Encanto Robert Skene Trophy is held July 12-21. Matches take place every Sunday through October 13 at the nearby Santa Barbara Polo Fields. Sit in the polo lounge, enjoy local wine and beer tastings, and take part in the famous mid-game divot stomp.

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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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Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo

Animal lovers young and old will love a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Housing Asian elephants, Californian condors, Masai giraffes and over 180 other species, the zoo’s stunning ocean views and interactive spaces make it a sure-fire hit with the whole family.

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Museums

Museums

California’s cultural past is as vibrant as its coastline.

Learn more about the state’s rich nautical and fishing industry at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Or discover the stories hidden in historic artifacts and modern photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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Sailing

Sailing

A coastline this spectacular begs to be explored from the waves.

Learn to sail, charter a sailboat or explore the world-famous Channel Islands National Park from the comfort of a private vessel. Spot local marine life and—if you’re lucky—observe California gray whales migrating between mid-February and mid-May.

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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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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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