Destination Spotlight: 15 Ways to Play in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara may be a sleepy little city on the SoCal coast, but it is exploding with adventure and fun for corporate travelers! Here are our picks for 15 Ways to Play in Santa Barbara. As our dear old friend Stefan from Saturday Night Live says:

this place has everythingFor the Wine Connoisseur

“Sideways” Wine Tour: This tour visits many of the prominent sites featured in the movie Sideways. Retrace Jack and Miles’ journey with visits to Lafond Winery, Firestone Winery, Fess Parker Winery (Known as “Frass Canyon” in the film), and Lincourt Vineyard.

Sommelier’s Delight Tour: This tour is for those well versed in wine and those would like to understand more about it. Starting with private blind tastings and barrel tastings (you read that right), participants will then exercise their newfound wine knowledge with VIP tastings at two Santa Barbara wineries.

Urban Wine Trail: The Urban Wine Trail is a place for visitors and locals alike to taste some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County, all within blocks of downtown and the beach.


Wine Country Tour: Voted the #1 Wine Tasting Tour in Santa Barbara by the Santa Barbara News-Press Reader’s Choice Awards, this comprehensive tour features an olive oil and vinegar tasting at an actual olive farm, and two wine tasting stops in the Santa Rita Hills wine region (famous for their Pinot Noir & Syrah wines).

For the Sightseer

Art Walk: On the first Thursday of the month, pick up a map at a participating business for the self-guided 1st Thursday art walk. Galleries and museums are extend normal business hours and host receptions for their new exhibitions, and live performances take place in courtyards, shops and on street corners.

Eat This, Shoot That: This casual food tour takes guests through Santa Barbara’s artsy Funk Zone for small bites and sips of beer, wine, and spirits. Along the way, learn a thing or two about photography from a pro.

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Sail the Channel Islands: Hop on board a luxury charter with a seasoned captain at the helm of this adventurous, yet enchanting day trip tour.

Santa Barbara Zoo: The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to some 500 mammals, reptiles, birds and insects representing 146 species. There are lions, elephants, Western lowland gorillas, penguins and California condors (which are rare in captivity).

Trolley Tours: Enjoy the cool ocean breeze while exploring Santa Barbara aboard a privately chartered open air trolley. Parties are completely customizable to your liking and alcohol is allowed on board.

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Whale Watching: Over 27 different types of whales and dolphins inhabit the Santa Barbara channel at different times of the year, making these waters the best whale watching area in the entire world!

For the Sports-Minded

Golf: It only makes sense that “The American Riviera” possesses some of the most incredible golf courses in the country. Santa Barbara offers six public 18-hole courses, four of which are a short drive from downtown Santa Barbara.

Paintball and Palate: Enjoy a beer or wine tasting on the way to the paintball course, sample additional beverages during the event, then stop at a brewery/winery on your return trip. Your thirst for competition (and also your thirst in general) will definitely be quenched!

Santa Ynez Mountain Jeep Tour: Climb aboard a custom Jeep and take off on a thrilling adventure through the amazing back-country of beautiful Santa Barbara.

Seaside Bike Tour: This enjoyable Santa Barbara biking tour is designed to show the beauty of coastal Santa Barbara. Our guides will be biking with you along the way, stopping at points of interest for photo opportunities and talking about natural history. We ride along coastal bluffs amongst eucalyptus groves, watch the surf and see quaint neighborhoods and orchards. This biking tour provides amazing views of Santa Barbara, as well as a refreshing physical challenge that will inspire, awaken, and bring your group together.

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Water Sports: Catch some rays, burn some calories, and have some fun while kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more! Private lessons and exclusive group tours available!

Need More Info?

If you’re a meeting planner with an upcoming meeting in Southern California and you’re looking for Santa Barbara corporate event planners, look no further than The Event Team destination management company. We’d love to help you put together an unforgettable tour program for your attendees and/or their spouses. Contact The Event Team today to learn more!

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