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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

There aren’t too many places in the U.S. where warm sunshine (over 300 days of sunshine a year), an average temperature of 64 degrees, and clear fresh air await you year-round. But Santa Barbara, CA, delivers all this and a lively music, arts, and food scene. With ideal weather, dynamic oceanfront views, and a celebrated culinary scene, what better place to hold an outdoor wine festival?

You can enjoy the fine wine and fine arts of this coastal city, and raise a toast to the legendary small town charm at the 10th Annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival. From Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20, wine enthusiasts will don flip flops and head to the beach to enjoy this fun wine tasting event. This beachside event features fine vintage wines, delicious foods and music celebrating Santa Barbara’s Spanish roots, and rare wines that have never been poured.

Cheshire Cat InnCheshire Cat Inn

Speaking of the beach, many Santa Barbara bed and breakfasts are conveniently located a block or two from the fun and sun of the beaches. Beach goers won’t have far to go to sink their toes in the sand and enjoy the Pacific breezes and aromatic wines. Old Yacht Club Inn, a California Mission Craftsman built in 1912, is one block from famous East Beach. Guest rooms include whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, private entrances and private decks. Wake up to a full complimentary breakfast, and enjoy an afternoon wine social after exploring the stunning ocean views from Coastal Path with your complimentary bike rental. Take advantage of the $50 Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Tour package where you’ll be escorted to four wine tasting destinations.

Just like the city it calls home, Cheshire Cat Inn welcomes guests with gracious hospitality and a touch of whimsy with its Alice in Wonderland theme. This B&B, surrounded by old oak tress, fountains, and flower-filled gardens on the property, features two Queen Anne Victorian homes with six guest rooms in each, a coach house with two suites, and three cottages. Located one block from Santa Barbara’s main shopping center, you will be within walking distance to theaters, restaurants, and beaches. If you want to stay close to the inn, stop by the wine & hors d’oeuvres hour on the patio to sample their local Santa Barbara Winery’s Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, followed by evening chocolate chip cookies and brownies baked fresh daily. Unlike Alice, your adventures at this inn will be more than just an amazing dream!

Make your next getaway a full-bodied adventure in the place that is known as the American Riviera. Swirl, sip, and savor the hundreds of California wines at one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state. Just like a fine, distinguished wine, you’ll discover why Santa Barbara is a perfect balance of harmony and elegance.

Looking to explore more of what Santa Barbara has to offer? Make sure to visit our “Scenic Santa Barbara” Pinterest board for sites to see, things to do, and, of course, B&Bs in the Central Coast Region.

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