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Best of Santa Barbara | Where to Stay, Play, Eat & Drink

June 19, 2014 by @VanessaRivers

Santa Barbara, California is my favorite place on earth. The more I travel the more I realize just how special “SB” is and how lucky I am to have been able to attend college at UCSB, and spend the last 13 years here teaching surfing and pursuing my dreams. Santa Barbara is like nowhere else. It’s a paradise and I want to do my part to help protect it. To that end I decided to combine my love of surfing and my desire to help build a sustainable future, with the launch of my new eco-friendly line, SUMMERLOVE SWIMWEAR. We had our summer launch party on the rooftop at Canary Hotel (an amazing location to have special event!), and it was so fun being able to celebrate with everyone there.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Santa Barbara, and fall in love with this beautiful little beach town yet, here’s some suggestions for when you do…

STAY | Luxury On The Beach: Four Seasons Resort | Privacy Please: Bacara Resort | Close to the Action: Canary Hotel | Budget at the Beach: Casa Del Mar | Hip, boutique, near beach + downtown: Hotel INDIGO

PLAY | Surf Lessons: Surf with Vanessa  | Wine Tasting: Urban Wine Trail | Sunset Sailing: Sunset Kidd | Kyak & Paddle Board: SB Sailing Center | Hike: Inspiration Point | Beach: Butterfly

EAT | French: Bouchon | Mex + Patio Dinning: Carlitos | Sushi: Arigato | Clam Chowder: Brophy Bros. | Breakfast & Bakery: Jeannine’s | Steak: Lucky’s | Authentic Italian: Arnoldi’s Cafe | Hip & New: The Lark

DRINK | Best Margies in Town: Blue Agave | Great Patio DT:  BLUSH | Happy Hour on the Sand: Boathouse | Delish Cocktails: Milk & Honey | Best Martini: Lucky’s | Dance: EOS

Vanessa Rivers-Canary Hotel-Santa Barbara

SummerLove swimwear-Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara

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