Located a few hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has much more to offer than a beautiful town centre and white beaches. Exhibiting sun coated hills and valleys of vineyards; Santa Barbara is home to 103 wineries. Explore the counties Urban Wine Trail and sip your way through a number of magnificent wineries of Downtown Santa Barbara.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Mar - Oct

Flight from London London

11:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -8 hrs

A group of like minded wineries developed the Urban Wine Trail with the approach of giving visitors, as well as locals the opportunity to taste and learn about different styles and varieties of wines, grown and crafted in Santa Barbara County's best vineyards.

The Urban Wine Trail is located in Downtown Santa Barbara, featuring 17 unique tasting rooms, all within blocks of each other and the beach. You can wander the Wine Trail by foot, pedicab or rent a cruiser bike to enjoy the best of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Where to stay

Sunset at Post Ranch Inn, luxury hotel in the Big Sur

Post Ranch Inn

This cliff hanger luxury hotel - it literally does hang over the cliffs - is one of the few places to stay along the Big Sur (of this standard anyway), meaning guests can explore uninterrupted to their hearts content.

Terrace at Four Seasons Santa Barbara, luxury hotel in Santa Barbara, Big Sur

Four Seasons Santa Barbara

The Four Seasons group acquired this Spanish-style 1920's hacienda during the Reagan era and restored the 22-acre property to make the most of its historic charm.

The pool at El Encanto, luxury hotel in Big Sur

Belmond El Encanto

Dating back to the 1920’s, El Encanto has been meticulously restored by Belmond, and aims to capture the romance and glamour of that era.

The poolside at Pebble Beach Resort, luxury hotel in San Francisco

Pebble Beach Resort

Famous for its four extraordinary golf courses (that have hosted the US Open five times) as well as incredible facilities and settings.

Roof terrace at Canary Hotel, luxury hotel in Santa Barbara

Canary Hotel

Canary Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, complete with roof top pool and just a short bike ride from the beach.

Sunset at Anderson Inn, luxury hotel in Morro Bay, Big Sur

Anderson Inn

For guests looking for understated luxury, look no further - The Anderson Inn is a family run contemporary boutique hotel, and nothing says quintessential seaside home stay than the hotel’s stunning spot on the waterfront in Morro Bay.

Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa

Sat atop a hill overlooking the rugged Big Sur coastline, the Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious adult’s only retreat set within 243 acres of forest, meadows and gardens.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch

A short drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea and the lovely Monterey Peninsula sits the Carmel Valley Ranch, a luxurious place to stay along the California coast, surrounded by 500 acres of country estate.

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