Biking: Ideal for intermediate to advanced cyclists. A lot of pro cyclists train in the mountains here. Routes of 30-60 miles with 2,000-6,000 feet of climbing or more per day are possible. Some shuttling is highly suggested to connect the wine country region with Santa Barbara itself.
Hikes: Short hikes are possible in the many park lands nearby.
Kayaking: Paddling near Santa Barbara is great for a couple of hours, but if you don’t mind investing some time on a ferry boat, you can paddle out at the Channel Islands National Park.
Winetasting: Fans of Sideways will delight in recollecting this was filmed here, rest assured we won’t make you drink any merlot. With its unusual (for the California coast) east-west oriented mountain ranges and the valley’s ability to cool down with coastal fog when it’s scorching further inland, the region is known for the cooler climate varietals of pinot noir and chardonnay. We like Riverbench, Rancho Sisquoc, and Sunstone to name a few.
Misc: Horseback riding, Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, shopping the boutiques of Montecito.