Cleaved between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of Santa Ynez Mountain, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is among the oldest polo facilities in the U.S. The Club was established in 1911 and quickly became a focal point of competition and social interaction. In fact, by the 1920s, spending Sunday at the club had already become a celebrated social event. Visitors would don the latest fashions and picnic at the fields, some even hiring helpers to assist with the noonday meal and deliver jokes during intermission.
Although some conventions have changed, the club retains its reputation as an elegant destination to enjoy the “Sport of Kings.” It features a trio of world-renowned polo fields, plus eight tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool for recreational use. The club still draws some of society’s most noble figures, too—Prince William and Catherine visited during 2011, a trip that saw Prince William compete in a charitable match.
Blow off some steam and whack some balls at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, a local tennis court.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this club should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
At this club, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
It's always a party at Lower State's Sand Bar, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Sand Bar.
Having a lot of friends can be complicated, but Sand Bar makes it easy to please everyone.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Sand Bar.
Dance the night away — the restaurant offers plenty of space to get down.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Sand Bar in jeans and a hoodie.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
You can also have Sand Bar cater your next event.
Sand Bar's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Sand Bar.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Sand Bar has to offer.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Sand Bar serves up all three meals.
So come to Sand Bar, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
When you're looking to indulge in a bit of Mexican fare, there's no better place than Sand Bar.
If you're searching for a great restaurant with traditional Mexican eats, look no further than Sand Bar.
The golden tastes of the Golden State come uncorked as Santa Barbara plays host to the 13th annual California Wine Festival. This sun-drenched celebration of grape fermentation draws thousands of aficionados to the scenic beachside paradise each year. Here's what to expect from this day of piquant tastes and endless entertainment.
The Wines: Almost 300 varieties from the state's top vintners are available for sampling, sniffing, and siphoning. You get a long-stem wine glass and unlimited samples. This could be the best day of your life.
The Food: Local top chefs and food purveyors offer noshes to pair with your wine(s), along with free gourmet cheeses, breads, fruits, and olive oils
The Prestige: The annual event landed on Trip Advisor's list of Top Food & Wine Festivals in 2014
The Music: SoCal's Upstream provides a sunny soundtrack of reggae, calypso, soca, and steelpan melodies
The Beer: While it is a wine festival, there are also craft beers from top regional microbreweries if you're feeling contrarian
The first thing people notice about Circus Vargas is its big-top tent. Hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of cerulean-blue and sunshine-yellow fabric, the canopy, along with spotlights and saw-dust-covered floors, completed the illusion of an elegant lost era when used in the 2011 film Water for Elephants. The last thing people notice is the absence of animals. They're too busy gaping at a man balancing a 12-step ladder with his mouth.
Keeping its marvels strictly human, Circus Vargas builds on a 40-year history by blending classic feats of fearlessness with surprising new tricks. The show features magic tricks along with a skilled hand balancer, a speed juggler, and the wheel of destiny.
Santa Barbara Bowl extends the heartiest of welcomes to you for their ongoing season of theater in Santa Barbara.
For a well-crafted dish, be sure to visit the restaurant at this theater.
Tots are more than welcome to hang with their parents at this theater.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Santa Barbara Bowl, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Guests are often seen shaking their stuff to the theater's live music.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the theater is rather noisy.
Weekends are busy at the theater, so be prepared for longer wait times.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue.