5 Weekend Getaways Around Santa Barbara

There is no better weekend getaway destination than beautiful Isla Vista. However, sometimes we just need a change of scenery. Here are some weekend getaway destinations around SB for your adventurous souls. 

1. Solvang

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Located in Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley, this quaint village is known for its Danish-style architecture making it feel like you’ve just entered Denmark! This town is only 45 minutes north of SB and is filled with windmills and cute Danish shops, including Jule Hus (a year-round Christmas store!). Don’t miss out on your chance to get fresh Danish baked goods from numerous bakeries around town. Stop by the Little Mermaid statue, go wine tasting, or even feed an ostrich! The possibilities are endless!


2. Los Olivos

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The historical town of Los Olivos is perfect for a weekend getaway! Also located in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Olivos is well known for its wine, arts, and festivals. This town has expansive views of SB’s wine country! This picture perfect country town is perfect for those 21+ looking to fill their weekend with wine tasting tours!


3. Gaviota State Park

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Spend your weekend camping, fishing, swimming, or picnicking at Gaviota State Park. Make a reservation to camp here, gather your friends, and enjoy beautiful hikes during the day and the smell of campfire at night. There are many great hiking trails around the campsite! Hike to Gaviota Hot Springs and relax in the high mineral content (which offers great healing effects for your body!).


4. Channel Islands

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The Channel Islands is comprised of five islands: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, Santa Barbara (the same names as most of the dorms!). The preservation, protection, and isolation of these islands over thousands of years has created a unique geosystem where visitors can experience coastal California as it once was! These islands are the perfect weekend getaway if you want to escape urban life. You can camp, hike, snorkel/dive, birdwatch… the possibilities are endless!


5. Summerland

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Summerland is the perfect small town if you're looking for a small-town beach getaway! Located 15 minutes south of SB, this town is perfect for a day trip. Walk down Ortega Hill Road and experience surf culture in the form of boutiques and cafes. Go to Lookout Park, enjoy a bike ride through town underneath eucalyptus trees (can you think of anything more relaxing?!), go on a horseback ride on the beach, or stop by Summerland Winery.