Things to do in Santa Barbara, USA: One day three ways


Enjoy the breakfast quesadilla at Metropulos (, $8) then head off on the free self-guided Red Tile Walking Tour (, before exploring the 1782 El Presidio compound (, $5). Use the Downtown Shuttle (, fare 50¢) to reach Stearns Wharf where you can enjoy ocean views over local wine at Pacific Deep Sea Tasting Room (, $10), followed by a crab sandwich from the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company (, $12.95). After lunch, hire a bike from Wheel Fun (, $10) for a ride along the beachfront. In the evening, grab a craft beer at the Telegraph Brewing Company (, $5), with dinner from a food truck parked outside ($10). Finish the night with live music at Muddy Waters (, $7), before hitting the sack at Agave Inn (, from $99).

Total: $167.45

Easy does it

Start the day with huevos rancheros at D'Angelo Bakery (25 W Gutierrez St, $11.95). Then it's time for a coastal kayaking excursion with Santa Barbara Adventure Company (, $89 including picnic lunch). Back onshore, follow the Urban Wine Trail (, enjoying a vino at Kunin Wines (, $10) in the city's entertainment "Funk Zone". See the day out with a sunset cocktail cruise aboard a Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises yacht (, $40). Have a seafood dinner at Santa Barbara FisHouse (, perhaps the macadamia nut-rolled sea bass ($24.95). From here it's a short walk to the Harbor House Inn for the night (, from $139).

Total: $314.90

Splash out

Breakfast at Scarlett Begonia (, a café within a beautiful garden courtyard. Its shrimp & grits involves sautéed prawns, poached eggs, paprika sausage and roasted capsicum ($16). Then join the Segway Mission Tour from the wharf to the historic Santa Barbara Mission (, $115). Enjoy lunch at stylish Bouchon, with dishes such as a shallot-glazed rack of lamb (, $38), before taking advantage of Santa Barbara Zoo's exclusive Backstage Pass (, $200). On a Tuesday afternoon you can join the executive chef of the Wine Cask restaurant at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market on State Street ( Tell him which items you fancy, and he'll include them in an personalised dinner (, $75 per person). Sated, it's time to head for the elegant Canary Hotel (, from $289).

Total: $733.00

The writer was a guest of United Airlines and Visit Santa Barbara.