Santa Barbara

#1 Coffee First

Joe's Coffee
536 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Vibe:
A classic Mom and Pop Italian/American cafe diner. Sit at the bar to grab a quick cup of coffee and a bite, or sit down at the red and white checkered cloth tables to dine.
Neighborhood staple that’s been around since 1928, and many of the staff have worked there for over 40 years. The kitchen serves breakfast all day..

TL Insider Note:
Their coffee is no frills and served in an old-school mug. Order it black with cream or whole milk on the side. They also serve a strong cold brew.

#2 Best Place to Stay

Anywhere On State Street Near The Water
State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Vibe:  
State Street is the epicenter of Santa Barabara, walking distance to all the restaurants, wineries, shopping, pier, and beach.

TL Insider Note:
Try to make a res at Hotel Santa Barbara, great local spot with yummy breakfast buffet, a personal favorite.

#3 Iconic Bite

Broad Street Oyster Co.
Check the schedule on their website to find out which location they’ll be at each day (Usually parked in front of Municipal Wines)

The Vibe: Fine steakhouse quality seafood served food truck style.
Find the Oyster Man outside nearby one of the wineries in the Funk Zone.
In addition to freshly shucked oysters with all the fixins, he sells live uni, and lobster rolls. All served to-go style, so you can take it with you into any nearby winery.

TL Insider Note:
Get the lobster roll. It’s the best in town.

#4 Thrill Seeking Adventure

Salt Cave
Santa Barbara 740 State St, Santa Barbara Ca 91303

The Vibe:
Like walking into a magical underground cavern filled with pink Himalayan salt, imported lamps, and funky candles.
Largest man made Crystal Salt Cave in North America.

TL Insider Note:
Each booked treatment includes a 45 minutes session in their Halotherapy Lounge, allow for extra time before or after your massage.

#5 Romantic Excursion

Stearns Wharf
217 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara CA 93103

The Vibe:
A huge boardwalk set upon the Pacifc Ocean that leads to a series of stores and restaurants.
It’s free to fish anywhere off the pier.

TL Insider Note:
Walk to get dessert at The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company. A Great location to see fireworks on July 4.

#6 Best Sightseeing

The 12 square blocks in and around Downtown Santa Barbara.
Map here:

The Vibe:
A quaint beach town filled wineries, eclectic eateries, vintage clothing stores and art galleries.

TL Insider Note:
Wear comfy walking shoes and bring a sweater for when the sun goes down.

#7 Wild Card

Do Your Own Wine Tour in The Funk Zone.
Adjacent to the Amtrak station. It’s the area between the ocean and 101 highway. Website here

The Vibe:  Like an all-day upscale outdoor block party
Just walk into whichever bar or winery that catches your attention
Most places take walk-ins with tasting menus only costing around $15

TL Insider Note:
Leave the car at the hotel, everything is a short walking distance.

#8 The Happiest Hour

Municipal Wines22
Anacapa St, Santa Barbara CA 91303

The Vibe:
A laid back atmosphere with retro furnishing, old-school arcade games, and shockingly good wine.

TL Insider Note:
Get the Tasting Flight with the “Blanche” wine - it’s  best chenin blanc in town.

#9 Dinner with an Atmosphere

Bluewater Grille
15 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara CA 91303

The Vibe:
With views of Stearns Wharf outside, it’s the perfect casual eatery for brunch, happy hour and dinner.
From the outside it looks like a lighthouse, on the inside they play classic rock while serving fresh seafood and yummy cocktails.

TL Insider Note:
Order a bowl of their award-winning clam chowder.

#10 Night Out Spot

Test Pilot Tiki Bar211
Helena Ave, Santa Barbara Ca 91303

The Vibe:
A legit tiki party room with low lighting and nautical decorations.
Get there early to grab a bar seat or to sit in their comfy lounge chairs.
All the exotic cocktails are Instagram worthy, taste delicious and are served in funky glasses.

TL Insider Note:
If nothing on their cocktail menu catches your eye, tell the bartender what you like and they’ll make you a custom drink.