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A California Resident’s Guide to a Peaceful Santa Barbara Staycation

California locals: It’s time to treat yourself to a Santa Barbara Staycation. For those of you who haven’t heard of a staycation, it’s pretty simple: A vacation-like weekend in the city you already live in. A staycation means booking a night at a nice hotel (hint: Spanish Garden Inn) and exploring your familiar city in a new way. Here’s a few ways to fill your staycation itineraries. 

Dine Out During Restaurant Week

If you don’t normally go out to eat, Santa Barbara Restaurant Week is the time to try it. As part of your Santa Barbara staycation, choose a few participating restaurants you’ve never been to before and enjoy a prix fixe meal at a discounted price. The best part? A wide variety of cuisines participate in Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find something you like! This year’s list of participating restaurants has not yet been released, however past places included Wine Cask, the Italian Toma Restaurant & Bar and steakhouse, Lucky’s. Check the Santa Barbara Restaurant Week official website for updates on the 2020 restaurants.  

Plan a Beach Day 

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we bet you don’t always make time for a relaxing beach day. So, what better time to nap in the sand than during your staycation? Pack up your pup and head to the dog-friendly Hendry’s Beach for a day of fetch, or stay late at Butterfly Beach to watch the sunset. For more excitement, visit the Channel Islands for a kayaking adventure. 

Tour the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  

From countless exhibits to plenty of learning opportunities, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is a hidden gem in the city. During your staycation, explore the museum’s state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, featuring 3.5 million specimens. In case you didn’t know, the museum also includes the Central Coast’s only planetarium and the Sea Center at Stearns Wharf.  

California Staycation Offer at Spanish Garden Inn

The most important part of your staycation? Treating yourself to a night or two at the beautiful nearby Spanish Garden Inn! Boasting plenty of fresh foliage and hand-painted art, Spanish Garden Inn makes the perfect home away from home. Right now, California residents can take 5% off their stay using our California Staycation offer. Book now before it’s too late!

Explore your hometown in a new perspective during your Santa Barbara staycation. And, don’t forget to take advantage of the special offer happening at Spanish Garden Inn for California residents!    


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