As fairy-tale destinations for lovers go, a romantic Santa Barbara getaway tops the list. From scenic Stearns Wharf and the beautiful Santa Barbara Mission to the tree-lined State Street shopping district and glorious sandy beaches, renowned wineries, spas and art galleries, a romantic getaway is just what the doctor ordered. And Santa Barbara vacation rentals can help you create the special retreat for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, honeymoons or that dreamy romantic tryst you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.
Travel writers have waxed rhapsodic about many romantic Santa Barbara activities but instead of a simple list of romantic tourist attractions (I’ve included those at the end), these tips will help you create the ultimate romantic getaway.
Romantic Getaway Tip #1: How to compose your perfect love symphony. Planning the ultimate romantic getaway is easy. Santa Barbara offers a full orchestra of locales and activities at your disposal. All you have to do is compose the most romantic getaway for your beloved. As with any great piece of music, the secret to a romantic getaway is varying the pacing.
Mix slow leisurely beach walks (or art gallery walks, if you prefer) with high-energy activities like dancing. Start with lyrical passages like getting a massage at a local spa. Up the tempo with an invigorating horseback ride. Build to a romantic crescendo with a candlelit dinner at a fine restaurant. Then segue over to a passionate evening of poetry reading (or whatever else comes to mind).
One of the best ways to pull off a memorable romantic getaway is to get a vacation rental home. A musical masterpiece should be played in a venue worthy of it. But beyond a great showplace, picking the right vacation rental home can inspire romantic activities based just on the location. A vacation home gives you so much more opportunity to create great romantic moments than an anonymous hotel room.
Imagine your vacation rental home just steps away from Shoreline Park and the sand, with easy access to Ledbetter Beach. When you stay at a vacation rental you can enjoy a morning stroll through the park. There is also a children’s playground and seating areas for afternoon BBQs in the sun. Watch the surfers at the beach, take a walk through the harbor area, and enjoy the oceanfront atmosphere of beautiful downtown Santa Barbara.
The physical layout of a vacation rental home is also important. For example, imagine the relaxing you can do on your own private rooftop patio with incredible views of Shoreline Park and the Pacific ocean in both directions. Each individual feature of a Santa Barbara vacation rental home is a piece of music waiting to happen.