Welcome to Welge Travel Report's Santa Barbara city guide. Here you'll find the best of Santa Barbara. WTR's Santa Barbara map shows you the location of our favorite things to do in Santa Barbara - including The Art, Design & Architecture Museum and The Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
You'll also find the best dining, guided by WTR's own Carlota Cuisine. Fine dining in Santa Barbara includes Toma and Bouchon. Then you're off to Palm Springs.
Santa Barbara & Palm Springs
Welge Travel Report Notables for Santa Barbara
Getting around Santa Barbara
Public transportation in Santa Barbara
WTR's Tony Transit says the best place to learn about public transportation in Santa Barbara is (http://www.sbmtd.gov/)
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
People Watching in Santa Barbara
WTR's Francois Flaneur says the best "PW" is East Beach.
Dining in Santa Barbara
Our Carlota Cuisine says the best dinner is at Barbareno - L: Th-Su, D: W-M, 205 W Canon Perdido St, 805-963-9591
Start with charcuterie or the grilled avocado. Carlota loikes the black cod with sweet potato and shiso or the smoked short ribs.
Nightlife/Entertainment areas in Santa Barbara
WTR's Shauna Showtime says the best nightlife is on State Street and Cabrillo Boulvard.
Shopping areas in Santa Barbara
Our Shari Shopper thinks the Paseo Nuevo Mall offer a bit of everything. Shari says for the best shopping in Palm Springs head for Palm Canyon Galleria and Modern Way.
Wineries in or near Santa Barbara
Winnie Winesnob knows Santa Barbara county has a lot of wineries. Winnie says to find the best wineries check out this site (http://www.sbcountywines.com/visit.html)
Business Information for Santa Barbara
Here is help in regard to your business in Santa Barbara: (http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Business/)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Recognition for Santa Barbara
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Lagniappe for Santa Barbara
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Now through May 27, 2018 see Crosscurrents: The Painted Portrait in America, Britain and France, 1750-1850
Before the invention of photography, painted portraits were the most coveted means of commemorating important members of society. This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the permanent collection, explores American, British and French portraitists from the Colonial period through the Industrial Revolution.