Lindsay Taub

Santa Barbara: A Weekend Escape to the Beach and Vineyards

2011-10-23 by Lindsay Taub

Santa Barbara Mission

Most people living in Los Angeles have visited Santa Barbara at least once. Either they went as a child for a weekend of family fun on the beach, as a college student to partake in the party scene in Isla Vista (where the University of California at Santa Barbara is located), as adults for a romantic getaway, or just because it’s a close and fun little jaunt. In my case, as a native Los Angeleno, I’ve done all four.

From the Missions to Hollywood

The city has a storied history from its missionary days, when in 1786 The Santa Barbara Mission became the tenth of the 21 California missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans, and a romantic history as well. Hollywood icons like Sir Laurence Olivier, Clark Gable, Rock Hudson, and more recently, Gwyneth Paltrow, choose the upscale beach town as the locale for their nuptials. Their familiarity with it is no surprise – it was home to California’s first major movie studios and film’s early pioneers. In fact, legendary director Cecil B. DeMille once shot its beaches for the sandscape scenes in The Ten Commandments.

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