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You are encouraged to enjoy one of the most glorious destinations in the world!  We know that you will be touched by the spirit of Santa Barbara.  Featuring a year-round temperate climate, we invite you to share in the active, outdoor lifestyle and visit the many sites and attractions. From many wonderful wineries to magnificent wilderness areas, from pristine beaches to exciting shopping and dining, there is something for everyone.  We hope that you will discover the magic of Santa Barbara through the selection of featured activities we are making available to your during your stay in our fair city.


Santa Barbara Cultural and Shopping Tour

Take in the wonderful culture that is a vital part of Santa Barbara's charm. This tour begins with a guided tour of the beautiful and majestic Santa Barbara Courthouse. Combining Spanish and Moorish architecture, it is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the U.S. The Santa Barbara Mission is the next stop. Called the "Queen of the Missions", it is a must-see for all Santa Barbara visitors.  Following the tour of the Mission you will have ample time for shopping along Santa Barbara’s famous State Street with its specialty boutiques and galleries.  Combined with flagship stores to include Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, this is the shopper’s paradise.  Enjoy lunch on you own at one of the many cafes situated throughout the area. 


Activity Time:                    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Price:                                     $45.00 per person

Includes transportation to and from the Doubletree Resort Hotel, all tour and entrance fees. 10 guest minimum.


Santa Barbara County Wine Tour

The geography, topography and climate of Santa Barbara County make it one of the most versatile grape growing regions in the state.  Unlike any other coastal mountain range on the West Coast of North America, the Santa Ynez Mountains run east-west.  This “transverse range” creates valleys opening to the Pacific Ocean, allowing the inland flow of fog and ocean breezes to keep the climate temperate.  The vineyards farther inland are warmer, experiencing less of the marine influence.  All the classic grape varieties are able to be grown in Santa Barbara County due to the many microclimates


There are more than 30 wineries in Santa Barbara County.  Many are small, family-owned operations, with annual production ranging from 500 to 75,000 cases of wine.  Nearly all the wineries produce Chardonnay, and the region also is renowned for its Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer.  The winery buildings range from attractively rustic to architecturally sophisticated designs. 


Grapes are among the most valuable crops in Santa Barbara County.  Vineyards cover close to 10,000 acres, from near the coast to the foothills of the Los Padres National Forest, often following the flowing contours of the land.


Santa Barbara County has a history of winemaking and grape growing spanning 200 years.  The Santa Barbara Mission had several vineyards and an early winery was located on Santa Cruz Island.  Prior to Prohibition, there were 250 acres of grapes producing outstanding wines.


Enjoy the fine wines and the exceptional beauty of Santa Barbara County at an unhurried pace during this leisurely wine tour and tasting excursion at three different wineries.  The tour includes time in the danish village of Solvang for lunch and shopping on your own.


Activity Time:                    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Price:                                     $70.00 per person

Includes transportation to and from the Wine Country from the Doubletree Resort Hotel, wine guide, winery tour and tasting fees.  Lunch on your own in the danish village of Solvang. 10 guest minimum.

Downhill Bike Ride

This guided, easy and thrilling 15-mile all-downhill bicycle tour on paved roads features breathtaking views of the city, islands and wild back country.  The ride includes a short stop at the Santa Barbara Mission and then continues down State Street (Santa Barbara’s “hub”) to Stearns Wharf.  After arriving at the waterfront, guests ride along the coastal bike path back to the Doubletree Resort Hotel.  No exceptional strength or skills are required, although fundamental cycling abilities are necessary. 


Activity Time:                    9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:30 pm – 5:30pm

Price:                                     $75.00 per person

Includes transportation to the Gibraltar Peak from the Doubletree Resort Hotel, bicycle guide(s), all equipment and water. 10 guest minimum.


Waterfront Kayaking

The kayak excursion originates directly from the beach across the street from the Doubletree Resort Hotel!  After a brief sea kayak orientation and introductory lesson, we’ll launch the kayaks and paddle toward the heart of the Santa Barbara’ waterfront - Stearns Wharf and the beautiful Santa Barbara Harbor.  You’ll gain a unique appreciation for the panoramic views of the Channel Islands and the Santa Ynez mountains.


Activity Time:                    9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Price:                                     $70.00 per person

Kayak guide(s), all equipment and instruction. 10 guest minimum.


Horseback Riding at Circle Bar B Stables

A 1.5-hour guided horseback trail ride among the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountain range.  Wildlife and spectacular views of the coastline create a wonderful experience. 


Activity Time:                    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Price:                                     $70.00 per person

Includes transportation to and from Circle Bar B from the Doubletree Resort Hotel. 10 guest minimum.


Coastal Cruise

The Double Dolphin is a beautiful 50-foot sailing Catamaran.  The Double Dolphin's design makes her both roomy and very stable. Designed for carefree sailing, her quiet twin diesels take over when Santa Barbara's usually steady breezes may lighten.  Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine and Dry Snacks are available on board. 


Activity Time:                    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Price:                                     $75.00 adults

                                                $50.00 children ages 12 and under

Includes transportation to and from the Sea Landing from the Doubletree Resort Hotel. 10 guest minimum.



The Santa Ynez Mountains border Santa Barbara to the north and are home to California’s Los Padres National Forest.  The Chaparral that is dominant in the area gives the mountains a deceptively rugged look from afar.  However, Willow, Sycamore and Alder trees are abundant in the canyons and form a canopy that shades the floor and allows blackberry, wild rose, canyon sunflower and hummingbird sage to flourish.  Most hikes begin in a creekside setting and many include waterfalls and secluded pools.


Activity Time:                    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Price:                                     $55.00 per person

Includes transportation to and from the Trail Head from the Doubletree Resort Hotel, hiking guide(s)water and trail snacks. 10 guest minimum.


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