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This small missionary outpost of New Spain became part of the U.S. in 1848 - then grew fast as gold and oil exploration took hold. The city’s Spanish history still echoes at Mission Santa Barbara, completed in 1820. Travelers to contemporary Santa Barbara call it the "American Riviera" for its exquisite climate, stucco architecture, and great food and wine.
Discover the incredible mosaic artwork of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, built in the 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival style. Spend a Sunday perusing local crafts and art on Cabrillo Boulevard or strolling beautiful East Beach. In the evening, dig into delicious pizza and draft beers at local favorite Neighborhood Bar & Grill on West Montecito.
Find your outdoor table at Andersen's Danish Bakery and enjoy a breakfast of delicious crab cake eggs benedict with a cup of hot house-blend coffee. Follow the Urban Wine Trail and taste syrahs and merlots from local wineries. Eat family style at Café Zaytoon and share Mediterranean plates of lamb shawarma and foul mudammas--be sure to get everyone their own serving of baklava.