Santa Barbara, California has great weather, allowing for many outdoor activities year-round. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, the beach or great nightlife, Santa Barbara has it all. The city is headed by the City Council, including the Mayor and six Council Members. On the city’s website, you can find helpful information about laws, budgets, employment and contact information. The city of Santa Barbara, is a major supporter of the cultural arts community. Cultural arts programs in the area are an important part of the community’s economy. Arts programs promote tourism and provide revenue for local businesses. Cultural arts provide nearly $41 million in revenue to the local economy. The Arts Advisory Committee and Visual Art in Public Places members decide on where art will be placed publicly and make recommendations to the City Council for where funding is needed. The City also supports the Events and Festivals community grant giving program, where grants are made for community events. It helps over 50 emerging arts organizations create their visions. The Santa Barbara Arts Alliance supports the Youth Mural Program for painting murals in the City’s neighborhoods and parks. It is done in an effort to cut down on graffiti and vandalism.
Mesa is an extremely desirable neighborhood in Santa Barbara. It is along the southwestern border of the city, from Santa Barbara City College on the east, to Arroyo Burro County Beach. The area features Shoreline Park, a 15-acre area on top of a bluff. It has bike and walking trails, picnic tables and playgrounds. There is also the Douglas Family Preserve to enjoy. There are shopping centers at Meigs Road and Cliff Drive. Mesa has great schools, so it is a terrific place for families with young children. Enjoy lunch at the Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach or The Mesa Café and Bar.
Shopping and relaxing on State Street in Upper State is a great way to spend the day. The average temperature year-round is 70 degrees. There are many outdoor cafes, coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy. There are bookstores, outdoor mass, boutiques and galleries to look through. There are some very popular stores as well. State Street leads to Santa Barbara Pier with great white sand beaches. You can rent a bicycle to ride around the area. Have dinner at Lure Fish House or Kyoto Japanese Restaurant. If you like mopeds, you can rent on of them and take a tour of the neighborhood. Take a wine tour with Sustainable Vine Wine Tours. Rent a bicycle and enjoy the great weather in Upper State. If you enjoy surfing, take a class at the local surfing school.
The Historic Arts District is located in Downtown Santa Monica. A renovation of aging facilities was recently completed. The city along with area philanthropists renovated the 80-year-old Victoria Hall and turned it into a 300-seat theatre. They also restored the landmark Granada Theater which now hold 1300 people for their performances. The City has helped in development of the Community Arts Workshop that provides services to the community year-round. The Center is the permanent home for the Summer Solstice parade. Stop by Los Agaves for Mexican food or try Brophy Brothers for seafood. For an evening of music and cocktails check out the Red Piano. Cadiz Restaurant and Bar offers seafood, Italian food and cocktails, Enjoy the boutiques and shops on Main Street. If you are just visiting enjoy Fess Parker’s Double Tree Inn. Visit the Santa Barbara Zoo for an enjoyable afternoon.