Santa Barbara Bachelorette Weekend: Guide to the Ultimate Seaside Escape

A Santa Barbara bachelorette party is a trip your bride will forever appreciate and never forget. Make it a quiet weekend by the sea with this gorgeous seaside town or head to the downtown bars in Funk Town for a rambunctious night out (or why not both!). This town is popular with celebrities for a reason - it has just about everything you could desire with so many activities to do. On this three-day weekend you can head to Santa Ynez just 45 min away for a day full of winery visits or go sailing on the ocean for some pampering. Don't worry this relaxing trip still has plenty of nightlife that will be all you need to keep you occupied every night of your trip, from bars and clubs to late-night snacks. The possibilities are limitless in Santa Barbara, and perfect for every bride's vibe. Let's get this party started!


Where to Stay


Santa Barbara has a lot of different options of where to stay from luxe hotels to AirBnbs, just depends on price and location! We have some of the best places to stay from luxury hotels to Air-Bnbs, we made sure these places would give you the best experience. The second step is to think about location, location is so important because you want to make sure you are close to where all the activities best fit your group. Lastly, make your plans on what atmosphere best matches what the group is looking for. If your group is looking for a Luxury hotel The Ritz- Carlton Bacara offers the best So Cal has to offer. However, if your group is looking for a home away from home feeling, there are still plenty of luxury AirBnb homes that can give you both luxury and that comfort of a home. 


No matter what you are looking for, Santa Barbara has a little bit of everything. 



The Best Hotels



For a more luxurious experience, the Ritz would be the place to be. You'll be amazed by the beautiful rooms, an on-site spa, two pools, and beach access. The pool has ocean views and definitely Insta-worthy. Their bar and food are exceptional, guests say it's a must to try during your stay. This is a property that will amaze you at every turn. 


This will be a more affordable option, but by the look of the hotel you would never know. Not only is this hotel stunning, but they offer a continental breakfast steps away from the ocean. 


If you're seeking a fun and trendy area, look no further than the Funk Zone, this downtown hub has wine tasting rooms at every corner. Grab a Funk Zone map to walk between the best spots. The recently built Hotel Santa Barbara is located in downtown Santa Barbara, near the popular Stearns Wharf and across from the historic Funk Zone. The resort has a full-service spa, fine dining, and an award-winning restaurant. A rooftop pool with panoramic views, perfect to snap a few instagramable images. 


The Best Air-Bnbs



This Bohemian Cottage is a great option for a smaller group that is around the size of 6 people. This property offers a ton of modern and updated amenities such as a kitchen, private hot tub, as well as a washer and dryer. 

ThisLarge House, which is only a few minutes walk from the beach, can accommodate up to 14 people and is ideal for large groups. You'll be a bit farther away from downtown, but the space and access to the beach are well worth the extra few minutes in taxi or Uber fare.


For those who are looking more for the beach side of their trip thisSerene Bungalow is only steps away from the beach. This house is perfect for any size group, and offers a private pool as well as a hot tub. This property also includes three bikes that are ideal for a quick trip to the grocery store, or a trip into downtown. 


What To Do


Now that you have an idea of where you are wanting to stay, let’s talk about the fun part of planning activities!


A Santa Barbara bachelorette party is for a bride who wants to spend a relaxing weekend with her best friends. Whether she's looking for R&R at the spa, a chance to be by the water, or a tour of wine country without the Napa crowds, she'll be happy here.


Shopping


For any sort of shopping your group will want to stay on State Street, which is is in the same area as the ‘The Funk Zone.’ This street has big canopies of trees looking over the streets and the cutest boutiques to pop into. While you are there and the bride is looking to get a few things for the wedding, this is the street to be on.


Wine Tastings- in town


Santa Barbara has its own wine culture, however, the more laid-back bride may be happier since there is less of a crowd and a more casual atmosphere. Take a private tour of winemaking country or explore more than 20 tasting rooms in town on the Santa Barbara Urban. 


Winery Tours - Santa Ynez


If you want a true winery experience, head to Santa Ynez where this famous vineyards make their wine! This valley is about 45 min away and our favorite way to tour is via the open-air Jeep Tours. Your entire bachelorette group can hop in the back of this fun Jeep and be toured around to the best wineries in the valley.


Beach Activities 



Looking to see a different side of Santa Barbara, this boat rental service is a perfect relaxing way to do just that. A crew takes you out on the waters to see a little bit of Santa Barbara, and offers a full bar and catering options. If unsure if this is for you they offer a virtual tour of the boats and several links to access more information.

Where To Eat


Now that you know where to stay and what to do, let's talk about meals. Santa Barbara has restaurants everywhere, and since it's wine country you can accompany every meal with great drinks! Here are a few of our personal favorites:


Breakfast is a great place to start the weekend, with mimosas, breakfast wraps, and omelets and scrambles available. The French Quarter Omelet, which includes avocado, spicy sausage, mushrooms, and jack cheese, is not to be missed.


Looking for a little bit of everything for those picky eaters on your trip, this is the restaurant to please everyone in the group. A popular dish is a deep-fried chicken, served with a dark sauce and vegetables. Other options include crispy Brussels sprouts, hand-cut tagliatelle pasta, truffled polenta, southern fried chicken, and spiced apple pie. From brunch to dinner to galleries, this restaurant does it all.


looking for sharable items at lucky Penny they are famous for their wood-fired pizzas with choices like roasted Maitake mushroom and the Californian—made with basil pesto, lemon ricotta, and marinated artichokes.

No matter what you're looking for, Santa Barbara has a restaurant that's perfect for your group!



What to Wear/ What to Pack 



Swimsuits


If you're planning on spending any time by the pool or by the beach, you'll need a swimsuit. We have custom swimwear that is perfect for you and your bridal squad to hit the pool with for your bachelorette celebration. Not to mention how cute the pics will be! 

Hats


The sun in Santa Barbara is powerful, so bring a hat. You'll want to have one with you to protect your eyes from the intense sun, whether it's a visor, floppy beach hat, or baseball cap. Leave the conventional cap at home and browse through our personalized hats from boater hats, captain hats, cowboy hats, and more

Sunglasses

In case you forget, Santa Barbara is a hot destination, so be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses to safeguard your eyes from the sun. Avoid wearing ordinary sunnies and instead invest in cute matching heart sunglasses!

Bridal Accessories


This trip needs special perks just for the bride too! A finishing touch of a veil would compliment any outfit or activities your bride decides for that day. The missing piece to the iconic Bridal outfit is the sash, which should be worn 24/7! She deserves all the attention on this trip and all the insta opportunities possible.

Bags


You’ll need something to carry all your beach items, wine from the vineyard, shopping items, or grocery store items.Custom Jute Carryall monogram tote bags are perfect for your bride squad both pre and post bachelorette weekend!



We hope this helps you be well prepared for your bachelorette getaway to sunny Santa Barbara! You are sure to have the best time in Cali with your best friends so get to planning!

 

XOXO,

 

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