Nov 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Flock to the American Riviera

Welcome to the “American Riviera“, seniors. Whatever your passion, there are always things to do and see in Santa Barbara, which combines big city culture with backwoods outdoor adventures all set off by a culinary tradition that puts its name and flavors on the lips of food and wine critics across the country.

Santa Barbara is situated on an east-west trending section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States. The city lies between the steeply-rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara’s climate is often described as Mediterranean, and this is why the city is widely known as the American Riviera.  As of the census of 2010, the city had a population of 88,410.

The Santa Ynez rise dramatically behind the city, with several peaks exceeding 4,000 feet. Covered with chaparral and with sandstone outcrops, they make a famously scenic backdrop to the town. Sometimes, perhaps once every three years, snow falls on the mountains, but it rarely stays for more than a few days. Nearer to town, and directly east and adjacent to Mission Santa Barbara, is a hill known locally as the “Riviera,” traversed by “Alameda Padre Serra” (shortened APS), “Father Serra’s pathway.”

Santa Barbara is sun-drenched, relaxed and nestled seductively between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Here seniors are invited to sample the world-class hotels and resorts and delectable restaurants that tempt even the well-seasoned traveler. Check out this event calendar and discover plenty of things to do.

Seniors Enjoy the Most Beautiful Downtown in America

From State Street and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Channel Islands and the wine country, Santa Barbara is one of America’s best-kept secrets. Santa Barbara’s many tourist attractions have made the hospitality industry into a major player in the regional economy. PlanetWare has a series of neat photos that highlight the city and area. Santa Barbara’s low-slung Spanish Revival buildings feature red-tiled roofs and white stucco walls, while its golden beaches are wide and clean, lined by palm trees along a curving bay. State Street , the main drag, is home to an appealing assortment of diners, bookshops, coffeehouses, and nightclubs and is called The Most Beautiful Downtown in America.

If you enjoy wine, Santa Barbara’s winery tours, wine festivals, winemaker’s dinners and more will let you drink your fill of the how’s and why’s. You can also learn a lot more in the new Sip & Savor culinary guide or e-newsletter. But really, all it takes to love a Santa Barbara wine is a single sip. Cheers! There are as many quotes about wines as there are wines themselves, but the Roman poet Horace may have said it best: Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes. And nowhere offers a better place to get in touch with those secrets, hopes and wishes than Santa Barbara!  Enjoy.  jeb

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  1. […] town of Santa Ynez is one of the communities that makes up the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. The population was 4,418 at the 2010 census. It is named after Saint Agnes, Ynez […]

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