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Explore Santa Barbara


Westmont is nestled in what is known as the "Santa Barbara Riviera," because of its similarities to the Italian Riviera. Like the Italian Riveria, the Santa Barbara Riviera is known for it's particularly mild climate and beautiful landscape. Most days in SB are sunny and temperate.

Here is a list of "Fun Places in Santa Barbara to explore" that Westmont aluma Robyn Bickerton ('13) created for you all. These are places that she particularly likes, which she hopes that will, too. :)

Hiking Trails: Cold Springs Trailhead is a 15-min. walk from capus. Great additional trailheads include Hot Spring trailhead and Tunnel Road Trailhead.

Farmer's Markets in SB: Large open air Market every Saturday (8:30-1p) on E. Cota St. and Santa Barbara St. There is a Tuesday evening Market on State St., as well as a small Market on Coast Vilage, Friday mornings.

Coffee shops in town:

  • Coffee Bean and Starbucks (both on Coast Village. Both very popular by Westmont students. Easy access via Westmont shuttle).
  • Cafe Luna (in Summerland)
  • The Good Cup ( on State St. and the one on the Mesa)
  • Peet's (on upper State)
  • The French Press ( State St.)
  • Santa Barbara Roasting Company (Lower State Street)
  • Handlebar ( Canon Perdido St., right off State Street)
  • Crushcakes Cupcakery & Cafe ( Anacapa St., Downtwon).

Fun restaurants: Jeannine's Bakery ( 4 different locations in SB), Flavor of India, Zen Yai, Zaytoon, Los Agaves, Blender's

Grocery Stores: Von's, Trader Joe's, Tri-County Market, Ralphs, Fresh Market

Art Show every Sunday by the Pier (Cabrillo St. and State St.)

Churches: Santa Barbara is full of churches! Please click here to get a list of various churches in the area.

"First Thursdays:" The first Thursday of every month, there is a free art walk on State Street. Peruse different art galleries and shops and enjoy the evening.

Rent a paddleboard, surfboard, or kayak: There are various water equipment rental locations throughout Santa Barbara. There is one good one on the Wharf, as well as others in the neighboring vicinity.