Tucked in between the Santa Ynez-Mountains and a curved bay lies one of the most beautiful destinations in Southern California, nicknamed the American Rivera for its idyllic climate and gorgeous beaches. It is no wonder the Spanish missionary settlers named this land la tierra adorada, or “the beloved land”. Despite not getting its Mediterranean Spanish look before the 19th century and even more so after the 1920’s, the Spanish history in this town was remarkable. The Spanish- and Mexican settlers were the only ones to live in this region for decades, which has left its solid historical markers on the city. As a recent client at our Santa Barbara limo service told us: “the American Ribera truly is SoCal’s Spanish gem. From its Spanish atmosphere, to the adobe architecture, and the great Hispanic cuisine.” Despite suffering a loss in the 1860’s through the early 20th century, the old Spanish-Mediterranean architecture and areas of historical significance are now not only protected, but a large number of the historic adobes have been preserved and some resurrected to its original look. Sightseeing the city is as simple as it is rewarding; since its roads are pretty much made for walking, visitors love strolling up and down the streets gently rising from the beaches and leading up to the mission. We not only serve the local area, but the entire county, for instance offering the top rated Montecito limousine alternative on the market. We’d be happy to give you an exclusive experience of the city!
When visiting the American Rivera, make sure to make a quick stop by the Visitor’s Center first to check out their information on upcoming events, current touring packages offered, cultural excursions, and more. Clients utilizing our limos, sedans, and party bus services often tell us about the city’s wonderful rounded archways, palm lined boulevards, and Spanish housing with adobe walls and red tile roofing. As a matter of fact, a popular touring option for the local Visitor’s Center is the Red-Tile Tour. This particular tour begins at the County Courthouse at Anacapa Street, which is an architectural wonder itself with its beamed ceilings, palacio tiled flooring, and arched corridor. This trip also makes a stop at the Hill Carrillo Adobe on Carrillo Street, which is a historic 1826 vintage house. Other favorites amongst our Santa Barbara limo service clients include El Paseo, Casa de la Guerra, Casa de Covarrubias, Historic Freemont Adobe, El Presidio, the Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, the Mission, Stearns Wharf, and the Zoological Gardens. The Trolley is popular for many exploring the city by foot, and takes riders along the waterfront, through Downtown up State Street, and beyond to the Mission.
Another increasingly popular trend is Santa Ynez wine tour options to the neighboring valley across the Santa Ynez-Mountains. Started in the mid 1990’s and through the early 2000’s, many wineries and tasting-rooms popped up throughout this region, which has become a tremendously popular destination for wine-enthusiasts and others. Even the best experts on the field no longer question the fact that these particular wineries rival those of Sonoma- and Napa Valleys of Northern California. The quantity of wines, wineries, vineyards and visitors are increasing by each vintage, but the number of visitors here are still small enough to give that personal touch, often accompanied with servers and experts that can give details on the varieties our clients are tasting, harvesting methods, food comparing, etcetera. In this region we serve the small towns of Santa Ynez, Ballard, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, and all areas in between. All on a regular basis, providing more Santa Ynez wine tour trips than any of our competitors. While many fall in love with the one-block town of Ballard, others love Santa Ynez’s historic church dating back to 1897. Los Olivos is home to the Mattei’s Tavern, which is a former stagecoach inn dating to 1886. This vineyard region will not let you down, with all its prime wineries scattered around on picturesque backroads and nestled in smaller canyons. Why not get together some friends, rent a party bus, and head on out to explore the wines and vineyards by a luxurious country ride through the stunning natural surroundings? Call us today to speak with one of our reservation and tasting experts who can help you pick what wineries and tasting-venues to experience on your trip to the vineyards.
Check also out our article on the Top 5 Santa Barbara Tourist Attractions!