STUNNING COASTAL VIEWS FROM “AMERICA’S RIVIERA”
From Alameda Padre Serra, the spectacular rim drive overlooking the city, it is clear to see why Santa Barbara is referred to as the “American Riviera.”
Starting from the Santa Barbara Mission and ending near Montecito, the three miles of “APS”, as it is known by locals, twists and turns high above the signature red tile roofs. The architecture is varied with terraced roads and private landscaping supported by massive hand-built stone walls and manicured gardens. Those fortunate to reside here have front row seats to spectacular sunsets with a twinkling blanket of city lights below. The picture postcard appeal and sweeping coastal views in the distance never disappoint.
Upper and Lower Riviera residents enjoy being close to the city amenities, yet gravitate to the quiet serenity found in this hilltop paradise.
Hidden treasures like Franceschi and Parma parks offer splendid starting points for heart pumping walks; secret stairways connect the web of winding streets making each journey out the front door, an adventure. Even the north facing “back side” of the Riviera offers captivating views, especially when the sun-washed pink and purple hues drape the majestic Santa Ynez Mountain backdrop.
There are no finer traveler accommodations than the historic El Encanto with luxurious bungalows, expansive view dining terrace, and the finest of resort services. Though it’s unlikely one would see a Hollywood blockbuster here, Riviera Theatre is beloved by locals for its unique playlist of independent and foreign films and is also home to the Santa Barbara International Film Festivals Cinema Society screenings.
MUSIC – Big names in entertainment – and native Santa Barbarians like Jack Johnson – often grace the open-air stage at The Santa Barbara County Bowl. Buy tickets early as the “restored to perfection” amphitheater often sells out. Music under the stars, ocean views, and a glass of Chardonnay, who doesn’t love that?
TASTES – The annual Taste of the Town is the ultimate epicurean adventure that brings the finest restaurants, vintners, and breweries together to support the Arthritis Foundation in a spectacular afternoon setting at Riviera Park.
SUNSET SPOT – The views from Franceschi Park are spectacular. There are only a couple of picnic tables but it’s a great spot even if you just stop in for a few minutes and take in the views!
SCHOOL IS IN SESSION – The independent Santa Barbara Middle School has a well-established reputation for fine education; the historic campus is the former home of world renown Brook’s Institute of Photography.