The rides have been lovely on the I Bike Santa Barbara tour. Several weeks past bud break now the vineyard canopies are lush and green. There are still a few California Poppies around (our gift of spring), but as their orange hue becomes less abundant, a glow of violet is showing at Clairmont Lavender Farm. As for the wines, we have particularly been loving the rosé s from Kaena and Rideau this warm spring.
Elsewhere around Santa Barbara, we recommend the following activities:
I Madonnari – Italian Street Painting Festival — May 24 -26 — The plaza of the Old Mission will be transformed with 150 vibrant and colorful,large-scale street paintings created by artists and young people. The event also features gustosto Italian food and beverages. http://www.imadonnarifestival.com/
Downtown Art & Wine Tour — May 24 – Be ready to stroll along State Street, highlighting galleries and venues above Carrillo, all venues will host a cultural event paired with a restaurant and winery for you to savor. http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com/about/downtown-art-and-wine-tour
Comedy Nights at Comedy Hideaway — Ongoing Thursdays (Goleta), Fridays and Saturdays (SB) — Quite possibly the best entertainment deal around, Comedy Hideaway features national headliners supported by great local talent. http://www.sbcomedy.com/
Urban Wine Trail Summer Celebration — May 30 – June 1 — Guests will sip their way along the Urban Wine Trail while enjoying a weekend of WINE, FOOD & FUN in the Santa Barbara sunshine. Take advantage of special opportunities to meet winemakers, enjoy exclusive tastings, and receive discounts on bottle purchases. http://urbanwinetrailsb.com/event/summer-celebration/
4oth Annual Solstice Parade — June 21 — Santa Barbara’s craziest day is always fun. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere on State Street. This year’s theme is GAMES. http://www.solsticeparade.com/