Less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, the charmed enclave of Santa Barbara lies along a stunning stretch of Central California coast, set against an eye-popping backdrop of soaring mountains. This affluent yet easygoing small city is a favorite resort getaway, and a leading destination for foodies, wine lovers (the acclaimed Santa Barbara Wine Country is just north), and outdoors enthusiasts (the climate is mild and sunny). Here's a gallery and guide to gay-friendly Santa Barbara.
|Franceschi Park viewpoint of the Santa Barbara skyline and Channel Islands||Panino deli and cafe in Los Olivos (as well as Santa Barbara and Solvang)||Wildcat Lounge, a gay-friendly downtown bar and club with GLBT party on Sundays||Hendry's Beach, officially known as Arroyo Burro Beach, on west side of the city|
|Coffee Cat, a cool downtown java joint with ample, comfortable seating||Grand Avenue, the main street of downtown Los Olivos, is lined with wineries||Butterfly Beach in Montecito, under a full moon on a clear Santa Barbara night||La Super-Rica Taqueria, the revered taqueria on Milpas Street|
|Seagrass Restaurant, an exceptional dining venue known for farm-to-table cuisine||Old Mission Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful of the state's 21 missions||Motel 6 Santa Barbara Beach, the chain's very first property||Oreana Winery and downtown's Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail|