Ride the Train to Santa Barbara in 2014 and Save 20%
Take a Vacation from a Car
De-stress, unplug and relax aboard Amtrak® to Santa Barbara this year. The Santa Barbara Car Free Project today announced that when registering at www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org, visitors can receive 20 percent savings on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner ®and San Joaquin® (and linked buses) to/from all nine Amtrak stations in Santa Barbara County (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Surf, Guadalupe & Santa Maria) valid for travel through December 16, 2014. (Three-day advance purchase required; blackout dates and restrictions apply, see Car Free website for details and to make reservations).
Mary Byrd, Manager of the award-winning project at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District remarked “Take a vacation from your car and discover what you can see car free. Instead of sitting in your vehicle staring at the road ahead of you, you’ll be on the train, looking out the window at surf, sky and mountains; your vacation has already begun. Then when you arrive at the train station in Santa Barbara, you are just two blocks from the beach, in the heart of the city surrounded by hotels, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, art galleries and unlimited possibilities to relax and renew.”
Taking the train to enjoy Santa Barbara’s major festivals is a special treat—since activities and attractions are all within easy walking distance of the train station. Discover Santa Barbara Car Free while attending the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 30-February 9 http://sbiff.org
/ and don’t miss the accompanying Film Feast to enjoy lodging and dining savings. http://www.santabarbaraca.com/filmfeast/
Santa Barbara Car Free is an award-winning project founded and led by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District with more than 100 community partners who want to help you make the most of your special car free experiences. Find resources and car free discovery stories at www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org
HOW TO CREATE-YOUR-OWN “GREEN VACATION” PACKAGE:
First, check the link for the “Cool Car Free Discounts”: Then select lodging and options -from ocean-front or in-town to luxury to bed & breakfasts inns. Byrd recommended, “Design your own package and get inspiration from these sample theme ideas.”
Santa Barbara Car Free Vacation “Active Green”—Save on a Segway of Santa Barbara tour; rent bikes or a surrey cycle from Wheel Fun; take a kayak tour from Adventure Company or rent mountain or road cycles from Bikes-to-Go or take a wine country guided ride with I Bike Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Car Free Vacation “Tasty Green” — Take a Pedicab Tour of the Urban Wine Trail tasting rooms near the beach—or head into the Santa Ynez Valley Wine country via van, jeep, or limo for a guided tour with discounts from Captain Jack’s, Cloud Climbers Jeeps, DeeTours, Grapeline Wine Tours, Stagecoach Company, Sustainable Vine Wine Tours or Wine Edventures. Savor tasty discounts at Aldo’s, Blue Agave or Louie’s restaurants. On Saturday mornings, stop at the Farmers Market and pick some really fresh greens and more.
Santa Barbara Car Free Vacation “Nature’s Green” — Take the MTD Line 22 bus to the Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Museum of Natural History, Botanic Garden and Casa Dolores. Take the 50-cent electric shuttle to the Santa Barbara Zoo, Ty Warner Sea Center, and the Maritime Museum. Hop between the Marina and Stearns Wharf aboard “Lil Toot” water taxi. Really go car free on the water with Celebration Cruises, Condor Express (whale watching), Santa Barbara Sailing Center or Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises.
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For complete information on the 2014 Santa Barbara Green Vacation Package and “Cool Car Free Discounts” offer and hundreds of car free options including a free, colorful map; call 805-696-1100 or visit www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org
Eco Tours & Locavore Shopping
on the Waterfront-Downtown Electric Shuttle (look for the sailboat
logo) for a self-led eco-friendly tour of the city. The fare is 25 cents
one way and the shuttle runs every 8-10 minutes up and down State
Street between the Arlington Center for the Performing Arts and Stearns
Wharf. The shuttle runs every 13-30 minutes along the waterfront between
the zoo and the harbor. Line 22 offers weekend service to local
attractions including the Botanic Garden, Museum of Art, the Santa
Barbara Mission, County Courthouse and Museum of Natural History.
Suggested stops and activities on the way: Cruise the oceanfront,
palm-lined bike path along Cabrillo Blvd. from the harbor all the way to
East Beach on a bike, skateboard, Segway, surrey or your own two feet.
Watch or play beach volleyball at East Beach and grab a bite to eat at
the East Beach Grill—breakfast and burgers are their specialties.
Continue on to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge and walk the nature trail on
the north side to see wintering ducks, herons, egrets, and sparrows.
Check the observation platforms for denizens of the reeds, including
rails and marsh wrens. A walk out onto Stearns Wharf is a Santa Barbara
must. Soak up the views, snap some pictures and be sure to stop by the
Ty Warner Sea Center for a hands-on exploration of the Santa Barbara
Sample fresh local catch at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. Down the
road at the harbor, follow the signs for a self-guided Fish Walk, which
will teach you about sustainable fishing and tactics that have been
traced back to the Chumash Indians. Delve deeper into local maritime
industry at the Maritime Museum. Check out the boats, rent a kayak or
hop—for a sunset or whale watching cruise. See more exotic wildlife at
our “Zoo with a View,” the Santa Barbara Zoo, is home to more than 500
animals. Come and observe how the zoo participates in many conservation
projects, including the California Condor Recovery Program.
Eco‐Friendly Santa Barbara
Head to the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara—State Street. You could
spend all day here exploring the galleries and museums, shops, cafes,
spas and historic and architectural landmarks. Get a taste of local
color and meet the local growers at the Farmers' Market Tuesday
afternoons and evenings (500 and 600 blocks of State St.) or Saturday
mornings from 8:30am- 12:30pm (Santa Barbara St. at Cota St.).
Art, Architecture & Design Tour
towards the hills for stops at landmark attractions—Mission Santa
Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Santa Barbara
Botanic Garden. Santa Barbara's signature Spanish-Colonial architectural style may be
world renowned, but in recent years Santa Barbara has established a
reputation as a leader in the green building movement. Learn about green
building and design practices or check out nature-inspired artworks.
You can also make your own “green” art out of recycled materials and
explore outdoor art in public spaces. Take a tour of Santa Barbara
County's public art. www.sbartscommission.org
View environmental art exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Museum of
Natural History, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Dan Merkel Gallery, and
Brooks Institute of Photography's Cota Street Gallery. Check the
Community Environmental Council's website for information on current
photography exhibitions. www.cecsb.org
Make your own creation from recycled materials at Art from Scrap and
check out their latest art exhibition. Visit Living Green Gallery, a
showroom for artistic design and innovative sustainable products. Shop
their substantial selection of “green” building materials, cleaning
products, home furnishings and more.
Central Coast Tourism Council www.tourthecentralcoast.com
Food and wine fans and aspiring bon vivants, this one's for you! Learn
how to eat like a “locavore” while tasting your way through our
bountiful region. Visit one of the countyʼs seven daily Farmersʼ Markets
for a quintessential Santa Barbara experience. www.sbfarmersmarket.org
Sample fresh organic fruit, meet the growers, rub elbows with locals and
chefs, listen to live music and buy Santa Barbara lavender, oils,
olives and honey to take home with you. Guided tours available by
appointment via Market Forays. www.marketforays.com
Go on a Fish Walk at the harbor to learn about our sustainable fishing
industry and regional specialties. Don't miss the Fishermanʼs Market,
where you can buy fresh catch right off the boat, bright and early every
Saturday morning, or pop your head into the Fish Market (open daily) to
pick up fresh catch to grill at Leadbetter Beach.
Visit Southern Californiaʼs oldest organic farm, Fairview Gardens Farm,
an agricultural easement in Goleta. Take an educational tour, buy some
produce or participate in a cooking class. www.fairviewgardens.org