5 Best LA Wine-Tasting Tours

Southern California is home to some of the world’s most scenic wine country. Having offered wine-tasting tours throughout the region for over twenty years, we know the ins and outs of about every SoCal vineyard. From the tasting rooms in the city to the green rolling vineyards of the countryside — these are our top picks for best wine-tasting adventures in Southern California!



5. Los Angeles wine tours

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Airport sedan at Downtown’s San Antonio Winery

Although not home to any vineyards per say, tasting rooms are endless in the City of Angels. Maybe the most popular tours for our airport sedan and LA limousine services include the wineries of Downtown LA, including the San Antonio Winery, the oldest still producing winery in the city. San Antonio also offers daily behind-the-scenes tours of its winery, and is also one of few wineries to offer food. Many smaller independent wineries are found throughout the Greater LA Area, including St. James Spirits in Irwindale, Rancho De Philo Winery in Alta Loma, Galleano Winery in Mira Loma and Joseph Filippi Winery in Rancho Cucamonga. Orange County is home to numerous great tasting-rooms and wineries popular for limousine and party bus riders, including Anaheim’s O.C. Custom Wine, Sierra Madre Vineyard in Placentia, Stewarts Vineyards in Yorba Linda and the Departure Wine Company in Orange. Several of these wineries are only open for scheduled appointments, make sure to research opening times or contact our limo services to set up your wine tour itinerary.



Prefer party bus brewery-hopping with beer-tastings?



4. Santa Barbara wine tours

limo-in-santa-barbara-limousineYou don’t have to venture out in the backcountry to experience great tastings. There are numerous great tasting-rooms located within the city of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara wine tours to the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf have become increasingly popular and offers gorgeous 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. One of the unique qualities of wine-tasting tours in Santa Barbara is the close proximity between the various tasting-rooms. A short walk separates over ten wineries in the city, including tasting-rooms such as the Corks n’ Crowns Tasting Room, Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room, Kalyra by the Sea, Lafond Winery and Fox Wine Co. A great tour worth researching is the Sustainable Vine Wine Tours with behind-the-scene experiences at various wineries, including Ampelos Cellars, Demetria- and Alma Rosa Wineries. The Santa Barbara Winery is a must, which is the oldest winery in the county. A great start to a wine-tasting experience on the American Riviera is to watch the movie Sideways (2004). Featuring many of the county’s most popular wineries, watching Sideways will inspire and excite all wine-lovers.

3. Malibu wine tours

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Live music at Malibu Family Wines

Maybe despite what you might think, the inland Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu is home to nearly fifty vineyards with numerous great wineries and tasting rooms. Furthermore, Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio is a tasting-room for those who prefer tastings by the sea! Located just across the PCH from Topanga Beach is where we find Rosenthal, which often offers live music, outdoor movie screenings and standup comedy shows to accompany the wine-tasting. Further inland is where we find Cornell Winery & Tasting Room, Malibu Family Wines and SIP Malibu Grapes, three additional tasting rooms located in the beautiful Malibu Canyons and hidden away from the busy freeway. While picnicking is popular for limo- and party bus customers at Malibu Family Wines, while Cornell Winery & Tasting Room is situated right next-door from the Old Place Restaurant where one can easily combine a meal to the wine tour. It’s a lot of great live entertainment at both Malibu Family Wines and Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. Make sure to check out their itineraries online to combine your wine-tasting tour with the entertainment of your choice.

2. Santa Ynez wine tours

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Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez

One of Southern California’s most scenic and picturesque vineyards can be found in the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys of Santa Barbara County. Conveniently located within a short drive from cities such as Santa Barbara and Ventura, these valleys of ever-green rolling hills and beautiful winery-mansions make for the ultimate Southern California wine-tasting adventure. Bordered by the Purisma Hills, Santa Ynez Mountains and San Rafael Mountains, the Santa Ynez Valley consists of over 40,000 acres of vineyards and is considered one of SoCal’s most unflawed and idyllic wine-growing regions in California. Some of the most popular wineries for limo services are the Sunstone Vineyards and Winery, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Firestone Vineyards, Kalyra Winery, Brander Vineyard and the Gainey Vineyard. Bridlewood makes for a quintessential tastings adventure and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards which are ideal for picnicking in the natural beauty of the valley. Both Bridlewood- and Sunstone Wineries are worth a visit solely because of its gorgeous architecture. While Bridlewood has an equestrian architecture, Sunstone is built after an European estate. Bring your picnic basket along and enjoy an outdoor lunch at Kalyra- or Bridlewood Winery!

1. Temecula wine tours

best-wine-tours-santa-barbaraArguably the most gorgeous vineyards in the nation can be found the famous Temecula Valley of Riverside County. Here you will find over 30,000 acres of vineyards and more than fifty wineries spread throughout the valley. With a tourism industry that accumulates over half a billion dollars per year, Temecula Valley is a tremendously popular limousine destination for both local Californians as well as tourists visiting the region. Located 85 miles south of Los Angeles, Temecula can be visited by taking a 90-minute ride south or by being combined with Palm Springs, which is relatively close by. Some of the most visited wineries by our limousine clientele include the Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyard, Mount Palomar Winery, Miramonte Winery, Leoness Cellars and Hart Family Winery. While Leoness Cellars and Mount Palomar Winery offer dining on location, the beautiful vineyards at Wilson Creek is also popular make for great picnicking. Live music and entertainment can be enjoyed at the Miramonte- and Mount Palomar Wineries. Tastings at Leoness Cellars are often served in the combination with food pairings such as cheeses and more. The beautiful palace and natural beauty surrounding the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa can make for a great getaway, complete with its own hotel, shops, restaurant, spa and more.

We serve all Southern California vineyards — from the Malibu Canyons to the Santa Ynez Mountain and down to the Temecula Valley. So for whatever kind of wine-tasting adventure you’d like to experience, contact us today at toll-free number (866) 319-LIMO to reserve your wine-tasting trip!

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5+ Best LA Theme Parks!

southern-california-2016-theme-parks-best-top-by-la-limo-services-and-lax-limousine-service-at-the-airportDid you know that LA is home to America’s fastest rollercoasters? The Greater Los Angeles Area is home to countless theme parks, carnivals and amusement parks with activities for the whole family. Whether to experience the nation’s fastest rides or the original Disney theme park, our limo services is a top notch choice for all destinations. For many tourists, booking a stretch Hummer limousine is a perfect beginning for a vacation at the Disneyland Resort. For locals, booking stretch limos for Universal Studios or Magic Mountain can make the adventure a little more exciting. Birthday parties are for good reason often celebrated at local theme parks with limousines for transportation. Why not combine a birthday party, a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, and an awesome limo excursion? We do offer a price rate guarantee, but the increasingly expensive costs of admission to the parks can be a pain. Smaller theme parks aren’t just less costly to visit, but offers generally speaking less time waiting and more time for fun. From some of the world’s largest – to some of the local hidden gems – here are our bets for the best Southern California theme parks.

Happiest Place on Earth

disneyland-limo-services-in-los-angeles-party-bus-and-limousine-rental-LACreated by Walt Disney in the mid 1950’s, the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim is the original Disney theme park and also Southern California’s most visited tourist attraction. With over 16 million visitors per year, the Disney theme park is also the sixth most visited tourist attraction in America. With millions of tourists visiting the park every year, we are offering daily LA airport transportation and limousines for clients vacationing in Southern California. Disneyland was established in 1955, while the more recent newcomer, the Disney California Adventure opened in 2001. Main Street U.S.A. is a must with its shops and cafes, while Tomorrowland is another attraction worth experiencing. Looking to spend a few days at Disneyland? Many clients order their Los Angeles party bus for their ride there, then stay for a few nights, and call us for the rides home. Some of the most popular hotels include the Disneyland Hotel on Magic Way, Disney’s Paradise Pier on Disneyland Drive, and the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel on South Disneyland Dr. With over sixteen million people visiting each year, the wait lines can be long and sometimes even intolerable. Order a fast pass ticket to reduce the time waiting in lines for each ride. Whether you are in need of sedans, limousines, party buses or LAX sedan service, American Luxury Limousine is the only Disneyland limo service offering a price match guarantee!


LA’s Entertainment Capital

entrance-to-universal-studios-hollywood-with-LA-limos-for-rent-in-los-angeles-ca-2016Maybe the most signature Southern California experience is a visit to the Universal Studios Hollywood. Besides popular rides such as Jurassic Park, Shrek, the Mummy and Simpsons, the studio tram tours are maybe the most popular ride here. On the studio tour, limousine rental clients can enjoy multiple sets from their favorite movies and television series, including sets from the airport scenes in War of the Worlds (2005), the famous Bates Motel in Psycho (1960), Whoville in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Amity Island in Jaws (1975), and the Mysteria Lane neighborhood in Desperate Housewives. Accompanied with one of our limos for rent, featured for example in the Bachelor, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Meet the Kardashians, everyone will feel like a big shot when visiting the studios! With over five million visitors per year, Universal Studios Hollywood is also the most visited tourist attraction in Los Angeles County, and one of America’s top ten most visited amusement parks! When they are done with the rides, many using our limos for rent go for a stroll along the adjacent Universal CityWalk. Here you can enjoy great restaurants, shopping, bars, and more. Most rides here are named after various best selling movies, including the Revenge of the Mummy the Ride, Terminator 2 3D, Jurassic Park the Ride, King Kong 360,  Shrek 4D, and more. People from all over Southern California use our Ventura-, LA- and Santa Barbara limo services for their transfers to and from Universal Studios. So wherever place in SoCal you are, we will be able to assist your transportation needs!

America’s Fastest Rollercoasters

lax-limo-and-la-airport-sedan-rentals-and-limos-for-rent-los-angelesWith some of the world’s fastest rollercoasters, including the Riddler’s Revenge and Tatsu, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the perfect choice for those seeking a thrill. Especially recommended for teenagers and adults alike, we get daily calls for LA limos and LAX sedan service for transportation to Magic Mountain in Valencia. The over 250-acre park has rides such as Scream, X2, Deja Vu, Goliath, Viper, Superman, and many more. Just 30 miles north of LA, we have weekly clients ordering their limousine rental from us in order to head to Magic Mountain. While X2 is a 5th dimensional rollercoaster, Viper reaches for the skies at nearly 190 feet in the air. Colossus is the fastest wooden rollercoaster in the Western U.S., while the Riddler’s Revenge is the world’s fastest standup rollercoaster. Full Throttle is the world’s fastest looping rollercoaster which goes through a 160 feet loop. Whether you’re in Santa Barbara, Ventura or LA, contact us for your LA airport transportation, city- and wine tours, birthday parties, proms, or any other event.

Best SoCal Waterparks

universal-studios-on-tour-with-american-luxury-limousine-los-angeles-california-2016With more than ten major water theme parks, the greater Los Angeles Area can be a difficult place to pick a water park to visit. With its beautiful sunny Mediterranean weather, it may be no surprise that water parks are popular destinations for our LA-, Ventura- and Santa Barbara limo services. Whether you prefer the larger parks such as Knott’s Soak City, Raging Waters Los Angeles or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, or smaller water parks with less waiting lines, Southern California has it! While Raging Waters is the largest park, occupying 45 acres, the water slides might be the best at the more famous Hurricane Harbor and Knott’s Soak City. Raging Waters is located in Boneli Regional Park, Soak City in Buena Park, and Hurricane Harbor is next door to Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Several of the smaller parks, such as Great Wolf Lodge by Anaheim, offers cheap pricing and less waiting. For example could a daily entrance ticket to the Great Wolf Lodge be found for $15, while adults are $7 at the Seaside Lagoon Redondo Beach! Other great water parks worth checking out include The Cove Water Park in Redondo, Los Angeles’ Stoner Park Splash Park, Sigler Park Splash Pad in Westminister, and the Buccaneer Bay Splash Water Park in La Mirada. While Malibu may not have a lot of theme parks, combining a day at the beach with a visit to the Malibu Wine Safaris on a Malibu wine tour might be just as fun!

Cheaper & Less Crowded

With so many great large and famous LA amusement parks, it is easy to mistakingly believe theme park admissions have to cost a fortune. But there are also several minor amusement parks throughout SoCal, where our Los Angeles party bus clients have told us the waiting lines are shorter and the price is cheaper at for instance Knott’s Berry Farm. You can expect half the prices and half the wait lines at Knott’s. Tickets here are $56.99 and with over 160 attractions, you will unlikely go through them all. Ghost Town and its Ghost Rider is a must. So is panning for gold here. Looking for a thrilling rollercoaster? You’ll find them too here. Check for instance out the Jaguar or Montezooma Revenge with its 75 foot loop. Other great rides worth checking out are the Xcelerator, the Boomerang, the Pony Express, Riptide, and many more. Cool off in the even more affordable next door water park, Knott’s Soak City, where the entrance is $21.99 for children. Enjoying a day at the beach? Head by the Pacific Park for the original pier theme park experience if you’re by Santa Monica, or head to on a safari and Malibu wine tour if you’re by Malibu! Exploring the Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island? Visiting the Balboa Fun Zone is a must for anyone in Newport Beach.

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Where To Look For Animals In Santa Barbara County: Wildlife Viewing Guide


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Feeding the ostriches at Ostrichland USA in Buellton can be a lot of fun!

With nearly 3,800 square miles of scenic beauty, Santa Barbara County is home an to abundance of wilderness areas and blooming wildlife. From feeding ostriches at an ostrich farm in Buellton, photographing the Santa Barbara Channel’s dancing dolphins – to enjoying the nice mix of wine tasting and observing wild animals. We’ve got you covered for the best Santa Barbara wildlife tour! With the growing interest amongst clientele requesting limos for places such as the Malibu Wine Safari and the Santa Barbara Zoo, we have made our suggestions for some of the best and most popular destinations exclusively for all you animal lovers out there! Being maybe the most biodiverse county in the state, you can find an array of habitats for various species of wildlife.

 

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A giraffe at the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo

First and foremost, no article about “viewing wildlife in Santa Barbara” is complete without a paragraph dedicated to the local city zoo. As we even get LAX sedan calls for clients wanting to head all the way to this particular zoo, it is certainly a must to go by for anyone visiting the American Riviera. Especially fun for the children, this zoo situated in thirty acres of lush gorgeous scenery, also known as the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Here you can come by for a day, or check out the family safaris where you can actually camp amongst the park’s lions and zebras! Feeding the giraffes is another favorite for many kids at the zoo. With over 600 animals and nearly 150 unique species, there are everything from Amazon boas, Chinese alligators, Asian elephants, African gorillas, penguins, snow leopards, and more. There are also domestic species such as California condors, American alligators, scorpions, black widows, California tree frogs, opossums, meerkats, and otters amongst others. Many limousine rentals clients love the California Trail show featuring the critically endangered California Vulture, one of the nation’s most seldom encountered animals. Follow up with a dinner at the Ridley Tree House Restaurant or the Wave for some amazing burritos and tacos.

 

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The Channel Island Fox is an endemic species to Santa Cruz Island and the Channel Islands National Park

Prefer seeing animals in their natural habitats? Fear not! Four of the eight California Channel Islands are also parts of the county, featuring maybe the state’s most beautiful natural settings at islands such as Santa Rosa- and Santa Cruz Islands. Contact Island Packers for your trip to the Channel Islands National Park in order to visit the islands. Here you can enjoy some of the whitest sandy beaches all for yourself at Santa Rosa Island, camp in the outback or venture on a hike for the best chance of discovering the many species uniquely endemic to the islands – animals found nowhere else on Earth. We recently transported people from Santa Ynez wine tours directly to the Island Packer Cruises for their short trip across the channel in order to visit Anacapa Island. Not only did they go here for the island’s natural beauty, but also to observe the many birds such as the Western Gull, Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Cormorant, and many more. They were also looking forward to seeing sea lions sunbathing and was hoping the experience the wave of Gray Whales when crossing the channel. Whales, sea lions, brown pelicans, seals, dolphins and even sharks are some of the animals our Santa Barbara limo customers experience on crossings of the S.B. Channel. If the California Channel Islands isn’t your first choice, check out the sunset dining cruises with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center!

 

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A whale-watching cruise in the Santa Barbara Channel can be rewarding!

How about actually feeding ostriches at an ostrich farm? Near Buellton is where we find OstrichLand U.S.A. where kids of all ages will love their chance of feeding these rather huge birds. Prefer sea-life over avifauna? Why not go on a whale watching cruise? The Condor Express will take you on an adventure you’re unlikely to forget. The two-deck cruise venture out on the ocean for a couple of hours, offering great chances of experiencing the idyllic California Grey Whale migrations. Other species you’re likely to encounter include numerous species of seals (e.g. Guadalupe Fur Seal, Northern Elephant Seal, Northern Fur Seal, Harbor Seal), sea lions (California Sea Lion, Northern Sea Lion), dolphins (Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, Short-Beaked Common Dolphin, and then other species), and whales such as the Killer Whale and Gray Whale, and sharks such as the Tiger- and Great White Shark. Limos for rent clientele going on Santa Barbara whale cruises have told us about the Island Scrub Jay, a bird species only found on and around Santa Cruz Island: California’s largest island and located in S.B. County. And if you venture across the channel to the national park, remember to go on a look for the native endemic Channel Island Fox – yet another animal found nowhere else on Earth. Perhaps not as exciting, the Island Fence Lizard is also an endemic animal on these windswept Pacific islands.

 

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Prefer something closer to LA? How about a Malibu wine tour safari!?

Santa Barbara limo services so often transport people these days for the butterfly sanctuaries and exhibits at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Here you can enjoy walking amongst free flying colorful butterflies in a beautiful botanical garden. While over thirty species of butterflies can be seen here, an even more popular pick is Pismo State Beach, which has America’s largest number of Monarch butterflies. From November through the month of March, visitors to this beach can enjoy views of as many as 200,000 rather huge Monarch butterflies, filling the trees and making an unbeatable experience. Pismo State Beach also is one of the state’s largest sand dunes, and is a protected area partly due to its abundance of wildlife. We have had LAX sedan callers heading here and telling us about the awesome beavers in Meadow Creek as well as larger numbers of bobcats than most places in California. With over fifty species over birds present year-long, start your adventure here by heading to the Pismo Beach Nature Center at the Oceano Campground. Here limousine rentals clientele can enjoy an outstanding exhibit of park butterfly-, animal-, bird- and fish species.

 

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Many vineyards are often visited by deer and other animals

But why head to San Luis Obispo County for sand dunes, when Santa Barbara County has California’s largest sand dunes at Nipomo Dunes Preserve in Guadalupe? And while Pismo Beach brags 50 species of birds, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 200 bird species! Being a safe-place for endangered animals such as the Snowy Plover, California Red-Legged Frog and the California Tiger Salamander, spotting rare animals here are not rare. The more than 2,500-acre nature preserve is also home to Mountain lions, Bobcats, Foxes, Mule Deer, Eagles, Brown Pelicans, Black-Tailed Deer, and numerous other species of animals. Come here in March for a landscape covered with flowers of all colors. Some winters the beach draws half a million (!) Sooty Sherwaters, which can be quite the view.

Yet another local option is the beautiful Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in the Santa Ynez Valley, a popular destination for through-traveling wine-sippers on various Santa Ynez wine tours. Here you can enjoy the two hour wildlife cruise of the lake, offered by the Santa Barbara County Parks. The Neal Taylor Nature Center here is free of charge and offers exhibits on local fauna, flora, history and more. Having one of California’s largest habitats for Bald Eagles, Lake Cachuma is a great spot for seeing a Bald Eagle in its right element. With over 5 miles of trails, venturing by foot will give you a great chance of seeing one of the area’s many mammals, including bobcats, cougars, foxes, rabbits, deer, and many more. Lovers of reptiles and amphibians will find tours of the lake particularly enjoyable. Limos for rent can be for any occasion. Why not go on a stylish and memorable limousine wildlife tour?

Limo service at Santa Barbara Zoo

Bachelorette parties can be so fun!

bachelorette-party-with-a-limousine-santa-barbara-limo-service-june-2016Tired of the usual outings? How about the unusual? Check out the Grapeseed Company, where you can make a custom scent. They sell oils, soaps, lotions, and such. Be sure to pre-book for your private party. The Painted Cabernet has has great reviews and can be very fun to do with friends. Here you can paint your own master piece of art! If you want to be even more different, head over to the Santa Barbara Zoo and compare yourself to real party animals! That is definitely unusual and untraditional for your bachelor- or bachelorette party.

Want a unique dinner? Reserve a fire-pit table at Cafe Zaytoon. It’s a really cool atmosphere… there is belly dancing on weekend nights and great Mediterranean food. Another spot for dinner with high ratings for atmosphere and great cocktails is the Blush Restaurant & Lounge. The location brags that it IS the top bachelorette party location for Santa Barbara limousine customers. Our exclusive wine tours to the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys are also a pick where you cannot go wrong.

There is always the strong cocktails and fun crowd at Joe’s Cafe.

limos-in-Santa-Barbara-limousine-and-LAX-sedanSome fun beach restaurants for daytime food and drinks:

  • Shoreline Beach Cafe at Leadbetter Beach
  • East Beach Grill at East Beach
  • Brophy Brothers at the Harbor
  • Beachside Bar Cafe at Goleta Beach
  • Brophy Brothers

Like kayaking? If you take off from the Santa Barbara Harbor, there will be no need to fight the swells like at the beach. You can cruise through the harbor, check out all the yachts, get some exercise, and check out the sea life. You should  definitely visit the SB Sailing Center. Many of our wine tours clients love the local wine-tasting venues along the coastal American Rivera, including the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf. Here you can sip wines while enjoying an unmatched view of the ocean. Others prefer the romantic sunset cruises, where you can enjoy champagne and a dinner on the sea. Many people fall in love with the Channel Islands National Park when they visit the incredible islands just miles of our coast. We’ve even had LAX sedan customers flying in from abroad to head straight to these islands for camping, hiking, kayaking, and other recreational activities.

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How about a sunset dining cruise?

Don’t like the water? Consider taking a nice hike. For out-of-towners, we would suggest Inspiration Point. It is a pretty easy to find with a well marked trail. It’s a popular trail and there will be others in case you get a bit lost. On the trail you cross a small creek, see a huge variety of plant life and end with a great view of the city. Also worth checking out for locals and visitors alike is the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park, a cave with Native-American pictograms dating back thousands of years.

If you’re anti-sweat, just call us to book any Santa Barbara limousine and we can take you and your party to shop. State Street is the city’s main street and also a great spot which can keep you busy most of the day. You can cool down with some ice cream at McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams. Many of our client’s favorite is the peppermint stick, but many others swear the island coconut flavor is best! State Street is home to a huge numbers of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. Maybe the most popular destination on State Street is the SB Bowl. Check their itineraries for upcoming shows, and make sure to reserve ahead of time to enjoy a dinner along with your show.

If you go to the Public Market, we HIGHLY recommend trying a cupcake at Enjoy Cupcakes. Trust us!

Don’t forget to use our LAX sedan, SUV-, bus- or limo service to retrieve your out-of-town guests from the airport! Great way to welcome them and start the experience off right. Whether your visitors fly in from the local airport, Burbank, L.A.X. or any other Southern California airport, you can trust our services to be timely and professional.

Experience Santa Barbara: The Ultimate California Beach City

winetasting-santa-ynez-wine-toursThe American Riviera isn’t just gorgeous landscapes with mountains and beaches, and sun year-long with ideal temperatures. It is home to the relaxed laid-back California lifestyle. The city knows how to impress: you can experience the great surf, go on city- or wine tours, see the town’s Spanish architecture with red roofs, or learn more about the city’s interesting history. For shopping at dining, the main street called State Street is a must. The locals love their city – and with good reason! Santa Barbara can be summarized in two words: seriously beautiful. If you’re a future photographer you should make sure to bring along the camera with an extra memory card and fully charged batteries – there’s a lot of beautiful photos to be taken here. The city is Spanish inspired with a unique vibe. You can also experience the gorgeous coastal views, a perfect place to shoot Instagram- or Snapchat photos!

Do as the locals: locals often take the tour to a local frozen yoghurt shop on a sunny day. Try out McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Yogurt, or Yogurtland not far from West Beach. It’s delicious! Furthermore, it is one of the greatest places in the country for wine-tastings: get on Santa Maria- or Santa Ynez wine tours to see the beautiful vineyards, valleys and picturesque landscape. Cheers!! Many Americans come here to escape the noise and stress of city life in places such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Stress is non-existent in the city and the laid-back lifestyle has reached new heights: time goes by slow here and you’ll be able to enjoy and treasure each and every minute. This is the perfect spot for some evening practice with the surf board. While experienced surfers often head to North County’s Jamala State Beach, newbies should start out in Southern County by heading to Stu Peak or Campus Point. But don’t let the ocean occupy you for too long, the mountains in the Los Padres National Forest behind town deserves a visit.

limousine-santa-barbara-limo-serviceFor the truly outdoorsy types, venture across the channel to make a stop at the California Channel Islands and the Channel Islands National Park. Did you for instance know an island close to town has the largest sea- and sea-lion populations in North America? Many come with the hope to catch a glimpse of the migrating whales, the magnificent bald eagles or the endemic Channel Islands Fox, one of many species only found on the islands. To see various species of seals, you can venture to Point Bennett or San Miquel Island for a guaranteed chance of spotting several ones. Furthermore, Santa Barbara limo riders will enjoy that more than 30 species of whales and dolphins travel through the city’s channel. Go on a whale excursion for the best chance of spotting dancing dolphins and gigantic whales.

Just as San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge and San Diego has its fish tacos, the American Riviera has it’s own icon – the Old Mission. It might not be as big or visited as the Golden Gate, but this mission from the 1780’s is a signature Southern California landmark and ridiculously beautiful! The three-lined State Street is located in the heart of the historic Downtown and is home to the city’s best eateries and shopping. When the evening arrives, make sure to stroll by Stearns Wharf by the harbor for some great dining of all types. An alternative to Santa Ynez wine tours is sipping wine at the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf while overlooking the vast ocean. You could end the day by taking a limousine service to a traditional Californian meal – we would recommend the city’s great authentic Mexican cuisine as well.

Few miles south of SB is the celebrity community of Montecito, home to an array of fashionable mansions and estates. For the ideal beach community and maybe a dinner by the sea, make sure to stop by Summerland nearby. A little bit up north is where we find the Danish community of Solvang, packed with Scandinavian architecture, eateries, bakeries, and more. Booking a limo or party bus for the Santa Barbara Bowl is hugely popular for live musical performances, concerts and entertainment. Those traveling with children will definitely enjoy a good time at the Santa Barbara Zoo, compact with hundreds of animals to see and hear. Those with a passion for history will love the Chumash Painted Cave nearby town, a historic cave with thousand year old pictographs from civilizations long gone.

limos-in-santa-barbara-party-bus-rentalThe American Riviera is known for its beautiful resorts, larger mansions and trendy shops, but the area is also home to many museums, galleries and festivals. Those interested in unique history and architecture will also like the Rafael Gonzalez House and the S.B. County Court House. A visit to the historic Spanish fortress at the Presidio is another must for those with a heart for history. Santa Barbara limo renters who appreciate fine arts will enjoy a day at the Museum of Art with its extensive European-, American- and Asian art collections. If newer art is appealing, check out the Contemporary Arts Forum for a gallery operated by artists and dedicated to quality art from the local area.

When strolling along the beach promenade you can easily head up State Street for world class shopping with everything from unique neighborhood shops to the more famous retailers. A true paradise for any shopper. There are affordable electric buses running up and down State Street and along the promenade which makes shopping and navigating easy. The city is recognized as one of America’s most exclusive cities and is a tourist destination throughout the year. Its mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful Spanish architecture and white sandy beaches make the American Riviera an ideal destination for many tourists renting an airport shuttle, wine tour or city transportation. With its relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, the town of barely 100,000 is smaller than most and can be easily maneuvered on foot. You can also reach the city by bus, train, limousine service, plane to the local airport or taxi service.

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After the enormous earth quake in 1925, the city was badly damaged and had to be rebuilt. Restrictions led to houses only being lawfully allowed white painting and red roofs. This has given the city its exceptional Spanish colonial style. In the 1980’s and 1990’s party bus clients recently told us they watched the tv-series Santa Barbara where they fell in love with the city. The series lasted for over nine years and the storyline surrounded the glamorous life of the wealthy Capwell family and their rivals Lockridge. Whether you’re searching for a tour of the wine country, a ride to State Street or an airport shuttle, rest assure that we can assist you with all your transportation needs and preferences.

SoCal’s Pre-Colonial People

historic-sight-seeing-tours-chumashSouthern California has been inhabited for many thousands years. Let’s explore some of our Native-American historic places! A region we serve on a daily basis as the largest transportation provider – Santa Barbara-, Ventura, & San Luis Obispo Counties – were all making up the areas of SoCal where the Chumash people inhabited. In this article, we will explore some of the historic and educational places where you can see, learn, and experience the Chumash culture and history. From reconstructed villages to thousand year old petroglyphs, there are tons of spots throughout the area where you can experience our counties’ native history and indigenous people. Did you know the Chumash could be the first builders of canoes in North America? Or that the Chumash traded with neighbors such as the Tongva people? And did you know that there are numerous caves you may visit to see pictographs dating back thousands of years? Or that the city name of Malibu comes from a Chumash word? Let’s explore some of SoCal’s great Native-American, pre-colonial history!

 

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The Chumash Painted Cave is a popular and educational getaway

Just 11 miles from the American Riviera we transferred customers on one of our sight seeing tours to the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park. Foreign tourists wanting to see the thousand-year-old pictographs made by the city’s indigenous population. What makes these paintings unique is the fact that you can see them close up, only separated a few inches by a fence. This is unlike many other “pre-historic” Chumash paintings in the region, e.g. Burro Flats Painted Cave in Simi Valley or other cities such as Newbury Park and Camarillo. On the National Register of Historic Places, Santa Barbara’s Painted Cave is one of the most convenient and easy places to witness California’s ancient history. The rock paintings here are one in a kind, and it is interesting to see Santa Barbara wine tour clients trying to interpret the different paintings. But we did the research! Look for instance for the sign for the sun: red with a ring around it. You can also see signs for all kinds of other things, including men, women, fertility (a line with another line going through it), water (zic zac line), and water (several vertical lines leading to a horizontal line.) Chumash pictographs can also be seen at Painted Rock on the Carrizo Plain of San Luis Obispo County.

 

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Venture out to the Channel Islands to learn more about the Chumash way of life!

Another possible destination for people interested in Chumash history is the California Channel Islands. Maybe easiest visited on a ferry trip with the Island Packers, the Channel Islands National Park is home to an abundance of native history. There were more than 1,200 Chumash islanders living on the islands, which also was home to ten villages. You’d be surprised, but more than 300,000 Chumash artifacts have been discovered on these islands! Our local clients and foreigners flying in and using our LAX airport limos have all told us about how these islands show how California once looked. Although largely undeveloped, the islands are popular for many recreational activities. Many like to go on hikes photographing the native landscape and looking for some of the endemic wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Others visit “North America’s Galapagos” to camp overnight, while some visit to go scuba-diving or kayaking. Some simply bring a book and visit the islands to spend the day alone on one of the many beaches. Areas of Native-American history here include petroglyphs in Olsen’s Cave on Santa Cruz Island, or Jones Cave on Santa Rosa Island. Santa Rosa, once called Wi’ma by the islanders, was populated for over 13,000 years!

 

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The Painted Rock in San Luis Obispo has hundreds of ancient pictographs!

To explore some of the different unique artifacts that have been discovered, there are many choices you have. Some Santa Barbara limo clients head to the Mission, Natural History Museum, or the Historical Society. For clients further north, check out San Luis Obispo’s Hollister Adobe Museum, the Historical Museum, or the Mission San Luis Obispo Museum. In Ventura, the most popular places of Chumash significance include the Albinger Archeological Museum, the Ventura County Museum of History and Art, or the San Buena Ventura Mission Museum. If you’re by Ojai, check out the Ojai Valley Museum, or in Santa Maria see the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum. The Santa Ines Mission is your best bet in Solvang, Carpinteria has the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and Historical Society, while Lompoc is home to the La Purisima Mission State Historical Park and the Lompoc Museum. In LA County? Check out the Chumash Discovery Village in Malibu or the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Mostly interested in historical displays? Check out the Presidio. Most interested in seeing how they live? On the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks and at the Chumash Discovery Village in Malibu there are reconstructed Chumash villages. The re-constructed village tours are popular for people on sight seeing tours, families on an educational outing with or without kids, and even for classes of school children in a party bus or two.

 

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The Chumash often ventured over the Channel to visit the islanders on the Channel Islands

Did you know that several cities throughout the region have names derived from the Chumash language? We recently learned this from curious tourists ordering an airport sedan to head straight to the reconstructed village in Thousand Oaks. Did you for instance know the city name Point Mugu derived from the Chumash name Muwu? Or Port Hueneme from Weneme? Malibu was once Humaliwo, Lompoc was Lompo, and Simi Valley was Shimiyi, which eventually became Simi. The Chumash traded with various groups in the area, including the Tongva Indians of today’s Los Angeles County. While the northern Channel Islands were inhabited by Chumash Islanders, the southern islands (San Nicolas-, San Clemente-, San Clemente Islands) were all populated by the neighboring Tongva people. There are evidence that suggests these groups not only interacted on each other’s territories, but they also sailed with canoes to visit and do trade with other indigenous peoples. Experts riding with our limousine service have explained that they traded with the Yokuts people in the north to get tobacco and obsidian, while traded with the inland Mojave people to get items more abundant in the desert regions of the Mojave Indians.

 

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Check out the replica of an ancient Chumash village at the Thousand Oaks Chumash Museum!

So how many Chumash were there? Anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber estimated a Chumash population of 10,000 as of 1770, while Alan K. Brown believed it to have been 15,000 in the 1770’s. Sherburne F. Cook estimated a total population of between 8,000 and 20,000 when the Europeans first came to California. What we do know however is that the native population sank drastically when discovered by European settlers. By the year 1900, only 200 Chumash Indians were left. By the U.S. Census of 2000, the Chumash population had increased though to a total number of 4,032 individuals. Having inhabited Southern California for over 12,000 years, the Chumash is definitely a group worth knowing more about, and in that way, also learning more about our state’s great history! Whether you are searching for a Santa Barbara wine tour, transportation for your prom or wedding day, or to learn more about the state’s unique history at the many historic venues and museums, call us for more information on our luxury transportation services. Our fleet is the largest in the region, containing party buses, stretch limos, sedans, SUV’s, and other specialty vehicles for any group.

Looking for an LA- or Santa Barbara limo to Las Vegas? We can help you! Recently we had clients on this long trip as well wanting to take a break in Sloan, Nevada. This little hidden away small-town may didn’t seem like much, but our clients decided to stop here to visit the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area after having researched it online. And boy were we wrong! Sloan was home to hundreds of several thousands of years old rock paintings! Looking for LAX airport limos? A party bus for a night on town with friends? Or maybe just a chauffeured vehicle for a special night on town with your love(d) one(s). Contact your local SoCal transportation company today!

5 Best Tips For an Unforgettable Day in SoCal

With thousands of Californians and visitors annually booking our transportation services, we’ve gotten to know the SoCal region pretty well. From hot air balloon rides, sunset cruise dining on the ocean, camping on an island for yourself – here are some of the coolest things our clientele has done in the Southern California region! With nearly 300 days of sunshine yearly, hundreds of miles of sandy beaches and a never-sleeping metropolis, SoCal definitely is the spot that has it all.

Never-ending nightlife

Blackhawk-Ventura-party-bus-HollywoodAre you looking for that never-ending nightlife LA is so known for? We know all the places! Some of the most popular night clubs include Avalon Hollywood, the Sound Nightclub, Exchange LA, the Conga Room at L.A. Live, and The Edison. These places are extremely popular and often crowded, but offer an amazing opportunity to party and dance the night away. Many clients mistakingly think the nightlife of SoCal has to end early. Now that is wrong. While it is true that many Los Angeles nightclubs close by 2-, 3- or 4 am, LA is also home to many that stay open as long as you’re up. While Exchange LA has open till 6 am on Saturdays, Los Globos is open until 6 am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Maybe the most visited late night club in the Greater L.A. Area, the Avalon Club on Vine Street, is open until 5 am on Fridays and 8 am on Saturdays. With 24/7 hour services, you never have to stop the party with an LA- or Ventura party bus either. For other places open as late as you need, check out the opening times of the bars of Hollywood and Downtown, or contact us for any questions you may have about LA nightlife or inquiries for L.A. limousines or LAX airport sedan offers. Our fleet includes everything from party buses, SUV’s, stretch limos and town cars. See also our own Santa Barbara Nightlife Guide.

Amazing shopping opportunities

limousine-Santa-Monica-limo-service-in-LASanta Monica’s Third Street Promenade might the most popular shopping district in Southern California. There are of course other places, such as various malls and outlets, including the Camarillo Outlets and many others, but the Third Street Promenade and its Santa Monica Place mall seem to be the two most popular shopping places for our customers. Preferred for its broad pedestrian-only streets, there is no need to bring your car to the Third Street Promenade. Located close to the Santa Monica Pier and Beach, combining a day at the beach with some shopping is a great way of spending the most out of your time. Obviously most chosen by our Santa Barbara limo customers is the city’s main street, State Street. For souvenirs and unique Southern California items, check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the Venice Boardwalk! Some other hugely popular places of shopping includes the many larger malls of the L.A. region. Some of these include Hollywood & Highland Center on Hollywood Boulevard, the Grove, the Beverly Center, the Americana at Brand, the Glendale Galleria, and the Westfield Pavailion. For Ventura limousine and Ventura party bus clients, the Pacific View Mall is popular, along with the Camarillo Outlets as well as the Oaks in Thousand Oaks. Whatever your location in SoCal, contact Blackhawk to hear about our recommendations for great shopping in your respective place!

Gorgeous coastline

 

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Manhattan-, Hermosa-, and Redondo Beaches are among the best in L.A. County

The area is home to many miles of sandy Pacific beaches, with many places worth checking out. We often recommend Santa Barbara limo clients to first make a visit to East Beach by Stearns Wharf, the main city beach on the American Riviera. For LA customers, we would recommend Santa Monica, and also nearby Venice. For dining on the beach itself, check out Duke’s or Shutter’s on the Beach for some great on-the-beach dining. What about a dinner at sea? Many people take their dates on sunset cruise dinners at the ocean, offered by the S.B. Sailing Center and often serviced by our limos in Santa Barbara. Another tip for an amazing dinner could be flying from the Camarillo Airport to Santa Cruz Island for a dinner and night in Avalon. For the most scenic beaches of Southern California, head down to Orange County to visit Manhattan-, Laguna-, or Newport Beaches. It is also in Orange County we find 1,000 Steps Beach, often rated one of the most picturesque beaches in California. Often serviced on our L.A.- and Malibu wine tours are trips to the various tasting-rooms overlooking the Pacific, including the Deep Sea Tasting Room as well as Rosenthal. For those that truly love the ocean, venture out to the Channel Islands National Park! Here you can camp for the night, hike in beautiful surroundings, and maybe even see an endemic Channel Islands Fox! Many species are native to the islands and found nowhere else on Earth. Explore the Channel Islands to experience how SoCal really was, – and how the Chumash Indian people lived for thousands of years before the Europeans “discovered” the Americas!

Hot air balloon rides

limousines-in-Santa-Barbara-limosWhat could possibly beat a hot air balloon ride over the American Riviera? Not much! Contact Sky’s The Limit for your balloon ride over the vineyards! There are hot air balloon companies throughout Southern California for an option closer to you. Check for example out Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Newbury Park, Limoneira in Santa Paula, or Temecula Valley’s A Great Escape Balloon Adventure. For an alternative romantic getaway in the skies, research the many cool helicopter- and small plane excursions! For helicopter sightseeing over Solvang, check out Helinet Aviation Services. For day trips to Santa Rosa Island, contact the Channel Islands Aviation for your flight out of the Camarillo Airport. Blue Edge Parasailing on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara is another great alternative. Many clients also fly out to Santa Catalina Island’s Airport-in-the-Sky for a nice evening and dinner in Avalon on the “Island of Romance.” For awesome private sailplane rides over the wine country of Santa Ynez, check out Windhaven Glider Rides. Four other companies offering tours include Heli-Tours, Channel Islands Adventure, Santa Barbara Aviation, SEA Santa Barbara, as well as Seventh Heaven. Seeing the vineyards from above will give new insight to Santa Ynez- and Malibu wine tours, and a great compliment to some great-tasting wines.

World-class entertainment

limousine-Santa-Barbara-limo-service-top-ratedBored? Remember that L.A. is the world’s entertainment’s capital. If you just look, you are guaranteed to find an activity that fits your interest. Check out the local itineraries and discover concerts and performances by some of your favorite artists and celebrities! And what’s cooler and more authentic Hollywood than to show up in style with the help of a limousine service? Whether you’re heading to L.A. LIVE, the S.B. Bowl, Hollywood Bowl or any other entertainment venue in SoCal, we will be able to accommodate your needs for transportation. Many order limousines to go to the various TV-productions in town, e.g. participating in the audience for shows such as Dr. Phil or the Ellen Show. Check out Studio City, Burbank and the Hollywood area for cool places with many studios. While you’ll be able to see the actual sets for movies such as Batman, Friends and the Gilmore Girls at the Warner Bros Studios, you’ll see the sets for films such as Psycho and Jaws at the Universal Studios.

Whether you are flying in and in need of an LAX airport sedan, or you need a bus for a night on town, wedding, bachelor party, or tour of the wine country, Blackhawk will be able to accommodate your needs for luxurious transportation in SoCal. We have offered services in the region for over twenty years and have become one of the largest, top rated, and trusted names in the LA transportation industry. We hold open 24/7 hours per day, and 365 days per year. Give us a call to arrange your unforgettable day in SoCal!

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5 Most Visited Landmarks in Santa Barbara, CA

winetasting-Santa-Ynez-wine-tourThe American Riviera is one of the most visited areas in Southern California. Partially because of its scenic beauty, but also because of its many famous landmarks and attractions. With its nearly ten million visitors per year, tourism gives annually more than a billion dollars in revenue for the city. Home to the most gorgeous vineyards, picturesque beaches, great shopping and fantastic dining, it is no wonder why it has become such as beloved area for many in SoCal. Stroll along the main street, State Street, for great shopping, followed by a trip to some of the region’s most lavish vineyards. With more than 300 days of sun and tons of activities, SB is the ultimate getaway destination for locals and visitors alike. Having served the Riviera of the West for more than twenty years with luxury transportation, we transfer clients daily to the many landmarks and attractions found in the county. Here are the most visited by out-of-towners using our LAX limousine services or locally in the area.

5. Great Museums

Home to Southern California’s largest per capita number of galleries and museums, getting cultured is easy on the American Riviera. In fact, we have often clients booking an airport sedan to head straight to the great gallery openings and similar. Among the most popular are the S.B. Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art, Presidio, as well as the Art, Design & Architecture Museum. Popular galleries include Atkinson Art Gallery Gallery 113, UCSB’s Women’s Center Art Gallery, Peregrine Galleries, Wall-Space Gallery, Sullivan Goss Gallery as well as the Easton Gallery. At the Museum of Natural History visitors can learn about the native Chumash people, and many come to the Ty Warner Sea Center to learn more about the underwater life of the Santa Barbara Channel. The Museum of Art might be most famous for its ancient sculptures as well as American-, Latin-, and Asian arts. Clients love the surf history at the Maritime Museum, and the 90-minute Land and Sea Tours are popular for families giving you the chance of observing whales, sharks, sea lions, eagles, and more. To learn more about the city’s distinct history, check out the Historical Museum to see exhibits of everything from the city’s long gone past, including furniture, clothing, and more. For a great introduction in city history and architecture, check out the Red Tile Walking Tour! Many history lovers visit the El Presidio, founded in 1782, and the El Paseo & Casa De La Guerra, which was established between 1819-1826. Make sure to stay up to date to attend the monthly festivals and parades. For instance, some of the highlights during the winter includes the Parade of Lights, Festival of Art, the Avocado Festival, the International Film Festival and the International Orchid Show. For summer-time, check out April’s El Presidio Days, the Harbor Festival, Summer Solstice Celebration, Jazz Festival, French Festival, as well as the Old Spanish Days.

4. Stearns Wharf & Beaches

Santa-Barbara-party-bus-and-limosStearns Wharf might be the city’s most iconic landmark. Along with the beaches and waterfront, the pier has long been one of the most popular SB limo service destinations for us. Stearns Wharf is located at the end of State Street along he seaside, and dates back to 1872. The wharf is home to various stores, restaurants, and even a winetasting venue that so many of our Santa Barbara wine tours clients love. The nearby beaches such as East Beach are popular hangout spots for sunbathing, beach volleyball, swimming, and similar beaching activities. Stretching for 2,250 feet out in the ocean, Stearns Wharf is one of the longest deep-water bridges in the State of California. It is home to various shops, restaurants, and even a museum with its own shark pool and much more. A beloved activity for families is a visit to the Warner Sea Center, run by the Museum of Natural History, while many dating couples prefer winetasting at the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns. What’s more iconic for the city than rollerskating down the waterfront at West Beach Park? While parking and finding a parking space can be a hassle, arriving by a limo service can make the day go more smoothly and more enjoyable. The East Beach by Stearns Wharf is a popular – and sometimes crowded – beach. For a more scenic and less crowdy beach, visit Butterfly- or Arroyo Burro Beaches. Across the street from the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore is where Butterfly Beach is located, consistently rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the county. Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s Beach) is surrounded by forested nature, and is a great spot for a nighttime hike with someone special. Others include Mesa Lane Steps, One Thousand Steps Beach, Hammonds Beach, and Shoreline Park Beach.

3. Historic Mission

limos-in-Santa-Barbara-the-Mission-2016The 1820 Mission is one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Nicknamed the Queen of Mansions, the Mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark (NHL) and particularly popular among people on a sight seeing tour of the area. One of the city’s icons, it is one of few missions found in California and is the only mission to only have been operated by the Franciscan Order. Many come here to see its beautiful gardens and courtyards, learn about the Chumash Indians that once occupied the land, and see famous paintings and artifacts from time long gone. Being the state’s largest mission, it may not be any surprise that it’s a hugely popular landmark to visit for locals and visitors as well. The affordable 90-minute trolley ride is an awesome way of checking out the city, and can stops by the Mission in Old Town. Already established in 1786, it is one the oldest buildings in the state. One of the most famous landmarks include the Old Mission Bell which is hanging way high in the big mission tower overlooking the city with views as far as the Channel Islands. A sight seeing tour of Santa Barbara is never complete without a visit to the historic city Mission. For people that prefer an older historic getaway, make sure to pay a visit to the thousand-year-old pictographs at the Chumash Painted Cave!

2. Vineyard Tastings

winetasting-Santa-Barbara-wine-tours-tastingsWith hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, the county’s vineyards should be on anyone’s bucket list in Southern California. Santa Barbara wine tours to the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys have never been more accessible. Less crowded than the more famous vineyards of Northern California, these vineyards are just as scenic with just as many great varietals of wines. While the Santa Ynez Valley might be the most scenic wine country we serve, we also offer Temecula Valley- and Malibu Canyons vineyard trips. For the S.B. back country, the most visited vineyards include for example Sunstone-, Bridlewood, and Firestone Wineries. Others include Fess Parker-, Zaca Mesa-, Koehler-, Rideau-, and Foxen Wineries. The vineyards are a beloved destination for many. It’s not rarely we have customers ordering an airport sedan or limousine in order to visit the quaint small-town of Los Olivos. Here clients come to enjoy great tastings, explore the small town by foot, and enjoy the gorgeous natural beauty of the valley. Many renting limos for us bring their own lunch for picnicking at for instance Sunstone Winery and its beautiful vineyards, while Firestone Winery also offers food along with its wines. Kalyra Winery is recognized for their world famous dessert wines, and definitely a great choice to add after a winery offering dinner. The Gainey Vineyard also offers pasta and some other food with their varietals of wines, a great spot of matching wines and food by taste. While the Brander vineyard in Los Olivos is mostly known for their Sauvignon Blanc, while Sunstone is said to have the world’s greatest Merlot. While many wineries in the city are simple tasting venues, many of the wineries of the Santa Ynez- and Santa Maria Valleys are picturesque old facilities surrounded by rolling green hills and gorgeous vineyards. Make sure to ask our wine concierge about the different wineries in order to customize the perfect best Santa Barbara wine tour. Having offered them for more than twenty years, you can rely on us to receive the best of services available in the SoCal area.

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1. State Street

limousine-Santa-Barbara-limo-serviceMaybe not surprisingly, but the city’s main street, State Street, is also the most-visited place in town. Here you’ll find anything and everything. Whether you want to experience the great nightlife, restaurants or endless shopping possibilities, State Street is a great place to begin your exploration of the city. While many clients wait till dark and rents a party bus for a night on town, State Street has much to offer during daytime as well. Maybe particularly for shopping. Among the most visited stores include Diani- and Diani Shoes, Yellowstone Clothing, the Territory Ahead, as well as upscale Wendy Foster. For a unique and authentic S.B. shopper’s experience, head to the Game Seeker, Lewis & Clark, Prana, Magellan’s in Loreto Plaza, or the SB Outfitters. The best shopping malls on State Street are found around El Paseo at the 800 block of Downtown, La Arcada Court (1114 State Street), Paseo Nuevo (651 State St.), as well as Victoria Court at the 1200 block of State Street. The SOho Nightclub is a popular party destination for nighttime clients, and is located upstairs as the Victoria Court, which is a two-story building with stores, diners, cafes, and more. Downtown’s El Paseo was California’s first mall, built in the 20’s, and includes various diners, pubs, antique shops, jewelry shops, as two tasting-rooms often visited on our wine tours. The city’s unique red-tile architecture, great shopping and nightlife, as well as its interesting centuries-long history are all best experienced on State Street: the gateway to the American Riviera. Begin your touring of the town with destination State Street, and discover your favorite SB hangout spot!

Didn’t find an activity that caught your attention? Rent a sailboat at the Sailing Center, or visit the famous city zoo! Many also love the sunset dining cruises as well as whale-observing trips offered by the Condor Express. From clients touring the vineyards to clients in need of an airport LAX limousine – we offer all types of transportation in the Southern California region. Whether you need a chauffeured vehicle for your bachelor party, wedding, night on town, corporate meeting or anything else, we can offer you a timely service along with our exclusive price match guarantee. Check out our reviews and call us to book your transfer! We offer SoCal’s largest fleet of luxurious vehicles, including limos, sedans, party bus vehicles, SUV’s, and more.

4 Magnificent Islands off the SoCal Coast


California-Channel-Islands-limo-in-Santa-BarbaraThe Golden State is home to dozens of islands in all shapes, sizes, and natural beauty. From historic Alcatraz, the quaint neighborhoods of Balboa – to our own offshore National Park: the California Channel Islands. Southern California has an island for everyone. What’s even better than spending the day on a Pacific island? Combining the trip with wine tours or a Santa Barbara limo pickup to your place of embarkment. Let our Santa Barbara- and Ventura limousine service present our top 4 islands of the Southern California coast.


Anacapa Island

Being the most accessible part of the Channel Islands National Park, sometimes called “America’s Galapagos”, Anacapa is an easy getaway for us in Southern California. As the smallest of the eight Channel Islands, Anacapa’s 700 acres and two-mile trail system is an easier way to check out the National Park. Just twelve miles off the coast of Port Hueneme, Anacapa is also the closest to the mainland. Our Ventura party bus recently chauffeured a big group of teenagers to the island, and told us this was their third time to the park. Our driver came back and told us about everything from “sea lion fights by the sea happens all the time”, and also happened to have visited the island many times for its great cliffs, untouched nature, great hiking, photographing, canoeing, scuba-diving, and also native fauna and flora. Many in our clientele have also told us about the great whale-migrations happening between February to March. At times there many gray whales spotted here on their way south towards Baja California. Usual visits here lasts from two to three hours, which is just enough time to explore the island. The island also has a unique history having been inhabited by the Chumash people for thousands of years. This island and any of the other islands compromising the Channel Islands National Park can be visited through the Island Packers, which has ferries departing from both Ventura and Oxnard. For sedans, limos, SUV’s or buses to the island, contact us today! We’ve even had tourists calling in to order a limousine or LAX sedan service from LAX and straight to Anacapa to explore the national park. We’ve also had tired campers calling for Malibu wine tours upon their return.

Balboa Island

limousine-Agoura-Hills-limo-service-2016Famous for its luxurious beachfront houses and many shops, Orange County’s Balboa Island has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and vacationers for over a century. Beautifully located in the Newport Harbor, many have mistakingly assumed Balboa to be its own independent village, although it is part of the bigger City of Newport Beach. Accessible by both bridges and ferry services (the Balboa Island Ferry), it is a kid-friendly and picturesque island-village definitely worth visiting. Many renting an LA- or Ventura limousine are heading then to the ferry station near the Fun Zone for a full-day trip over to the island. For dating couples, the $1 ferry ride is a great way of adding to your special occasion. And we get it. Why go on Santa Ynez wine tours when you can taste wine under the stars on this beautiful island? Boasting California’s one and only auto ferry, bringing your car – or Ventura limousine – along is also an option here. The island is home to many small-town shops, miles of sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants, and estate homes. Make sure to check out the locally made Balboa Bar or the frozen bananas for an exclusive Balboa-experience. The village’s main street, the European-style 1 ½-mile promenade is a must to see, particularly combined with a world-famous Balboa frozen banana. An alternative or additional trip so often reserved for an LA- or Santa Barbara limo is Balboa Peninsula. This oceanfront peninsula is home to expensive estates and larger craft harbors, as well as numerous restaurants and cafes. Also boasting the most visited tourist attraction and the most beautiful beaches in the City of Newport Beach, a visit to the Balboa Peninsula is popular for tourists and other reserving our LA- and LAX sedan service. We recently transferred LAX sedan service clients here as well, for a hotel night to be spent by the seaside.

Santa Cruz Island

limousine-Ventura-limo-serviceOften overlooked, Santa Cruz is the largest island in the state of California. As Anacapa, Santa Cruz is also uninhabited as a part of the National Park. But that doesn’t stop our LA- and Ventura limousine and party bus customers from venturing out here to explore. Home to numerous species found nowhere else on Earth – including the Island Fox, the Island Scrub-Jay and re-introduced Bald Eagles. Besides all the great wildlife, this particular island has a lot more to offer visitors. With its untouched wilderness found nowhere else in the state, the island is also a popular camping spot. We’ve had full vehicles – from a Santa Barbara limo to an LA party bus – packed with camping equipment for people who are looking to camp on the island. Here you can see among the biggest sea-caves in the world and learn about the ancient people that once lived on this island for thousands of years. Many riding with our Ventura limousine vehicles have told us about the various hiking trails found on the island. With ferries from Island Packers landing in two areas, Scorpion Anchorage and at Prisoner’s Harbor, there’s a larger trail system waiting to be explored. One hike definitely worth checking out is to Potato Harbor on the northern part of the island. Potato Harbor is a gorgeous stretch of beach, often visited by seals and sea lions, while Cavern Point is a popular place for sighting the great whale migrations. Between the months of Feb.-April, Party bus clients have also told us about the amazing bloom of the island’s endemic flowers covering the island. The Pelican Bay Trail offers the best chances of witnessing more native flora than anywhere else, although varying because of variations in rain and temperatures. The relatively fast one hour ferry ride from the mainland to Santa Cruz is often accompanied with the observation of various sea mammals and birds, including oftentimes dolphins, sea-lions, eagles, pelicans, whales, and more. Want an unforgettable canoe experience? Check out Scorpion Bay, famous for being an incredible place for kayaking or canoeing. Prefer a longer hike? A favorite for many LA- and Santa Barbara limo clients is the seven mile hike to Smuggler’s Cove from the landing by Scorpion Canyon. Prefer another method of transportation to the island? Although there’s no LAX sedan service needed for LAX travels, Channel Islands Aviation flies out of Camarillo Airport. If you are looking to see more exotic animals, book safari wine tours with us to Malibu Family Wines!

Catalina Island

Nicknamed the Island of Romance, Santa Catalina Island is the California island that has it all. We take more LA- and Santa Barbara limo clients to this island than any other Californian island. Here you’ll find everything from beautiful hotels, golf courses, bars and nightlife, as well as gorgeous beaches and protected nature areas with a magnificent native wildlife and flora. Reachable by ferry and by airplane, Catalina is home to two villages: the main town of Avalon and the much smaller Two Harbors. In between is where we find the Airport in the Sky, which is located the island’s tallest mountain. Many customers looking for limos in Ventura or Camarillo love the short but exciting plane rides with Channel Islands Aviation from the Camarillo Airport. With ferries leaving from Los Angeles as well as Long Beach and Orange County, Catalina has become the most accessible of the Channel Islands Archipelago. Just twenty-six miles with boat from the mainland, famously mentioned in the song “26 Miles” by the Four Preps, Catalina is an easy getaway with much to offer. A favorite for many locals and even tourists using our LAX sedan service, spending a night in Avalon is a must for anyone visiting Southern California. At Catalina you can not only experience the great outdoors (over ninety percent of the island is protected nature areas), but the town of Avalon also boasts some great options for accommodation, dining as well as many activities. Being the only developed island of the archipelago, Catalina is also the only California island to offer a larger variety of day- and night activities for visitors. Recent clients looking for limos in Ventura for a ride to the Catalina ferry station told us: “It is the island that has it all. We visit for the underwater submarine tour and beaching at Descanso Beach.” Others have told us about the great safari tours from Avalon, where you can spot all kinds of wild animals, including buffalos, eagles, the native Island Fox, and many more. You may want to rent a golf cart or bike for a great way of exploring the areas surrounding Avalon. While a day trip might be enough on some of the other Channel Islands, Catalina is definitely a place worth staying overnight!

In what ever way you’d like to experience a backdoor Pacific island – by plane or boat, for nature or hotel night, – our Santa Barbara limo services are your natural choice in choosing transportation to the ferries. We have offered luxury Santa Barbara- and Ventura limousine services, as well as top rated Malibu- and Santa Ynez wine tours and party bus transportation, for more than twenty years in the making. For your next visit to the islands, consider reserving one of our limos or party bus rentals to begin your trip in style! Whether to visit a Pacific island, head out on wine tours, or “just” for the traditional limousine adventure, contact Blackhawk Limousine & Transportation today!

Did you know scenes from the movie Commando (1985) were filmed at the Channel Islands? Check out our Guide to Best Movies Filmed in Santa Barbara!

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Best Santa Barbara Dates

2016-Santa-Barbara-wine-tour-and-Santa-Barbara-limo-serviceFew places in the world boasts a better dating scene than what is found here in our gorgeous county. From the beautiful coastline and beaches, iconic red-tile architecture and romantic restaurants and wine-tasting venues, the American Rivera has it all! Having been the leading provider of luxury transportation here for more than twenty years, our Santa Barbara limo service transports more people than anyone to – and from – the American Rivera. So without further due, let us present some of the greatest date ideas from our local clientele!

Painted Cabernet

the-Santa-Barbara-limousine-service-companyOffering some awesome step-by-step classes on painting, the classes come with a glass of locally produced champagne or wines. Kicking off with live music, the courses are for about 2 hours each and make for a great date night. Whether for a date, a night out of fun with friends or family, or maybe a bachelor- or bachelorette parties, the Painted Cabernet is a great getaway for anyone who would like to learn more about painting. Just last week we picked up tourists with an LAX sedan to go directly to the Painted Cabernet after having done some research before their trip. Sipping wine while painting your own piece of art make for a great date night, particularly combined with a nice dinner out before or after on one of the many great nearby restaurants of State Street.

SOhO concerts

limousine-santa-barbara-limo-serviceSoHo might not seem like one of the most popular destinations for our Santa Barbara- and Carpinteria limousine services, hidden away upstairs at State Street’s Victoria Court. For a special outing with your date, make sure to also check out the SOho Restaurant and the Jazz Society’s many concerts. Remember to buy tickets in advance to secure your seats and tables for your pick amongst the many upcoming concerts. The restaurant downstairs, the Scarlett Begonia, is also a great restaurant often visited by dating couples. While weekend nights often are accompanied with dance music, week shows are found as affordable as $10 per ticket. With live shows and musical performances every day, including their jazz Sundays, SOhO offers a NY-feeling right here on State Street. SOhO has generally an older crowd. Whether you’re a tourist on one of the many city sight seeing tours or if you’re a local looking for a live show and dining, booking your chaffered luxury ride with us will be an unforgettable visit to SOhO.

Vineyard tastings

2016-Santa-Barbara-limousine-limo-service-top-ratedThis particular region of Southern California boasts some of the most scenic, picturesque vineyards and tasting rooms. Whether you want to bring your date to the Deep Sea Tasting Room for great sipping overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or whether you would rather go on one of our great Santa Ynez wine tour to the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys, we’re your pick for an unforgettable outing of wines and limos. Whether you prefer a quaint little tasting venue, or outdoor venues nestled in gorgeous canyons, we know the best wineries in SoCal. Would you prefer an outdoor tasting venue? Would you prefer a larger, or smaller more cozy venue? Many clients going on a date love small-town of Los Olivos, which not only boasts many great wineries and tasting-rooms, but also numerous cafes and restaurants making it the perfect date destination in the wine-country.

The Festival Theater

So many local clients love the live performances under the skies at the Solvang Festival Theater. It’s not rarely we have couples leaving for Solvang to visit the theater, most recently a couple renting a Montecito party bus to cruise up the coast and enjoy a beautiful outdoor concert here. With its proud Danish heritage, various Danish performances have premiered at the Solvang Festival Theater, including H.C. Andersen’s My Fairytale in 2011 as an example. Some of the other famous performances held here include Hairspray, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, the Music Man, and many more. Occupying 700 seats at 420 Second Street, the theater might be most known for its PCPA Theaterfest held all summer  long. While the Theaterfest is the headline from June through September, Solvang’s yearly Christmas Tree Burn in early January is an amazing winter activity that should be checked out! From its classical theatrical Shakespeare performances to the more contemporary shows, the Festival Theater is a popular place for locals, Angelinos as well as even LAX sedan customers flying in to perform or attend at the great shows here.

Food & photo tours

Why not experience the city all anew? Maybe most popular on sight seeing tours for tourists and others, a food and photo tour of the American Rivera has never been more popular. The “Eat This, Shoot That!” is recurring weekly and includes delicacies, photographing and wine-tasting on a tour through the city’s Funk Zone, an area known for its eateries and rare graffiti art. You’ll learn about everything from local architecture, culture, history, as well as great wines. Want to explore the region’s wines but not leave the city? Their tasting walking tours through the El Paseo and Presidio areas of town is a great way of discovering both the great wines and learn more about our beloved city. A popular choice for many Montecito- and Carpinteria limousine customers is the great chocolate-pairings offered with great wine varietals to accompany on the “Eat This, Shoot That!” guided tour.

Sunset dining

There are many choices for beautiful sunset dining on the American Rivera. In fact, our number one destinations for dating couples booking with our Santa Barbara limo service include all the various top-notch restaurants our city offers. Besides the romantic restaurants along State Street or along the gorgeous coastline, a popular alternative is dining on the Double Dolphin dinner cruise. Offering a choice between Mexican- and Italian cuisine, this cruise may offer the ultimate dating idea in the area. And that with good reason; what’s more romantic than a sunset dinner on the ocean just off the Southern California coast? Having said that, the restaurants with ocean views are also tremendously popular for limousine- and Montecito party bus clients of ours. Great restaurants overlooking the Pacific include the Shoreline Beach Cafe, Bella Vista, as well as Longboard’s Grill on Stearns Wharf. Worth checking out is also Brophy Bros., a harbor-front seafood restaurant known for its daily fresh seafood and signature Bloody Mary cocktails.

Heading out to town for your date? Click here to see our Santa Barbara Nightlife Guide!

Call us for tips on the ultimate date! Why not combined a chauffeured Santa Ynez wine tour with some great musical performances? Or maybe a limo ride to your significant other’s favorite restaurant? Contact us now to hear more about our exclusive price match guarantee, unmatched by any of our local competition.

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