Most Romantic Santa Barbara Activities

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Strolling State Street is an essential activity in S.B.

Ranked as one of America’s most romantic cities, the American Riviera is an ideal choice for many when picking a dating location. Which is also why so many order their dates with limo services in the Santa Barbara area or from another location, such as transportation to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange County, and other areas in Southern California. With more than 690 eateries, restaurants and bakeries, the American Riviera is also one of the most restaurant- and bar dense communities in the country. Furthermore, its charming Spanish architecture including the iconic red-tile roofs are a distinctive romantic attribute to the city. With its beautiful SoCal beaches, palm-lined boulevards and avenues, and the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Mountains in the back, the American Riviera is an obvious choice for many couples looking for a romantic getaway. The city’s most visited tourist attraction, the Santa Barbara Mission, was founded in the late 1780’s and is one of California’s most historic colonial treasures. Few minutes from the mission is where we find the famous botanic garden, an over sixty acre park with representations from all types of endemic Californian flora. Make sure to bring your date by the Pritchett Bench for the most relaxing, charming and romantic experiences.

a-lady-in-a-vineyard-on-santa-barbara-wine-tours-2016-experienceOnly thirty minutes from downtown S.B. is where we find the rolling green hills and vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley, maybe Southern California’s most popular destination for wine tours. Easily combined with romantic outings in town, the vineyards and wine country of S.B. County is a must see for everyone, and maybe particularly for dating couples. Before leaving town, do not forget to make a visit to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, which is the largest Australian tree in America with branches covering over 165 feet (easily covering over a thousand people on hot summer days.) A local sailor came ashore with its seed in mid 1870’s and handed the seed to a local girl, who then proceeded to plant it where it still stands today. A remarkable story and a beloved landmark. For 19th- and 20th century art, bring your date to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to see some beautiful paintings and artifact items. Or as many ask our limousine service when booking their trip: “What is the most romantic S.B. beach?”. While the West Beach and maybe particularly the East Beach are the most visited beaches in the area, they are definitely not the finest beaches on the American Riviera. Stretching all the way from Montecito to Stearns Wharf is where we find East Beach, by far ing most visited beach in the area. For dating couples looking for a more secluded and romantic location, the Leadbetter Beach is a sheltered and secluded beach which is great for lone swimming or picnicking. Alternatively, one can check out the Mesa Lane Beach or Hendry’s Beach for some of Southern California’s most idyllic stretches of sand beach.

west-beach-santa-barbara-from-stearns-wharf-after-a-limo-trip-by-local-limousine-services-luxuryAn array of outdoorsy activities are available. Go by the Visitor’s Center to pick up your hiking maps before venturing on to for example the Seven Falls Trail, one of the most popular trails in town. Furthermore, the historic Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park includes thousands-of-year-old pictographs and petroglyphs, and is also appearing on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places because of its tremendous historic value. Many Santa Barbara limo passengers decide to stop by here on their way to or from the Santa Ynez vineyards. Clientele looking for hotels in the area have many choices. Some of our most romantic picks would be the El Capitan Canyon, El Encanto Hotel and Garden Villas, Hotel Oceana, Inn of the Spanish Garden, Simpson House Inn, and the Upham Hotel and Country House. Surrounding areas are also home to a variety of great hotel options, for instance the Bacara Resort in Goleta, Inn on Summer Hill in Summerland, or the San Ysidro Ranch or Four Seasons Biltmore located in Montecito, CA. Wine tours to the Santa Maria- and Santa Ynez Valleys are guaranteed to be a romantic getaway, but even more so if combined with a romantic layover in wine country! Our favorites here include the Union Hotel in Los Alamos, Santa Ynez Inn in the town of Santa Ynez, Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos, as well as the Ballard Inn in Ballard and Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang. Santa Barbara’s breathtaking wine-country isn’t just famous for its great wine varietals and natural beauty, but also an increasing number of great restaurants are finding their way to SoCal’s vineyards. Some of our clientele’s favorites are the Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, Chef Rick’s in Santa Ynez, the Nuuva Restaurant & Café in Ballard, as well as the Hitching Post in Buellton.

santa-barbara-architecture-style-unique-limousineHowever, venturing out on a wine-tasting tour is far from required for fine dining in the S.B. area. As a matter of fact, many renting our party bus services for their trips to the vineyards actually prefer staying in town for their meals prior or after visiting the wine country. The Beachside Bar Café located in Goleta Beach Park might be one of the county’s most romantic diners where you can enjoy a beautiful meal on the beach surrounded by beachgoers, surfers and a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Closer to town is where we find amongst others the magnificent Wine Cask on Anacapa Street, a great spot for dining and wine pairings. Alternatively, couples often head to the Deep Sea Tasting Room on the Stearns Wharf for some great wine tastings surrounded by picturesque ocean-views. For some excellent French cuisine, we’ve even had airport transfers going by Bouchon on West Victoria Street for their great local wine tasting offers and tasty meals. Consistently ranked as one of the city’s greatest restaurants, Citronelle on Cabrillo Boulevard will not let you down. Not too into French cuisine? Try the Italian Emilio’s Ristorante, also located on Cabrillo. Many of our limousine service clientele love Epiphany, an elegant restaurant on Victoria Street owned by Kevin Costner and his wife. For Santa Barbara limo customers looking to dine by Montecito, we would recommend Plow and Angel Bistro on San Ysidro Lane, one of the area’s first restaurants specializing on gourmet dining.

stearns-wharf-taken-on-a-santa-barbara-wine-tasting-tour-in-2016From historic missions, white sandy beaches and among the highest density of eateries, the American Riviera might be one of the most romantic destinations you and your partner can do. Even more so when accompanied by chauffeured limousine or party bus services. Whether you are visiting the Santa Barbara Bowl or the Museum of Art or anything in between, you can trust us for a timely pickup and arrival with the utmost professional drivers and luxurious vehicles. Whether you are heading to the iconic zoo or one of the city’s many outdoor music venues, any event can be made even better when arriving in luxury stretch limousines or party bus options by your own preference. Even local airport transfers from/to the municipal airport, LAX or any other SoCal airport can be made less stressful and more stylish by reserving your own chauffeured vehicle of choice. Contact us today for an exclusive price match guarantee and to learn more about how Yelpers may qualify for even lower rates.

Going out on town for your date? See our Santa Barbara Nightlife Guide!

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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.

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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