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December 17, 2014

Destination Overview: Santa Barbara Experiences for Group Travel

El PaseoBringing a group to Southern California? Santa Barbara has a variety of offerings for event attendees. Here are a handful of destinations and ideas that prospective guests can explore this winter.


The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara can arrange a day at the beach playing volleyball with Olympic volleyball gold medalist and Santa Barbara native, Todd Rogers, or surfing with local legend Tom CurrenVisit FourSeasons.com/SantaBarbara

Another beachside option is a Santa Barbara Sailing Center cruise. Its “Double Dolphin” ship can hold up to 42 passengers for both large and small events. Groups can also participate in such onboard team-building activities as “Corporate Regattas.” Visit SBSail.com

Horseback riders can go on a 90-minute shore-side promenade courtesy of Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Ride. Advertised for groups of up to six, special arrangements can be made with the activity service for further personalization. Visit SBBeachRides.com

Wining and Dining

For sit-down meals, Barbareño, a new California-style bistro, is a choice restaurant with a locally sourced menu that can accommodate up to 50 guests for a formal dinner. Visit barbareno.com

The region’s wine can be sampled in one of Wine Collection of El Paseo’s six tasting rooms. The downtown venue lets groups discover production processes and taste local wines. Visit Facebook.com/WineCollectionofElPaseo

Global Gardens in Los Olivos offers further exploration of local products. Those visiting the three-acre venue can taste award-winning oils, handcrafted balsamic vinegars, and over 40 food products at its newly opened Farm StandVisit GlobalGardensOnline.com

Where to Meet

For a convenient meeting space, Hotel Milo can host up to 40 guests in a 620 square-foot, ocean-facing conference room. Additional services, such as activity-planning assistance, are available upon request. Visit HotelMiloSantaBarbara.com

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