Breathe deeply. Take in the Santa Barbara sea air and the scent of citrus groves in Ojai. Who's up for horseback riding in the Ventura River Valley, surfing lessons with local pros, biking along the palm-lined Pacific or a dip in the pool? Who says luxury travel is just for grown-ups? This is paradise for the whole family!
1 Cruise on a scenic bike path, enjoying sun, surf and pristine Santa Barbara beaches Pass through historic Hope Ranch, a quintessentially California community with beautiful hillside estates overlooking the ocean Visit the Ty Warner Sea Center to learn more about the marine life of the Santa Barbara Channel Kids of all ages delight in riding the historic carousel at Chase Palm Waterfront Park Look for blue herons and egrets at Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, a popular spot to view migratory waterfowl Which is more stunning—the magnificent Spanish Revival-style architecture of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse or its luxuriant sunken tropical garden?
2 Soak up the scene in Santa Barbara's "Funk Zone," filled with galleries, surf shops, a distillery and brewery, and some of the region's best wine-tasting rooms Hey kids, ready to give surfing a try? Head into the star-studded hills and pedal above the red-tiled roofs of Santa Barbara For even more inspiring vistas, take on "Gibraltar," a challenging but picturesque route popular among local riders Visit the "Queen of the Missions", Old Mission Santa Barbara, and its meticulously manicured grounds.
3 Discover the oasis of Ojai, a flower-filled city brimming with small-town charm, set beneath chaparral hills Groves of oranges and celebrated Pixie tangerines, nurseries and sprawling ranches line our route through Toro Canyon up into the Santa Ynez Mountains Ride along the Ojai Valley Bike Path, which follows the Old Southern Pacific Railroad route Take a refreshing dip in one of the two pools at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa—your muscles will thank you!
4-5 Ever experienced a "pink moment"? Keep an eye on the Topatopa Bluffs at sunset Fantastic views are yours to enjoy on the climb from Ojai into the desert-like scenery of the San Rafael Mountains Choose to head back early and unwind at our hotel—there are many options, from yoga to golf—or browse in the wonderful bookstores, galleries and boutiques of Ojai Pedal through the backroads of Ojai, filled with tangerine groves and historic farmhouses.