Great Family Vacations: Make Santa Barbara Your Homebase

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Taking a vacation with your family can be a great experience. Being surrounded by the ones you love while enjoying new scenery and activities will make some of your best family memories. One of the most convenient and enjoyable ways to travel with your family is booking a vacation home rental. 

There are many advantages to traveling from a "homebase" vacation rental. Santa Barbara offers fantastic one-day adventures that kids and adults will all love. Santa Barbara Cottages are a day-trip from areas north such as San Luis Obispo, Hearst Castle, Solvang, and the wine-country of Santa Yenz. And to the south is metropolitan Los Angeles offering museums, amusement parks, Broadway shows, world-class shopping and more. Imagine spending a day at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and the next kayaking, surrounded by nature on Lake Cachuma in the Los Padres National Forest. All await you from your homebase vacation rental with Santa Barbara Cottages.

Of course, another advantage is the cost savings and convenience associated with a vacation home rental. Even getting a great deal on a hotel can't beat the comfort and convenience of having you own space. Save time and money by having your own kitchen, just like home, to plan meals. This can be a significant cost saver, especially when traveling with small children. Not to mention, much more convenient. but of course, part of the fun of being on vacation is experiencing area restaurants and activities.  Here are some great family restaurants and activities listed below:

FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Shoreline Beach Cafe - dining on the sand at Leadbetter beach. Burgers, tacos and more.
Paradise Cafe - some say the best burger in Santa Barbara. Steak, fish and more on a mesquite grill. 
Brophe Brothers - great fish, great views and casual atmosphere. 
Chuck's Waterfront Grill - Dine by the boats. Outside seating around the firepit. Steak, seafood, cocktails. http://chuckswaterfrontgrill.com/
Silvergreen's - Order at the counter for made-from-scratch heathy selections. Upscale yet casual atmosphere. 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and Sea Center - two locations for exploring nature and the critters that surround us in Santa Barbara. Activities and touch tanks.
Santa Barbara Zoo - kids of all ages love this beautiful setting and exotic animals. 
Wheel of Fun Rentals - bike, surrey rentals and more along the beachfront. 
Chase Palm Park - oceanfront park featuring Shipwreck Playground, creeks, and carousel. 

All Santa Barbara Cottages properties are all located close to beaches, shopping, restaurants in Downtown Santa Barbara and Montecito. 
If you idea of a family vacation is the relaxed, at your own pace kind of holiday, then a vacation rental is right for you. And, staying in a beautiful Santa Barbara Cottages rental will have you living like a local.