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Page 38 of 77 37 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Groups of any size can take in the dramatic coastline aboard the Channel Cat yacht, the largest vessel in the harbor, from which dolphin, whale and sea lion sightings are possible. More adventurous groups can catch a boat to the Channel Islands and kayak through the caves, or take in views of the mountains by horseback on the beach. In addition to the views, groups are drawn to Santa Barbara because of boutique shopping, cultural off erings and big-city entertainment with- out all the hustle of L.A. Favorite shopping spots include State Street and boutiques in the Montecito community on the lower foothills of the mountains. "We're an intimate destination, but we're also a cultural hub with world-class performances," Carlen said, listing the usual A-listers who prefer Santa Barbara's theaters and amphitheater. It's not uncommon for entertainers like Jerry Seinfeld or big acts like the Lumineers to be in town. Santa Barbara is also wine country and is home to more than 220 wineries and several tasting rooms close to the water. e urban tasting trail is growing in popularity, and along with grapes, local farmers spe- cialize in citrus and nuts, which make their way to several farmers mar- kets. Groups can collaborate with top chefs in the area, who will guide them through a market and help them pick out their favorites, which will go into a meal prepared at a restaurant later that evening. W W W . S A N T A B A R B A R A C A . C O M Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara Courtesy Visit Santa Barbara Turquoise waters of Destin Courtesy Emerald Coast CVB By Mark Weber, courtesy Visit Santa Barbara Sunset in Santa Barbara Call Norma Dobrowolski CVB Destination Sales & Marketing Manager | 800.626.2326 BOOK YOUR TRIP NOW! O c e a n C i t y , a r y l a n d Don't get us wrong. You'll love soaking up the sun on our free, 10-mile beach, or swimming and playing in the ocean. But that's just the tip of the sandcastle when it comes to Ocean City, Maryland. There's literally something for everyone: JUST THE BEACH • An award-winning three-mile boardwalk • 200+ restaurants and exciting nightlife • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities • Year-round festivals, concerts and events • Shopping, wildlife and historical museums • New 1,200-seat Performing Arts Center in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center

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