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3 Reasons to Visit The American Riviera This May

Visit California features Santa Barbara in their latest newsletter offering three reasons to visit the American Riviera in the month of May. Check them out:

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Photo Credit: @jeeseaizenstat

As I covered in a previous blog, this year’s wildflower displays in Santa Barbara County are absolutely spectacular. Spend the afternoon immersed in a sea of gold poppies as you make the hike up to Grass Mountain in the Santa Santa Ynez. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself frolicking through the fields of flowers and snapping photos around every bend. Catch the bloom while you can, as this view is seriously beautiful.

Fans and cyclers will get a postcard view of Santa Barbara as AMGEN Tour of California returns to Santa Barbara May 17th, 2016 for its Stage 3 Finish. In case you’re not familiar with the AMGEN Tour of CA, it takes place over eight days and features some of the world’s top professional cycling teams competing in a challenging course that includes nearly 700 miles of scenic California highways and roadways. While in Santa Barbara, riders will make the iconic Gibraltar Road climb and cross the finish line at La Cumbre Peak followed by a festival in downtown Santa Barbara.

You must see the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival taking place May 28-30th at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Witness the Madonnari (street painters), as they transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images. Don’t miss a detail — stay for the weekend at Hotel Milo, located on Santa Barbara’s waterfront. Each day you can return to the festival and see works of art come to life right before your eyes.

I’d like to add one more reason to visit the American Riviera during the month of May: checking out the amazing estates for sale in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities. All you have to do is call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at and I will be happy to be your tour guide around the American Riviera, showing you what’s available including listings you will not find on the MLS.

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