02.24.07 | Stage 6 Start
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Situated along a unique stretch of east-west California coastline between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Santa Barbara County basks in sunshine, natural bounty, creativity, cultural sophistication, and an appreciation for taking life at your own pace. The dramatic combination of ocean, mountains, valleys, islands, beaches, and gardens offers more than just beauty and relaxation. First-rate golf, polo, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, and a vast array of water sports are just some of the activities that draw lovers of the outdoors to Santa Barbara.
The region's colorful history, distinctive architecture, and world-class art, wine, cuisine, shopping, and spa offerings diversify the mix and lend to Santa Barbara's well-deserved nickname of "the American Riviera®."
"A tour of Santa Barbara will be a spectacular experience for the high-caliber cyclists joining in the Amgen Tour of California," said Mayor Mary Blum. "I invite professional and amateur photographers alike to capture the Saturday morning start of the final leg. I am excited for our residents to see world-class cycling and for the cyclists to enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara."
-Mayor Marty Blum
Refuel & Relax
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Grab & GoC’est Cheese
A world marketplace packed into one tiny store: artisan cheeses from across the globe, salamis, fine cured hams, pâtés, flatbreads and crackers, wines from all over. Head next door to Our Daily Bread for a fresh-baked loaf.
825 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara
805/965-0318 | Website
Relax & RechargeLos Olivos Café
The peloton may race past this cafe, but you shouldn’t. You have to stop to savor California cuisine with a Mediterranean flair: perhaps the torta rustica, the wild salmon salad, or even the lamb shank. Or act out your Sideways movie fantasy over samples of Santa Ynez vintages at the wine tasting bar.
2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos
805/688-7265 | Website
Amgen Tour of California Spectator Packages
Best Western Encina Lodge & Suites
Best Western Pepper Tree Inn
Brisas Del Mar Inn at the Beach
Colonial Beach Inn
Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara
Inn by the Harbor
Visit www.santabarbaraCA.com for more lodging options and visitor information.
Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours
Special Events & ActivitiesResearch comprehensive recreation and dining options and request a Santa Barbara Visitors Guide via the official Santa Barbara visitor information web resource, www.santabarbaraCA.com. Or, call 1.800.676.1266. Visit the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition’s website www.sbbike.org for cycling information and suggested bike routes.
For the Family
The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition will present a series of children’s activities prior to the race and surrounding the start, including kids races from the official starting line. Kids of all ages will enjoy the “autograph alley” before the start, when you can get up close and personal with the cyclists as they check in and prepare for the day’s race.
Friday, February 23rd
- Santa Barbara Amgen Tour of California Party, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Harbor, 7pm
- Santa Barbara Symphony Presents “A Symphonic Night at the Movies,” Arlington Theatre, 8pm
Saturday, February 24th
- Fishermen’s Market, Santa Barbara Harbor, 7:30am-11:30am
- Downtown Farmers’ Market, Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets, 8:30am-12:30pm
- Solutions for Dreamers Festival, Arlington Theatre, 1:00pm-11:00pm