Santa Barbara boasts an average of 300 sunny days a year.
Sunshine through the palms, just another day in Santa Barbara. — Photo courtesy of ajcreencia
Translation: crummy weather days are rare. Sometimes it will rain in November. Maybe for a week or so in February or March. Occasionally when you least expect it.
But you're reading this, so it's safe to assume there are at least some scattered showers in the forecast.
And then *BOOM* the rain strikes! — Photo courtesy of Alexi Kostibas
Cheer up, buttercup! There's still plenty to do in Santa Barbara when the skies cloud over. In fact, some of the very best activities and adventures can be had indoors - or at least under shelter. Here are 5 suggestions to help you set your course for a super fun, splish-splashy day.
1. Cuddle up with a good book: Before you can do that, though, you'll have to find one first. Head to Chaucer's, Santa Barbara's favorite independent book store to find a novel, magazine or coffee table book that suits your interests. There's a great kids' section for youngsters, too.
2. Hang out with Monet: If you rather spend the day out and about, go downtown to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This renown museum features works by Dali, Monet and Rousseau among more modern masters. You won't find better company anywhere.
3. Take a trolley tour: On a mildly raining day (meaning there's no wind and it's not hailing), take advantage of the decreased crowds and hop on the Santa Barbara Trolley. These open air trolley cars take you to see the sights during a 90-minute fully narrated tour.
4. Have a pint: Probably the best activity on this list, in the author's humble opinion, anyway. Head to The Press Room and enjoy a frothy pint in this cozy, local's bar. Or pull up a stool at the James Joyce and enjoy a drink while watching the world pass by on busy State St. Shell a few peanuts - they have barrels of them there - and kick up your feet.
5. Eat like you mean it: Seriously. The locals do this every other day of the week, so why should a rainy day be any different? If you've just left the James Joyce (see suggestion #4), make a sharp right turn and head directly into Mac's Fish & Chip Shop for a hearty taste of England. Joe's Cafe and the Dutch Garden Restaurant are two other solid choices for delicious, heaping servings of warm comfort food.
How about a nice French Dip sandwich to take the edge off? — Photo courtesy of Joe's Cafe
Where you go from here is up to you... but we promise there's plenty of awesome rainy day adventures waiting for you in Santa Barbara, California.