Santa Barbara County is Reopening!
From outdoor activities to trendy restaurants and wine country, Santa Barbara County has something for everyone! We are excited to announce that Santa Barbara County officially transitioned into the red tier on Sept. 29th due to the decreased rate of COVID-19. While the red tier is not the end goal we are looking for, it is a step forward in the right direction. With the new tier announcement, we will begin to see more businesses reopening and welcoming guests indoors with modifications.
Here are some of the creative plans our cities have come up with and how these plans allowed for businesses to maintain operation. During this time restaurants, shops and tasting rooms (just to name a few) have been affected by either having to close their doors or expand their footprint out into designated areas. The City of Santa Barbara has done an amazing job with allowing businesses to maintain operation by closing historic State Street to cars. State Street is one of America’s most pedestrian-friendly downtowns, in large part due to the amazing diversity of shopping and dining choices. With the closure of State Street shops, restaurants, brew pubs and bars are allowed to expand their footprint out into the street to create an outdoor experience know as a “parklet” – an innovative way to add a physically distant gathering space to public streets.
Another example of how Santa Barbara County brought its creativity is in the Village of Solvang “A little slice of Demark in Southern California”, which is located just 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. Like State Street, Solvang has closed the well-known Copenhagen Drive and allowed the local shops to expand their designated area into the street. Copenhagen Drive features local restaurants, tasting rooms, boutiques, and world-famous bakeries all while keeping true to its old-world European charm. Not only has this benefited the shops but also the weekly farmers market, which now takes place on Copenhagen Drive. Along with the closure of the street the city has provided pergolas with shade, benches, string lights and touches of greenery for a more intimate and warmer feel to go with the charm of Solvang.
With Santa Barbara County moving in the right direction we are excited to see more local businesses reopening or expanding their current setting. We are encouraging guests to visit the area but to still maintain the safety and health guidelines in place by practicing safe and social distancing practices. So, if you are looking for a new destination to travel to or want to revisit a past memory, Santa Barbara County may be the next destination for you to experience!
Alan Dennell, Relevé Sales Associate and Santa Barbara County Local