In need of a reminder of what life was like before smart phones, Twitter and Google Maps dialed us into everyone, everything, everywhere all the time? When you need a break from technology and that constant info-stream, head to Santa Barbara for a good, old-fashioned getaway.

From historic residences like Casa del Herrero and Stow House to museums like the Carriage & Western Art Museum and the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, opportunities to reconnect with the past are plentiful. Step back in time at well-preserved landmarks like El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park and the county’s three missions, Mission Santa Barbara, Mission Santa Ines and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.

A former stage coach stop, Cold Spring Tavern embraces times gone by with a new monthly “1886 Historic Dinners” series. The four-course dinner menu features old school favorites like black bean chili with buffalo, venison and rabbit. If you’re into the stage coach vibe, book a Conestoga-style wagon or cabin, at Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables.

Another funky throwback to yesteryear is the reopened 1880 Union Hotel and Saloon in the wee Western-style town of Los Alamos. In its former lives, the B&B was a stage coach stop, road house and resting spot for stars en route to Hearst Castle.

There are many places to get a glimpse of the past in this beautiful town, so be sure to make enough time in your schedule to visit them all!


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