• There are Plenty of Place to Shop, Play, Dine & Stay in Carpinteria

  • From the gorgeous beach to the stunning foothills, there’s no place quite like Carpinteria. Known for its captivating coastline, famous surfing, and abundant sunshine, the city has also become world-renown for its hospitality and plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 
    With charm, authenticity and a casual atmosphere, Carpinteria has plenty of opportunities for people to shop, play, dine, and stay, and make the most of their time in the community.
    The pedestrian friendly Linden Avenue, in the heart of Carpinteria, displays the personality and originality of the community. It offers a welcoming environment filled with trendy boutiques, unique shops, vintage stores, specialty retailers, and welcoming gourmet cafés, bistros, and craft breweries. 
    Roxanne Barbieri, owner of Roxanne’s, A Wish and A Dream on nearby Maple Avenue, loves the way residents support local businesses and is grateful for the tourists and quilters who travel to the area to visit her shop. “We have small and wonderful home-grown shops.”
    “There is nothing like Carpinteria around anymore,” Barbieri added. “We have so many great little businesses that support and recommend one another, fine restaurants of all kinds, and a few great places to stay for the weekend, or longer.”
    Carpinteria Arts Center is a popular stop, and has become a hub for many community events. Offering art and arts programming, the Center is a place residents and visitors can see the latest exhibition of local artwork or sign up for workshops to develop new skills. The center also offers live music, film series, occasional poetry events, community arts installations, artists’ receptions and more.
    “The Carpinteria Arts Center has become the heartbeat of the community and a gathering place,” Rebecca Stebbins, Executive Director said. “When we have an event, people show up en masse. We have become the go-to for the community to come together.”
    Carpinteria is the quintessential California beach town and a stroll down Linden Avenue frequently reminds visitors of a different time in California’s history. Those strolling down Linden Avenue will find themselves at Carpinteria State Beach. It is there that residents and visitors enjoy swimming, surfing, tidepool exploring, fishing, camping, playing ping pong, volleyball, and building sandcastles. Carpinteria State Beach also offers visitors 200 family campsites, seven group campsites, and a hike/bike campground. Residents and visitors can also make the most of the region’s beauty along the Franklin Trail, which offers great hiking with majestic views of the valley, salt marsh, ocean and Channel Islands, as well as a trail up the mountains behind Carpinteria to the Los Padres National Forest.
    “The beach is a big draw and kids play and dig in the sand, and people soak up the sunshine and take beautiful walks or a run,” Danita Rodriguez, Superintendent of Carpinteria State Beach said. “The town is also a big draw for our campers who walk or bike around town for some shopping or enjoy a cup of coffee, or a quick lunch or dinner.”
    Camping is just the beginning when it comes to recreational options for visitors in Carpinteria. Stardust Sport Fishing makes the most of the area’s natural beauty and offers residents and vacationers a chance to experience deep sea fishing, and they often see whales, dolphins, and more. Carpinteria residents Jason and Jaime Diamond have grown Stardust Sportfishing steadily for the past twenty years, and their two boats provide fun and unique activities for avid anglers and beginners alike.
    “We have so many people coming into the area for recreation, and this is a really fun activity to add,” Jamie Diamond says. “We want our guests to have the best experience, and try to keep our trips affordable while keeping everything as luxurious as we possibly can.”
    The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is also a popular destination for locals and visitors, and according to Melanja Jones, Polo Manager, plays host to 1,500+ visitors every Sunday from May through October.
    “The Sunday Polo Event is always a huge event for everyone,” Jones said. “We usually average around 1,000 guests, but we had 3,000 for our PCO Final this year.”
    Founded in 1911, Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is the third oldest United States Polo Association club still in existence in the United States. With 87 acres of manicured fields including 3 playing fields, a stick and ball field, an arena, an exercise pen, stabling for 360 horses, and two clubhouses, the Santa Barbara Polo Club is fit for royals. Add to that the year-round Tennis & Swim/Fitness Club with its own clubhouse, a pool, a Jacuzzi, eight tennis courts, and an entertaining deck. The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is constantly buzzing with excitement.
    Residents and visitors enjoy el fresco dining all year long. Whether enjoying breakfast or lunch outside at Esau’s Cafe or on the patio at Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels, or happy hour on the porch at Rincon Brewery or dinner at Siam Elephant, there are many ways to enjoy the sunshine and cool ocean breezes. Corktree Cellars Wine Bar & Bistro is another popular stop and is perfect for a nightcap, or light dinner, and Island Brewing Company, where Paul Wright and his staff have been using the power of craft beer to create friends and community since 2001, is a great place to finish the day with a cold beer and a fantastic view of the sunset.
    In addition to the highly acclaimed Holiday Inn Express & Suites, the Best Western Carpinteria offers a variety of exceptional vacation rental accommodations, offering guests a relaxing retreat or an action-packed escape. Giac’s at the Beach is a family-owned beach house rental that has been helping families build lasting memories on the world’s safest beach for 20 years. Playa Lodging is just a stone’s throw away from the beach and features three one-bedroom, one-bath units, and a two-bedroom, two-bath unit, all of which have a comfortable outdoor patio with their own gas BBQ and built in firepit, allowing guests to sit by the fire while winding down from a fun filled day.
    Carpinteria is a welcoming and charming town, hosting generations of visitors from all over the world. Whether you’re in town for a weekend getaway, a vacation or staycation, you can find everything you need in the heart of Carpinteria.
  • From the 2018 Guide