Featured Spot of the Week: Eladio’s

It’s time to reveal this week’s featured spot and we couldn’t be more excited about it! We love Santa Barbara’s local businesses and always encourage our guests to check them out. Our latest recommendation is one of our all-time favorite restaurants: Eladio’s.

7 Cool Uses for Seaweed

Seaweed is so much more than its unfortunate name suggests. It’s used in a number of daily products, from food to beauty products to medicine. So before you pick out the seaweed on your plate or scoff at people who use it in their beauty regimens, read about these 7 cool uses for seaweed. You may […]

Featured Spot of the Week: Toma Restaurant & Bar

We at Marina Beach Motel love our local Santa Barbara businesses. That’s why we’ve decided to celebrate them on a weekly basis! Every Wednesday we will write a blog post about one of our local spots and why they’re so important to us and the community. This week, our place of choice is Toma Restaurant […]

The Santa Barbara Orchid Show: A One-of-A-Kind Event

If you’re looking for something fun and unique to do during your stay with us, we suggest visiting the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. It may seem a little off-beat, but that’s exactly where it gets its charm!

5 Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

Sometimes on vacation it can be tempting to spend your whole trip visiting stores and museums or even just sleeping in your comfortable bed at Marina Beach Motel. But did you know that spending time in nature is actively good for you? It’s true! If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 health benefits of […]

Our Favorite Santa Barbara Hiking Trails

Santa Barbara is known for being bike friendly, but did you know it’s home to a number of hiking trails? Hikers of all levels enjoy trekking through Santa Barbara to see the incredible views and gorgeous greenery. Of course, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing which trail to hike on, but we at Marina […]

5 Things to Look Forward to at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

As the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) approaches, everyone’s anticipation is growing. From the incredible opportunities they offer students to worldwide premieres, there’s a lot to get excited about for the 31st annual film festival. If we had to pick though, we’d list these 5 events as the most exciting.

The Santa Barbara Film Festival: An Exciting Place For Students

The upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival is always an incredible experience, particularly for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers. One of our favorite aspects of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is how welcoming it is to students. They are the filmmakers of the future, after all. The SBIFF has some student programs in particular that stood […]

5 Ways Vacation is Good for You

Did you know that going on vacation is good for you? Taking a vacation has benefits for everything from health to productivity. So if you’re on the fence about cashing in your vacation days or storing them up for another year, we recommend taking that vacation. Here are 5 ways that going on vacation is good for […]

Kid Friendly Activities in Santa Barbara

Sometimes it can be hard to find fun things to do for the whole family, but not in Santa Barbara! There’s plenty to do out here, no matter what your age is. So make your family vacation a memorable one with these fun, kid-friendly Santa Barbara activities. Santa Barbara Zoo Kids’ tickets to the Santa […]