Create Your Own Car Free Vacation in Santa Barbara and Save!

Posted on Feb 5 by SEASONS Magazine

Santa Barbara Electric Shuttle, courtesy of santabarbaracarfree.org

Santa Barbara Electric Shuttle, courtesy of santabarbaracarfree.org

Travel green and save in Santa Barbara! Through the Santa Barbara Car Free Project, you can get amazing discounts on your own customized car-free vacation! Discounts apply to Amtrak, hotels and multiple tours and attractions all over SB, including 10-50% discounts from 66 partners.

You could plan a vacation like the “Active Green” model, which includes a discounted Segway tour of SB, bike rental from Wheel Fun Rentals and kayak tour with SB Adventure Company. It also includes a mountain or road bike ride with Bikes-to-Go, or a wine country ride guided by I Bike Santa Barbara.

Or you may prefer a vacation more like the “Nature’s Green” model, which includes a bus ride to the Old Mission, Museum of Natural History, Casa Dolores and Botanic Garden, and a 50-cent electric shuttle ride to the Zoo, Ty Warner Sea Center and the Maritime Museum. This model also incorporates a ride on “Lil Toot” (a water taxi) and a water adventure with Celebration Cruises, Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises, Condor Express (whale watching) or Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Your choice!

And you don’t even need to choose one of the multiple packaged vacations already offered; you can dream up your own combination of bliss.  In order to create your own vacation, click here!  Next, you can select lodging from 33 options spanning from ocean-front hotels to bed-and-breakfast inns. “Choose great deals to create your personal customized green vacation,” says Mary Byrd, manager of the award-winning project at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District.

When you register at www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org, you are eligible to receive 20% discounts on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin (and linked buses) to and from the nine Amtrak stations in SB County through December 19, 2013. The nine stations included are Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Surf, Guadalupe & Santa Maria. Blackout days and other restrictions apply, so check the Car Free website for the details you need and to make reservations! Tickets must be bought three days in advance.

For more information, contact Mary Byrd at  byrdm@sbcapcd.org
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~Elise Kimball

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