Throughout the month of October, Santa Barbara celebrates its culinary and cultural achievements in various community-wide events collectively dubbed "Epicure.SB." The month-long series of events coincides with this year's harvest, and visitors to Santa Barbara will find themselves surrounded by various food, beer, and wine festivals. The county's wineries welcome guests for the Celebration of Harvest Festival, October 8-11. Events include wine and cheese pairings, farmers markets, barbecues, and of course, wine tastings and barrel samplings in celebration of the 2010 Harvest. For a full list of events and highlights, click here. Following the festival at the vineyards, Santa Barbara will host the county's Beer Festival on October 16.
With such an exciting month of activities, visitors to Santa Barbara may be looking for great hotel and lodging ideas with special deals. Here are our top 5 picks for October Santa Barbara getaways: