I have been living in Santa Barbara on and off for 10 years and consider it paradise as I grew up outside of Chicago. I work in the small and charming town of Summerland managing a beautiful Jewelry store.
It is always a pleasure to meet visitors and give them some good local tips on where to go, what to eat, etc. We have so much at our fingertips here: great hiking, restaurants, wineries, surfing, cycling, etc.
With our beautiful climate here, I try and ride my bike for commuting as much as possible. I love cruising around town on foot and enjoying all the scenery and beautiful homes.
When I am not enjoying myself in town, I am often road tripping to music festivals or off camping...these are much preferred vacations for me over visiting cities.