Serenity at Dusk by Taylor Jashinsky in Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara harbor is just one of many must see locations in this laid back town. Sunny all year round, the harbor offers refuge not only to fishing boats, but to locals and tourists looking for a place to eat a good meal, relax, or embark on a fun water activity.

Name:Taylor Jashinsky

Freelance photographer.


Seeing as much of this beautiful world, and eating as much ice cream, as possible.

Tell us about Santa Barbara:

Santa Barbara is the perfect beach town. It’s situated between the mass expanses of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara Foothills. The climate remains at a temperate 76 degrees all year. Santa Barbara has a wide range of activities for anyone, whether it’s surfing, hiking, hang-gliding, sailing, relaxing at one of many coffee shops, or shopping downtown. There is no need to be bored in this uniquely positioned town.

A perfect day?

A perfect day in Santa Barbara starts as soon as the sun effortlessly makes its way up and over the Purple Mountains that lace the outskirts of the city. Get a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin at the French Press. Afterwards, continue on to the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market downtown with a camera in hand, get lunch in the harbor with friends, and then go for an evening sunset hike overlooking the gorgeous 360-degree view that Santa Barbara constantly offers. The night ends with with drinks and dinner in the chic yet hip Funk Zone downtown.

What is the best thing about Santa Barbara?

The best thing about Santa Barbara is the good weather all year and the unique ability to go surfing and hiking in the same day. Let’s not forget to mention Santa Barbara is home to the best ice cream in the world, McConnell’s!

What is the worst?

There’s no Target here!

What would be surprising about Santa Barbara to an outsider?

The diversity in socioeconomic status. There are millionaires and mansions on one side of the street, and a large homeless population living on certain parts of the beach.

If Santa Barbara was a person or character who would it be?

Santa Barbara is Forrest Gump, because, like life, Santa Barbara is much like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Jeremy Cowart, Esther Havens, and Lord Huron.


Name:Taylor Jashinsky

City:Santa Barbara

Favorite place to eat:

Los Agaves

Favorite place to drink:

Les Marchands

Favorite shop:

Pierre Lafond

Local Tip:

Taking the State Street trolley for 25 cents is a great way to navigate the often crowded streets during the weekend.

Must Do:

Go to the Mission! The Santa Barbara Mission is a beautiful, historic landmark that every visitor must see!