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Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals Guide to Film Locations

Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals Guide to Film Locations

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Santa Barbara vacation rental guests are often curious about film locations, and with good reason. There are a lot of iconic Santa Barbara locations that crop up in movies and TV shows. Read on to find out why Santa Barbara is the setting of choice for so many popular productions and how you can recognize and visit famous filming locations in and around the Santa Barbara area.
Santa Barbara vacation rental guests are often curious about film locations, and with good reason. There are a lot of iconic Santa Barbara locations that crop up in movies and TV shows. Read on to find out why Santa Barbara is the setting of choice for so many popular productions and how you can recognize and visit famous filming locations in and around the Santa Barbara area.

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www.sbluxuryrentals.com3905 State St, Ste. 7-167Santa Barbara, CA 93105tel: 805-715-3900 
Scouting Film Locations from Your Santa Barbara Vacation Rental
Santa Barbara vacation rental guests are often curious about film locations, and with good reason. Thereare a lot of iconic Santa Barbara locations that crop up in movies and TV shows. Read on to find out whySanta Barbara is the setting of choice for so many popular productions and how you can recognize and visit famous filming locations in and around the Santa Barbara area.
A lot of visitors in Santa Barbara vacation rentals feel a strong sense of familiarity or belonging the firsttime they explore Santa Barbara. We’re not going to discount anyone’s claims of psychic powers or a pastlife lived on America’s Riviera, but chances are more like that they’ve seen one of the over 200 differentmovies and TV shows filmed in whole or in part in Santa Barbara over the last 100 years.Don't leave your  Santa Barbara vacation rental in search of locations made famous on the silver screen until your read this list:http://www.santabarbaraca.com/experience-santa-barbara/film-tourism/as-seen-in-santa-barbara/. You’ve probably seen at least one or more of these popular productions:
2009 It’s Complicated 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean III 2006 There Will Be Blood 2006 Psych2006 The Bachelor 2006 Top Chef 2, Bravo2005 Monk 2005 Oprah Winfrey Show2004 Flight of the Phoenix2004 Monster-in-Law2004 Sideways2003 Hidalgo2003 Seabiscuit 2003 Sorority Life2001 The X-files2000 Bedazzled 1999 Double Jeopardy1998 Star Trek: Insurrection1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 G.I. Jane1996 Face/Off 1995 Nixon1994 A Walk in the Clouds1994 Congo1994 Young Indy/Hollywood Follies1993 Pelican Brief 1990 Rocketeer 1984 Scarface1980 The Postman Always Rings Twice1978 The Frisco Kid 1967 The Graduate1964 Batman pilot 1923 The Ten Commandments1914 The Perils of Pauline
 It’s Complicated 
The most recent high-profile film to come out of Santa Barbara was last year’s Meryl Streep and AlecBaldwin romantic comedy
 It’s Complicated 
.The film’s director Nancy Meyers chose Santa Barbara for a definite reason that any Santa Barbaravacation rentalfilm enthusiast will be able to relate to. In an interview with
Santa Barbara Magazine
http://image.exct.net/lib/fef710707d600c/d/1/NMeyersInterview-web.pdf , Meyers said that “SantaBarbara felt right for so many reasons – the natural beauty everywhere you look, the state of mind I feelwhen I’m there, the calm…It feels as close to the good life as you can get.”
 
 It’s Complicated 
is a beautiful film that seems to show off our fair city to its finest advantage.The operative word here is seems. Most of it was shot on a sound stage in Brooklyn in the middle of winter. Only three brief scenes were actually shot in Santa Barbara.
There’s a scene where Jane is jogging through her Montecito neighborhood and her architect friendAdam pulls up in his car. This was actually filmed in her little burg, as you can tell from the uniquewooden street signs. If you want to walk in Jane’s Montecito shoes stop by The Four Seasons ResortThe Biltmore, which may have been the inspiration for the hotel where Jane and her ex-husband hadtheir aborted rendezvous.
When Jane lies in wait for her therapist at the fictional Santa Barbara Medical Center, she is actuallylurking at the Anacapa Street back entrance of El Paseo, an outdoor Spanish-style shopping arcade.
While Santa Barbara is home to a dizzying array of Farmers Marketshttp://www.sbfarmersmarket.org/events.php, the one Jane shops at was actually set designed for her outside the 1920s Spanish-Moorish style Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Anapamu Street.Sadly, there is no such place as Jane’s luscious and comfy-looking business Village Bakery. The set was built inside Picnic House in Brooklyn. But folks staying in a Santa Barbara vacation rental will be able tofind close facsimiles at Jeannine’shttp://www.jeannines.com/restaurant/montecito.htmlor Xanadu(temporarily closed until April, 2011 due to a fire) in Montecito or Renaud’shttp://www.renaudsbakery.com/in downtown Santa Barbara.
 Sideways
The wine-tasting buddy picture
Sideways
was a sensation when it was released in 2004. Filmed primarilyin the Santa Barbara-adjacent Santa Ynez Valley, it spawned a whole new appreciation for wines (just notMerlot!) from the area, and a cottage industry grew up around people who wanted to retrace the footstepsof the film’s questionable protagonists.Santa Barbara vacation rentalguest who are fans of this movie often search for “the Sideways Map”which will lead you on a car tour through the movie’s highlights.http://www.santabarbaraca.com/includes/media/docs/Sidways_Map-Apr10-web.pdf . Many of thedestinations even have a sign bearing the
Sideways
logo. If you want to travel by bike, this maphttp://www.sbbike.org/region/rides/Sideways-1.pdf  will help you find the sites.
Different locations in Santa Barbara Proper
Santa Barbara vacation rentalguests are often curious about film locations, and with good reason. Thereare a lot of Santa Barbara locations that crop up in movies that aren’t even set in the area. This is becauseof the profusion of beautiful features in the area that blend so seamlessly into other locales.
Stearns Wharf 
is a 19
th
century landmark, located at the bottom of State Street. It is the oldestoperating wharf on the west coast, and the second longest pier on the Pacific coast at just a hair under 2,000 feet. In the 1940s, actor James Cagney and his brothers were part owners of StearnsWharf. It has appeared in
 A Date with Judy
and
My Favorite Martian
and the 1966 version of 
 Batman
. “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb!”
State Street
features many familiar landmarks. It has appeared in the movies
Cutter’s Way
and
Steal Big, Steal Little
, among countless others.
The Old Town Clock 
at State and Haley streets was featured in
The Pelican Brief 
.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
on Anacapa Street was also in
 
Steal Big, Steal Little
.
Mission Santa Barbara
was in
Sunset Boulevard 
and
Cruel Intentions 3
.
 
Different locations in the Greater Santa Barbara Area
Guests at our Santa Barbara vacation rental homes know that Santa Barbara is so much more than just the  pretty red roofs of downtown. One of the reasons the region is so popular with filmmakers is its almostinfinite variety.
Cold Spring Arch Bridge
-
Steal Big, Steal Little
.
Lake Cachuma
-
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Gainey Vineyard
-
Seabiscuit 
and
Of Mice & Men
.
Downtown Los Olivos
-
 Return to Mayberry.
Paradise Road – 
Seabiscuit 
and
Star Trek Insurrection
.
Gaviota Coast
-
Spartan
.
Gaviota Trestle -
Of Mice & Men.
Gaviota Tunnel -
The Graduate
.
Guadalupe Dunes -
The Ten Commandments, Hidalgo, GI Jane, Pirates of the Caribbean III 
.
Santa Maria Airport -
The Rocketeer 
and
The Best Years of Our Lives
.
La Purisima Mission – 
Seabiscuit.
Jalama Road -
 A Walk in the Clouds.
Surrounding Ranchland -
Of Mice & Men.
Faking Santa Barbara
Sometimes a production may be set in Santa Barbara, but for whatever reason they can’t film there. Inthat case they may use a few stock footage-establishing shots, like the pier and tower seen in the TVseries
 Psych.
 In the movie
 I Love You, Man
a wedding scene was supposed to have taken place at the fictional ElEncanto Spa & Resort of Montecito. It was actually filmed at a private residence on the Pacific CoastHighway in Malibu. Sorry, aSanta Barbara vacation rental conciergewon’t be able to make you areservation at El Encanto, but they’ll be able to find you a nice alternative!Sometimes, scenes are shot with certain geographical liberties taken. In
The Graduate
, the scene of Benjamin driving south to Santa Barbara shows his car heading north through the Gaviota Tunnel, in thewrong direction. Even the Santa Barbara church he banged on during the wedding was nowhere nearby. Itis actually located in La Verne, east of Los Angeles.
Television Loves Santa Barbara
Moviemakers aren’t the only people infatuated with the area. Its glamour beckons on the little screen, too.Countless TV shows have been set in, had special episodes located in or just mentioned Santa Barbara.There was even a nighttime drama in the ‘80s called
Santa Barbara
.More recently, our fair city has been featured or mentioned in episodes of 
Gossip Girl 
,
 Entourage
,
Victorious
,
 Beverly Hills 90210
,
The L Word 
,
 Baywatch
,
Melrose Place
,
 Privileged 
,
 L.A. Law
,
 Zorro
and
Oceans Away
.
Kind of Santa Barbara, but Not Really
Then there are the productions that are located in places that sound and look suspiciously like SantaBarbara, but are never overtly established as such. The television show
 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
is aclassic example.Buffy’s hometown “Sunnydale” is described as being a coastal town, two hours north of Beverly Hills – check. Sunnydale and Santa Barbara are both homes to branch campuses of the University of California.The architecture of Sunnydale looks like Santa Barbara. Both towns abut the Pacific Ocean, and suffered

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