Agritourism, agritainment of all kinds and agritractions are trending and continue to grow in popularity, fueled by people wanting to disconnect from stressful lifestyles and reconnect with themselves and their families. Agriculture provides them with a certain ‘Zen’ that is relaxing, refreshing, and reviving; one of the best types of wellness travel.

And the staycation provides travelers an escape from commercial hotels crowded with throngs of tourists.

So, imagine a staycation within an agritritraction.



Chapala Gardens is an Urban, Rooftop Aeroponic Farm in the Heart of West Beach, Santa Barbara’s historic area. They grow produce for the Farmer’s Market and a Community Supported Agriculture Service called “Living Greens Bouquets”

Chapala Gardens has also created a model for communities to grow their own produce and a business model for individuals to run small farms that are profitable in a short amount of time.



And a perfect location for a staycation.

At Chapala Gardens there are 3 lovely vacation rentals, just steps from the beach and State Street, perfect for an urban staycation in a prime location centrally located that feels like its’s in a world of its own.

Imagine staying in a historic landmark with a rooftop garden over your head! Chapala Gardens is not only a farm but also a part of Santa Barbara history. The 100 year old house was originally a dress shop for the 390 room Potter Hotel and is a charming, vibrant and convenient place to stay in Santa Barbara.

Completely renovated in 2010 and newly furnished, these unique sun-lit units are part of a historic triplex in the desirable West Beach area. Your doorway is just 1-1/2-blocks from the sands and volleyball courts on West Beach near Stearn’s Wharf, and easy walking distance to downtown State St. shops and restaurants. Also very close is the Amtrak station; no need for a car at all if arriving by train! There are 3 lovely units available.



Guests can gather in the urban gardens for happy hour or special events. They can also arrange a “farm & stay” experience for more of an in-depth “hands on” experience with the farm.


Read more about the future of urban farms, gardens, and urban planning in the Food Travel issue of Destinations Travel & Lifestyles – HERE!