I spent the first several days of March (1st - 5th) in Santa Barbara, CA. This was my first time in Santa Barbara, and I really enjoyed it.
I paid a crazy premium for an AirBnb rental in the hearth of the city, and while I felt like it was overpriced, I am glad that I stayed downtown. I enjoyed a number of restaurants there, and found a bar (The Pickle Room) where I ended most nights.
On my last day in the area, I visited a handful of wineries in the area, and really enjoyed the little town of Los Olivos.