I am planning a bachelorette party girls' getaway for a friend, and almost chose Santa Barbara for the long weekend of June 23-26 2017 until I realized that is the weekend of the Solstice Celebration. My friend is really, really not a fan of crowds. So how crazy and overwhelming does it get? Do restaurants get booked up? Do the visitors typically just come in for the day or stay for the weekend?
I was looking into a resort just a bit outside of SB, so maybe things would be quieter there, but due to crowds it might not be feasible for us to go downtown for an off-resort dinner.
Any insight would be appreciated!