Santa Barbara is often referred to by visitors as the American Riviera – “where golden hillsides cascade into sparkling seas. Red-tile roofs give way to abundantly sunny skies.” This combination of qualities makes the city an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea. It is just an hour and forty-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles to the heart of Santa Barbara.
The Best Places to Stay in Santa Barbara
Bacara Resort & Spa
Situated on the Gaviota coast sits this resort and spa, where visitors will marvel at the unbridled natural beauty and top-notch luxury and relaxation. The resort sprawls 78 acres of oceanfront property, with two miles of stunning beaches, offering spaces for sun-worshipers to take in the picturesque sea and sky-scapes. The resort was carefully designed to uphold the aesthetic of a charming Mediterranean village. Guests can book a visit to the award-winning 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center or take advantage of one of three zero-edge swimming pools and 26 private cabanas. The 358 guestrooms were all recently updated to offer posh luxury with all of the modern amenities guests could need.
Four Seasons Resort – The Biltmore Santa Barbara
The Biltmore of Santa Barbara is a Four Seasons Resort located oceanfront, atop untouched Butterfly Beach. This resort combines upscale service with the charm of a historic Spanish Colonial gem. The Spanish style is seen through the beautiful red roof tiles, ivory walls and flowing archways amidst the picturesque gardens. Guests can make a reservation for seaside dining and a day at the highly sought after Biltmore Spa.
The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
The Fess Parker – a Double Tree resort by Hilton is located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s beach area, less than two miles from the arts, dining and cultural activities in the downtown area. The resort is surrounded by artfully landscaped gardens, ocean view patios and plenty of places to take in the scenery.
Things to Do in Santa Barbara
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure – Santa Barbara
Engaging in this unique experience allows players to turn Santa Barbara into an enormous board game. By combining the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour, players can use their smart phone and work as a team, visiting many well-known locations throughout the city. You can solve clues and complete challenges while learning about the city.
Salt Cave Sessions
The Santa Barbara underground Himalayan salt caves offer up a place for visitors experience the wonder of Salt. There are two underground Himalayan salt caves, with sessions running for 45 minutes beginning each hour. There are several options for healing and relaxation treatments including scrubs and massage offerings.
John Downey’s namesake restaurant was opened in 1982 with a simple goal; serve the best food available in a comfortable, welcoming setting where guests can stop by for an exceptional meal. The restaurant serves local offerings whenever possible, which has led to an established relationship with local organic farmers. The wine list is a sampling of the best of California, with a focus on wines from Santa Barbara County.
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