Santa Barbara Love

The traveling public has spoken, and we love their love for Santa Barbara. Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards placed Santa Barbara on the list of Best Small Cities in the U.S.  We were in very good company, with other beloved, iconic destinations like Charleston, SC and Santa Fe, NM.

Of Santa Barbara, the magazine wrote, “You won’t be hard pressed to find things to do in Los Angeles’s northern neighbor, also known as the American Riviera.” When here, the editors recommended that visitors check out our local wineries and orchid growers, and—of course—make themselves at home at one of our fabulous luxury hotels.

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Photo Credit: Blake Bronstad

Keeping with tradition, several Santa Barbara hotels also received endorsements on the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards list. Belmond El Encanto (#5) was among the Top 20 Hotels in Southern California.” When it came to the Top 15 Resorts in Southern California, San Ysidro Ranch and the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara were #4 and #7, respectively.

As Visit Santa Barbara’s President and CEO Kathy Janega-Dykes said, “Santa Barbara has a way of making travelers feel like they’re in a little pocket of paradise when here. The natural beauty, diversity of activities and attractions, vibrant restaurants and world-class wine country offer visitors an unparalleled quintessential California experience.”

Please come see us soon to experience our pocket of paradise firsthand and show your #CALove!

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El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel

Located in the American Riviera, El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel is Santa Barbara's ultimate luxury getaway. This iconic early 20th-century property is situated atop a commanding hillside, offering ninety-two quintessential, California-styled bungalows…


The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Set against a backdrop of golden beaches and lush mountains, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara embodies the charm, beauty, and energy of the Mediterranean in the heart of Santa Barbara. The iconic Central California resort spans 78 acres…


San Ysidro Ranch

Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil vacation destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to the Forbes 5-Star Santa Barbara hideaway…


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