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 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards list. Hotel Californian (#6), The Kimpton Canary (#15) and Belmond El Encanto (#30) were among the Top Hotels in Southern California.” When it came to the Top Resorts in Southern California,” Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara were #18 and #21, 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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Belmond El Encanto

Located in the American Riviera, Belmond El Encanto is Santa Barbara’s only Forbes Five-Star resort. This iconic early 20th-century property is situated atop a commanding hillside, offering ninety-two quintessential, California-styled…

Canary Hotel

Welcome to Kimpton Canary Hotel, perched conveniently one block from trendy State Street in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. A short walk to all that makes downtown so special: locally owned boutiques, cafe's and wine tasting right outside your…

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Along the bluffs and beaches of the Gaviota coast lies a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury. With 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, Bacara offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless…


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