Santa Barbara Wins 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award

Destination ranked a “Top Small City” in the U.S.

Natalie Bovee, Communications Manager
Visit Santa Barbara
(805) 966-9222, ext. 107 or [email protected]

Karna Hughes, Director of Communications
Visit Santa Barbara
(805) 966-9222, ext. 112 or [email protected]

Santa Barbara, Calif. (November 10, 2017) —Santa Barbara has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top Small Cities in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. Santa Barbara first appeared on the list in 2015. The destination, which welcomes more than 7.2 million total visitors per year, is one of 15 winners ranked in the category among other top reader favorites. More than 300,000 travelers took part in the 30th annual survey—a record high for participation—voting on 610 cities and 7,320 hotels and resorts, according to Condé Nast Traveler.

Several Santa Barbara South Coast hotels were named as winners under the survey’s “Top 25 Hotels in Southern California” category, including The Kimpton Goodland Hotel, Spanish Garden Inn, Belmond El Encanto and Kimpton Canary Hotel.

“We’re honored to be named a top destination for travel by Condé Nast Traveler readers and proud to see so many Santa Barbara South Coast hotels recognized,” said Visit Santa Barbara President/CEO Kathy Janega-Dykes. “Santa Barbara’s small-town charm and relaxed coastal vibe combined with its sophisticated, well-curated shops and attractions offer visitors and our local community the best in hospitality. Its excellent restaurants, stunning coastal landscape and world-class wine country also have helped create the bucket-list appeal of the destination.”

Santa Barbara, along with all the winners of the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, is currently featured in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler and on, which together reach 6.1 million readers per month. A full list of winners can be found online at


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