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Visit the American Riveria at five luxury Inspirato accommodations. Just outside of Montecito is the storybook English-style cottage Lilac, situated on one acre of tranquil gardens offering its own pool and outdoor fireplace. Nearby, the Rosewood Miramar Beach stretches along the pristine Pacific coastline offering an idyllic beachside retreat. Sitting on 500 acres of Southern California wine country is San Ysidro Ranch, a secluded getaway offering 17 miles of trails to explore.
To the west, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara provides a peaceful and luxurious experience with a Mediterranean feel on 78 acres of oceanfront property. The intimate Belmond Ecanto—the only Forbes five-star resort in Santa Barbara—is nestled high in the hills, less than two miles from downtown.
Nestled in a temperate coastal valley 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has long been a haven for vacationers searching for an escape from city life. Also known as the American Riviera, the city and its surrounding Montecito area fuse the beauty of Mediterranean-style towns with the essence of California style. The climate is typical of the state's ocean front communities, with breezes that keep winters warm and summers cool. The Santa Ynez Mountain range is the perfect backdrop to the city's already blossoming, year-round beauty. Every stay should include a tour of the city's Spanish-inspired architecture, culture and boutique gastronomy.
60,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, a store, café, 154-seat auditorium, children's interactive programming and library make up Santa Barbara Museum of Art, one of the leading art museums on the west coast.
Twenty-five minutes north on PCH1, you'll find the world-famous Jalama burger at Jalama Beach Store and Grill. Lean ground beef, fresh sliced veggies and secret Jalamba sauce have kept happy customers returning for years.
Don't tell Napa Valley but the longest growing season in California happens in Santa Barbara County. Visit the Vintners Spring Weekend and Festival in April to celebrate upcoming vintages or Celebration of Harvest Weekend and Festival in October.
At every Belmond property, you'll find exceptional service, fine dining and luxe accommodations that reflect the unique charm and aesthetic of their destination. The Belmond brand also actively supports environmental, educational and sustainability efforts of the local communities its properties call home.
Generally mild and sunny, with low humidity and seasonal temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, Santa Barbara's weather mimics the subtropical climate of the Mediterranean.
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