Santa Barbara


Let's Hit the Road: 11 U.S. Trips to Take Now

After a spring of hibernation, we are more than ready to get out and see the world. For many of us, that means jumping in the car and hitting the open road.

Best Amenities: Editors' Choice 2020

From beaches and baths to more-unconventional offerings, these are our Editors' Choice Award winners for Best Amenities.

Best Cocktail Bars: Editors' Choice 2020

Like hotels, bars should feel like they are somewhere, not just anywhere. These five bars we visited in 2019 stood out in our memories as exceptional.

Best in Class: Editors’ Choice 2020

Each year, our editors discover hotels and resorts that are notable in specific ways. Here are the highlights from 12 months of tireless travel.

Road Trip! Our Top 15 Scenic Drives

Certain destinations cry out to be explored by car. Here are 15 of our editors' favorite scenic drives, from the Amalfi Coast to the Oregon Coast and beyond.

Whale Watching Off the Coast of Southern California

We went on two whale-watching tours: one in the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara, and another, farther south, off Newport Beach.

San Ysidro Ranch Reborn

San Ysidro Ranch is one of the most legendary retreats in the United States. Now, after a flash flood and an extensive renovation, the property is back.

Discovering Santa Barbara’s Storied Past

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, we got a sense of the area's storied past by visiting its famous mission, a historic park and a maritime museum.

Indelible Memory: A Santa Barbara Salt Cave

Many Santa Barbarans aren't even aware that one of the largest Himalayan salt caves in North America sits in the center of downtown. We had to investigate.

Waterfront Seafood Dining in Santa Barbara

Two establishments are consistently cited as the best seafood restaurants in Santa Barbara. We tried both but were only satisfied with one.

A Rustic California Guest Ranch Perfect for Families

Opened in 1946, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort offers families numerous activities including golf, equestrian center, a kids' club and a full-service spa.

A Newly Recommended Hotel Near Santa Barbara

About 45 minutes from Santa Barbara, a blissfully rustic guest ranch enchanted our writer. With activities a priority here, it's perfect for family trips.

Santa Barbara Wine Country

Our writer spent the day sampling wine at tasting rooms across Santa Barbara wine country. Here are four of her favorite stops along the way.

Bookshelf: The Story of Santa Cruz Island

The heart of this book is the epic tale of the Caire family, which at one time owned Santa Cruz Island, about 30 miles off the coast of California.

Letter From the Editor: May 2019

For the May 2019 issue, our editors found an ecolodge in Cambodia, stayed at the latest hotel from the Aman founder in Vietnam and returned to Santa Barbara.

Our Editors' 20 Favorite Hideaway Hotels

The Hideaway Report’s team of editors travels far and wide, uncovering the most distinctive hotels in the world. Here are their top 20 hideaway hotels.

Best Family Resorts: Readers' Choice Awards 2016

Acqualina Resort & Spa in Miami Beach earned first place for the second year in a row, adding a third award for the hotel this year.

Guest Pinner: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

We've invited luxury beachfront property Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California, to guest-pin with us from September 7-11, 2015.

Just Back From: South Africa & Mozambique

A Hideaway Report staff member shares details from his California destination wedding and subsequent honeymoon in South Africa and Mozambique.

Botanical Gardens of Lotusland

A walkthrough of Lotusland in Montecito, CA, one of the world's premiere botanical gardens.

2014 Grand Awards: North America & Central America

Winning hotels from the 2014 Andrew Harper Grand Awards in California, Canada, Florida, D.C., Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

A Santa Barbara Legend Revived

After a seven-year restoration by Orient-Express, Santa Barbara’s oldest hotel reopened last March. For decades, its famous terrace provided a glamorous stage for movie stars and presidents alike.

Gallery: San Ysidro Ranch, California

Congratulations to 2013 Hideaway Report Reader Survey favorite San Ysidro Ranch in Southern California.

A Blissful Road Trip Through California's Winelands

Over the years, I have enjoyed many happy times in California’s Napa and Sonoma wine regions, with their lengthy rosters of sophisticated hotels and restaurants.

In the News: El Encanto Reborn

Perched on a hillside overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific, El Encanto opened in 1918 and became a favorite hideaway for Hollywood’s elite.

California Tasting Room Discoveries

The Los Olivos Tasting Room My preference is to taste wines where they are made, but in the case of smaller producers, this may not always be possible.

El Encanto, Santa Barbara, Reborn

Perched on a hillside overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific, El Encanto opened in 1918 and became a favorite hideaway for Hollywood’s elite.

Wine Country Restaurants

In addition to fine meals in the places we stayed, we also enjoyed a number of restaurants along the way.

Notable Openings: Santa Barbara's El Encanto

(March 3, 2013) Orient-Express opens their first property on the West Coast, El Encanto, this week.

Ojai, California: Pretty as a Picture

A recent trip to California concluded with a weekend gathering of friends to celebrate an "ending-in-zero" birthday. Most

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