Checking In: A Californian Escape at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara

There’s a reason visitors to Santa Barbara are return guests. Situated on the California Coast, this is one of the most authentic, cultural cities you can visit on the Pacific Coast Highway. Though big compared to other towns to stop in along Highway 1, Santa Barbara is still quite small and condensed in relative terms. However they say great things come in small packages – so you can expect some of the best cuisine, shopping, and beach culture here in Santa Barbara. I checked in to the Four Seasons Santa Barbara to experience this for myself and see why everyone loves a quick escape to Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara

The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Entering the lobby of the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara feels like a time warp. The gorgeous interiors are a direct reflection of Californian lifestyle in its’ golden age, which has been cleverly kept in all of its originality and authenticity.

The rooms keep with the Spanish style and flair, however are equally modern and understated. Neutral and pastel colour tones are complimented with lavish and colourful tiled bathrooms. Rooms are even outfitted with a steam room inside the shower, which is a luxurious added extra that is warmly welcomed!

Be sure to request a room with ocean views, as the property is located directly on the beach and the sun gloriously pours in to provide the perfect morning awakening.

Rooms Start at $395 per night; Suites from $1,270 per night


The Beach and Cabana Club

My favourite part of the resort was actually beyond the resort itself! As a guest of The Biltmore, you will have exclusive access to the Beach and Cabana Club, located adjacent to the resort itself. It is here where you can enjoy a large lap swimming pool and the hotel’s dining options. Be sure to try Finn’s for breakfast, it is very moderately priced and filled with lots of healthy breakfast options and smoothies. The granola parfait ($9) is an absolute must!

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Once you’re finished unwinding, be sure to make your way along the beach to the city itself and experience all that Santa Barbara has to offer. You can hire a bicycle from the resort for the day or walk the length of the beach to arrive at Stearns Wharf.

Stearns Wharf

The iconic Stearns Wharf is at the heart of Santa Barbara.ย As the cities’ most iconic tourist attractions, there are always plenty of people strolling the wharf and its’ many dining options, shopping choices and cruises which depart the wharf.

State Street

If you’re looking to spend your pennies, look no further than State Street in Santa Barbara. It is here where you will find a seemingly endless supply of shopping options.

Santa Barbara Zoo

If you’ve got a little more time on your side, be sure to pop into the Santa Barbara Zoo – one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.


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    Travel Kiddos Blog
    June 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    We went to Santa Barbara a few years back on a romantic escape in our cabriolet from LA… and simply loved it! Another great place to stay is at Bacara Resort and Spa!

    Mrs Globalicious
    April 22, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I just fell in Love with Santa Barbara seeing your pictures! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Want more!



    April 20, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Love your blog! Totally inspiring how you’re travelling the world and living out of a suitcase. x – The Vie Design –

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 19, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for sharing! I love reading about luxury hotels; it gives me a goal to work towards in the future.

    Keri Blair
    April 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Looks gorgeous and a great reason to visit Santa Barbara!

    April 18, 2015 at 6:30 am

    That seems like a wonderful place! I would love to go someday to a stunning hotel like this one. With love,

    April 18, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Looks lovely!

    April 18, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I have yet to explore Santa Barbara but I recently took a mini weekend trip to San Luis Obispo and I loved the beach-town feel of the city!


    April 18, 2015 at 12:30 am

    The hotel looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit Santa Barbara, it’s still on my bucket list.

    Jessica @ The Belle Voyage
    April 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I love Santa Barbara and have always wanted to stay at the Four Seasons!! Are you going wine tasting as well? If so Melville and Babcock are lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 17, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Wow that look absolutely amazing. Hope you’re having a good time in the US

    Love from Austria,

    April 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Beautiful place!!!

    April 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve been to the USA many time, but only to the East Coast. This year we’re planning a trop to the West side. Hmmm…Have I just spotted a great place to stay? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    April 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Hotels like that can make anybody happy! Its like an ultimate formula to happiness, haha

    Jake Ryan
    April 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Ah wow this place looks amazing. Bet you had an incredible stay ๐Ÿ˜€


    April 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Its AMAZING how many post a currently coming.. LOVE IT.. They are amazing!!

    Sarah Lynn
    April 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    What an epic road trip!

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    April 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Going to a hens in Santa Barbara later in the year… excitement!!

    John Manson
    April 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome pics of santa barnara.I am dying to go over there. It’s really beautiful. Thank you…..

    April 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I heard the zoo is great! I haven’t been but I’ve only heard positive things about Santa Barbara.


    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    April 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I am seething with jealousy over here.

    Karen Farber
    April 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Sounds like a heavenly escape! I love going to Santa Barbara, it’s such a gorgeous town!

    April 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for this, I am planning a trip to Santa Barbara this fall. Will have to look into the Four Seasons.

    April 17, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Love santa Barbara. Its a great jumping point to wine country.

    April 17, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Fun story: I have snuck onto the beach from this hotel when I visited with friends last year! It was such a funny day, and the property was just so gorgeous.