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.
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.
The iconic Stearns Wharf is at the heart of Santa Barbara. 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.
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.