How to Plan the Perfect California Road Tripâ€”and Where to Stay
Santa Barbara, a.k.a. the American Riviera, is a slice of paradise on the central California coast. Downtown is dotted with white stucco buildings that infuse a feel remnant of the region's past colonization by Spain.
Today, upscale shops sell handcrafted accessories and vintage wares. The burgeoning zone is filled with wineries. Hungry? Make a reservation at one of the many excellent restaurants.
If you want to be in the heart of the action, book a stay at Hotel Californian. Set just one block from the vibrant waterfront, this historic propertyâ€”which was recently revampedâ€”wows with its modern decor reminiscent of ancient North West Africans', soaring ceilings, and sumptuous king-size beds. Thereâ€™s also a hammam-inspired spa along with a beautiful ballroom and event lawns.