Some people spend their entire lives dreaming of the beachside Santa Barbara villa they’d like to someday occupy.
You’re acquiring one before Monday ends.
Specifically, the Santa Barbara Inn, a stunning range of Spanish architecture that’s about to fill you with barrel-aged Old Fashioneds before lulling you to sleep with the surf. It’s open now, and here’s the slideshow.
The next weekend you want to get away without going too far, post up under the mosaic domes, Iberian arches and red adobe roof of this charming hotel. But that’s not all you’ll do. You’ll also…
Not stay dry. The pool and hot tub out front are always heated. The bigger Pacific Ocean sitting right across the street is not.
Observe your surroundings. From your room’s balcony, which will be facing either the sea or the mountains. The presence of a sparkling beverage should just be assumed.
Eat at Convivo. That’s the Italian restaurant here from Il Fornaio’s founder, where you’ll consume charcoal-grilled peaches and crispy-pig-head tagliatelle with Calabrian chiles. Or something with less pig head. Here’s the menu.
Drink drinks. There’s a veranda in front. For pairing Palomas and barrel-aged Old Fashioneds with ocean breezes.
It’s been a good year for breezes.
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