March 6th, 2015 at 8:30 am

Santa Barbara

Photo courtesy of David P. Lewis /

Whether you’re fortunate enough to live in Santa Barbara or close enough to visit occasionally, the charming coastal city is a great place to decompress on a staycation. Besides the standard chain hotels and motels, the town offers a wide range of accommodations, from tucked-away B&Bs to grand beachfront resorts. Costs for an overnight stay are all over the map, but most places feature special packages regularly. Check their websites often for upcoming deals. Here are few spots around town to give you an idea of what’s available, from approximately lowest to highest on the price scale:

The Eagle Inn: This family-owned B&B hotel and casitas is reasonably priced and near the water. The marina and beach are three minutes away, and Stearns Wharf and State Street, Santa Barbara’s main shopping area, are a 10-minute walk. Some rooms have large whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and balconies, and all have cable TV with free movie channels, DVD player and free use of DVD library, high-speed Internet connectivity and air conditioning. The bridal suite has a fireplace and private patio.

232 Natoma Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Secret Garden Inn & Cottages: Originally built for a large family in 1905 and renovated in the 1980s, this B&B is secluded behind high hedges, hidden pathways, and romantic gardens. The inn comprises a main house where breakfast is served, and four cottages set in a lush jasmine-, jacaranda- and camellia-filled garden. All 11 rooms have private bathrooms, and four suites have a private outdoor hot tub. Several packages are available, such as wine tastings, spa treatments, and museum tickets.

1908 Bath St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bacara Resort & Spa: So romantic it was a featured location on TV’s reality series “The Bachelorette,” this sprawling, luxurious enclave is nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. All 354 guest rooms, luxury suites, and luxury retreats feature private balconies or patios with gorgeous views. Amenities include fine dining in four restaurants and lounges, and pampering at the Spa at Bacara, a 42,000-square-foot spa and wellness center. World-class golf is available at three nearby courses, including the adjacent Sandpiper.

8301 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Belmond El Encanto: On a high hill overlooking the city and the Pacific, this luxury hotel combines glamour with laidback style. Santa Barbara’s only Forbes Five-Star resort is an enchanting hideaway for those who desire privacy and serenity amid seven acres of landscaped gardens. An icon since the 1920s, its original architectural features have been brought back to life with modern additions including a large outdoor swimming pool, fitness studio, and boutique spa.

800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805 845 5800, U.S. toll-free 800.393.5315

Photography provided by David P. Lewis /

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