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Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara

Will be in SB from Dec.25th until Jan.1.. Has anybody stayed or heard about the Villa Rosa Inn? Also any suggestions for day trips (we have a car).

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I have stayed there many times when I was working on a project in Santa Barbara(2 times each week). The location is excellent near the beach and the pier and a short walk to all the shops along State Street. There are many good restaurants nearby so you don't necessarily have to take the car out each time.

The hotel is boutique style so all the rooms are going to vary in size. They have a fireplace in the reception area and a complimentary wine, beer,etc reception each evening. In the morning, they serve a complimentary continental breakfast which you can either eat in the breakfast room or take back to your room with a tray. There is a pool and a jacuzzi in the backyard. Parking is readily available in their lot or on the street around the hotel.

As with many of the hotels in Santa Barbara, they are for the most part privately owned and small in style. Demand is high for rooms and rooms are scarce because of the limited supply of large resorts. If you read the reviews for SB hotels, you'll find that many people have high unreasonable expectations for these hotels because of the high prices. However, they all can't be the Ritz Carlton, but they are charming in their own right. I have always had nice stays at the Villa Rosa.

If you have a car then a nice day trip is out to Santa Inez Valley for the wine tours. The hotels all have the maps and info on these routes. The town of Solvang is a nice treat.


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The Santa Ynez Valley has some really nice wineries - or even if you don't enjoy wines, it is a beautiful drive.

Hearst Castle is about 2.5 hours North, but a nice drive up so could make for a nice days outing.

If you want to go shopping - the Camarillo outlets are about 45 minutes South on the 101. They'll be having good sales after Christmas.

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Here are a couple of suggestions:

1. Morro Bay: Its west of San Luis Obispo (SLO). It has a quaint little shopping and eating area all the water which is good to stroll around in an afternoon. Its also close to Montana de Oro state park which has beautiful hiking trials (most of which are very easy) through the forest and along the beatiful and rugged coast. Great place to spot wildlife.

2. San Simeon and Hearst Castle: Northwest of SLO but if you haven't ever been there its worth the trip. Its a magical place and the tours are a lot of fun. You can kill a whole day at this jewel of the central coast. If you decide to do this get reservations in advance to avoid waiting along time once you get there. (www.hearstcastle.com)

3. SLO itself is very nice. I love the downtown area for shopping, people watching and eating at one of the restuarants along the creek. Dinner at the Madonna Inn is fun because of the hotel is famously eccentric. . . if you don't know the Modonna Inn check out its website (www.madonnainn.com) the place is so over the top. Also, the Farmers Market on Thursday evenings is a blast (on Higuera Street).

4. Santa Ynez Valley Wineries: Tons of places to go wne tasting. My personal favorite because of the beauty of the surrounding area, the beauty of the winery itself and availability of a place to picnic is Sunstone winery. (www.sunstonewinery.com) Check it out, you will not be disappointed.

5. North Ventura: Along Main Street there is a lot of cool little boutiques and antique shops, cool places to eat and the Mission San Buenaventura (http://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org) , Primary areas of activity include California Street and Main Street between Ventura Avenue and Fir Street. Located in downtown is also the historic Ortega Adobe, home to the Ortega family, now famous for their chile products.

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