Spanish Colonial Style by the Sea

Four Seasons Biltmore, California

Jul 13, 2005
Outside Magazine
Four Seasons Resort

This sanctuary on the beach four miles east of downtown Santa Barbara is pure, laid-back Southern California chic. Don't miss the must-do's—loll by the pool with a strawberry daiquiri and spoil yourself at the spa with an avocado-citrus body wrap. You'll stay in the 1927 Spanish colonial hotel, with its 207 guest rooms, or one of 12 cottages concealed in a maze of red-brick pathways and gardens full of eucalyptus, jasmine, bougainvillea, and roses. Your on-site culinary options are twofold: Play it casual at the Patio, which serves local seafood, or dress it up at La Marina. Venture away from this refuge on the sea to deep-sea-fish for halibut, red snapper, and swordfish; boat to the Channel Islands to watch blue whales and dolphins; or take a sailing lesson. Better yet, get in touch with your inner oenophile in wine country, less than an hour inland. Doubles from $580; 805-969-2261,

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