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West Coast meets the Mediterranean Coast in Santa Barbara.
The region’s unusual south-facing coastline contributes to the balmy temperatures and sunshine evocative of the Riviera, owing to its nickname: the American Riviera.
Situated 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara was the original movie-making capital. Before there was a Hollywood motion picture industry, Santa Barbara was home to silent film studios in the early 1900s. These days, celebrities, writers
The lifestyle is relaxed. Downtown Santa Barbara’s famous brick-lined State Street is loaded with sidewalk cafes, little boutiques and restored theaters. Navigating it by foot is encouraged. Foodies and oenophiles are right at home. An “urban wine trail,” located in an industrial neighborhood-turned-arts-district called the Funk Zone, features tasting rooms representing some of the
Stunning estates abound, near the beach or on a bluff. Spanish colonial revival and mission revival marked by arched facades, wrought-iron embellishments,
Just to the east are the coastal communities of Montecito, the quiet retreat of the elite with its own private beach, and Carpentaria with its surf-town feel. Less than an hour from the coast in the Santa Ynez Valley are colorful locales like Solvang, the “Danish Capital” of North America and the cowboy town of Santa Ynez. A decade ago, the area got a huge tourism