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June 22nd, 2009
Santa Barbara: Passport to the American Riviera!

This summer, The Santa Barbara Conference Visitors Bureau and Film Commission offers you the opportunity to experience Santa Barbara to its fullest (the recent fires left most of the city untouched). Compliments of Santa Barbara provides travelers not only with a checklist of 20 classic local experiences, but also offers perks and upgrades at 28 participating hotels, restaurants, attractions and events, which will be available through September 30, 2009. This amazing package will allow travelers to experience the luxury, culture and abundance of popular attractions of Santa Barbara on any budget.

Santa Barbara County is famous for its beautiful beaches, such as Rincon Point Beach—one of the premier surfing locations in the world, Leadbetter Beach—great for swimming and family fun, and Butterfly Beach—the most west-facing beach which offers incredible views of the city, the wharf and the sunset, just to name a few. Most of Santa Barbara’s beaches afford visitors sun all day long and shelter from the wind and surf due to their unique position on a south-facing stretch of coastline. But the breathtaking beaches are not all that Santa Barbara has to offer. The county is situated on an enormously diverse range of land: nearly one-third of which is set aside in the Los Padres National Forest, which includes the rugged San Rafael Wilderness Area. So for the outdoor adventurer, Santa Barbara County’s topographical diversity creates a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in a relatively compact area.

Most locals would agree that the beauty of Santa Barbara is that much of her charm can be experienced without any impact on your wallet whatsoever. Stroll through the pages of the past as you explore historic landmarks, wander though coastal nature preserves, lose yourself in the beauty of scenic views, taste the flavor of local culture on State Street, and then cast your cares away as you soak up the sweet California sun on exquisite beaches.

Compliments of Santa Barbara adds a little luxe to every traveler’s vacay with lodging perks such as complimentary meal credits, in-room champagne and chocolates, not to mention the complimentary passes to tours and attractions and even a third night free. For full details on the complimentary perks and upgrades offered at 15 properties, including bed and breakfast inns, beachfront resorts and boutique hotels visit the Santa Barbara website. Compliments also accomodates for the the foodie and metropolitan diva in us all with offers at area museums, restaurants and attractions. With events ranging from fine wine tours and Channel Islands excursions to festivals and performances, Compliments give you an all-access pass to enjoy Santa Barbara and save!

2 thoughts on “Santa Barbara: Passport to the American Riviera!

  1. Vacationing in Santa Barbara is a must! It’s truly like no other city in the world, with a Mediterranean climate, amazing beaches and hikes, and such a great laid back beachy vibe in the city. Unfortunately, it’s a vacation for the rich and famous for a reason. Hotels can get very expensive, and once you factor in all the delicious food and wine you will be buying, prices can be off the richter scale! Whenever my husband and I come to town, we try to save on our lodgings in order to be able to splurge more on other things. We have stayed at The Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com) many times on our past trips and love it! Quaint, well furnished property right on State Street with great service and two swimming pools for the kids!

  2. Love Santa Barbara! Such a gorgeous city and visiting it is an absolute treat! SO much to do there and the weather is always so nice. The beaches, the downtown area with fabulous restaurants as well as shops, it is always a good time. I’ve stayed in so many different hotels in town and the rankings are all over the place. Each place was pretty pricy though, which was a disappointment of course. I was just there and I stayed a great hotel my parents actually recommended; The South Coast Inn (www.santa-barbara-hotel.com). SO elegant and the best place to escape all of the city noise and get some much needed R&R!

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