Tourists are often drawn to destination hubs like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but it’s actually California’s small towns that boast the most character and charm. Here are five small towns you should detour to on your next West Coast adventure.
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Hotel Ynez is set to open in late November at the crossroads of Solvang and Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara wine country. The boutique hotel is from the creators of Skyview Los Alamos.
Somehow, The Farmhouse Inn manages to be rustic and romantic, grand and intimate, luxe and laid-back all at the same time. Voted both the 2017 “Best Hotel in Northern California by Conde Nast Traveler and 2018 “Best Hotel in California” by Travel & Leisure – not to mention named to the Forbes Travel Guide Verified Luxury List, the Inn actually got its start thanks to hops (a k a the key ingredient in beer), neither grapes nor wine, as one might expect given it is in Sonoma County.
What do Oprah Winfrey, George Lucas, Drew Barrymore, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Costner, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres have in common? They’ve all chosen to make Santa Barbara – commonly called the American Riviera – home.
As the latest addition to Hyatt’s growing Alila brand portfolio, Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas is scheduled to open in early 2021. The luxury property will be found in San Diego’s North County Coastal region.
The Picnic Collective, a small-scale, independent business, specializes in creating luxury outdoor dining experiences in California.