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Exploring the Land, the People the Legends of the California Deserts
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Best Western Pepper Tree Inn

A full service mini-resort, enjoy amenities like two sparkling pools, two whirlpools, sauna, massage and fitness facilities.
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Inn By the Harbor

Santa Barbara's best value by the beach, features lovely guest rooms decorated in charming "French Country" decor, only two blocks from the beach and Harbor activities.

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MainTour Santa Barbara Vacation Adventure
[ Overview / Historic Park / Mission / Museums / Gardens / Stearns Wharf / UCSB /


Overview to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara (pop. 90,200) is located midway along a very scenic stretch of the Pacific Coast Hwy, between the Santa Ynez Mountains the ocean. It is one of the premier tourist destinations in Southern California and hometown of former president Ronald Reagan.

Discovered in 1602 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian Vizcaino. In 1782 a Spanish fortress was built there followed in 1786 by the famous Mission. This Spanish heritage can be seen in the many white-washed adobe style buildings that grace this city.

Santa Barbara Resort Hotel Directory
Recommended vacation resort hotels for this area.
Many room types and vacation packages available.
Room availability search engine for the immediate vicinity.

Romantic Weekends in Southern California
Profiling over 28 locales in this popular state, Romantic Weekends Southern California provides the inspiration you need to celebrate that special person in your life. Designed for couples of all ages and lifestyles, this book offers romantic ideas to suit all budgets, too. Walks along the beach, old-fashioned sundaes to share, bookstore browsing with café latte on the side, secluded nature preserves with backwoods paths.

Book Las Vegas Show Tickets - Big listing of all major productions and special events.

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Other Santa Barbara, CA services:

Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA, 93452
MainTour Online HotRates Available!

Holiday Inn Santa Barbara-Goleta
5650 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA, 93117
MainTour Online HotRates Available!

Inn BY the Harbor
433 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
MainTour Online HotRates Available!

Sandman Inn
3714 State St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
MainTour Online HotRates Available!

Santa Barbara Relocation Guide - Local Homebuyers Guide
Free monthly newsletter that is locally produced with the latest news and tips for the Santa Barbara real estate market. A great guide for if you are buying or selling a new home, vacation home or coastal properties.

Santa Barbara Vacation Condo Rental Directory
The Vacation Condo hotlink to local listings and our online reservation system.

San Diego California Vacation Adventure
Includes special features on Sea World, Legoland, Balboa Park and other famous venues. Big directory of local theme parks and other spectacular attractions, entertainment, dining, world-class resorts, sports, recreation and much more.

Bacara Resort and Spa
301 HOLLISTER AVENUE - SANTA BARBARA, CA, US 93117
This 360-room luxury resort opened Sept 2000 and is already regarded as probably the best facility on the California coastline between Los Angeles and Big Sur. Modeled after a Spanish village in a background of exquisite landscaping. Private balconies and patios reveal breathtaking ocean vistas and lush courtyards. Shutters frame your view between bedroom and bath reflecting a distinguished baronial residence. The most affluent amenities and services are handsomely provided that will kindle romance and enchant evenings.

Four Seasons Biltmore - Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Drive - Santa Barbara, Ca, Us 93108
Designed in Spanish Colonial architecture and located in a romantic seaside setting in the heart of the American Riviera, this legendary 70-year old resort has been carefully resorted to its former splendor.


Santa Barbara Historical District

These historic adobes (mostly located in downtown) are colorful reminders of the city's historic past.

Tour San Luis Obispo California
- Another MainTour Vacation Adventure

Many choices available for fun and excitement on the romantic Pacific Coast Highway along the Central Coast. Tour Hearst Castle or take a sunset stroll at either Pismo Beach or Morro Bay. Many fine arts and cultural venues are also available. MainTour has great ideas for your next family vacation, weekend getaway or romantic datenite.


Tour Botanical Gardens


Museums of Santa Barbara

Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort
633 E Cabrillo Blvd - Santa Barbara, Ca, Us 93101
A 24-acre oceanfront resort with 360 oversized rooms. Every room has a patio and balcony offering views of the resort gardens, Santa Ynez Mountains or Pacific Ocean. The resort offers an array of amenities from tennis courts, putting green, shuffleboard to pool/jacuzzi hair salon and spa services.


Stearns Wharf


University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Barbara
Ward Memorial Blvd (SR-217), Goleta, CA 93117; (805) 893-8175;

989-acre campus to some 19,000 students located near the ocean. Tours are available Mon-Fri at 11AM and 2PM at the visitors center. Admission at the front gate for non-student visitors is $5 which includes parking and campus map.
University Art Museum - (805) 893-2951
Arts & Lectures Ticket Office - (805) 893-3535
Storke Tower - landmark carillon

Prominent Features:
Storke Tower - 175 foot tower with a 61-bell carillon that sounds twice per hour.

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