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Recent Santa Barbara Area reviews

  • Love this place!

    "I have stayed here twice - once on my own a couple of years ago and again recently with my husband. It was perfect for our needs both times. We had a rental car, but we hardly needed to use it, except for a few out of town trips we had already planned. The Mesa is low key and local, but I like it much better than touristy downtown SB. We walked the beach every day, strolled to The Boathouse for breakfast, and walked up the road in the evenings for tacos, tapas, or Thai food. Loved the private yard with hot tub, and the little stove inside for fire watching. It really felt like our own place. The owners didn't disturb us at all, yet they were more than happy to answer questions and help out if we needed. If you want a romantic, low-key and local, steps-from-the-beach, quiet and private vacation spot, and you don't need fancy cooking equipment or a gourmet kitchen, this place is just great. We will definitely be back."
    Guest: Maddie Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: December 4, 2013
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  • Location!

    "Beautiful views and a delightful, well kept, and very private yard. We were here for a month so really got to know the area. We loved the location of this home as we brought our bikes and were able to leave our car in the driveway. We found that bikes really are the best way to get around here. This Mesa area does sit about 1 1/2 - 2 miles up above the harbor/restaurant/shopping areas of SB so biking to and fro might not be for everyone. We also discovered that being on the ocean and on the mesa also produced cooler temperatures than areas just below us. The home is very cozy and provides enough space that 4 could be here comfortably. Six might feel a bit cramped. It is important to note that one of the bedrooms has a full sized bed (rather than the queen size listed). This bedroom also houses the laundry facilities in it's closet so no place to hang clothes and, depending on how much laundry is being done, might affect someone's privacy. When you are in this house it is bright and airy and has a cottage feel to it. With 2,000 ft all on one level, it was easy to maintain. The property manager was very responsive to our needs and quick to assist whenever there were problems (small and few). We were looking for a place that was quiet, relaxing, and comfortable yet close to activities if we wanted them. This property certainly fit the bill."
    Guest: Karen Y. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 10, 2014
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  • Dream House!

    "We rented this home for a month over Christmas and New Year. We were four adults, a toddler, a little dog and we had the best of times! The house is super conveniently located two minutes away from the beach, three minutes away from the grocery stores at La Mesa and 6 minutes away from downtown with all the great restaurants, shopping and museums. It is lovely in every way: quiet surroundings, beautiful views, very nicely decorated, impeccably clean and really comfortable. As per the kitchen, it is a Chef’s dream! The backyard is fully enclosed and my grand-daughter and the dog had a terrific time running all over without us ever worrying about their safety. The owners were very accommodating and more than helpful. They even thought of providing us with a beautiful Christmas tree :-) We would be very happy to stay in that home again and highly recommend it to others."
    Guest: Kath Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: February 11, 2014
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  • Quiet luxury, minutes from the ocean and park, that exceeded all of our expectations

    "This charming and luxurious house exceeded all of our expectations. We normally rent through a local agency, but this house looked very appealing on VRBO. It turns out that an amazing agent manages it. Our first contact was with the agent, last year on a visit to Santa Barbara. While we were not able to see the inside of the house (it was rented), all of our questions were answered. The process of both arranging the rental and checking in were as effortless as can be. We are a retired couple coming from our own custom designed house, and were still somewhat concerned in that we had booked the house for 8 weeks without seeing the inside. But upon our arrival in January, 2014, we were just delighted. The house is located on a very quiet street, yet only a block to the ocean. We have stayed in a few neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, and this was by far the nicest - minutes to a great park and the beach, and walking distance to fantastic restaurants and retail. There is very little traffic on the street, and it is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in The Mesa. The house is perfectly laid out. There are two guest bedrooms at the “back” of the house, and they share a very nice and fully updated bathroom. We used one of the bedrooms as an office, as it had a very nice table that served as a desk. The deck and backyard are right off the master bedroom, which has its own en-suite, and the lovely fragrance from the garden comes right into the bedroom. All the linens, kitchen appliances and dishes are first class. I work from home, and the internet connection was not only reliable, but very fast. The high-definition television in the living room is superb. We have a mature Border Collie, and the fully fenced and sunny backyard was wonderful for him. Douglas Preserve, probably the best dog-friendly park in the United States, is a five-minute drive away. During our stay we had a few questions and requests, and the property manager always was available to us or got back to us in minutes. All in all, we were so happy with this house that we have already booked it again for two months in 2015, and hope to keep returning every winter. We have rented many places all over North America, from Key West to Maui, and this house was certainly as nice as any other place we’ve rented."
    Guest: William G. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: March 9, 2014
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Santa Barbara Area Travel Tips

The Santa Barbara area of California encompasses the sunny cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope Ranch, Montecito and Summerland. This portion of the state is situated in the southern half and is full of exciting attractions, natural sights to explore and delicious cuisine to dine on. This area is nearby some stunning natural beauty like the Santa Ynez, San Rafael and the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.

The cities in the area are known for unique Mission-style architecture as well as a variety of beaches where you can relax in the sand, catch a fish, try your hand at surfing or hop in the water for a refreshing swim.

Things to Do

- Los Padres National Forest: In Goleta, nature and outdoor lovers will enjoy a visit the Los Padres National Forest. As you explore through the vegetation, keep your eye out for the local wildlife like California condors, peregrine falcons, California mule deer and more. There are more 1,257 miles of trails you can use for a thrilling hike through the forest. You'll also find some beaches here, so if it's a nice day take some time to enjoy the warmth of the sun as you gaze across the water.

- Carpinteria Valley Museum of History: Step back into the city's past at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. An array of unique exhibits features displays on the three main cultures that have called this area home: the Chumash people, Spanish and Mexican settlers and pioneers. Admission is free, though there's a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children, so it's a budget-friendly outing. You'll see photographs, artifacts and more left my former inhabitants.

- El Fureidis: While you're in Montecito, visit El Fureidis, Little Paradise or Pleasure Gardens - depending on how it's translated. It's a 10,000 square foot historic estate built in 1906. El Fureidis was originally called the James Waldron Gillespie Estate after the original owner. It's one of only five homes designed by American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. The estate has been featured in a variety of postcards due to the beautiful Persian gardens and unique and stunning design.

- Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum: If you're a lover of all things literary, you won't want to miss out on Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Santa Barbara. It houses a collection of historical documents and manuscripts. The archives include works in literature, science, history, art and religion. Some of the artifacts include the original draft of the Bill of Rights, the original manuscript of "The Wedding March," Einstein's E = Mc2 formula, the "Thanksgiving Proclamation" signed by President George Washington, Webster's dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus and more than a million more rarities.

- Summerland Beach':' - Summerland Beach is a delightful strip of shore that's not usually too crowded, so you won't have to worry about fighting for a spot in the sand. Watch horseback riders mosey through the surf as you stretch out on your beach towel with a good book or dive into the sand and construct a brilliant sandcastle. This beach is popular among dog owners as well, so you can watch happy pooches playing with their owners and fetching balls out of the water.

- Rincon Beach: Rincon Beach is another excellent option in Carpinteria for spending a day in the sand and surf. It's a top spot for surfers, so you're sure to be treated to a show watching them catch the perfect wave. Relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun as you work on your tan or join the surfers in the water for a refreshing dip.

Shopping and Dining

- Camino Real Marketplace: If you're looking to shop in Goleta, head to Camino Real Marketplace where you'll find everything from large retail stores to smaller boutique shops and everything in between. It's a great spot to do a little retail therapy and pick up some exciting souvenirs to remember your trip. There are also a variety of dining opportunities here, so feel free to stop and refuel with a delicious meal. If you're looking to beat the heat, there's also a state-of-the-art theater.

- Summerland Beach Cafe: For one of the best breakfasts in the Santa Barbara area, head to Summerland Beach Cafe. There's plenty of charm and atmosphere housed in this 19th century Victorian home in addition to the delectable meals.Savor your breakfast or lunch indoors, out on the back patio with a wonderfully wooded backdrop or on the front porch as you gaze over downtown Summerland.

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