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Recent Santa Barbara Area reviews

  • A magical setting for memories

    "Ravenscroft is appointed with such thoughtful detail. Photos do not do it justice. Melanie and Todd clearly have thought of all the comforts and luxuries to allow for relaxation, fun and creating memories. The kitchen is enviable. And there are so many picturesque places to relax and have a meal or just a glass of wine. From the sitting area near the outdoor fireplace to the indescribable room with vines on the ceilings. With a tennis court, pool and gorgeous gardens, you never have to leave Ravenscroft for a perfect holiday. It is really a magical place."
    Guest: Julie M. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 22, 2014
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  • Over delivered

    "We had a wonderful experience in this fantastic home. I have been accustomed to properties overpromising... this property over-delivered. Very spacious, very clean, very welcoming, very well maintained, very well stocked, fresh linens, and very homelike. The owners were fantastic and gave us some good activity advice. The outdoor patio was a wonderful experience for our three generations to catch up over the 4th of July. The beach was truly private and for once REALLY "just steps to the beach"... we enjoyed the seals sunning themselves on the rocks... The short drive to downtown was just right... Kids and adults liked the owner provided bikes and beach gear... you will not be disappointed..."
    Guest: MRA Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 10, 2014
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  • Fantastic getaway for our whole family!

    "My husband and I brought our two children to Carpinteria for a week so that we could attend a family wedding and enjoy a family vacation. The Beach Haven condo was everything we expected: clean, neat, well-stocked, and very convenient for all of our activities. There was plenty of room for the four of us, and we enjoyed making our own meals at "home" most of the time, rather than spending loads of money on restaurant meals. The best things about this condo were as follows. The well-stocked kitchen; since our children have food allergies, we prefer to make our own meals as often as possible. The Beach Haven condo had everything we needed to make simple meals. The convenient location; we were very close to a grocery store and, best of all, the beach! We loved just walking out the door and heading for the beach, where we explored tide pools and rode the waves on boogie boards. We also found the location very convenient for our occasional trips to Santa Barbara, which was only 15-20 minutes away. The neighbors; the whole property was neat, well-kept, and quiet. We met a couple of the residents there, and everyone was kind and friendly. The one single thing that we did not like was the stuffy heat. There was no a/c , which should have been okay, but during the day we couldn't stand to be inside, even with every single fan blowing and the shades drawn. We didn't spend too much time inside during the day anyway, but preparing lunch and/or dinner was difficult with the heat. Even bedtime was uncomfortable until the evening breezes made their way in after the sun went down. The good far outweighed the "bad" at this condo, and we have already decided that if we make our way to Carp again, we will contact the owner to stay here again!"
    Guest: brittk Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 3, 2014
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  • The perfect getaway

    "This was our second girls trip to this lovely home. The grounds are stunning, the home is comfortably finished and full of wonderful worldly art and treasures. The layout is perfect for friends, or a family vacation. The owners are responsive and helpful. It was hard to leave!"
    Guest: shay Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: January 5, 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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