For the Travel Bug: 4 Reasons to Send Them to Santa Barbara

They’ve been good this year, haven’t they? So send them off. Destination: Santa Barbara – Southern California’s charming mecca for impeccable wine, great shopping, and panoramic Pacific views. Here’s why.

Why You Should Vacation to Santa Barbara

To start, the weather’s always nice. Sandwiched between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara enjoys moderate temps year-round. No snow boots in January = a happy giftee.

And when it’s not? There’s the Urban Wine TrailWe know – we were excited, too. Start at the centrally located Grassini Family Vineyards & Winery, then head toward the Funk Zone, where you’ll taste away at warehouses like the Santa Barbara and Carr Wineries.

You can come home to an Orient-Express resort. Fresh off a stunning upgrade, Santa Barbara’s iconic El Encanto is an idyllic home base. And we got you an in. (Just saying.)

Where you’ll find cheese brewed by the resort’s own cow, “Ellie.” Seriously. Try it at the on-site restaurant, paired with a pint of the unpasteurized beer they brew nearby.

Farm-to-table eats, wine, luxury, and a hefty dose of relaxation – what’s not to love?

Our El Encanto – Santa Barbara, CA Boutique opened Wednesday, December 4, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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December 4, 2013