WEEKEND GETAWAY – Santa Barbara
The weather is getting warmer and love is in the air. Weekend trips are all the buzz this season, but how can you find the ideal romantic yet relaxing get- away? Look no further than the beautiful Santa Barbara! Nestled about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has some of the most breathtaking views California has to offer and if you are looking for serenity with a taste of luxury, The Bacara Resort and Spa is the absolute perfect place for you.
The resort lies right above the Gaviota coast, which is one of the largest, last remaining intact coastal Mediterranean ecosystems in California and the Pacific Ocean views, are indeed spectacular to say the least. The ultra luxurious resort has 354 rooms; each room has their own private balcony or patio with a remarkable view. Fine Dining is available at one of the four restaurant or lounges which included the award winning restaurant Micro. The cuisine is contemporary American gourmet, created through classical cooking techniques using fresh local produce. The restaurant is mostly known for their world class 12,000 bottle wine cellar and has won the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” nine years in a row.
If you want to get up and dance the Bacara Bar features Musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights along with some finely crafted cocktails. Bistro Restaurant overlooks the ocean and is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. The style is California Mediterranean, and all the ingredients are regionally grown. For a healthy quick bite the spa café offers some truly nourishing options and delicious, freshly squeezed juices.
Then there is the spa itself. Talk about ultimate relaxation. This 4 star gem includes an infinity heated saline pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, eucalyptus steam room, hydrotherapy whirlpool, lounge, Swiss showers, a rooftop patio and fitness equipment. There are 36 treatment rooms including an outdoor massage area and private sundeck. There are more than 60 different treatments offered which include body scrubs, bronzes, facials, massage, polishes and many more. If you can’t decide on just one there are great spa packages available. Bacara also has a full service beauty salon for hair, nails, waxing and make-up application. A visit to the salon is perfect before a night out on the town or a quiet romantic evening at one of the restaurants.
And Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you need to skip your work out either, at Bacara you won’t want to once you see the 3,500 square foot state of the art fitness center that has all top of the line equipment for you to use. There are also a few shops that feature designer clothing, fine jewelry and spa items.
Some cool activities you can do while you are there include, Wine tasting, horseback riding, golf, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, sailing, windsurfing and paragliding. You really can’t go wrong visiting a place like this and you don’t need to go far either. The Bacara is one of the top wedding destinations in California and it is no surprise, as it exudes romance and beauty. It is a magical place made to create some beautiful memories.