Lodging in Santa Barbara, California (VII)

Lodging in Santa Barbara, California (VII)

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Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, located in Southern California. If you’ve planned a tour of the Central California Coast, then Santa Barbara is definitely the best overnight destination. This articles series will reveal everything you need to know about lodging in Santa Barbara, California:


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: San Ysidro Ranch – Posh mountain hideaway


All types of celebs and bigwigs retreat to historic San Ysidro Ranch. Here’s where they connect with nature in a gorgeous mountain setting – but can also count on the first-class amenities and privacy to which they’re accustomed. 


Vivien Leigh, Sir Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby and Audrey Hepburn all stayed on the property, and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned here. 


The compound now includes 41 rooms, suites and cottages, an 1825 adobe, citrus groves, flower and veggie gardens, and 500 acres of open space with 17 miles of hiking trails. 


Even if you’re not an overnight guest you can experience the romantic environment while dining at the two restaurants: the historic Stone house or the more casual Plow & Angel bistro. 


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Ocean Mesa Campground – Bluff-top campsites near the beach


Ocean Mesa's 80 RV and 20 tent campsites occupy a scenic bluff next door to its sister property, El Capitan Canyon Resort. 


While not as posh as its sister, Ocean Mesa provides many of the same perks: heated swimming pool and spa, convenience store, 15 miles of hiking trails and access to Saturday evening concerts. They also offer Wi-Fi and cable TV access and a play structure for kids.


But Ocean Mesa holds a rare card that trumps its sister: ocean views unfold from every site. 


Leashed dogs are welcome and can romp in two special runs; one is an off-leash area.


Note: the train runs by here occasionally, so if you're sensitive to noise, bring earplugs.