Called the American Riviera, Santa Barbara, California is one of the truly beautiful places in the United States that you should not miss. At Select Registry, we are proud to represent two extraordinary bed & breakfasts that cater to those who are looking for a special getaway, far from the maddening crowd and close to what matters.
Simpson House Inn
This 1874 historic landmark Victorian estate is the only bed & breakfast in North America to receive the AAA Five Diamond Rating, and it is well deserved. With gardens that have also claimed the “Santa Barbara Beautiful” Award, this exquisite inn is absolutely one of a kind. Here you will experience the ultimate in pampering, with accommodations, amenities, and impeccable service that befits royalty, which is just what you deserve. As a place to relax and unwind, the atmosphere provides the utmost in tranquility, providing the perfect domain for an intimate vacation within a highly tuned aesthetic. Simpson House Inn includes the mansion, a perfectly restored barn from 1878, and four elegant and unique garden cottages. With a total of fifteen guestrooms, each one is filled with carefully sourced antiques, fine art, authentic Victorian wallpaper, king and queen size beds, oriental carpets, wood-burning fireplaces with loveseats, clawfoot tubs, whirlpool baths, and French doors opening out to private decks.
Enjoy either the Weathervane or Hayloft rooms upstairs or the Tack or Carriage Rooms downstairs, each featuring stunning antique-pine floors draped with deeply colored Oriental rugs. The Abbeywood, Greenwich, and Plumstead cottages will make you feel like you are in another world, with each one opening onto an intimate courtyard setting, complete with bubbling fountain. Enjoy an antique, canopied queen featherbed, an in-room Jacuzzi tub, a teak hardwood floor, and an ambiance designed to bring out the best. Amenities and services include luxury linens and bathrobes, evening turndown of your bedding, a mini fridge with complimentary water and soft drinks, the morning paper, a comfortable and cozy sitting area with reading lamps, wireless Internet, TV, a movie library, iPod player, Pandora radio, Netflix and more. Each morning brings you a complimentary, full gourmet breakfast on the veranda, on the private garden patio, or in your room. Evenings give way to an opulent Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres buffet complete with local wines served on the veranda overlooking the gardens. Hot and cold beverages are also available day and night.
Simpson House Inn is housed on an acre of exquisitely landscaped, secluded gardens. The property is a mere five-minute walk from downtown and an easy walk to the beach, making it easy to reach all of the wonderful activities that abound in Santa Barbara. Ask the concierge to make reservations for you for dinner at any one of the fine restaurants nearby or to arrange for a winery tour, as well as European spa services, which you can enjoy in the privacy of your room. Take advantage of all the great antique shops, art galleries, historic sites, and museums, as well as the shopping, whale watching, and outdoor activities that will keep you busy and inspired all day long.
You can also take advantage of the Inn’s variety of packages, which include:
- Romance, setting the scene for a perfect romantic getaway or special occasion
- Exploration is a State of Mind, including a picnic and bottle of Santa Barbara Winery wine
- Epicurean Spa Package, incorporating two one-hour Swedish, Deep Tissue, or Acupressure massages
- Fantasy Elopement Package, a beautiful three-day and two-night package that takes care of all your wedding details, such as flowers, photos, wedding cake and champagne, harpist, evening wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, and gourmet breakfast
- Romancing the Riviera, where you have five nights to immerse yourself in the magnificent Santa Barbara Riviera
Santa Ynez Inn
In Santa Ynez, California, right in the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country and only 35 miles from Santa Barbara and 125 miles from Los Angeles, this Victorian bed & breakfast is another splendid example of what you will find in this region. A AAA Four Diamond Rated Inn, the Santa Ynez allows you to find a slower rhythm where you can fully appreciate what it means to be on holiday. Here you will find 20 guestrooms lavishly decorated with vintage antiques, plush beds and European linens, fireplaces, garden balconies, wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, whirlpool tubs, steam showers, and exceptional amenities. Enjoy a full, gourmet, home-cooked breakfast every morning, compliments of the house and served in the French country inspired dining room. You can eat by the fireplace or take a window seat for a view of the lovely country lanes outside. Eat at an intimate table for two or if you come with a larger group, at the communal tables that give you room to spread out. In the evening, take advantage of the delicious hors d’oeuvres served with excellent wines, as well as mouth-watering desserts that are a part of the Inn’s claim to fame. Friday’s bring “Wine tasting Friday’s,” with complimentary hors d’oeuvres paired with exclusive wines, something not to be missed if you are booking your rooms for a long weekend. With its unparalleled service, the Concierge will happily arrange dinner reservations for you at one of the excellent restaurants in the area, as well as recommend cafes, tasting rooms, and more.
The Inn features a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, sundeck, gardens, fitness center, and spa treatment room where you can get a relaxing professional massage. With all of this you may find it difficult to tear yourself away from the premises. But there are so many wonderful things to do in the area, such as taking a bicycle out to tour the local wineries, attending wine tastings, going for glider rides and jeep tours, visiting historic museums and horse ranches, exploring Los Padres National Forest, taking a boat ride on Lake Cachuma, and more.
If you’re planning a getaway this winter, contact Select Registry for more information on these great California Inns and other perfect locations throughout the United States.