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    Our Senior Stylist, Shallon, recently traveled to the scenic Santa Barbara for her birthday with her husband. Tag along as she maps out her favorite spots on the American Riviera.

    The Santa Barbara Bucket List

    Where to Stay

    • ​​San Ysidro Ranch

      Nestled in the montecito foothills, this luxury boutique hotel is very romantic, making it the perfect place to take that trip you've been dreaming up with your special someone.

    • Belmond El Encanto

      I stayed here last time and love that it is tucked away in the hills, yet still provides incredible views. Its beautiful grounds, pool, and individual bungalows make it feel like a quintessential California picture.

    • Rosewood Miramar Hotel

      This is a larger, luxury property on the beach in Montecito. If you're traveling with a larger group or family, this is the place to stay.

    • Skyview, Los Alamos

      If you're interested in staying near Santa Barbara, but more in the heart of wine country, this is a great spot. We shot our Spring Lifestyle Guide here because of its hip vibe.

    Where to Eat

    • The Stonehouse

      Located at San Ysidro Ranch, this charming restaurant is my favorite Santa Barbara spot for a special date night or celebration. Shallon’s Secret: get there early to walk the grounds with a cocktail in hand.

    • Jeannine’s Restaurant and Bakery

      The Montecito location is the ideal casual spot to sit for breakfast or lunch. I also love ordering takeout and bringing it to the beach for lunch and a seaside stroll!

    • Bell's

      This family-run, French-inspired restaurant is a must, and worth the drive to Los Alamos. It is the perfect dinner or lunch spot while you’re wine tasting in the area, and its chef Daisy Ryan was awarded Food and Wine’s Best New Chef.

    • Cold Spring Tavern

      This is a mountainside western saloon that serves local American fare, and is known for its wild game. Shallon’s Secret: try to go on a weekend for live music!

    What to Do & Where to Shop

    • Visit Wine Country

      Enjoy a picnic lunch at Presqu’ile Winery, with an afternoon tasting in Los Olivos. A few of my favorite tasting rooms and vineyards are Stolpman Garage and Hollis Bollis. Shallon’s Secret: Santa Barbara is known for its Pinot Noir, so be sure to pour a glass!

    • The Boat House at Hendry’s Beach

      After a beach day, head over to The Boat House at Hendry’s Beach for a sunset cocktail and bite. Shallon’s Secret: order the blood orange margarita and fresh oysters.

    • Coast Village Road

      Stroll down the shops in Coast Village Road in Montecito, where you’ll find fashion, jewelry, art, and home goods.

    • San Ysidro Village

      I always love popping into Jenni Kayne, but feel it’s especially necessary when I’m on the West Coast. This specific store is gorgeous!

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