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Santa Barbara

Dreamy Blue Skies and Beautiful Architecture

A hundred years ago, the movers and shakers in the motion picture business sought a sunny, exotic locale to establish themselves. They discovered Santa Barbara, California. That was where they chose to launch their industry. Thus the very first movie studio, "Flying A Films," was born. Now I’ve chosen to discover this glorious area, too.

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Still a popular vacation spot for the stars, this "American Riviera" is a delight to visit at any time, with a pleasant year-round climate. What strikes the most about Santa Barbara is that it boasts an amazing blend of architectural styles. Its sunny climate lends itself to Spanish and other Mediterranean designs with stucco, wrought iron, and red roof tiles dotting the area. You will find some Moorish and Islamic forms mixed in as well. What’s great is that many of Santa Barbara hotels and homes for tourists reflect these influences, so without doing any sightseeing it’s still possible to feel Santa Barbara’s essence.

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In central Europe, blue cloudless sky is something we don’t see that much at this time of year, so Santa Barbara’s climate made me feel simply wonderful and revitalized me for the rest of the year. As far as flora goes, I was surprised to learn this region produces the most orchids in the United States. The city also boasts a variety of fauna. In fact, the Santa Barbara Channel is one of the country's richest sources of seafood.

Being in Santa Barbara, however, and not mentioning its stunning beaches is probably like traveling to New York and not visiting the Empire State Building. Stretching along the Pacific coast, they truly beckon you to leave your troubles behind for days of blissful relaxation. One of my favorite things to do in Santa Barbara was simply gazing out at the sun glinting off the waves and the sails of boats dotting the water. Isn’t it the best life ever?

Posted by gmarta 13:40

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Such a great blog about Santa Barbara! I love the city and go there all the time to visit family and friends! The weather was so lovely and we had so much fun at the beaches and downtown! I stayed at the South Coast Inn (www.santa-barbara-hotel.com). So elegant and the perfect place to escape all of the chaos of downtown!

by Adele454

This is such a fun blog about one of my favorite cities in So Cal. It reminds me of my time spent in Tuscany, Italy, and even the South of Spain. Great weather, rolling hills and wine for days. The fragrance in the air is intoxicating and once you've fallen under the Santa Barbara spell there is no getting out of it. The Summer Solstice parade is soon and I couldn't be more thrilled-were planning on staying at the South Coast Inn (www.goleta-hotel.com). Right by the action and beyond luxurious!

by Lana D

Santa Barbara is by far my favorite city in America. Its quaint and elegant and so beautiful, I love it there so much but it is so expensive! Cutting corners is essentially in visiting the American Rivera. The Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com) is a great place to stay for cheap and easy!

by jgray451

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