If you're in the mood to plan a romantic vacation, look no further than Santa Barbara. White sand beaches beckon, red tile roofs span the horizon, and colorful hibiscus flowers bloom on nearly every corner. You'll spend your days shopping, dining and wine tasting, but the real question is: where will you spend the night?
Fortunately, Santa Barbara is also home to dozens of romantic hotels. Whether you're looking for a luxurious, full-service resort or an intimate bed and breakfast, there is a place that's right for you.
To help you narrow down your choices, we've created this list of the 10 most romantic hotels in Santa Barbara. Book a private cottage at the San Ysidro Ranch for a weekend you won't forget or request an ocean view room at the Bacara Resort and Spa.
If you're looking for a cozy place with a great restaurant, get a room at The Upham, the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. From there, it's an easy walk to downtown shopping and nightlife.
Take a tip from us and reserve your hotel room early, especially if you want to visit around the holidays or during a summer weekend. Since Santa Barbara is such a short drive away from Los Angeles - and so beautiful - it attracts a lot of visitors. The best hotels fill up quickly!