For a romantic getaway ideally suited to wine enthusiasts, look no further than Santa Barbara. In addition to the many area vineyards and tasting rooms, Santa Barbara boasts multiple wine tasting festivals, allowing guests to experience the unique flavors of a variety of wineries. Of these, the California Wine Festival is one of the most anticipated annual festivals. This three-day beachfront affair boasts a stellar combination of California's finest vintage wines, gourmet food and lively music.
But with all of that oceanside imbibing in your future, you'll certainly need a place to stay. And why shouldn't it have a killer view, too? And some luxury amenities for a weekend of total pampering? Enter Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort: a gorgeous, full-service hotel just steps away from the festival itself.
An aerial photo of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - a picturesque coastal setting for a romantic getaway. — Photo courtesy of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
Much like a salty gouda and a fruit-forward chardonnay, The California Wine Festival and Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort make a fine pairing. You can work up an appetite before the event by swimming in their jaw-dropping outdoor pool - heated to a perfect 80 degrees year round - or by taking a walk on the oceanside path that fronts the hotel grounds. Three tennis courts are available for guest use as well. If relaxing is more your speed, visit the Doubletree's full service spa or salon. Each room also includes a private balcony or patio, the perfect place to enjoy one of Santa Barbara's typically mild evenings with your special someone.
The ocean-facing Plaza (available for special event rental) and lush grounds of the hotel. — Photo courtesy of Fess Parker's doubletree Resort
Can't imagine a weekend away without your four-legged companion? Now you can rest easy: Fess Parker's doubletree Resort is 100% pet friendly. So if Fido loves the beach as much (or more) than you do, this is definitely the right hotel for you.