Santa Barbara Edition
Keeping Up with the Kimptons
We all have one requirement in common when we travel: Suitable accommodations. Whether timeshare, lodge, resort, friend/family home or hotel, we want a comfortable place to lay our head when we are out of town. With more than 60 boutique hotels in 37 different cities, the Kimpton hotel brand features a consistently comfortable stay yet a distinctive vibe and scent from one property to the next.
Every Kimpton property is pet-friendly, eco-friendly and has on-site dining. They also offer a coffee and cocoa bar in the morning and a wine hour (pets are always welcome) in the evening. You don’t want to miss the fun toppings like toffee and coconut … or the complimentary glass of wine.
One of our favorite beach towns to explore, also home to two Kimptons, is Santa Barbara where the Mediterranean climate averages 70 degrees in spring. The Kimpton Goodland and Kimpton Canary are both easy to access by plane, train or car. Flights into Santa Barbara’s local airport or LAX , 90 miles away, usher in out-of-towners, while SoCal locals can take the Amtrak that chugs along the Santa Barbara County coast. It’s an easy hop off the train at both the Goleta or Santa Barbara Stations, both 5 minutes from each hotel.
Located on the California coastline, Santa Barbara is the ideal spot for any traveler seeking an immersive SoCal experience. This beach town offers arts and culture, outstanding cuisine, shopping, beautiful beaches, tons of outdoor activities, breweries and wineries.
The Kimpton Canary is a no-brainer for any luxury-seeking traveler. From the four-poster canopy beds to the wood floors to the stunning textiles, Canary is a blend of Mediterranean and casual California decor. Like all Kimpton hotels, Canary offers guests a number of amenities and services like animal print robes, a yoga mat, bike rentals and more. There are plenty of places to relax, though you may not want to leave your cozy bed. If you are up for activities, enjoy access to the Spectrum Athletic Club. Guests can also enjoy the rooftop pool and jacuzzi — jaw-dropping views of Santa Barbara included.
Indulge your palate at Finch & Fork, which features farm to fork cuisine, all locally sourced with the finest ingredients. From pork chops to scallops, this eatery is sure to leave your taste buds happy. This epicurean sensation, located in the hotel’s lobby, offers an extensive wine list, with Carhartt Vineyard’s Canary Petite Sirah highlighting the list. If cocktails are your thing, Barbie’s Bath Bomb is a must. This sweet and bubbly concoction is just as much fun to drink as it is to look at. The Canary offers multiple event spaces with full catering and banquet services from Finch & Fork. From the ballroom to the boardroom and the rooftop pool and terrace, there are plenty of options for your next meeting or event. You’ll never want to leave … unless it’s to explore the adjacent area. Canary is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, making it walking distance to the action of the city.
Santa Barbara is an art mecca making it easy to check out museums, shops and galleries. When it’s time for lunch, the Funk Zone is the place to be. This is an exciting spot filled with restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wine bars. Enjoy the eclectic scene while sipping on local brews and bubblies.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy near Canary. A short drive (or longer walk), guests can find Stearns Wharf, lounge on the beach, whale watch, surf, kayak and more. To get the best views, sailing is highly encouraged. Head over to the Santa Barbara Sailing Center and charter a catamaran with your pals. From sea lions to the Channel Islands to the red brick roofs of the city, the views are spectacular.
A short drive or train ride from downtown Santa Barbara is Goleta. This town is better known as home to UCSB but is also a great destination for any nature-loving vacationer. Nestled between the mountains and sea, Goleta is the perfect spot to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities … from hiking to biking to water sports and more.
The Kimpton Goodland is located in Goleta, making it an ideal place for the laidback traveler and outdoor explorer to stay. Each room is fitted in mid-century surfer- chic decor featuring a record player, vinyls and bottle opener drawer knobs … retro cool. While on the property, guests can dine at the Outpost, offering California coastal cuisine. This indoor-outdoor restaurant offers fare from both land and sea. From the Roasted Sea Bass Lettuce Wrap to Chipotle Mac ‘n Cheese, enjoy the diverse flavors of SoCal, but make sure you leave room for dessert. For a late night drink head to the Good Bar, located directly across from the Outpost. Guests can sip on craft cocktails while mingling and playing games. The ultimate bohemian oasis, Goodland guests are able to enjoy a record room, outdoor pool, patio, live music and trivia night. The social scene at night is just as vibrant as the patio murals and twinkling lights, bringing in many locals and students. Be sure to stop by the vintage car and airstream outside, the perfect spot for your final vacay photo.
At the southern end of SoCal are two other Kimpton gems: Solamar and Palomar. These San Diego properties are great for travelers seeking a city overflowing with culture, entertainment and good eats. San Diego is a quick drive (depending on traffic) from any SoCal city … or hop on a train!
Solamar is located downtown in the East Village Gaslamp Quarter, making it the perfect spot for a SoCal staycation. Head to the rooftop pool and enjoy the warm San Diego sun in one of the many lounge chairs, or grab your yoga mat and flow. The vibrant colors and stunning views make for a picturesque setting. While upstairs make sure to enjoy a custom cocktail and bite from Upper East Bar. Guests and locals can mix and mingle while enjoying weekly specials. The rooftop is equipped with games, fire pits and cabanas, making it the ideal place to unwind. When it’s time to dine, head downstairs to Jsix and enjoy American cuisine with major Filipino influences. Make sure to try a Crispy Spring Roll, also known as Lumpia, a staple in any Filipino household. From Carne Asada Fries to Carrot Pappardelle, the menu at Jsix brings guests on a global adventure. Jsix takes pride in using local and sustainably sourced ingredients, ensuring only top-quality and fresh cuisine.
Though you’ll never want to leave the hotel, don’t forget to check out one of the many galleries, museums, beaches and watersports. Solamar is walking distance to many major San Diego attractions. Just seven blocks away you can find the Padres playing at Petco Park … or hop in a car and head over to Little Italy for some amazing eateries.
Pack your bag and get ready for the Kimpton experience … find the inner muse in you! And since every vacation deserves a great road trip, take the scenic route across the Southland from Santa Barbara to San Diego as an added entertainment bonus.
Keeping Up with the Kimptons
By Catlin Elizabeth Pieh
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