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San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara 

900 San Ysidro Lane
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 800 368 6788
Tel: 805 565 1700
Fax: 805 565 1995
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Welcoming guests since 1893, San Ysidro Ranch has long been an elite hideaway: John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned here, and it was the wedding site for Vivien Leigh and Sir Lawrence Olivier, and (more recently) Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. Owned by Ty Warner, the founder of Beanie Babies, who also owns the local Four Seasons, San Ysidro Ranch has just completed an extreme makeover—a full renovation of its 40 white clapboard cottages at a cost of $150 million. Changes include hand-cut stone fireplaces, a mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings, four-poster beds, Frette linens, Wi-Fi, plasma-screen TVs, and private gardens with hot tubs. The Stonehouse Restaurant has emerged anew, with chef John Trotta using fresh produce from the resort's organic garden. He also has a hotline to a local fisherman to check on the catch of the day, before he decides on his daily menu.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Located on 500 acres above Santa Barbara, this working citrus farm and resort "is unassuming but incredibly beautiful." Cottages along a creek and tree-lined paths have fireplaces or stoves; most have private patios with sunken hot tubs. Both the Stonehouse and Plow & Angel have contemporary California cuisine like blackened red snapper or Kobe beef alla bolognese. Service is "not over the top but provided everything we needed."

(41 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.8
  • Design: 91.8
  • Food: 87.7
  • Location: 90.5
  • Rooms: 94.6
  • Service: 89.2

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool

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Well worth the expense!

I loved staying at the San Ysidro Ranch! So plush and they took care of everything for you! So close to Montecito's Butterfly beach which is the best beach in... more