Why Santa Barbara Is the Perfect Weekend Getaway — Even If You Live on the East Coast! 

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Santa Barbara is the perfect getaway for busy Angelenos who are in need of a beachy weekend retreat, especially for Labor Day weekend! But TV DivaGal learned it’s worth a plane ride from anywhere in the country to check out the “America Rivera” city’s shores and sites as she took in the town with California locals.

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Pulling up to The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, a sprawling 360-room resort, the first thing we noticed that it was literally across the street from the Pacific Ocean.

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Named for its founder — the famed actor who played Davy Crockett — The Fess Parker has a stunning lobby that spills out onto an outside banquet area, perfect for a wedding celebration.

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The first night, we stayed in one of The Fess Parker’s two-room suites, boasting two garden patios, a wet bar, a ridiculous sized bathroom with shower and jacuzzi tub and an inviting king-sized bed. Our second night, we moved into a standard king, which still offered a seating area and a great view of the ocean from our third story balcony.

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Santa Barbara isn’t just a beach town. State Street is this city’s Fifth Avenue, lined with shopping, salt and sundaes!

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We scored gluten free treats at Lilac Patisserie and a scoop at McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream. State St. also has Salt, where you can sit for 45 minutes in its Himalayan Salt Cave Hideaway, crafted from 45 tons of the ancient mineral. It’s the best cat nap we’ve taken in a while.

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Speaking of healthy mind and body, we took a killa conditioning class with Jenny Schatzle. This powerhouse dynamo redefines fitness, mixing workouts on treadmills, rowing machines, step benches and medicine balls and declaring her movement is about a positive attitude and conditioning our bodies to be strong and beautiful. We felt the force.
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We spent a morning getting our namaste on at Alchemy Wellness Spa, taking a class with Alchemy’s Yoga Wellness Director Siddhi. She taught us that the gentlest of movements can have the biggest impact. We also loved our organic spice patties and elixirs at Alchemy cafe. Sadly, we’ve learned that Alchemy closed its doors in early September.

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We dined at Convivo, located across from the Santa Barbara shoreline. This new restaurant scene offers Italian-inspired modern cuisine with a modern twist. Order the “Polpette,” lamb meatballs, with shishito peppers and chickpea passato. You will NOT be disappointed.
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There’s so much more to do in Santa Barbara. During our short stay we visited museums and wine tastings, and took a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara to experience the city’s Spanish beginnings. Truly, a weekend is just the start to uncovering all the beauty this quaint cosmopolitan has to offer!

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Why not start this September? Tickets are now on sale for the Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival, a vibrant educational gathering of local and regional culinary alchemists, wild fermenters and health experts showcasing the history, benefits and preparation of fermented foods, taking place Sept. 11 at Rancho La Patera & Stow House. The town is also hosting its first Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival, featuring handmade, ocean-themed art and genuine sea glass jewelry by dozens of talented artists from across the country, the same weekend.

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Learn more about the city at SantaBarbaraCA.com. If you’re driving from Los Angeles, take the scenic tour through Malibu, Calif., and stop for some tasty fish treats at Neptune’s Net.

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