Santa Barbara, The Luxury Escape From L.A.

California legend has it that the town of Santa Barbara got its name in 1602 from grateful Spanish sailors who had, after praying to the saint, survived a violent December storm off the coast. These days, Santa Barbara's pleasant climate and its wide variety of diversions for the body and mind make this enclave at the foot of the dramatic Santa Ynez mountains a peaceful spot for a getaway from city life.

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