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Santa Barbara great destination - even car-free
Got to admit it—it's tough for this Californian to give up his car for the weekend, but that's exactly what we did on a recent train getaway to Santa Barbara that proved we could do our small part to help reduce traffic and vehicle emissions and still have a great time.

In fact, just put aside the benefits to the environment and look at the benefits to our own family: We saved on gas, vehicle wear and tear and on the frustration that always comes with a never-know-what-you're-gonna-get drive through the L.A. freeway system. We got to try a new adventure, introduce our 8-year-old to rail travel and we packed a lot of sightseeing into a short two-day period.

Santa Barbara is especially well suited to car-less travel because years ago city fathers decided they needed to do something to reduce the congestion they were seeing with many more visitors and the smog that would trap itself over the city.
Santa Barbara Lodging
(For recommended restaurants and activities, please see below)
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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach
931 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
Ph: 800-648-6708   Fx: 805-965-1623
From $99 Nov-Feb - "East Beach", Santa Barbara's oceanfront paradise with swaying palms, sea breezes and an orchestra of waves. Our oceanfront location is only minutes to Historic Stearns Wharf and great shopping on "State Street". Relax and enjoy spectacular ocean and Channel Island views from your room, by the pool, or one of our second floor sundecks. Start your morning with a complimentary continental breakfast in our ocean view lounge. We also offer Spanish Vacation Cottages by the week or month: Two Bedroom, two bath units with full kitchens, with parking. Ask about our off-season "Free Nights in Paradise"
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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
905 Country Club Road
Ojai, CA  93023
Ph: 855-697-8780   
Email: info@ojairesort.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
For over 80 years, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been considered one of the best secrets among leisure and business travelers from California and around the world. Rated #26 for 2014 of all US resorts by T & L, and on Conde Nastes' 2014 Gold List, the Inn is located in a magical, secluded valley just 35 miles south of Santa Barbara on the Gold Coast. Escape to this historic resort of casual elegance offering you 220 tree shaded acres featuring luxury accommodations, Spa Ojai, and a championship golf course which has hosted seven Senior PGA Tour events.
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Santa Barbara Spanish Vacation Cottage
Rentals
931 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
Ph: 805-963-6774   
These rare and unique Vacation Cottages have all the elements of classic Santa Barbara Spanish architecture: stucco exterior, red tile roof, original multiple pane french casement windows, used brick patios and walkways, interior ceramic tile and plaster. Compromising 1600 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room accented by a gas fireplace and sofa-bed, built-in cabinets and bookcases. Beautiful french windows accent every room allowing for a light, airy feeling. Large, fully equipped kitchen, beautiful landscaping and large brick patio with built-in brick fireplace and gas barbeque. Local:(805)966-1641
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Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel and
Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd
Oxnard, CA  93035
Ph: 805-984-2500   Fx: 805-984-8339
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Located on 8½ acres of ocean front property, Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort is the only Southern California all-suite beachfront resort. This luxurious vacation destination is convenient to the Channel Islands, Ventura, Ojai, Camarillo, Malibu, Santa Barbara and Port Huaneme. Our pet friendly suites are beautifully decorated with private bedroom, spacious living room, and two full marble baths. Guests will marvel at the spectacular ocean views, sparkling pools, waterfalls, exotic gardens, and lagoons. Enjoy a workout in our fitness center, playing tennis, biking or with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
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Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara
202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Ph: 800-965-9776   Fx: 805-965-9937
Email: Info_sb@hoteloceana.com
Situated on Santa Barbara's West Beach, between Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara harbor, this sprawling 122 room resort is a stone's throw from the beach and within walking distance of all of the area's famous shopping, dining, and entertainment. All hotel rooms include imported Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters and pillows, Aveda bath toiletries and either CD Players or I-pod docking stations. Outdoor sun-drenched sitting areas provide breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Two outdoor pools and whirlpool, private poolside cabanas, fitness center and intimate outdoor gardens are yours to enjoy.
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Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
1564 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA  93463
Ph: 800-824-6444   Fx: 805-688-8824
Email: gm@winevalleyinn.com
Centrally located on an acre of lush gardens in Solvang, The Wine Valley Inn is a fantasy of cottages, chateau suites and deluxe guest rooms. A meandering brook trickles through the property, crossed by arching bridges. With 56 guest rooms, six charming cottages and a grand suite, the Wine Valley Inn can accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. All rooms are comfortably furnished with modern amenities including complimentary wireless Internet, plush goose down comforters and elegant bathrobes. Cottage Suites are individually decorated in a contemporary style and boast spacious living rooms with wood burning fireplaces. Private patio and spa.
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