From wine tasting to seafood sampling, the bounty of the American Riviera awaits
In Partnership With BELMOND EL ENCANTO
Set high in the Santa Barbara hills, the low-key yet glamorous Belmond El Encanto is perfectly situated for foodies and wine aficionados alike who want to take full advantage of the local harvest’s bounty. Affording incredible coastal views and luxurious amenities, and in close proximity to the tasting rooms of the Funk Zone and the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley, the enchanting historic property is an indulgent gateway to the flavors of the season.
Opened in 1918, the secluded hideaway boasts charming gardens spread across 7 acres, and luxury accommodations include 92 suites, bungalows and rooms. Among the reasons to plan an extended stay are Belmond El Encanto’s boutique spa, zero-edge pool and state-of-the-art fitness studio, all at your fingertips.
For those who plan to venture off property, consider scheduling your stay around the 18th annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival, taking place all day on Saturday, Oct. 12. While there, enjoy the savory riches of the Santa Barbara Channel, including sustainably harvested, high-quality seafood, and meet the fishermen who work the waterway year in and year out. Think freshly caught lobster, crab and sea urchin prepared on the spot; and specialty purveyors offering fish tacos, oysters, mussels, barbecue albacore, clam chowder, seafood paella and more.
Or take a quick 30-minute drive from Belmond El Encanto to the Santa Ynez Valley, home to more than 270 wineries, to try regional favorites such as local pinot noir and chardonnay. The Taste of Santa Ynez Valley festival, to be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 17-20 (in the six towns of Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang, Ballard and Buellton), invites guests to experience unique wine pairings, chef dinners, cooking classes and more, all in a beautiful setting replete with rolling hills and postcard-perfect vines. Whichever pastime you choose, the best local cuisine of land and sea await.
800 Alvarado Pl., Santa Barbara, 805-845-5800.
Oct. 4, 2019
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