*under construction*

28 July 2009

My kind of Hideaway

Just outside Santa Barbara proper, tucked into the lush Montecito foothills overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean is where I want to be --
because that is where you will find the legendary Hideaway known as
San Ysidro Ranch.
"Myth and history mingle in the fragrant gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon."

Winding your way up the beautiful tree lined drive, you know you are in for something special - there is no need for glitzy bells and whistles -

The blend of natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury speak volumes and titillate the soul and senses of even the most discerning traveler.

Nostalgia and Romance mingle with the intoxicating scents of blooming jasmine, lavender and orange blossoms as they dance together in the crisp, clean mountain air.

Everything here bespeaks calm and beautiful. No matter how wound up and caught up in the world you were upon your arrival, within minutes you begin to unwind.

Nothing is built for speed -

...giving you the opportunity to drink in the scenery as you make your way up to the Hacienda to check in.

Climbing trumpet vines and La Jolla red bougainvillea offer a stunning wrap to the quintessentially Californian and quaint Main House.

Understated, a blend of Rustic and Elegant.
Just what the doctor ordered.

Now, to go find our cottage.
... You didn't think you were going to have just a "room" did you?

The grounds of the resort are expansive, with separate, private cottages tucked into the breathtaking landscape.

Each one offering its own unique comforts and charm.

Little hideaways in and of themselves.

Once through the gate - you step into your own little world.

And everything you could want or need inside --
did I mention the ocean views?
(click on the photo to enlarge)

Each cottage has its own private deck with stunning views,
a fireplace

All the comforts and luxuries one could want...

My favorite is the Kennedy Cottage -- Where John and Jackie honeymooned.

Recently renovated (to the tune of 74 million) the resort spared nothing -- you will find a hot tub on the terrace, and outdoor shower with ocean views.

There is an on-site restaurant in the Stone House -

Where the food and atmosphere are everything you'd expect - and maybe more.
Dinner under the stars - between the mountains and sea - your senses tickled by the perfume of the flora and fauna of wine country, delivered on the slightly briny sea breeze mixed with the crisp mountain air -

Perfection offered - and they do it so well.

The road to paradise.
Mine, at least.
Note: The drawing for the Cross Bottle is Thursday - there is still time to throw your name in the hat. See the previous post if you are interested in trying your luck!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Count me in!
I have been fascinated with this place for years, and wasn't aware it had recently been re-done. It looks amazing. And oh, so, inviting!!!

~La Rustique Market~ said...

What an awesome place...it looks so peaceful and relaxing. Great photos!


vicki archer said...

Is there room at the inn for another....yes please and again, yes please for the cross bottle....xv

Helen said...

Rustic and elegance .... two of my most favorite words!

Anonymous said...

Great place! With that view, I would be happy just sleeping in my car. Thanks for the trip!
G in CT

Naz said...

I would never want to leave such a beautiful place.

Morning T said...

Amazing photos. I am in such need of that place about now!

Just stumbled on to your blog today and I love it.

lily-g said...

Count me in too! how fabulous is this property x

Millie said...

My sweet Sister of the Mysterious -I love this area so much! I used to work a lot out of Head Office in La Jolla - what a shame this divine 'auberge' wasn't on their recommended hotels to stay!
Millie ^_^

proudly says, said...

beautiful photos!
i hope to visit that place someday


Draffin Bears said...

What beautiful photos and such a lovely hideaway.
Thanks for sharing.