On my recent travels to the West Coast, I discovered a hidden gem. Well, it’s not so hidden but for us Bostonians who rarely leave the city, it was a discovery! The Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resortin Santa Barbara is a 24 acre getaway located on the beach, encompassed by the Santa Ynez Mountains. It is more beautiful than I can describe in words – no wonder it has been rated one of the “best places for a wedding reception” on The Knot for over three years. Here are a few gems that make the Fess Parker a treasure:
Location, Location, Location! Santa Barbara not only boasts a “perfect climate” year round, it offers the best shopping, harbors, artists and vineyards! I frequented a few vineyards (or six) and the same night was back in Santa Barbara for dinner on State Street. The central location and nearby airport will allow your guests to extend their trip for some R&R!
(The Fess Parker sits between the ocean and the mountains.)
They offer a variety of locations for your ceremony and reception on site. I was most impressed with their Plaza del Sol and Upper Rotunda. With a 180 degree view of the ocean and mountains, you and your guests can enjoy the sun and stars in this open space. FYI – they suggest additional lighting and space heaters to keep everyone comfortable and this is an additional cost.
(I was able to catch a glimpse of the plaza just as they were setting up for a wedding. Check out that view!)
Although I did not meet a restaurant I did not like in Santa Barbara, I did find one that stood out amongst the rest. Brophy Brothers is located in the harbor with views of the Pacific and the surrounding mountains. Their award winning seafood and chowder will wow your guests! It is always a packed house however they do offer their clam bar on the first level for private parties of 30 or less, so choose your guests wisely!