Our first visit to Bacara was back in 2001 shortly after it opened and it was incredible. We visited later for another event and again found the hotel and staff to be some of the best we have experienced. At one point thought the resort started to look neglected. Fortunately they have recently remodeled and refreshed the rooms and again it remains on of the finest resort on the CA coast. Downtown Santa Barbara is only 15 mins away, the wine country, and the resort itself has an excellent Spa, pools, beach and surroundings. Highly recommended.