As a well seasoned traveller ~ I have finally found that true oasis close to home - El Encanto in Santa Barbara was truly a getaway ~ light years away from Hollywood hustle and the traffic and noise are 7 acres of found joy and rare beauty. This remarkable garden jewel has been not only restored ~ but enhanced and held timeless to a style and grace long gone from the modern world. The light at sunrise and sunset at this special sanctuary are not to be missed. I walked the garden paths with my trusted canine companion (they think of everything for them as well) and my spirit was renewed and revived in ways I had not expected, all with zero effort on my part. This truly will become a legend again - only now with all the added plus comforts of our technology driven world. The soft quiet of the birds and ocean views from almost all rooms and large spacious outdoor areas. All different with character and charm from Spainish mission to great old original Craftsmen lodges. I loved my upstairs misson room with large patio and expansive view of ocean. and the dim lighting in under bath vanity is genius. Slept deep and soundly. The other great treat is the bar and Patio Restaurant - gorgeous setting and food and drinks and staff. All on their game with style and grace. Yes, finally, the real deal has arrived on the west coast and its only less than 2 hours away - Enchanted all over again - only more so.