We are coming up to SB in August on the way to central coast - one night stay in or around sb. What's Bacara really like? Is it worth it? Or is the Biltmore a better stay for the money. I know with the Biltmore you are closer/in town w/ all the restaurants, shops, etc. - and the all important skate park (I have boys ages 9 and11). Bacara is out a ways from everything (so I suppose you spend all your $$ exclusively at Bacara - they must love that - every meal, every drink). Is it so nice that you feel you wouldn't want to go anywhere else for one night/day. Is there easy beach access and are all the stories true that you wouldn't go to the beach because of all the tar? I went to UCSB in the '80s and we still went - is the tar still that bad? How is the pool for kids ? Are there tennis courts? Thanks for any input you can give me - I know no one who has gone to Bacara and I live in So. Cal. so you'd think it would be a poplular, easy destination for folks around here. Our family has done everything in SB - is there anything unique to do at and around Bacara (I don't mean to down play it's beautiful surroundings - that alone is reason to go I'm sure!)
Thanks for any advise - it's just a lot of money.