From a brand new luxury beachfront hotel in Oceanside, to a woodsy, modern lodge perched along Highway 1 just north of downtown Jenner, prepare to escape the summer heat and take your pick from four coastal refuges ideal for a weekend getaway.
The Seabird, a sparkling new 226-room oceanfront property boasting 56 suites, is located across from the Oceanside Pier, the longest over-water wooden pier on the west coast stretching 1,954 feet. The seaside getaway, situated adjacent to newcomer Mission Pacific Hotel, is lined with a swimming pool and an indoor/outdoor living room; a lobby with nautical hints such as shiplap walls, a navy-and-white palette with pops of sunny yellow and woven rattan armchairs; beach butlers and three restaurants. After a day at the beach, head to the spa for the Sun Salutation, a full-body treatment with a soothing and hydrating scalp, face, and body mask packed with organic sea algae, aloe vera gel and green tea extracts for calming and cooling sun-exposed skin.
Tucked in Santa Barbara’s Historic Presidio neighborhood, newly opened Palihouse Santa Barbara lures guests with a vintage preppy-meets-American Riviera vibe. The two-story, Spanish Colonial-style edifice—dating to the 1920s and once the site of the Santa Barbara School of the Arts—has been carefully restored and reinvented to its current glory thanks to Palisociety founder Avi Brosh and his in-house design team. Special touches and guest perks include 24 guest rooms appointed with gas fireplaces and outdoor patios; Linus bicycles available for complimentary use and an in-room, go-to digital neighborhood guide highlighting local dining and shopping.
Following a massive overhaul of its former days as the historic Vista Mar Monte from the 1930s, the Mar Monte Hotel has a fresh look with 200 guestrooms and suites; two dining options; a fitness center with Peloton bikes and an outdoor heated swimming pool, fire pit and poolside bar. The Spanish-inspired property, set on three sprawling acres directly across from East Beach, was reimagined by Los Angeles firm Beleco (of the Gray Hotel in Chicago and Forman’s gastropub in Toluca Lake) with rooms bedecked with vintage artwork depicting divers in gilded frames, upholstered beds topped with Moroccan sabra silk lumbar pillows and accent chairs. Amenities include an in-house smoothie program, in-room yoga mats and custom running and walking maps, and access to local tours with nearby Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Sailing Center.
Originally founded in 1963 by architect and original owner Richard Clements Jr., Timber Cove Resort was reimagined five years ago with original artwork, tribal textiles and cozy tartan plaids. Poised on 25 acres atop a bluff just north of Jenner, the 46-room property—reinvented by Gensler Architects and husband-and-wife design duo, The Novogratz—is comprised of an outdoor living room with ping pong, billiards and fire pit; in-room Crosley record players with a curated record library stocked with albums from Elvis to Diana Ross; an on-site restaurant, Coast Kitchen (helmed by Executive Chef Nathan Enders); complimentary WiFi and parking and a fitness center.
Strawberry chimichangas, anyone?