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900 San Ysidro Ln., Santa Barbara, CA 93108, United States

price range

$$$$

amenities

Pool, Fitness center

features

Romantic, Great for a special occasion, Great views
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No wonder this was JFK's honeymoon spot: The 500-acre property, which got a $150 million re-investment in 2011-2012, gives the impression of stretching on forever (even if a few neighboring mansions creep into the picture), and when you arrive at the long driveway lined with olive trees and lavender, you have the sense of being on the frontier, at the last citrus grove before civilization gives way to the scrubby Santa Ynez Mountains. All of the 41 private cottages and suites have decks and most have hot tubs. The resort sits less than an hour south of the Santa Ynez Valley, a perfect daytrip for wine tasting.

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San Ysidro Ranch

No wonder this was JFK's honeymoon spot: The 500-acre property, which got a $150 million re-investment in 2011-2012, gives the impression of stretching on forever (even if a few neighboring mansions creep into the picture), and when you arrive at the long driveway lined with olive trees and lavender, you have the sense of being on the frontier, at the last citrus grove before civilization gives way to the scrubby Santa Ynez Mountains. All of the 41 private cottages and suites have decks and most have hot tubs. The resort sits less than an hour south of the Santa Ynez Valley, a perfect daytrip for wine tasting.