Goleta is mostly known as the home of UC Santa Barbara, but the town just north of the university’s namesake city also makes a convenient jumping off point for trips to the Santa Rita Hills wine country. Visiting parents and wine-tasting tourists will find the Kimpton-affiliated Goodland hotel a fresh and pet-friendly alternative to the cookie-cutter chains along the 101, with a refreshing pool and surf lodge aesthetic. Eclectic, earthy decor and private patios make for a relaxed stay, and a record concierge will help select the right vinyl soundtrack for the visit.
Stay: 158 rooms and suites feature turntables, yoga mats and free wi-fi; the Good spa has a full menu of services.
Eat: Coastal California cuisine at the Outpost
Drink: Cocktails by the pool or in the Good Bar