Less than two hours up the coast from Los Angeles, the charmed enclave of Santa Barbara lies along a stunning stretch of Central California coast, set against an eye-popping backdrop of soaring mountains. This affluent yet easygoing small city is a favorite resort getaway, and a leading destination for foodies, wine lovers (the acclaimed Santa Barbara Wine Country is just north), and outdoors enthusiasts (the climate is mild and sunny). Here's a gallery and guide to gay-friendly Santa Barbara.
|Days Inn Buellton-Solvang, which appeared prominently in the movie Sideways||Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara, a luxe resort in tony Montecito||Elsie's, a cool and offbeat neighborhood lounge downtown||Coast Village Road, the main retail and dining strip in Montecito|
|Four Seasons Beach and Cabana Club at the Biltmore in Montecito||Hitching Post restaurant in Buellton, made famous in the movie Sideways||Franciscan Inn, a mid-priced and well-kept hotel near Stearns Wharf and beach||Fess Parker Winery, a key stop on the Santa Maria and Los Alamos Valley trail|
|Paseo Nuevo shopping center, an upscale mall on downtown State Street||Anapamu Street, a typically pleasant, tree-shaded residential row downtown||Reds Wine Bar and Tapas, a downtown complement to the emerging urban wine trail||Los Olivos Tasting Room and Wine Shop.|