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Opened in 1987 by Hollywood legend Fess Parker (he played Daniel Boone in the 1960s TV show—yes, you will find coonskin caps in the gift shop), this sprawling resort and conference hotel works well for business or pleasure, attracting a full range of guests from romantic couples to families to weddings to conventions. Set on 24 well-kept acres overlooking the Pacific, the property reflects Santa Barbara's signature Spanish/Mediterranean style with whitewashed stucco, red-tile roofs, airy courtyards, and expansive gardens. There are seven guestroom buildings. All rooms and suites have a private patio or balcony to take advantage of mountain and ocean views. The light-filled lobby and guestrooms were renovated in 2013. New room interiors give earth-toned Spanish style a modern twist, with tasteful dark wood furniture brightened with lighter wallpaper and bed linens. The hotel's location across the street from the beach and bike/inline skating path is ideal if you like to be in the middle of the action: It's close to Stearns Wharf, the harbor, the zoo, and the Funk Zone, a buzzing arts district, which includes the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. The large property has a lot to offer, although it can also mean too much walking for some.