A luxury resort with four restaurants and a 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with 36 treatment rooms, the Bacara provides a gorgeous setting for relaxing retreats. The Spanish Colonial–style buildings and manicured gardens sprawl across 78 acres next to a rugged stretch of beach 15 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara. The rooms have views of the ocean, mountains, or gardens; all rooms have private balconies or patios and about half have fireplaces. Potential diversions here range from hiking and stargazing to kids' activities and golfing at three nearby courses. At the on-site Foley Food & Wine Society tasting room you can sample wines of the Central Coast, Northern California, and beyond.