Where to eat, explore and relax in the American Riviera

With its deep Spanish and Mexican roots, part of California’s intrigue is the influences from its past cultures — and there’s no better place to see them than Santa Barbara. Looking at the city from a distance is like taking a step back in time. The low-lying downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are backdropped immediately by the Santa Ynez mountains. Both the city and the mountains hold endless opportunities and spaces to get lost in.