My husband surprised me with a stay-cation the other weekend--we live in SB-- and I could not have enjoyed it more! We usually stay in a hotel, but since hotels and motels in SB are extraordinarily expensive in the summer, he opted to try a vacation rental. We've had some bad experiences with AirBNB before, so I had low expectations when he told me where we were off to, but once I saw the place, I was so pleasantly surprised. It is so cute with its beachy chic decor. Lisa, the homeowner, is such a joy and stocked the place with everything you would find in a hotel: shampoo/conditioner, coffee, tea, towels, wifi, etc. One added perk is that the cable is better than most hotels. We had access to HBO and on-demand...But, it's so close to the beach, so who really cares about television? Being from the area, we had no desire to drive into SB. Rather, we enjoyed Carpinteria and being able to walk everywhere we needed to go. There are some great restaurants and shops on Linden, and it only took us about 5 minutes to walk there from the condo! NO NEED TO DRIVE! Though, if you do want to drive, you don't need to worry about having trouble finding parking when you return, since there's a huge parking lot, which is really rare for the area! I wish I could give 6 stars, because we absolutely loved our stay!
Luxury Beach Townhouse with Views steps from the sand