The Best Hotels to Book Near Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Visit the centuries-old cave paintings of the Chumash people on your next trip to Santa Barbara
Visit the centuries-old cave paintings of the Chumash people on your next trip to Santa Barbara | © Duncan Selby / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

The brilliant Native American art adorning the walls of the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is absolutely stunning, especially considering the cave’s small size. A visit to the homelands of the Chumash people is just one of many exciting adventures that await in the Santa Barbara area. From beach days to nights wrapped up in history, culture and cuisine, this escape from LA deserves a long weekend. Spend it wisely and spend it in spoils at these hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Kimpton Canary Hotel


A four-poster bed, desk and chair, and potted plant in a hotel room at Canary Hotel
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The cat couldn’t dream of touching this Canary. With four-poster canopy beds, soaking tubs and hardwood floors running through every suite, you’ll hardly want to leave. Plot your way on a scavenger hunt through this top hotel, starting at the luxury spa, stopping for evening wine hour in the lobby and finally setting foot in the largest rooftop pool in Santa Barbara.

2. The Goodland


Comfy seating, a coffee table and artwork of the California flag in a hotel room at Kimpton Goodland
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Need a little help getting into that Golden State of Mind? The Goodland will do that for you. Grab a cup of java and let the staff schedule a surf lesson for you. You’ll return to a much-needed local brew at the evening social hour. Did you notice the record player in your room? The VNYL record shop next door has just the vinyl for you to spin. Not a melomaniac? The Good Bar has a billiards table and great selection of spirits to set the soundtrack to your night.

3. El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel


A bed, a desk with a chair, and an armchair in a hotel room at Belmond El Encanto
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El Encanto is ready to charm the pants off of you, mostly because they know that you’ll love lounging poolside with a crisp glass of wine in your hand. The American Riviera suite is the ultimate indulgence, spoiling you with bespoke culinary experiences, private fitness sessions and al fresco movie nights on your terrace with all of the truffle popcorn you can eat. Imagine walking into all of this luxury, only to discover that a masseuse is waiting for you down at the spa.

5. San Ysidro Ranch


San Ysidro Ranch
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When notable names like JFK, Groucho Marx and Laurence Olivier run away to San Ysidro Ranch for unspoiled solitude, then you know that you’ve found the ultimate level of seclusion. These 550 acres (225ha) hide dreamy cottages with stone fireplaces, oversized sunken spas and outdoor rainfall showers. The 12,000 wines from around the world will perfectly complement the beloved mac and cheese at Plow & Angel. As for the spa, visit just once and you’ll know why our lips are sealed.

6. Rosewood Miramar Beach

Resort, Spa Hotel, Luxury

An outdoor terrace looking out to the ocean with couches, chairs and tables at Rosewood Miramar Beach
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Time spent at Rosewood is a journey for all five senses. CBD massages, pedicures and manicures at the Senses Spa will calm your every nerve, while the sea breeze from your beach house suite will whisk away any lingering stresses. Would four retail boutiques, six restaurants and two pools on-site still leave you longing for more? No matter; ask the concierge to ready the Lincoln house car for another destination within a 3mi (4.8km) radius.

7. Simpson House Inn


A bed, desk and chair in a hotel room at Simpson House Inn
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Tranquility is a constant guest at Simpson House Inn. Their acre (0.4ha) of English gardens offers a respite from the busy streets of Santa Barbara. You’re free to spend your stay in quiet quarters, venturing into conversation only during morning breakfast, afternoon refreshments and evening wine reception. The Sun Room’s large private deck offers relaxing garden views. If you must leave this Victorian mansion, do so to walk the botanical gardens and memorial park next door.

8. Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages


A bed with lamps on the bedside tables, a TV and a table with a bowl of apples in a hotel room at Cheshire Cat Inn
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This Alice in Wonderland-themed bed and breakfast has adorable rooms named for Carroll’s iconic characters. Though there’s no hookah in the Caterpillar Balcony Room, you will find a jacuzzi in the Tweedledum Suite that is just as relaxing. No need to hesitate eating or drinking the spread at the breakfast table; the only change you’ll experience is in the size of your smile.

9. The Upham Hotel


The Upham Hotel
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Hosting West Coast wanderers since the days of the Gold Rush, the Upham Hotel will treat you to a luxurious stay. The historic king suite will get the job done for a single night, but you can warm up to Santa Barbara over a long weekend with a little help from the fireplaces in the Garden Cottage. Too far from your favorite watering hole on State Street? Book the downtown penthouse in Santa Barbara’s historical district and have it all at your fingertips.

10. Hotel Santa Barbara

Suite Hotel

Hotel Santa Barbara
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Set your clock to California coastal time and take it easy at Hotel Santa Barbara. Cozy suites can fit two to three guests, but the writing desk and in-room coffeemaker are perfect company for the solo traveler seeking peace and quiet. When your relaxation needs a walk, step outside onto State Street and hopscotch your way from cafes to galleries to boutique shops as you head down to West Beach.

Want other reasons to visit Santa Barbara? See why the world is flocking to the American Riviera, then book yourself a room in one of the best hotels here with Culture Trip. Of course, a trip here’s wasted if you don’t also see Los Angeles, which is only a two-hour drive away. See the chilled-out guide to the city and the quintessential list of things to do, and don’t miss the best restaurants around.

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