Destinations / GO: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Updates from the Happiest Place on Earth.
By Brooke Geiger McDonald
After years of languishing, the venerable
hotel is back and better than ever.
By Jim Wood
SANTA BARBARA, with its vibrant downtown, historic mission, beautiful harbor, beaches and
Mediterranean-like setting, has
long lured visitors. Now reasons
to come here have taken a giant
leap forward thanks to the lavish Rosewood Miramar Beach
Hotel, which opened in nearby
Montecito last year.
Though it is now flourishing,
the Rosewood Miramar’s 16-acre
oceanfront site has a somewhat
up-and-down history. From its
first opening in 1934, the original
and venerable Miramar Hotel
had a loyal following, despite
pressures brought by the Great
Depression, World War II and
wildfires. Then in 2000 it was
acquired by renowned hotelier
Ian Schrager and shuttered, with
promises to redevelop it within
18 months. But five years later the
With both a bold vision and the
place had been only partly demol-
ished, and it laid dormant for over
a decade. Soon another buyer,
Ty Warner Hotels, announced
intentions to restore the property
to its former glory; still, nothing
happened for several years until
developer Rick Caruso stepped in.
will and ability to carry it out, he
began construction in 2016.
The Rosewood Miramar
Beach Hotel fronts Miramar
Beach, and its 161 units include
a range of options, with a variety of suites and bungalows.
Oceanfront rooms literally sit on
the sand, and the bungalows are
surrounded with lush landscaping. There are vast lawn areas
and pools for both family and
adult swimming. Whether you’re
strolling through the gardens,
working out in the gym, indulging
in a spa treatment, swimming in
the ocean or dining in one of the
fine restaurants, a stay here feels
like a five-star experience.
And there’s a bonus: the hotel
encourages visitors from the com-
munity and out of town to come
here, relax and take in the beauty.
Resort is having quite
The January 2020
opening of Star Wars:
Rise of the Resistance,
Disney’s most ambitious and immersive
attraction ever created,
rounds out the already
epic 14-acre, $1 billion
land, Star Wars:
Galaxy’s Edge, which
opened last May.
new daytime parade
in a decade, debuted
February 28. A sound-
track by Todrick Hall
Tessandra Chavez (So
You Think You Can
Dance) and makeup
artist David Petruschin
(RuPaul’s Drag Race)
bring next-level music,
moves and makeup to
Main Street, U. S. A.
Foodies will flock to
the Disney California
Food & Wine Festival
through April 21 for a
celebration of California
ingredients and cuisine.
Marvel fans will want
to assemble later this
summer for the open-
ing of phase one of
Avengers Campus, the
debuting at Disney
with a new Spider-Man
microbrewery and more.