Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

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Conde Nast travel readers recently ranked Santa Barbara at #10 as a Small City Destination.

According to the travel magazine, their readers cast hundreds of thousands of votes for their favorite cities in the United States in the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey. Apparently, the feedback was so massive, they divided it into two categories: one with smaller metropolises under one million, and another with populations over one million.

Coming in at number 10 out of 15 is our little blue town by the big blue sea, Santa Barbara. Conde Nast referred to our town as "Los Angeles's northern neighbor," but we'll try not to hold that against them. A geographically correct description, but we like to think we stand on our own. Highlights included were the Orchid Estate, the Biltmore Hotel, and wine tasting in Los Alamos. The last one technically isn't in Santa Barbara, but as locals, we know there are hundreds of wine tasting areas in our county.

Two other central coast cities made the list, Monterey ranking 13 and Carmel-by-the-Sea at number 8. The number one spot went to Charleston, South Carolina. 

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a-1511400616 Oct 29, 2017 08:45 PM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

Up to a couple years ago there was an old pelican sitting on a pole off Stearns wharf who was always there 10 feet away from the wharf, sleeping and having a good time. It was always there to be taken a picture of and looked at you kindly with his big eyes letting you take a picture of it. And then one day when I went to the wharf and stopped by to see and say "hi!" to my old friend the pelican I saw he wasn't there anymore. When I looked closely I understood why : some CREEP at city council (or some where else) had decided to plant sharp NAILS on the post where the old, faithful, pelican had been resting for years for everyone's enjoyment's so that this totally harmless, ultra friendly and gorgeous animal could no longer rest on that pole he lived on for so many years. This is a town where all those people think so highly of themselves, vote massively democrat but deep inside have NO RESPECT for wild life and for anything that may "bother" their ever so little "bourgeois" comfort and no doubt feel "so proud" to have "socked it" to this gorgeous animal while at the same time PRETENDING (but only pretending) to have such high "liberal" values. Shame on you and shame to the moron who decided to plant those nails !!

a-1511400616 Oct 30, 2017 05:03 PM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

580 : This poor old pelican was at least 10 feet from the closest "the public" could get to them. I interact with wildlife in my back garden on a daily basis and it's not just a pleasue but also a lot of fun and great learning experience on their life and life style. And people would gain a lot by doing more of it ..

a-1511400616 Oct 30, 2017 04:59 PM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

To biguglystick : if I remember the city IS run by dems. So this disgusting decision to sock it to this poor old pelican WAS a Dem decision. So much for their "love" of nature !! I do not hunt, but hunting does serve purpose in some circumstances, so it's not as easy as your reductive comment on that. And unless you're full Vegan : why is killing the chicken , beef , fish and other living protein forms that you eat any "better" than hunting them ? Have you ever seen pics/videos of "industrial" chicken "farms" ?? maybe you should !!

a-1511400616 Oct 30, 2017 02:09 PM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

If you actually had a clue and cared about wildlife, you would be aware that having them interact with the public is almost always a very bad idea.

biguglystick Oct 30, 2017 02:05 PM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

I'm sorry, but I vote democrat and I LOVE wildlife. I fight for wildlife on a daily basis. I remember that pelican and I think it's abhorrent that someone would put nails there. This has nothing whatsoever to do with politics, and besides, if you really want to talk politics take a look at the republican track record for "protecting" wild life. Stinky Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, supposed to protect our wildlife and wild lands has rolled back bans on lead bullets which pollute the environment and kill all sorts of birds and small animals with lead poisoning. The repubs continually vote with the NRA and hunters, who are all for trapping and killing animals all over the place. It's sickening. Aerial gunning down, hounding, trapping, killing cubs and mothers in their dens. Trump gleefully signed that bill. Democrats do much more for wildlife, so check your facts.

Flicka Oct 29, 2017 07:21 PM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

I'm wondering how the City Council is "driving tourism into the ground"? Seems commenters here are often complaining about too many tourists. Also, the only CC member I know is Bendy, hardly a "limousine liberal". So easy to toss names around!

a-1511400616 Oct 29, 2017 10:40 AM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

Except that there were only 15 choices given, presumably the 15 smaller cities in the country that would be considered tourist-type destinations. If there 30 or 100 cities that fell into that description, then the survey presumably would have listed more.

a-1511400616 Oct 29, 2017 10:14 AM
Santa Barbara Named Top Small City Destination

The title is just a tad misleading . . . since when does "top" mean 10th out of 15?! That would be a C- grade on a curve, which is pretty horrible for a City that relies on tourism as its main provider for working-class families. Maybe the "Democrats" that run this City can stop driving tourism into the ground, and realize that Democratic values should be to support working-class families that rely on tourism to survive. Grandstanding about affordable housing, then taking away people's livelihoods who they purport to benefit, is definitely not a Democratic value I can support. Let's get real leaders for the City, not the same old tired Democrats who are actually in the pockets of wealthy anti-tourism benefactors. I say this is a lifelong Democrat who will not be supporting any of the limousine liberal "Democrats" who are running for mayor.

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