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.
See more small city destination rankings here.