As the start to the Summer Solstice, I can't imagine a more serene and indulgent setting than sitting amongst 78 beautiful manicured acres complete with two miles of oceanfront beauty at the glorious Bacara Resort and Spa on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, CA.

Adjacant to the resort community of Santa Barbara, The American Riveria, this resort boasts flower-filled courtyards, peaceful fountains, graceful garden paths, with feelings that you have been transported to a Mediterranean resort.  

Spend your days and nights savoring their amenities with beach activities, three zero-edge swimming pools, four lighted tennis courts, a supervised kids’ club, specialty retail shops, and adjacent hiking trails. Enjoy  fine dining in any of the four restaurants, including the four-star Miro restaurant which sits overlooking the bluff.  Miro features a 12,000-bottle wine cellar and  an adjoining spacious terrace with panoramic Pacific views.

Remember to induldge yourself at their four-diamond Spa ~ a 42,000-square-foot spa with 36 treatment rooms and an extensive spa menu offering a wide range of facials, body treatments, massages, salon services and more.  Should you decided to get in your workout, be sure to visit their 3,500 square foot fitness center.  Bacara Resort and Spa also offers complimentary fitness classes and walks along with private and semi-private Pilates and yoga sessions as well as personal training that is also available.

With so many luxuries surrounding you, your accommodations just may send you over the edge.  Bacara Resort and Spa offers 354 spacious guestrooms, specialty suites or luxury retreats, all of which feature private balconies or patios, with garden, mountain or ocean views.  Your room is complete with the colors of sea, elegant Spanish tile, overstuffed furnishings, and Frette linens and robes.

The bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs, marble showers and Fresh bath products. About half the guestrooms have gas fireplaces; all of the suites and luxury retreats have gas or wood-burning fireplaces.  You will receive high-speed Internet access, flat screen televisions; state-of-art video entertainment systems; DVD players (the resort provides an extensive library of films); and mini bars. Should you chose to never leave your oasis, the resort also provides 24-hour in-room dining and concierge services, as well as service for in-room spa treatments.

With so many options and packages to chose from, be sure to visit the Bacara Solstice, a festive poolside party with live entertainment, savory hors d'oeuvers from The Bistro, local beer and wine tasting and tours of the recently revamped guest rooms on June 27, 2012. 

(Previous photographs courtesy of the Bacara Resort and Spa)

So, as I look forward to the warmth of the sun, lazy days, fire-flies in the night, beautiful sunsets, and the laughter of family and friends, I think I shall pack this suit from Kanaca's Secret and celebrate this beautiful Summer Solstice!
Wherever you are may your travels always bring you magical memories!