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LVMH buying El Encanto owner Belmond for $2.6 billion

How about a high end room to go with your high end luggage? LVMH, the French company that owns the Luis Vuitton, Moet and Hennessy brands, is buying Belmond, the upscale hotel company whose holdings include El Encanto in Santa Barbara. LVMH will pay $25 per share or $2.6 billion for the hotel and luxury Read More →
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San Luis Obispo airport adding daily flight to Dallas

By   /  Friday, December 14th, 2018  /  Central Coast, Destinations, Latest news, Tourism  /  Comments Off on San Luis Obispo airport adding daily flight to Dallas

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport got an early Christmas present this year. On Dec. 13, it announced a new daily flight destination to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines will begin the flights from San Luis Obispo to the busy national and international travel hub on April 2. A spokeswoman for the Read More →

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Landmark equine brick barn now wine venue

By   /  Friday, December 7th, 2018  /  Agribusiness, Destinations, Latest news, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Landmark equine brick barn now wine venue

What once was Santa Barbara County’s most elegant barn, built of red bricks and a Spanish tile roof to house Arabian horses, is now an ultramodern tasting room and events center just outside Buellton’s western residential district. Buellton resident Norman Williams hired an Italian stonemason to build the barn in the early 1970s after purchasing Read More →

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Solvang gets grant to market itself for television and film shoots

By   /  Friday, November 2nd, 2018  /  Central Coast, Destinations, middle, Small Business, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Solvang gets grant to market itself for television and film shoots

Amid many popular Central Coast destinations sits the town of Solvang, nestled between two mountain ranges in the Santa Ynez Valley and nicknamed “California’s Denmark” because of its strong Danish heritage. The downtown consists of about five to six blocks of primarily one or two-story buildings that were designed similar to traditional Danish structures. “Our Read More →

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Santa Barbara County tourism industry outlook good

By   /  Friday, November 2nd, 2018  /  Destinations, Latest news, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara County tourism industry outlook good

With tourism largely rebounding in the aftermath of the winter’s disasters, Visit Santa Barbara unveiled a new branding campaign on Oct 30, along with optimistic lodging forecasts. Data from CBRE Hotels showed an increase in demand for lodging, even as Santa Barbara County absorbed a 6 percent increase in available rooms as new venues like Read More →

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Camarillo Airport users can soon be on Cloud 9

By   /  Friday, October 26th, 2018  /  Columns, Destinations, Latest news, Real Estate, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Camarillo Airport users can soon be on Cloud 9

Camarillo will jump on the luxury-storage trend with Cloud 9, a 120,000-square-foot project that will bring luxury hangers and office space for private jet owners, companies and high-net-worth individuals to the Camarillo Airport. The four 25,000-square-foot hangers will be constructed in the northeast quadrant of the airport and, according to airport officials, accommodate at least Read More →

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Attractive venues power tri-county wedding industry

By   /  Friday, October 12th, 2018  /  Central Coast, Destinations, South Coast, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Attractive venues power tri-county wedding industry

With a large variety of venues, incredible beaches and an infusion of cultural experiences, the Tri-Counties are in demand as a wedding destination for couples from around the nation and the world. “I went to school in San Luis Obispo and fell in love with the area then. When planning our wedding, we looked at Read More →

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