Sleeping Around in Santa Barbara…

Let's Go to Italy Together!Yes, I confess, for the past few months I’ve been sleeping around here in Santa Barbara…but, it isn’t what you think!Spanish Garden Inn - Santa Barbara

I live in Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Barbara, the “American Riviera”, is an international tourist destination. Like most of us who live in a place where tourists love to visit, we rarely get the opportunity to enjoy the accommodations and local sites from the viewpoint of a visitor.

Being a Visitor in My Home Town

Well, that all changed for me in spring. Although Santa Barbara is a very popular international tourist destination, until recently, only a handful of the many fabulous accommodations were featured in The Telegraph London’s Travel site.

So, when they contacted me (because I am a travel writer/blogger and live in Santa Barbara) and asked if I would be interested in doing a review of a local accommodation, well, of course, I said “yes!”.  My first review of Spanish Garden Inn was published in summer (and I even wrote a personal blog post about my “stay-cation”). 

In a nutshell, the review had to be based on a personal experience including an overnight stay and dining at their restaurant(s) if they have any. My task is to then write the review within specific guidelines outlined from The Telegraph. Once submitted, it is reviewed by their content editors and published online.

Needless to say, I was and remain thrilled and honored to be asked and to be a Travel Writer for The Telegraph which receives around 9 million unique views monthly! Since that initial review I have done ten (10) more. Now, there are eleven published and more coming!

It has been a wonderfully challenging and rewarding experience!

An unexpected “perk” has been getting to know my own community better and sharing about the fabulous selection of dining  and shopping venues, cultural and historical attractions, and many worthwhile activities.

And, I have to share that meeting so many gracious hospitality professionals right here in my backyard has been a tremendous pleasure. Doing each unique accommodation justice is my challenge. The most gratifying part of the process is when the property is happy with the review. So far, so good!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Victoria Reviews Santa Barbara!

I invite you to check out my Reviews and the next time you’re in Santa Barbara, consider these outstanding accommodations. Oh, and please tell them that you saw Victoria’s Review on The Telegraph!

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Spanish Garden Inn

“….wonderful!!!!”
– Denis Volic, General Manager

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Spanish Garden Inn

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Hotel Santa Barbara

“Wow! Thank you Victoria for this beautiful write up. We are so excited to be featured…Thanks again for staying with us and giving us this opportunity.”
– Jennie Jacobs, Director of Sales & Marketing

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Hotel Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Inn

“The owner of the Santa Barbara Inn sent me the link first thing this morning.  I don’t know how he found it so fast, but everyone here is absolutely thrilled with the beautiful piece you wrote.
I’ve been in this business for  (gulp!) 40 years.  I was the Public Relations Director for Four Seasons for 9 of my 18 years there.  For 10 years prior to that, I was the Manager of San Ysidro Ranch and handled all the public relations.  So with that background, I can tell you honestly that your piece was the most thorough, most professional piece ever written about any hotel I’ve been associated with.
All of us here at the Inn and Convivo are appreciative of your kind words.”
– Ed Galsterer, General Manager

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Santa Barbara Inn

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Cheshire Cat Inn

”Victoria was a joy to work with. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail shows in the quality of the review. The day the review was published, we received 3 reservations.”
– Christine Dunham & Jack Greenwald

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Cheshire Cat Inn

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Simpson House Inn

“Thank you Telegraph Travel and PostcardZ from Victoria for the wonderful write up and review.”
– Tony Pace, General Manager

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Simpson House Inn

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Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

“Thank you for the wonderful review of our Hyatt Centric.  I have just shared with the team and they are thrilled.
Thank you for honoring us with your visit.”
– Digna David, Director of Sales & Marketing

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Hyatt Centric

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Holiday Inn Express

Photos: Victoria De Maio

Holiday Inn Express

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The Wayfarer

“We love the review, thank you!”
– Kristin Battaglia, General Manager

Photos: Victoria De Maio

The Wayfarer

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The Upham Hotel 

Photos: Victoria De Maio

The Upham Hotel

The Upham Hotel’s Country House Inn

Upham Country House Inn

The Upham Country House Inn

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The Eagle Inn

“Victoria, I LOVE it!”
– Paul Bullock, General Manager

Photos: Victoria De Maio

The Eagle Inn

Where will I be next? Stay tuned!

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8 Responses to Sleeping Around in Santa Barbara…

  1. Elaine says:

    How can one view or receive The Telegraph?

  2. Victoria, you live in SUCH a lovely place! It is nice that you have a chance to explore “la dolce vita” here in the US! (Although, I have to say, Chicago can be very lovely in the summer time and even in the winter during Christmas time, as well.)

  3. Jan Polacco says:

    Sleeping around in Santa Barbara sure looks fun. Excellent!❤️

  4. Great post, Victoria! And such an honor to be reviewing hotels for The Telegraph!! Congratulations

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