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#11 hanna

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    Posted 05 May 2009 - 03:29 PM

    I lived in Santa Barbara for 5 years, and LOVE it there. I actually worked at Bacara Resort & Spa (Biltmore's competitor). They are both beautiful resorts (but pricy...) so let me know if you have any q's about the resorts or area and I will try my best to answer.

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    Posted 05 May 2009 - 05:05 PM

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    I graduated from UC Santa Barbara (ok it has been a few yrs ago) and I have been to many beautiful receptions and events there. I have always found the service to be impeccable. What a beautiful place for a wedding! And yes, they still have the best Sunday brunch in SB!
    my sister went to UCSB...she had a great time...partied waaayyy too much. i love good brunches so will def. take advantage of the one here.

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    I lived in Santa Barbara for 5 years, and LOVE it there. I actually worked at Bacara Resort & Spa (Biltmore's competitor). They are both beautiful resorts (but pricy...) so let me know if you have any q's about the resorts or area and I will try my best to answer.
    sounds good.

    if you worked for bacara (a friend got married there about 5 years ago), see if you can get any wedding info to post.

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    #13 hanna

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      Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:02 PM

      I emailed them and they would prefer brides contact them directly for pricing, but here is some info if you want to do a site visit:

      Also- you can find more contact info on their website California Resorts : Bacara Resort & Spa - Santa Barbara - you can put an inquiry and one of the wedding coordinators should be back to you pretty quickly. Keep in mind that this isn't all-inclusive as it is in the US - so prices are going to be a la carte for the specific options you choose - ceremony location, reception location, food, flowers, cake. Also-the pastery chef there is incredible.. best cakes ever! The grounds are beautiful and amazing views of the pacific ocean. Keep in mind it is more secluded than the Four Seasons as it is actually about 15 min north of downtown Santa Barbara, although this also makes it more private..

      I worked in the Spa, and if you are traveling to Santa Barbara - a Spa day there is a MUST. You don't have to be a guest at the resort to to to the spa, and is a really fun activity esp with your bm's or moms because there is a spa pool, jacuzzi, steam room, spa cafe (as well as 3 other restaurants), salon... I could go on all day, love the Spa... You can download the Spa menu on their website and it has prices. ahh..I need a massage :) Feel free to pm me if you have any specific questions and I will try to answer/find the answer. We actually considered moving our wedding to SB as Mexico might not work out.. although it just wasn't within our $10k budget

      A TASTE OF BACARA

      This exceptional opportunity allows you to sample a taste of all that Bacara has to offer you as you plan your special day. Contact your Bridal Director to schedule ‘A Taste of Bacara’ three to six months prior to your wedding date. This is your opportunity to meet managers who will fulfill your wedding wishes. Here is what to expect when you participate in ‘A Taste of Bacara’:

      MENU PREVIEW
      Meet Bacara’s Banquet Chef and enjoy a preview tasting of the menu selections for your wedding dinner. We offer a complimentary tasting for two, Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Additional guests may join you for a nominal fee. You may preview two selections for each course that you plan to serve at your wedding, excluding hors d’oeuvres and wine. Please submit your menu selections at least three weeks prior to the tasting date. Contact your Bridal Coordinator for assistance with your menu selections.

      CAKE TASTING
      Bacara’s Pastry Chef will dazzle you with his talent and creativity and assist you in designing your dream wedding cake. There will be six Bacara wedding cakes and fillings for you to sample. Discover the difference between fondant and butter cream, choose square tiers or round and decide upon a stacked or pillared wedding cake.

      SPA PREVIEW
      Meet with our Group Spa Representative to review all that the full-service luxury Spa at Bacara has to offer you, your Bridal Party and your wedding guests. Our experts will guide you in making all of your personal Spa arrangements, as well as creating unique group activities.

      AMENITIES PREVIEW
      Take a trip to our Resort Shop, Spa Shop and Luxury Boutique to discuss your gift amenity options with one of our knowledgeable Retail Managers. They will work with you to design the perfect gifts for your guests.

      ACCOMMODATIONS REVIEW
      Meet with our Group Rooms Reservations Coordinator to review your room block, discuss VIP and special needs guests and familiarize yourself with the arrival and departure process.

      PREPARING FOR YOUR ARRIVAL
      Bacara Resort & Spa is nestled on the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains on a 78-acre coastal bluff unique to California. Due to our coastal location, we experience wonderful, mild weather year round with average daily temperatures ranging between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. While this is convenient for engaging in daytime activities, we often have cool nights and do occasionally have mornings with overcast skies, known as the Marine Layer. When packing for a trip to Bacara, it is always recommended that you plan on layering your clothing. We have put together the following list to assist you in packing all of the necessary items. Please remember to plan ahead if you are arriving to the area by plane or train, as arranging transportation to the Resort will be necessary. For those who will be traveling in GPS equipped vehicles, Bacara’s coordinates are: Latitude 34.432491 Longitude -119.908750. Remember that regardless of how you arrive, getting here will be well worth the trip.

      #14 Soon To Be Mrs. Gomez

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        Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:15 PM

        Santa Barbara is beautiful and that location looks so tropical. Thank You for sharing.

        #15 TammyWright

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        Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:34 PM

        hanna, can you start a new thread for baccara?

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          Posted 10 May 2009 - 12:45 AM

          Hi guys. I actually just got back from Santa Barbara - it was meant to be a get away for FI and I since our wedding was suppose to happen this past week in Mexico, but got canceled due to swine flu. Of course right when we arrived in SB the fires began to get out of control - it was pretty intense and sad since 80 homes got burnt. Its weird cuz i went to UCSB and in the 4 years i was there we had no fires and now there have been 3 in the past year.

          Anywho we also went to look at the Biltmore to have our now postponed wedding and the place is really beautiful - Im pretty sure we will have our wedding there at the end of June :)

          Hannah - we tried to set up an appointment at the Bacara but no one got back to us - I may have to PM you to get more info

          BTW what year did you UCSB alums graduate? i graduated in 2003

          #17 TammyWright

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          Posted 10 May 2009 - 02:07 PM

          yael,

          let me know if you decide to go with the biltomore as i was able to negotiate really great room rates.

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          #18 YaelM

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            Posted 14 May 2009 - 03:14 PM

            Tammy - we have decided to go with the Four Seasons Biltmore :) My new wedding day is now June 19th. They told us we get the wedding night free and any additional nights we choose to stay is 20% off - Id love to hear what you negotiated.

            When is your sister getting married there?

            #19 angelalanahung

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              Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:22 PM

              Hi,

              Could someone please tell me if the ocean view lawn is raised? If not is there a road right outside? Do you hear much traffic noise?

              Many thanks,

              Angela.

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                Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:39 PM

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                Hi,

                Could someone please tell me if the ocean view lawn is raised? If not is there a road right outside? Do you hear much traffic noise?

                Many thanks,

                Angela.
                The Ocean view from the Mariposa Garden (where i had my ceremony) is lawn raised - its on grass. Although there is a road in front you definitely dont notice it or hear any traffic since the garden is pretty secluded

                In my slide show in my siggy you can look at pictures from the ceremony




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