Santa Barbara Film Festival Sets 2019 Dates

Sam Rockwell Santa Barbara Film Festival

The 34th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival is set to run January 30-February 9 in 2019, organizers said this morning. Official events will be held throughout the city, including the Arlington and Lobero theaters, for the fest that takes place in the heat of movie awards season.

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3 California dude ranch resorts where luxury meets wilderness

The Ranch at Laguna Beach embodies the experiential travel trend with its
mix of luxurious resort, rustic setting and vast array of activities.
(Ranch at Laguna Beach)

At 7 a.m. on a typical Monday morning, I’m usually madly packing my kindergartner’s lunch and slamming down some coffee. But on this particular day, my decision making is centered around something quite different: boot branding, farm animal feeding and “jingling the horses.”

I’m at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, a golf resort-meets-dude ranch that first opened in 1946. The historic property may have been doing this gig for quite some time, but it’s a perfect example of the rising experiential travel trend. These days, an increasing number of travelers want more than mimosas and pool time. They crave memorable experiences and the feeling of having learned something new — combined with luxe comfort.

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Inside The Donum Estate: A Vineyard Merging Art And Wine

While walking through The Donum Estate vineyard in Sonoma, Calif., one will encounter works by renowned artists such as Ai Weiwei and Keith Haring. The sculpture collection, curated by estate owner Allan Warburg, fuses art and winemaking.

“Art, a beautiful landscape and a great glass of wine create a very powerful experience,” says Anne Moller-Racke, president, winegrower and founder of The Donum Estate. “It is much more powerful than the three enjoyed separately.”

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The Phoenix Hotel Might Just Make San Francisco a Hotel City

San Francisco is a tough city for hotels. There are grand dames like the exquisite Palace Hotel and the stately Fairmont, and then a whole lot of bland, beige-carpeted corporate ones. When it comes to smaller boutique-y hotels that have a real sense of place… it’s pretty slim pickings. But, with the re-opening of the historic Phoenix Hotel this month, Texas-based hotelier Liz Lambert and her hospitality group, Bunkhouse, hope to change this.

Read @ Condé Nast Traveler