Roam+Board :: The Goodland

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[trip style =  sun + food + wine + weekend getaway]

What
Ever since The Goodland, a Cali-cool Kimpton Hotel, opened in late 2014, I've had my eye on the property. Because I have a thing for thoughtful hotel updos, a thing for good design and a thing for California, staying here on my recent trip to Santa Barbara seemed like the right thing to do. 

The Goodland does hotel'ing right, and then some, celebrating obscure and fabulous fêtes such as "national chocolate-covered raisin day" {when guests can swing by the lobby and fill up a cup of candy}, or offering a nightly social hour fuelled by spiked agua fresca. 

Channeling the Pacific Coast's easy-breezy beach vibes in every spacethink: rope-adorned lights, driftwood tables, surf artI'm struck by the '60s-surf-cabin-meets-art-gallery aesthetic, which makes me breathe a sigh of calm, as if I'm walking in the sand at a retro beach club.  

This vintage-mod vibe is carried over into the hotel's 154 rooms outfitted with woodsy floors, dark ceiling beams, chic tie-dye chairs, Barrington Blue pillows sourced from vintage rugs and artisan graphic-print tapestries hanging above each bed.   

At night, you don't even have to leave to find a bev or a bonfire. The good folks at The Goodland have got you covered with a poolside bar serving the likes of habanero-infused el Jimador tequila and pineapple tipples beside fire pits surrounded by Acapulco chairs. 

Trip Styler approved.

Where
Santa Barbara, California. A 10-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara, or a 7-minute drive from the Santa Barbara Airport.  

When
Year-round. The endless summer is alive and well in Santa Barbara, where temperatures hover between 20-30 degrees C. I visited in March, and for a few days, the mercury rose to 26 degrees C. 

Who/Why
You surf (or aspire to) and hope to one day have your own beach retreat. Until then, you'll stay here. 

Cost
Rates start at approximately $200/night + $25 resort fee. Rooms include WiFi, parking, Crosley record players with a selection of vintage vinyl, in-room yoga mats, daily fitness classes, morning coffee and tea in the lobby and a nightly spiked agua fresca hour. Bark woofpets are welcome for no charge.

Photos

 The pool

The pool

 Along with pool loungers, there are free daybeds for guest use {most hotels up-charge for this}.

Along with pool loungers, there are free daybeds for guest use {most hotels up-charge for this}.

 Lunch at the pool, thanks to a beach-bites menu curated by the hotel's on-site Outpost restaurant.

Lunch at the pool, thanks to a beach-bites menu curated by the hotel's on-site Outpost restaurant.

 Baby Styler chillin' at the pool surrounded by a mountain of pool pillows and towels.

Baby Styler chillin' at the pool surrounded by a mountain of pool pillows and towels.

 The rooms

The rooms

 Crosley record players in every room. Want more vinyl? Ask the record concierge to curate a new mix.

Crosley record players in every room. Want more vinyl? Ask the record concierge to curate a new mix.

 The coolest lobby I ever did see

The coolest lobby I ever did see

 One of The Goodland's art installations: An entire wall of beach umbrella photos {only a few shown here} by Keegan Gibbs, who was raised near the ocean and inspired by its influence on humanity.

One of The Goodland's art installations: An entire wall of beach umbrella photos {only a few shown here} by Keegan Gibbs, who was raised near the ocean and inspired by its influence on humanity.

 Au courant alfresco dining at Outpost, the hotel's restaurant helmed by Chef Derek Simcik, who was born in Greece and sharpened his culinary skills around the world before landing in California to cook and skateboard. 

Au courant alfresco dining at Outpost, the hotel's restaurant helmed by Chef Derek Simcik, who was born in Greece and sharpened his culinary skills around the world before landing in California to cook and skateboard. 

 Oupost: More of the stunning dining scene

Oupost: More of the stunning dining scene

 Outpost: Drinks

Outpost: Drinks

 Outpost: Build your own guac

Outpost: Build your own guac

 Outpost: Pan-seared halibut in an Israeli couscous

Outpost: Pan-seared halibut in an Israeli couscous

 Outpost: Steamed chocolate cake with roasted marshmallow and vanilla gelato

Outpost: Steamed chocolate cake with roasted marshmallow and vanilla gelato

 We were here :)

We were here :)