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March
31
posted by: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on: March 31, 2014 9:56:46 AM
Do you dig car free travel? Our hotel is located steps from stunning beaches, historic Stearns Wharf, the trendy funk zone, and bustling downtown shopping district making it a perfect car free get-away. A eco-friendly vacation begins when you travel via Amtrak California and stay at our green hotel, which is conveniently located right next to the Amtrak Train Station.

Now going green to Santa Barbara is a little greener and even more affordable! Thru May 17, Amtrak California is offering 30% off fares* and we offer $10 off of your room rate for traveling car free through Santa Barbara Car Free! Book direct through Amtrak online
www.AmtrakCalifornia.com/VIP30/ and to receive your car free stay discount with the hotel mention you traveled car free at the front desk when checking in or when calling to book your room.

Santa Barbara is a great place to explore on foot and is bike friendly as well! We offer two complimentary bikes that are available on a first come basis for those looking to explore the city at a faster pace. Nearby bike paths along the bird refuge, beachfront, and up State Street begin right outside our door.

Before heading out on a long walk or bike ride, take advantage of our self-serve water bottle refilling station, which provides complimentary filtered water.
Picturesque, car free, self-guided tours, such as the Red Tile Walking Tour, Harbor/Shoreline Walking Tour and Stearns Wharf, are viewable on Santa Barbara Car Free travel maps. http://www.santabarbaracarfree.org/map.html

Did you know that Santa Barbara is the birthplace of Earth Day? In honor of the city’s legacy and commitment to the environment, Santa Barbara features one of the largest Earth Day celebrations. These festivities are a great place to boost your knowledge about ecology and sustainability. Book Saturday, April 26 (11am-7pm) - Sunday, April 27 (11am-6pm) to catch Earth Day this year. A stroll up State Street to gorgeous Alameda Park is all you need to find yourself at the informative and fun Earth Day Festival.
http://sbearthday.org/get-to-earth-day

Fill your next stay in Santa Barbara with positive and intimate experiences when you explore our lush and beautiful landscape car free. We hope you’ll join us soon!
*This offer is valid until May 17, three-day advance reservations required, and some blackout dates. Offer good Monday thru Thursday and Saturday. For complete terms visit www.AmtrakCalifornia.com/VIP30/.
January
15


Staying with us during the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival from January 30 – February 9? We have an exciting challenge for you! Bring out your inner actor or actress, have some fun, and win a SBIFF movie pass 4-pack with our SBIFF Star Struck Celebrity Tribute Tribute contest!


Take a selfie, or gather some friends and family and pretend to be your favorite celebrity honored this year at SBIFF receiving an award. So far Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, Emma Thompson, and Oprah Winfrey will all receive awards for their contributions to film this year. Get creative and celebrate these shining stars!


Your choice of one of the following 3 places to post:

Like or follow our FacebookTwitter or Instagram account based on where you post the photo.  

On Twitter or Instagram:

Post the photo with the hashtags #SBIFFStarStruck & #CelebrityTributeTribute and tag @IndigoSB on Twitter or @hotelindigosantabarbara on Instagram.

On Facebook:

Post the photo on our wall with the hashtags #SBIFFStarStruck & #CelebrityTributeTribute

The staff will begin selecting 10 winners on January 28th and notify winners. Movie passes will be given out at check in.  Should any remaining tickets exist they will be distributed after January 28 to additional selected award winners.  Winners agree to allow their name and submitted photo/likeness to be used on the indigosantabarbara.com website, and facebook/twitter/instagram.

Celebrate the talent and keep it classy folks! No inappropriate, slanderous, libelous, etc. images will be considered. We reserve the right to reject from consideration and delete inappropriate imagery at our discretion. Winner must be 21+ and a guest staying at the hotel during the 2014 film fest.

Looking forward to seeing you celebrate these bright stars’ accomplishments! Let’s hear it for the stars!

Photo credit to SBIFF


The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs from January 30 through February 9 and we are offering a swanky Sideways Film Feast Package to our valued guests. SBIFF is a world-class, star-studded event that screens top films, including film premieres, and recognizes actors and directors from around the world. 

Select actors will be honored throughout the film festival and this year’s awards list includes: Cate Blanchett as The Outstanding Performer of the Year on Saturday, February 1; Oprah Winfrey for the 2014 Montecito Award on Wednesday, February 5; and Emma Thompson for the Modern Master Award on Saturday, February 8.

SBIFF is Santa Barbara's hottest wintertime ticket with attendees flocking to town and hotels filling up early. Remember to reserve a room in advance with our Sideways Film Feast Package featuring Avelina Wine Company. This Package includes a stylish, contemporary King bed room, wine tasting for two at Avelina Wine Tasting room—steps from the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on the hip Urban Wine Trail—and your choice of a bottle of Sands Point by Avelina Wine Co. Pinot Noir, Cabernet or Chardonnay in your room.

Reserve this exclusive package available from January 30  February 9, 2014 today. This package carries a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Please call Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara directly at 
1-805-966-6586 or emailsales@IndigoSantaBarbara.com to reserve your Sideways Film Feast Package stay with us.



Unlike, say, scotch, tequila is liquor not commonly associated with connoisseurship. In most cases, our experience tells us it’s not something to be sipped and savored from a snifter, but rather, a drink best enjoyed when propelled down the throat with a healthy helping of salt and lime to soften the burn.

But, as with most alcoholic beverages, tequila has its own culture of aficionados and artisan distillers who seek to challenge popular notions of this notorious Mexican liquor. They would balk at the thought of masking its flavor with chasers or not taking the time to fully appreciate the subtlety and richness that superior tequilas possess.

At the 4th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival, taking place on August 31st in Elings Park, those who live for tequila will showcase some of its finest examples in an event that includes tastings, gourmet food and live entertainment. For those of us who have only ever tasted it during a round of late-night bar shots or diluted in the syrupy soup of a margarita, the Festival offers a chance to expose yourself to tequilas that are worth spending quality time with.



More than 50 premium tequilas and mezcals will be yours to imbibe, along with a sizeable spread of food designed to complement the bold flavors of these ancient liquors. If you’re wondering what mezcal is, Wikipedia will tell you all you need to know; in short, it’s a form of tequila that’s sweeter, smokier and known for having a worm in the bottom of the bottle (actually the larvae of the agave snout weevil, but you’d probably rather forget about the pickled creature at the bottom of your drink).

General admission to the festival is $45 per person, which includes all tequila, mezcal and food samples. Designated drivers will get a discount, paying just $30, and those who want access to additional private tastings and the convenience of shorter entrance line-up can get a VIP ticket for $80.

Ellings Park is located at 1298 Las Positas Road in Santa Barbara, a 10-minute drive from the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. If you’re planning to enjoy the tequila and mezcal, however, we suggest using transit. It’s around a 30 minutes from the Hotel Indigo to Ellings Park by bus—you can catch the #5 bus a few blocks away at De La Vina St. and Guiterrez St., which will take you directly to Ellings Park. Stay safe and have fun!  
July
24
posted by: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on: July 24, 2013 2:49:59 PM
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 One of the best parts about working at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara is meeting all of our amazing guests, and it is a special treat when they bring their furry friends. As one of the few  pet-friendly hotels in Santa Barbara, we accommodate a large number of guests who bring their pets along on sunny Santa Barbara vacations.

Bringing your pet on vacation with you just got a little sweeter! We are proud to announce our first ever Indigo Pets Contest, which runs through September 1st! The winner will receive the a complimentary tote bag and a free pet stay (valued at $40) at the hotel during their next visit! 
All guests are eligible to enter the contest. 
To participate, take a picture of your adorable pet in their favorite part of the hotel, i.e. your room, the living wall or the outside patio.  Then upload the snapshot onto Twitter and tag the hotel using the hashtag #IndigoPetsSB or by tagging the hotel Twitter account @IndigoSB. For guests without Twitter, simply upload the picture onto the hotel's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/IndigoSantaBarbara, and the hotel will upload it onto Twitter for you.**

At the end of the competition, the best pet photo will be selected by our staff, and the winner will be notified! Be sure to follow us on twitter or like us on facebook to keep up with and find out the winner of the IndigoPetsSB competition.

We love our guests and we love their pets! All guests are encouraged to join in 
and show off their loveable sidekick for a chance to win our IndigoPetsSB Award!
* By uploading your photo to our facebook page throughout the duration of the contest, you are agreeing that the hotel may link to and share that content on twitter.
** The winner’s pet photo will be retweeted on twitter, shared on facebook and featured on our blog.

April
25
posted by: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on: April 25, 2013 3:48:53 PM
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With Santa Barbara’s sunny climate, palm-fringed seaside parks, local vineyards, thriving arts scene and delicious restaurants; it is hard to imagine a better location for a summer wine festival.  Get ready for the California Wine Festival - the perfect mix of sun, sea, music, food and of course – a great selection of California wines.  Come visit Santa Barbara July 18, 19, and 20th to experience the very best of California.

Now in its 10th year, this annual festival is a great way to experience the Santa Barbara food & drink scene.  The festival entails three days of live music, daily events, the best of Californian wines, and food demonstrations from some of the region’s most renowned chefs.  Events range from the upscale “Old Spanish Nights”, which brings together the culture and tastes of Spain and California; to a sunny afternoon in a palm-lined seaside park.  Events are ticketed and can sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets in advance! You can buy a Multi-Event pass in advance from $189 to $119 or from $310 to $160 at the gate.  Day of event tickets prices range from $69 to $110 in advance or $80 to $140 at the gate.

Here at the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, we’re just minutes from Chase Palm Park - the site of many of the festivities. Come stay with us for the fun!  Can’t make it to the festival?  Don’t worry! We’ve got other California wine-themed hotel packages too!

February
28


 With only a few weeks left in the CAF’s critically acclaimed exhibition “A Handful of Dust”, we feel compelled to get the word out to our art-loving visitors about this unique opportunity to see some thought-provoking work in a local gallery.

For those who don’t know, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) is a pillar of our local art community and one of the leading contemporary art galleries in central California.  CAF’s free-admission gallery exhibits a rotating selection of art in various mediums that represent a broad spectrum of attitudes and approaches. The Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara is proud to be a creative partner of the CAF, providing space for their satellite gallery right here in our hotel.

The “Handful of Dust” exhibition currently on display at the CAF’s main location in Paso Nuevo Mall brings together the sculptural work of seven artists who engage the intersection between modern and primitive with archaic and spare installations.

"No Age" by Jay Haikes - CAF Santa Barbara
 "No Age" by Jay Heikes

In addition to “A Handful of Dust”, the gallery is currently featuring the latest installment in its Bloom Projects series. Entitled “Root”, this project by Molly Smith is envisioned as an expression of her experiences when visiting Santa Barbara. Found objects scoured from unlikely corners of the city are incorporated into collages and sculptures that reflect the spirit, landscape and culture of Santa Barbara. 

"Sure" by Molly Smith
"Sure" by Molly Smith
 
Visit the Santa Barbara CAF website for more information on this and other upcoming exhibitions.

 

While Santa Barbara is home to a lot of tasty restaurants, the newest and most highly anticipated one is now open in our very own hotel! Successful Restaurateur and Chef Jason Tuley has unveiled Anchor Woodfire Kitchen & Bar at 119 State Street in Santa Barbara's thriving artistic and cultural beachfront community known as the Funk Zone. Chef Tuley's lifelong friend, Chef de Cuisine Charles Fredericks joins him in this new gourmet offering.

Chef Tuley in the Kitchen

Anchor Woodfire Kitchen and Bar is a rustic, yet elegant restaurant with a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere that serves up finely crafted wood fire dishes for the most refined palettes.

Freshly In-House Made Pasta

The restaurant will be open six days a week from 7 am to close with Sunday Brunch from 9 am to 3 pm and Dinner 5 pm to close. As a special treat, guests at the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara may order room service or food to the rented Boardroom from the restaurant.

Lobster with Squid Ink Pasta 

Santa Barbara native, Chef Tuley grew up cooking with red oak, which inspired Anchor Woodfire Kitchen. Chef Fredericks and Tuley's relationship with local puveys allows for daily changing menus and fresh, high-quality ingredients such as organic meats, house made cured meats, fresh sustainable seafood, in-house made pastas, breads, and pastries.

Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta with Blackberries and Vanilla

On top of the excellent food, there is a full bar located in the restaurant with hand crafted seasonal cocktails, dynamic beer, and a sophisticated wine list to compliment the food for a well-rounded dining experience.

For more information about Anchor woodfire Kitchen, please visit  AnchorWoodfireKitchen.com and for reservations, contact the restaurant directly at 805.845.0989.

Photo Credit: Aron Ives

December
3
posted by: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on: December 3, 2012 10:48:17 PM

Since opening our doors on February 14th of this year, we are so pleased to announce that our boutique hotel is officially on the list of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Buzzworthy Hotels of 2012! We are extremely excited and honored to be included on this list with other fabulous hotels all around America.

 

 Thank you to all our wonderful guests who have written such fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor, as well as other sites such as Yelp. We strive to provide the best possible experience for all of our guests, from beautiful, vibrant rooms to friendly, welcoming staff members. It is our mission to provide the best service possible and to ensure that all guests have memorable trips to our beautiful city of Santa Barbara.

 

For more information visit the link here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.buzzhotels

 

August
14
posted by: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on: August 14, 2012 11:17:29 AM

When taking a break from an endless summer to work, why not do it in style?  In Santa Barbara you can experience a paradise full of sandy beaches, gourmet restaurants, and exciting nightclubs as well as get down to business at the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara’s Boardroom. Located a mere block and a half from the beach, we offer a sleek and modern Boardroom, able to seat up to 8 individuals comfortably.  Our conference room features a state of the art 46" HD LCD flat screen television for presentations, complimentary coffee and tea from 8 am until noon, and contemporary artwork by local artists.  While you can bring in your own food and beverages, upon request our front desk can receive and place catered lunches into the Boardroom for you and our Grab-n-Go case is available all day with snacks for purchase. Let our $100 per day Boardroom provide a convenient meeting space or private office away from home. With a 7-day cancellation policy, our conference room provides the flexibility you need when planning a business trip or meeting. 

 

When renting the Boardroom, you may also use our complimentary Business Center, which features two workstations complete with touchscreen computer screens, keyboards, and printers with fax and scanning capabilities.  Our business center also features a colorful and vibrant mural by Elizabeth Harper.

 
 

Beyond the Boardroom, we invite you to take a break or relax after a meeting on our upstairs outdoor lounges, complete with comfortable sofas and chairs and blooming orange trees.  These wonderful, open air, wind down spots are the perfect end to a productive day.