From a whimsical Christmas tree art sculpture to fun-filled (and complimentary!) resort activities, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara offers everything travelers need to enjoy the magic of the holiday season in style. Highlights include:

Christmas Tree Art Installation

Showcased in Bacara’s festively-adorned lobby, the 12-foot sculpture combines dramatic contrasts of whimsically-sculpted steel from David Shelton Studios, hand-blown glass by Saul Alcaraz and artistic touches by Bacara’s Creative Director Lorrene Balzani. “The tree is not intended to compete with a natural tree but rather offer a playful interpretation of one,” says Shelton.

The theme of this year’s tree is “Gaviota FantaSEA” in honor of the resort’s beautiful location along the Gaviota Coast. The tree’s artistic ornaments are available for purchase for $25; all proceeds benefit the Gaviota Coast Conservancy.

Complimentary Activities

· Jitney Cart Caroling: guests can carol their way through the resort’s 78-acre village on festively-decorated jitney carts.

· Bike to the Butterflies: Every winter, more than 30,000 monarch butterflies migrate to the Goleta Ellwood Butterfly Preserve, located one mile from Bacara. Guests can witness the mystery of the migrating monarchs with complimentary docent tours offered every weekend.

· Pajama Parties: Younger guests are invited to snuggle up in their pajamas in the resort’s own 211-seat Screening Room to enjoy hot cider and a screening of a classic holiday movie.

The Spa at Bacara

In addition to an all new menu of services, The Spa at Bacara is offering an Organic Bliss facial for the holidays. An array of berries and other natural organic products combine to cleanse, detox, masque and hydrate the skin. The cost is $150 for a 50-minute service (normally $175).

Holiday Dining

Between the three of them, Bacara’s Executive Chef David Reardon, Miró Chef Johan Denizot and Bistro Chef Chris Turano have more than 70 years of world-class culinary experience. A variety of decedent tasting menus and champagne brunches will showcase the best of their award-winning talents.

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

Bacara’s signature restaurant, Miró, will be transformed into a roaring 20s lounge complete with Chef stations, a DJ, party favors, a balloon drop and a Champagne toast to a spectacular 2014. A la carte tickets are available for $150. Reserve the Great Gatsby Getaway package and enjoy overnight accommodations, two tickets to party and a guaranteed 3 p.m. checkout on New Year’s Day for $650.


Guestroom rates start at $350. For reservations or more information on Bacara’s holiday festivities, please call (855) 817-9782 or visit

About Bacara Resort & Spa:

Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara offers relaxed luxury and incomparable natural beauty. The resort features 360 lavish guestrooms and suites, each with a private balcony overlooking breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean or flower-filled gardens. Additional features include a four-story spa, a state-of-the-art wellness center, three zero-edge saline swimming pools, four restaurants and lounges, a 12,000-bottle Wine Cellar & Tasting Room and direct access to Santa Barbara’s beautiful wine country. For reservations or more information, please call (855) 817-9782 or visit


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