Simpatico Pilates in Montecito!

Santa Barbara Exclusive Rentals loves Simpatico Pilates & Gyrotonic Studio in Montecito!! They are a great local business that offers Pilates reformer, tower, mat, and combination classes in individual, duet, and small group format, as well as Gyrotonic instruction. The staff is very friendly, the atmosphere clean, and we love the ease of scheduling! We recommend to all our amazing guests, as well as friends, to come here and try it out for themselves- you will love it! http://www.simpaticopilates.com/schedule.html. 805-565-7591.

Beautiful Mission Canyon Chateau-Hosting weddings up to 150!

Minutes from the historic Santa Barbara Mission, in the heart of Mission Canyon, a 5 bedroom/3 bath Country French Chateau sits hidden among the oaks, boulders and redwoods, at the end of a private lane. This cozy home offers a fifty foot living room graced with five sets of ten foot high leaded French doors that open out to the garden area. Two stone fireplaces flank each end of this vaulted beamed room. Seven piece bands have performed here as this room is easily transformed into a versatile dance floor. The stone walled dining area with two more sets of French doors is the perfect setting for a buffet with traffic flowing in and out of the gardens. The nine foot island in the gourmet kitchen can either be utilized by the caterer or as an additional buffet area.

This dramatic home has hosted many charity events, university gatherings, parties, and weddings. Plan your dream wedding at the very beautiful and versatile Mission Canyon Chateau!

http://www.santabarbaraexclusiverentals.com/featured_homes/mission_canyon/mission_canyon_weddings.html

5 reasons you should ditch the hotel and book a vacation rental instead!

Hotels Vs. Vacation Rentals

While you’ve wasted memories and money on bland and forgettable hotel rooms, savvy tourists have relaxed by private pools, enjoyed spectacular unobstructed views of the ocean, mountains and cityscape, cooked in roomy kitchens, and slept in past noon on their departure dates! Maybe you’re not even aware of the hotels vs vacation rentals debate, but if you’re a traveler, you should be! If you plan to check into a hotel for your next vacation, stop right there! Although it’s easy to make hotel reservations, it’s not always the smartest and most cost-effective thing to do. Millions of people book hotel rooms each day because they don’t know of a better option. But a cozier and often cheaper one does exist. Travelers: say hello to vacation rentals, and goodbye to hotels!

Here are five reasons you should ditch the hotel and book a vacation home instead:

1. Choose wide, open spaces – not tiny, cramped hotel rooms

Many vacation rentals by owner comfortably accommodate a whole family or two. Shop around for your ideal square footage and number of bedrooms. A vacation rental guest is typically treated to full-sized kitchens and bathrooms, so if you’re traveling with the kids, or a big group, it makes good sense to stay in one sizable vacation home – not several small hotel rooms (with several big bills).

2. Pamper your pooch, too!

Not all property owners welcome pets, but many do. When is the last time you witnessed a dog or cat wandering around a hotel lobby? Pet-friendly vacation rentals are very common. Don’t pay the neighbor to feed Fluffy while you’re away; instead, bring your beloved four-legged family member along for the trip!

3. Lots of cherries on top

A vacation is customized by each vacationer, so why aren’t hotel rooms? Vacation rentals offer a slew of amenities that hotels simply do not. Personal swimming pools, private chef services, and even bicycles to ride around town on – the extras always surprise and may even save you money. Avoid expensive restaurants and dine in a few nights out of the week with the help of your spacious kitchen; enjoy flexible check-in and check-out times; and stay in a choice location that puts you within walking distance of attractions. When you book vacation rentals, you have decisions to make. When you book hotel rooms, the decisions have already been made for you. With even the most all-inclusive hotel packages, you are still missing out!

4. See the sights, not the sightseers

While you may be a tourist, you probably don’t want to hang out with other tourists. Hotel resorts are overwhelmed by out-of-towners. Not only is a vacation rental quieter and more private than a hotel, but staying in one makes it easy to immerse yourself into the local character of the city or town you’re visiting… and isn’t that the point?

5. Support a small business

By booking a vacation rental by owner, you’re helping finance a “Mom and Pop” operation, rather than a powerful, corporate hotel chain.

Discover what you’ve been missing and book a vacation rental for your family getaway, first (or second) honeymoon, corporate retreat, wedding, or reunion. Vacation rentals are so diverse that you will easily find one that suits your unique itinerary and the specific needs of your party, however large or small. The bottom line is a hotel is simply not where the heart is! Thanks to vacation rentals, you can follow your heart and your wallet as you consider your choices for vacation accommodations. http://www.santabarbaraexclusiverentals.com/