Barry Pollack’s “Going Places”San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara
There’s a special place nestled in the hills above Santa Barbara, a small andintimate resort renowned as a romantic getaway for the rich and famous. Inalmost any travel magazine or survey - Zagut, Travel and Leisure, and many more – you’ll find it listed among the best hotels or most romantic spots in the world. Itis the San Ysidro Ranch, known as “The Ranch” to its devotees. Situated on 500plus acres, barely a mile uphill from the San Ysidro exit on the Coast Highway inMontecito, the property is secluded in the wooded foothills of the Santa YnezMountains with grand views of the Pacific and Channel Islands.
San Ysidro Ranch
, one of California’s oldest resorts, iscelebrating its 110
anniversary this year. It began as a way station forFranciscan monks building California’s missions in the 1700’s. It was a citrusranch in the 1800’s. In 1893, it opened to guests. But it wasn’t until 1935, whenmovie idol, Ronald Colman, and former California senator, Alvin Weingard,purchased the property, that it became a celebrity destination, a legendaryhideaway for Hollywood stars, literary luminaries, and politicians.Vivien Leigh and Sir Lawrence Olivier were married there. And, if you wantto experience your own Camelot, you can stay in the same cottage where John andJackie Kennedy honeymooned in 1953.The Ranch is a village made up of 38 suites in 21 separate cottages. Whilesome of the cottages, like the Kennedy cottage, have two suites, most are singles.Each has a fireplace. Most have private decks. The majority have secluded hottubs. And every residence has the name of its current guest posted on an outdoor