Hotel: Ritz Carlton Bacara
Would I stay again? Yes. I received an upgrade so I had a suite with a bedroom and a separate sitting area. I also had an AMAZING view. The hotel is a bit far from downtown Santa Barbara but the rooms are great and in between conference sessions, I was able to sit outside and find time for me. This would be a great place for a relaxing long weekend with girlfriends or a spouse/partner. If you want to be closer to town, there are some other great options closer but not necessarily Marriott brands.
Dinner: Smithy (closed)
Would I dine again? Yes. Loved my dishes at Smithy and the company was even better! We sat outside, tried numerous items since we had a larger group and headed to Dargan’s!