From Southern California to Southern India, this month’s hottest hotels
Design Notes Kimpton’s Canary Hotel, which was named for the Spanish archipelago off the coast of Africa, combines warm Mediterranean colors with handpainted Spanish-style wall tiles, worn wood bookcases, lantern light fixtures and Moroccan-tinged accents in this charming coastal California locale. You’ll feel particularly European during one of Kimpton’s trademark hosted wine hours, when the hotel’s master sommelier offers you a carefully selected complimentary glass each day between 5 and 6 p.m.
Hot Dish The hotel may be all about Spain, but at on-site restaurant Finch & Fork, California is the star. Chef James Siao fills his menu with locally sourced cheese, produce, seafood and meats, in seasonal recipes like rainbow trout with pan-roasted spaetzle, crispy pork, citrus butter, baby spinach and shaved fennel. The extensive wine menu also skews heavily toward local vineyards, including Byron Pinot Noir and Tatomer Riesling from right here in Santa Barbara County.
What You’ll Find Just Outside The hotel is less than a block away from State Street, Santa Barbara’s main strip, which has wide sidewalks, street performers, boutiques and excellent restaurants. Ten blocks south, you’ll find yourself on the sand, staring out at the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands in the distance. On your way, stray into The Funk Zone, a neighborhood filled with eclectic wine tasting rooms and art galleries.
Best Place To Hang Out Take the elevator up to the sixth floor and get off at the Rooftop Perch, a relaxing lounge and pool area with stunning 360-degree views of the Santa Barbara Channel, the Santa Ynez Mountains and downtown’s terra-cotta roofs. The pool is open year-round, and the patio’s cushioned lounge chairs offer one of the best places in town to watch the sun set. When it gets slightly cooler out, the rooftop fireplace, surrounded by candles and potted trees, provides a cozy and romantic alternative.