It’s no secret to anyone that I love traveling. I often times find myself booking a getaway just a few weeks, or sometimes even days in advance. A spontaneous trip has the ability to get all of my creative juices flowing and awaken my senses, not just for creating content, but for my own joy and fulfillment as well. This year has been the least that I have traveled in a very, very long time, but safety is more important that wanderlust right? However, going stir crazy in the house has given me plenty of time to research beautiful hotels and vacation ideas that are right here in California, and in doing that I stumbled upon the gem that is Sunstone Villa. The Sunstone Winery is well known in the Santa Barbara area, and thousands of visitors pass through their doors annually in search of the perfect cabernet or a nice fruit-forward Pinot, but what so many of them don’t know is that they can enjoy the wine at Sunstone and then wake up in an authentic Tuscan-inspired villa on the vineyards.

“Originally conceived as a private home, the 8,500 square foot Villa now serves as an extension of the Sunstone Winery lifestyle. On a trip to France, owners Linda and Fred Rice discovered architectural remains of buildings in towns and villages in various regions of France, including Marseille and Provence.  Built from French limestone, wooden beams and roof tiles reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, once owned by Queen Victoria, the Villa is an opportunity to see and touch pieces of history.”

When I walked into my room at Sunstone I couldn’t believe my eyes. The fact that I could be transported to Tuscany or the South of France without ever leaving the state of California blew my mind, to say the least. If you find yourself daydreaming about strolling along the cobbled streets of Paris or frolicking in the hill towns of Tuscany, I highly recommend a stay at the luxurious Sunstone Villa in Santa Barbara.

Dress 1: Self Portrait via Net A Porter, Shoes: Alexandre Birman

Dress 2: Raquel Diniz via Matchesfashion

Photos by: Tony Oberstar

Since I got such an overwhelming amount of direct messages and comments about staying at the Sunstone Villa I decided to share the booking details below! I hope this makes it easier for you if you are interested in booking a little getaway.

Booking your stay:

The Suites: The Villa has (5) luxurious master suites each with its own private bath complete with l’Occitane bathroom essentials. The entire villa is furnished with French antiques and luxury Gentili Mosconi Linens from Italy.

Entire Villa Rental Pricing     

                  Entire Villa: $2,450 per night (Sunday – Thursday) & $3,075 per night (Friday & Saturday)                                            Villa Sleeps 10 guests (2 guests per suite)

 Rent A Room Only Pricing:

(Lower price is for stays Sunday-Thursday)

Tuscany Suite – $450 per night / $575 per night – This is the room I stayed in!

The Tuscany Suite is located on the 2nd floor of the estate with a king bed, floating tub, walk in shower, west facing, balcony overlooking the vineyard and sunset

Le Petite Suite $450 per night / $575 per night – Perfect for if you are traveling with kids since it is adjoining to the Tuscany suite!

This 2nd floor, queen bed, private bath, entrance from main staircase, no outside seating area

 Brittany Suite $450 per night / $575 per night – This was Tony’s room – also stunning!

2nd floor, king bed, floating tub, walk in shower, fireplace, large terrace overlooking the vineyard and rear lawn

 Avignon Suite $450 per night / $575 per night

1st floor, king bed, double sink, walk-in shower, private patio off the rear lawn

Provence Suite – $650 per night / $775 per night

 This Master King Suite located on the second floor boasts a king bed with real fireplace, floating tub with real fireplace, walk-in stone shower, his and her toilets, and extensive exterior terrace facing out of the bedroom with stunning views of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Have you found any fun getaways that are driving distance from your home? I’d love to hear about them! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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