There is something special about a place where the mountains meet the sea. When the hand of man then adds to it by cultivating its richness and sculpting it with care a further beauty is revealed. The Channel Island coast of California is an hour north of LA, where the coastline curves to face south with four large islands off shore. The Santa Ynez mountains jut up just a few miles inland providing a scenic backdrop, and spectacular views from the foothills and ridges. With a temperate year round climate, beautiful landscape, and fertile valleys the towns along this coast are beloved by travelers and residents alike. The Spanish and Mediterranean inspired town of Santa Barbara is jewel of this coastal region.