Santa Barbara CA.This not-so-crowded beach town is the perfect mix of rugged & refined. Hike along the beachfront Cabrillo Bike Path, ride the antique carousel at Chase Palm Park, & take the kids to see the elephants at the Santa Barbara Zoo. If you have time w/out children, sip your way across downtown Santa Barbara's (walkable) Urban Wine Trail. Most of the vacation rentals here have 1-3 bedrooms & rent for as low as $116/night.
Santa Barbara CA-I went to college in Santa Barbara and try to visit several times a year. Each time I go, I am reminded that it is a lovely town on par with some of the most wonderful places that I have visited all over the world.