Iconic Romances on The American Riviera®

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton) join a long list of iconic romances that have been nurtured on The American Riviera®.

Since the early days in the 1930's and 40's, when the Duponts and Rockefellers arrived via private rail car, word spread that Santa Barbara was an untapped Shangri-La. From the sparkling sea to the Santa Ynez Mountains, lush vegetation and balmy climate, the city quickly evolved into a haunt for the wealthy and cultured who built and invested stunning architecture to enhance the already beautiful surroundings. Given its remote ambiance and accessible location, just 92 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara quickly became an ideal escape for celebrities seeking to slip out of the spotlight. 

Steeped in romantic history, Santa Barbara has been the backdrop for the nuptials of Hollywood icons like Sir Laurence Olivier, Clark Gable and Rock Hudson and modern-day leading ladies like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez and Mira Sorvino. Also a honeymoon hotspot, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier started the trend when they retreated to the San Ysidro Ranch in 1953.

Planning your own romance on The American Riviera®? Check out our Star Sleeps for iconic hotels that have set the stage for the stars’ romantic moments. And book your own royal treatment with special hotel and spa packages.