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Artful gardens: Near Santa Barbara, CA
Photo by Bill Dewey

Artful gardens: Near Santa Barbara, CA

The grounds of opera lover Ganna Walska’s 1940s estate, Lotusland, show off the entire world of plant palettes, from a bog garden to 450 species of cactus. $35; lotusland.org

Best time to go: July and August, to see water lilies in bloom.

Stay: Hotel Oceana has two pools and free beach cruisers for guests. From $179; hoteloceanasantabarbara.com

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