Where to see art and artful nature in the urban wild
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 (hoteloceanasantabarbara.com) has two pools and free beach cruisers for guests. From $179.