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Our History at Santa Barbara, CA

A Legacy of Santa Barbara Hospitality

Rooted in local history, the Santa Barbara Hotel Collection offers four charming boutique hotels each with their own unique character. Since the 1960s, when the Webbers opened their first hotel, this family-owned business pioneered Santa Barbara hospitality and continues a multi-generational legacy of service and unforgettable experiences.

  • The Early Days: 1950s

    The seeds of what would grow into the Santa Barbara Hotel Collection were first planted in the late 1950s when Pamela J. Webber and her husband David Webber emigrated to the United States from their native England. The couple settled in Santa Barbara, where Pam's career as a hotelier began, managing the 12-room Hacienda Motel.

  • The Growing Years: 1962 - 1969

    Hospitality was the family's calling. The Webbers had a hand in designing and building the Lemon Tree Inn before they became co-owners of the Peppertree Motor Inn in 1962; they purchased the Encina Lodge in 1969. The founder of the Best Western hotel brand personally recruited them to give both properties the Best Western flag in the franchise's early days.

  • 1990s - Present

    The family also purchased Brisas Del Mar Inn by the Beach, Inn by the Harbor, and Lavender Inn by the Sea in the 1990s. Later, the Santa Barbara Hotel Collection was formed as an umbrella company for its thriving independent hotel collection.

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