The newest attraction in Santa Barbara’s wine country is the Genevieve, a reimagining of the former Santa Ynez Inn led by co-owner Janice Lesin.
Home to 20 spacious and refined accommodations, the boutique hotel also offers a spa and more than 7,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space. The femininity of the Genevieve is juxtaposed by the Victor, the property’s onsite restaurant, which reinterprets Victorian flair via a Western perspective. “We wanted the hotel and restaurant to speak to each other in a fun and playful way,” says Lesin, who also serves as an executive for SIMA Management Corporation. “We have an interesting mix of vintage and contemporary art that brings together the Western and the modern.”
Through the lens of a modern farmhouse, the redesign bonds the Genevieve to regional history while also evoking a transportive quality. Victor’s diners are ensconced in a mix of leather, marble, and brass as well as hardwood floors and forest green velvet upholstery that invites guests to linger.
The alfresco dining terrace further entices with framed twinkle lights, outdoor fireplaces, and abundant greenery. “We want our guests to feel like they are dining in the backyard of a friend’s house versus a restaurant,” Lesin adds. “The fireplace and greenery elude comfort and serenity for an intimate, yet elevated backyard dinner feel.”
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