From our US office:
Sneak away to a Santa Barbara seaside hotel and save 40% compared with neighboring hotels. Travel Sundays-Thursdays in December for £70 (US$111) a night. Or stay during January-February for £6 ($10) more a night. The hotel throws in free breakfast, in-room WiFi and bike rentals.
Head to the hotel over the weekend -- Fridays are an extra £25 ($40) a night. Upgrade to a room with an oceanview for an extra £13 ($20) a night.
The Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara features heated pools with free use of cabanas and a fitness center with waterfront views. Set across from the harbor, the hotel is a short walk from shopping and dining on State Street and the wharf. The mountains that dot Santa Barbara's scenery are crisscrossed with hiking and biking trails.
Not available on: 22-23 November; 1, 23-31 December; 18-20 January; 14-17 February.