FG 2011 will be held at the beautiful Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, a 24-acre, mission-style Santa Barbara hotel resort facing the Pacific Ocean, located on one of Southern California's most beautiful coastlines. The conference room rate is $ 179 (+ tax). Complementary shuttle service to and from the Santa Barbara Airport and the Amtrak train station is available; parking for conference attendees is $ 8/day. Internet access is the guest rooms is included. There will also be wireless internet access in the meeting rooms.
For reservations at the Doubletree Resort (at conference rates), click here. The special room rate will be available until February 28th (5:00pm PST) or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
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Traveling to Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Conference attendees can fly directly into Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and take a shuttle or taxi to the hotel, or fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and drive up to Santa Barbara - which can take from 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic. The Santa Barbara Airbus provides one-way or round-trip service between LAX and Santa Barbara, with a drop-off point at the Hotel Mar Monte, just a short walk from the Doubletree Resort.
The Santa Barbara Airport has direct service to and from Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The airport is right next to UCSB and 15-20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara (and the Doubletree Resort Hotel).
Another travel option is the train: the Amtrak station in Santa Barbara is a 15 minute walk (or a short taxi ride) from the Doubletree Resort. Amtrak is especially convenient for attendees coming from San Diego, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Shuttle service to the hotel: For guests staying at the Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort: when you arrive in the Santa Barbara Airport or the Amtrak station, call the hotel at 1-805-564-4333 to request a shuttle (and ask how long it will take to pick you up). Shuttles should be available at least every hour.
Weather and What to Wear
Santa Barbara weather in mid-to-late March is typically quite nice: daily highs of around 68 degrees F (20 degrees C) and nighttime lows around 48 degrees F (9 degrees C). This is not "swimming in the ocean" weather (the water is freezing anyway!), but it's very nice "walking on the beach" weather. Some of the conference events will be outside (the reception, the banquet), so be sure to bring a jacket or sweater, as it does get quite cool in the evenings.
Things To Do in Santa Barbara
The website santabarbara.com lists many interesting things in Santa Barbara. Please follow this link to find out 101 free things to do in Santa Barbara. Here are maps for downtown, shopping, a walking tour, scenic drives, etc.
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