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Brief Published: 13 Feb 2013

El Encanto’s Local Approach


Santa Barbara’s El Encanto hotel, a member of luxury international travel company Orient-Express’s hotel group, has installed new features that aim to demonstrate locality and food provenance.

The renovated Californian hotel, which reopens in March 2013, will farm its own produce on-site, including herbs, vegetables and a signature cheese from its very own Holstein cow called Ellie. Locally brewed El Encanto beer and coffee will also be on offer, as well as complimentary electric bikes to explore the local area.

Issues of food provenance and locality are becoming increasingly important to consumers (see New Locavores). Hoteliers are responding by providing more local and ethically sourced cuisine (see Beyond Food & Beverage).

For more on how hotels are harnessing the flavour and culture of their surrounding communities, read our report Hotels as Hyper-Local Cultural Hubs

El Encanto Hotel