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The iconic
Fess Parker Resort

Experience our
unique charm

An idyllic
vacation destination

Our Hotel

The Fess Parker Resort, named after the American icon Fess Parker, was constructed in 1986 and has since established a reputation for luxury and excellence.

Our Icon

The co-developer of the resort is American actor Fess Parker, best known for his work with Disney, Paramount and Warner Brothers’ Studios. 

  • 1950 – Moved from Texas to California
  • 1951 – Began acting career as an extra in a play
  • 1954 – Signed as Davy Crockett by Walt Disney
  • 1964 – Began filming Daniel Boone TV series
  • 2016 – Parker family operate two luxury properties: our resort and Wine Country Inn & Spa

Our Story

It all began in 1911 when our site became home to two locomotive roundhouses:

  • 1911 – Southern Pacific Railroad constructs steam locomotive roundhouse
  • 1925 – Earthquake severely damages roundhouse
  • 1926 – Railroad designs new Spanish-style roundhouse and begins construction
  • 1961 – Southern Pacific Railroad ends freight service to Stearns Wharf
  • 1982 – Roundhouse demolished to make way for a resort
  • 1986 – The Fess Parker – a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort constructed

Our Services & Policies

Our resort offers thoughtful amenities and superior services:

  • Free airport and Amtrak transportation – 5am to 9pm
  • Five restaurants & in-room dining
  • 45,000 sq. ft. function space
  • Spa services, salon & fitness center
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gift shop & ATM banking
  • Business Center & Concierge Services
  • Hertz car rental
  • Valet parking, $26.00 per night; self parking, $19 per night

Our Location

Explore the area and get directions to our resort with our easy-to-use route planner. Finding your way around Santa Barbara is a breeze – check out our interactive map for all the top attractions and activities.