Kenny Slaught on Visiting Santa Barbara’s Seven Must-See Destinations

Seven most outstanding places to go in Santa Barbara in efforts to help expedite avid vacationers’ travel planning.

Santa Barbara, CA - April 13, 2018 /MarketersMedia/

While many tourists may venture to the coast of California for its beautiful beaches and warm weather, there is much to discover inland dating centuries back. Renowned property developer and successful businessman, Kenny Slaught has reflected on Santa Barbara’s history by drawing upon its most relevant landmarks, ranked on the California State Historical Landmarks list. On his blog at, the renowned industry executive has shared his views on the historical outlook of seven most outstanding places to go in Santa Barbara in efforts to help expedite avid vacationers’ travel planning.

Far beyond being only a pass, the Gaviota Gorge Tunnel witnessed a Mexican-American War episode, dating back from 1846. As it is printed on its descriptive plaque, this pass was used as the perfect place for the local defense to plot an ambush against Lieutenant Colonel Fremont, who was cautioned of the trap. Declared to gather some of the foremost archaeological proof in the state of California, Burton Mound, an ancient indigenous village was discovered in 1542 by navigator and explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, first European to set foot on current California. As the story goes, the native population died in the early 19th century from several diseases introduced by the Catholic missions in Santa Barbara. Casa de la Guerra, previously known as Casa Grande, is, perhaps, the most important building in the history of Santa Barbara. Not only did the first official meeting was held here, but also the first city hall and government activities took place at Casa de la Guerra. Its big Plaza served as the scenery for several early fiestas and meetings of Santa Barbara in mid 19th century. Covarrubias Adobe, otherwise referred to as Casa Covarrubias, is an ancient brick house built by Indian labor in 1817. Descendants of Don Domingo Carrillo and his daughter, for whom they built the house, lived in Covarrubias Adobe for over a whole century, many of them being political leaders in Santa Barbara.

Founded in 1786 by Spanish Catholic Church on the feast day of Saint Barbara, Mission Santa Barbara was the tenth mission of religious conversion of native indigenous people in Santa Barbara County. Its extensive waterworks are a filter house, Spanish gristmill, sections of aqueducts, and two reservoirs served as part of Santa Barbara water system. To those who are most interested in natural beauty of the Golden State, Kenny Slaught emphasizes the Mission La Purisima Concepción historic park, formerly known as Catholic chapel. Managed and maintained by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the park offers guided tours at a visitors’ center. Also known as El Presidio, Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara is a former military installation. Established under King Carlos III’s orders as a way of expanding government benefits for residents of the Santa Barbara Channel region of California, the building attracts millions of tourists due to its archaeological contribution to national history.

Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Hospice of Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes.

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