MEET YOUR RECORD CONCIERGE: Hotel staff members who assist you in the quest to have the very best vacation you can have have evolved over the decades. Once upon a time a concierge was a rather rare post to fill, or, at least, was a position only considered by the luxury properties. Then more hotels had the "may I fulfill your wish"-ers, and wishes were fulfilled: great seats at the ballet, the perfect French restaurant, roses for your honey. But what if your hotel is very much about unwinding, about a beachy vibe, about the pool and taking walks and relaxing with your dog and an easygoing evening social hour and yoga? The concierge is going to be a bit different, and so the position is, at the new Goodland Hotel, which opens in Goleta on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The Kimpton property, which is a former Holiday Inn, will have a Record Concierge on the employee call sheet. Oh, did we not mention the record player in each room? Yep, there's a place to place your vinyl during your vacation, and if you don't arrive with your own album suitcase -- you totally have one, right? -- you can ring the Record Concierge for a few fresh platters. We'd totally go "Abbey Road" to start with, right? Right.
A STARTER DEAL: Along with a late-summer opening, The Goodland Hotel is throwing a come-and-try-us deal: Get 10% off your room and twenty five bucks towards a dining experience. The Outpost is the restaurant: Think seafood and local ingredients cooked up and served up in a "laidback" setting that is both indoor and outdoor (please, of course). There's backgammon and billiards in The Good Bar, and a get-to-know-other-guests social hour. Maybe you'll exchange record recommendations? That's a fine starter topic. For more on The Goodland's Goleta-esque, longboard-laden, let's-be-beachy look, and that ten-percent-off deal, surf this way.