The Outhwaite Foundation

The Outhwaite Foundation

26 W. Anapamu Street, Suite #103
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3144

Phone: 805.560.0841

E-Mail: Tori@outhwaitefoundation.org

About Us - The Miramar Story

Today, Miramar is a year-round hotel resort consisting of 60 blue-roofed cottages.

n 1875 all of what is now Miramar was a farm owned and operated by the Doulton family and devoted to the raising of barley, corn, beans, and fruit. Their home was located in the center of the grounds near the present shuffleboard courts. Farming was not too profitable and in 1887 a visiting friend from San Francisco suggested that the Doultons take in paying guests. It was obvious that the mountains in the background and the salubrious climate would attract many visitors. Guests were roomed in the old homestead; in 1889 the first guest cottage was built. As the years went by, more bedrooms were added to the second floor of the original farmhouse and more cottages constructed.

Around the turn of the century, while the railroad was being built between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, it was decided that the land near the ocean would be best suited for the railroad track location, as it was the least valuable, whereas if the tracks were located towards the present highway, they would cut across land under cultivation. The railroad was finally completed and Miramar became a flag station with its own station platform, flag signal and ticket agency. It was a custom in those days for all of the hotel personnel to shower important train guests with pink geranium petals.

The name "Miramar" was suggested by a Mrs. Felton. Its literal translation is "Behold, the sea!". Until 1936, the hotel operated on the American Plan, with its principal season during the winter -- there was very little activity during the summer. The hotel enjoyed a worldwide reputation; its old registers contain many names of royalty and famous persons. The clientele was predominantly Eastern. Just before World War I, a 400-foot-long pier (which has since been removed) was constructed so that the guests could moor their yachts in the sheltered cove off Miramar Beach.

Today, Miramar is a year-round hotel resort consisting of 60 blue-roofed cottages with over 250 rooms, set in 16 gardened acres by the Blue Pacific. Miramar has the finest hotel private ocean beach in the area and is noted for its excellent recreational facilities. Today its clientele is mostly from the Western states and its principal season is summer. Off-season winter business consists mostly of convention and sales meetings.

William P. Gawzner,
Owner-Manager

The name "Miramar"translation is "Behold, the sea!".

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To all the wonderful staff at Sarah House, words cannot express the gratitude I have for what you all did for my grandma and my entire family. You helped me look at death as a beautiful journey that grandma was on, it really helped us get through a very difficult time. I would not have wanted to be anywhere else but there in your serene environment. I feel very fortunate that we got to be there with her.