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Christmas in Palm Springs (or Santa Barbara)

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I've been having a terrible time trying to find a place to stay over Christmas that meets the following criteria:

1) within 3 or 4 hours' driving distance from LA
2) accepts pets 3) near great food
4) not already fully booked

I'd hoped for Santa Barbara but now have a reservation at the Estrella Inn in Palm Springs. I'm afraid of what I've gathered about the haute middle class aspirations of Palm Springs' finest, and am hoping for some good chowhound guidance. Does anyone have thoughts about Omri and Boni? And incidentally, I'd appreciate comments about the Estrella or alternative places to stay.

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