Sitting on the sunny central California coast, Santa Barbara has a stunning mountain backdrop, whitewashed Hacienda-style buildings with red-tiled roofs, and a bohemian attitude. Santa Barbara inns combine that classic Spanish colonial heritage with ultra-modern facilities.
Santa Barbara has a growing reputation as the ‘American Riviera’. It’s trendy, it’s chic, and Santa Barbara inns reflect that with boutique-type guest rooms and plenty of character.
From family-run bed and breakfasts offering you a personalised service to larger inns that are family friendly and pet friendly, Santa Barbara inns embrace the city’s chilled-out vibe and distinctly quirky nature. They provide visitors with the best facilities including free Wi-Fi, spacious and comfortable guest rooms, and that warm Californian welcome.
If you love boutique shopping and antique hunting, Santa Barbara inns put you just a few steps from all the best independent stores, Mom and Pop shops where you’re greeted with a smile, and some fabulous boutiques and flea markets to explore. At the end of a busy day you can unwind in a private pool or try the on-site dining experiences on offer in Santa Barbara inns and hotels.
There’s plenty to see and do on a trip to Santa Barbara. Visit the city’s Museum of Art, relax in the shade of the Moreton Bay fig tree, take a trip out to the Channel Islands National Park, or find a great eatery on Stearns Wharf.
Every August the city comes alive with the annual Fiesta. It’s a colorful, flower-filled event where Flower Girls throw roses to the crowds. Look out for the French Festival on Bastille Day in July. Santa Barbara’s New Noise Music Conference and Festival combines music and wine tasting, while the Arts and Crafts Show on Stearns Wharf celebrates the creativity of the region. Remember to book your Santa Barbara guest room early during these festivals, as inns fill up quickly.
Santa Barbara is a compact city, and many of the best Santa Barbara inns and hotels are situated conveniently close to the center or near major attractions. It’s an easy city to explore on foot, or hire a bicycle and discover the miles of safe cycle paths.