Saturday, September 1, 2012

Visit Santa Barbara's beautiful landmarks and beaches with me!

On this Labor Day Weekend
visit one or all of 
Santa Barbara's Amazing Landmarks
Many are FREE  and open to the public
or for a nominal entrance fee
offer tours

 Begin at the Queen of the Missions
Mission Santa Barbara
located at the Top of Garden Street

tours of the Mission Grounds are available
be sure to walk across to the incredible Rose Gardens

travel down Garden Street to

Alice Keck Park
4.6 acres bordered by Santa Barbara,
Micheltorena, Garden and Arrellaga Streets

previously known as the El Mirasol Hotel
this property was bequeathed to the City of SB
by Alice Keck to be made into a public park

directly across the street is 
Alameda Park, 
aka Children's Park

 8000 sf of play ground 

where the fabulous playgrounds were donated and built
by Santa Barbara Community volunteers

traveling down Garden Street we arrive at the
incredibly beautiful Mission Revival Style
Santa Barbara County Court House

Featuring gorgeous Architecture along with amazing
gardens, a clock tower, and restored fountain.
Tours of the Courthouse and Clock Tower available.
Don't be surprised to see a wedding taking place.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens.

If you wish to get a peek of Downtown Santa Barbara
turn right to State Street and travel down State Street
to view the Downtown Retail area
featuring shops, boutiques, restaurants and side-walk cafes
Paseo Nuevo revitalized down town SB
(if you want to park your car in one of the City lots, 
you can travel the entire length of State Street (getting on and off
at any of the Trolley stops) from 
Victoria to Stearns Wharf and back
for a stipend)

Below is a photo of the La Arcada Promenade

Travel all the way down State Street to
Cabrillo Boulevard featuring the Beaches and Harbor areas
 Stearns Wharf offers parking on the Wharf or at Cabrillo Boulvard
in a City Parking Lot

Walking the Wharf is a fun experience but requires good
walking shoes and some stamina. The Wharf itself does offer
some handi-capped parking spots

Plan a fabulous dinner at the Harbor Restaurant, or a casual
refreshment upstairs at Long Board's Grill, ice cream and 
candy shops, wine tasting and beach retail

Further along the Wharf is Moby Dick's Restaurant
and for a casual fabulous local sea cuisine, The Fish House!

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum's
Ty Warner Sea Center 

 Wonderful  Sea and Do Science for all ages

Sabado Domingo Art Show
along Cabrillo Boulevard
starting at Stearns Wharf
every Sunday 11-5
this is a fully juried arts and crafts show

traveling West on Cabrillo Boulevard
we come to the 
Santa Barbara Harbor 
and Marine Museum
open to the public (fee) 
Two wonderful restaurant housed in the same building
Chuck's Waterfront Grill and the Endless Summer Car Cafe
Further down the Breakwater is the very 
popular Brophy Bros Restaurant.  Go early if you want
to enjoy this local hang-out!

This is a working harbor where you can
watch local fisherman come in with their catch and
the Coast Guards' Ship on duty
along with the many private boats anchored here.
Walking all the way along the Break Water you will
pass the private Yacht Club and get a wonderful view
of our public beaches and recreational activities!
Life's a Beach!

one more trip West along Cabrillo Boulevard brings you
 to popular local Lead Better Beach across from the beautiful
Santa Barbara Community College Campus

(view from the Campus from CC Website)

The beachside parking lot provides parking for the
 Breakwater and Harbor, along with the BBQ 
area of Lead Better Beach where many local activities 
happen and is a popular surfing and windsurfing spot
View of Lead Better Beach

continue driving West on Cabrillo Boulevard which
at this point becomes Shoreline Drive
you will be driving along 
Shoreline Park

A favorite local spot for walking people, kids and dogs,
flying kites, taking photos of the magnificent shoreline, picnicking
or climbing down to the beach on the 1000 Steps

I've never counted the steps!

One more stop!
Keep driving along Shoreline Drive...
which runs into Cliff Drive, take a left
and drive all the way to the stop sign at the 
bottom of Cliff Dr where there is a 4-way stop.
Keep going straight (after making the stop!)

Welcome to Arroyo Burro Beach, 
known only to locals as
Hendry's Beach
my personal favorite!
a very popular local beach where many
young surfers learn to surf, great for body surfing
large sand beach area, lots of tide pools, free parking
and dogs on a leash allowed.

The Boat House Restaurant has a take out section
along with a delightful outdoor patio and indoor seating.
Excellent food!  Very popular spot!

The end for now!
time to enjoy a glass of Santa Barbara
County Wine

My next Tour will take you to Montecito, Summerland 
and Carpinteria! Stay tuned!
Have a Fabulous Labor Day Weekend!

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