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August 23, 2004
From journal Two Days in Santa Barbara
January 12, 2002
El Paseo is too small to be considered a mall...it is more an arcade. El Paseo is built around the 1827 adobe-style home of the De La Guerra family, who must be among the founders of Santa Barbara, since the street next to El Paseo is named after them.
El Paseo provides a quiet corner away from Santa Barbara's busy State Street. The main entrance is from State Street, and the colorful marquis and beautiful architecture are easy to find. If you would like a nice short quiet walk away from State Street, pop in. Even if you don't need to shop, El Paseo provides a nice setting to enjoy the architecture and take
pictures. In fact, if you do like to shop, the nearby Paseo Nuevo Mall is across State Street and has a far greater collection of shops and department stores. Further east on State Street, is another courtyard of shops called La Arcada Court, which is similar to El Paseo, but is much larger. I have other journal entries on both places.
El Paseo is located at 15 East De La Guerra Street in downtown Santa Barbara at the corner of State and De La Guerra Streets. To get there, take Castillo Boulevard to State Street, and go east about 8 blocks or so, and El Paseo will be on the right.
From journal Santa Barbara