Santa Barbara Journals

A Day in Santa Barbara

A September 2000 trip to Santa Barbara by dglawless

Old Mission Santa Barbara Photo, Santa Barbara, California More Photos
Quote: We were planning to stop in Santa Barbara for an hour or so on our way up the coast and ended up staying the entire day. It was one of the nicest communities we visited on our road trip up the coast of California.

A Day in Santa Barbara

Overview

Old Mission Santa Barbara Photo, Santa Barbara, California
Quote:
The wharf and State St. which runs from the wharf into the beautiful historic downtown were wonderful. Great architecture and unique shops along State Street. The highlight of the day was the beautiful old mission.

Quick Tips:

Walk or take the trolley from the wharf to the downtown area. You will probably want to drive to the mission.

Best Way To Get Around:

There is a trolley that runs back and forth in the downtown area. It runs every few mins.

Opal Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant | "Brigitte's"

Quote:
We had lunch at this small resturaunt on State St. in the downtown area. It was very good and served California cuisine. They do serve dinner and I understand that reservations are suggested at dinner. Our group had sandwiches and pizza and we were all very happy with the food. They do serve cocktails. It was a nice atmosphere.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2001

Opal Restaurant & Bar
1325 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 966-9676

Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Attraction | "Mission Santa Barbara"

Old Mission Santa Barbara Photo, Santa Barbara, California
Quote:
This mission was my favorite of all the missions we visited. It is referred to as the Queen of Missions and I certainly understand why. It was finished in 1820 and is one of the best preserved of the missions. The church and the living quarters have been turned into a museum and house artifacts of those that lived there as well as 18th and 19th century Mexican Art. There is a beautiful garden and a cemetary on the grounds. This is a wonderful stop. Admission is $3.00.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2001

Old Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, California 93105
(805) 682-4713

Stearns Wharf

Attraction | "Stearn's Wharf"

Stearns Wharf Photo, Santa Barbara, California
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This was a fun stop. It was built in 1872 to serve cargo ships and later the departure site of passanger cruises and casino boats. It now houses a small museum, resturaunts and shops. It has a beautiful view of the ocean and of the mountains behind Santa Barbara. There are pelicans and other birds that are very people friendly. You can park along the wharf for a small fee and take the trolley from there to go up State Street to the downtown area.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2001

Stearns Wharf
Foot of State Street at Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Santa Barbara Trolley Tours

Attraction | "Trolley Tours"

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This was a quick way to see a lot of the city and learn about the history and interesting sites of the city. It was easy and inexpensive. You have the opportunity to get on and off. The trolleys are open air and you have unlimited on and off for the day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2001

Santa Barbara Trolley Tours
23 East Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 965-0353

Quote:
Santa Barbara was a wonderful place to spend the day and would have been a nice place to spend a couple of days. There are beautiful historic adobe buildings as well as some beautiful modern buildings. The mountains are behind Santa Barbara with the ocean spread beneath them. I would highly recommend stopping at the visitors center at 1 State Street. They were very helpful giving us lots of helpful hints for making the most of our short time in the city. The mission is a must-see and, of course, the Wharf is beautiful. I would love to return for a longer visit and to attend some of the festivals.