B&Bs in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara has a number of three- and four-star family-run B&Bs, many within walking distance of the vibrant downtown district or the city's beaches. There is also a selection of B&Bs in the Santa Ynez Valley, an area largely known for its vineyards and wineries. Most Santa Barbara B&Bs include a full breakfast in the rate, while some also offer free parking, bike hire or spa services.
Santa Barbara’s bed and breakfast hotels range from friendly harbour-side inns to lovingly restored grand old dames with manicured gardens Head out to Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley for a Danish take on architecture and B&B welcome or enjoy a hacienda-style getaway overlooking the Santa Barbara Wine Country.
Santa Barbara's Main Attractions
Book a room in a bed & breakfast in downtown Santa Barbara and it's a short walk from many of the city's museums and landmark attractions. A mile north of downtown is the Mission Santa Barbara, an 18th-century pink-and-cream church built for the Spanish missionaries who headed to California in the 1600s.
A ten-minute stroll from the mission is the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and from here it's a leisurely stroll south to Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Climb the courthouse’s 85-foot observation tower for sweeping views out towards the Pacific Ocean.
B&Bs near Santa Barbara's Beaches
Santa Barbara's sandy beaches are some of the best in California. East Beach is the main city beach and is equipped with public showers, children's playgrounds and volleyball courts. West Beach overlooks the million-dollar yachts in Santa Barbara Harbor. From the beach, it's an easy stroll to both the Santa Barbara Zoo, and Stearns Wharf, a historic wooden pier-turned-dining and entertainment hub.
Downtown Santa Barbara for Shopping
Indulging in retail therapy is a popular pastime in Santa Barbara. Book a B&B near downtown's State Street and it's a short stroll from the city's main shopping area, the historic State Street Plaza, where designer stores stand next to quirky gift shops and surf shacks.