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Santa Barbara Court House

Murals inside the court house


Beautiful hallways

Much Spanish influence


Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Marina and beach. Emerald Princess in port



Ann’s fabulous dish of Cioppino

My shrimp scampi

Sculpture done by a homeless man at the beach

Goodnight Santa Barbara

As much as we loved the time we spent at the Hearst Casle, we were ready to move on from San Simeon as it had very little to offer.

Our drive to Santa Barbara was a beautiful one along hwys 1 and 101 and also 154 through the mountains. We just couldn’t get enough of it.

Getting to the Castillo Inn was very easy and it is a very nice Inn. We’d highly recommend you stay here if you are passing through.

We arrived in Santa Barbara around noon so we had very little time to explore. We took a nice walk down State St and visited the Court House. The achitecture was beautiful and we went to the top to enjoy the viewing platform for views of the city.

After stopping for ice cream we walked out to the end of the city pier to take in the sights. Around 4:00 we walked back to the Inn to check in and change for the evening. The temperature drops a good 10 degrees once the sun sets. We then walked back to the end of the pier to watch the sail away of the Emerald Princess. After that we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. It’s a must stop. We both enjoyed a cup of the best clam chowder we have ever had. I had shrimp scampi...great shrimp on rice which was so-so. Ann had Cioppino...crab legs, shrimp, scallops, clams, & mussels in homemade Cioppino sauce, served in a bread bowl & toppped with Parmesan cheese. She said it’s most excellent. We also enjoyed local brewed beer.

We called it night and are pretty wiped out after our 7 miles of walking and enjoying the sun & 75 degree weather. Thank you Santa Barbara for a great day...hope to be back some day soon.

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