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It’s summer and Santa Barbara is filled with events, visitors, and great sites.  One of my favorite things to do during the summer (well, all year round) is hiking.  Santa Barbara has hiking trails of all levels.  One of my favorites leads you up to Inspiration Point.  The trailhead is found off of Foothill Road in the northern part of the city.  It starts off with a narrow paved walkway, and up into a trail shaded by trees.  In the middle of the hike, there is a great creek to stop off at and enjoy a smal snack.  Then you head up into a switchback trail to the very top.  The trail itself takes a few hours there and back. It’s a great one to take in the afternoon, and maybe even around dusk during the summer months.  I’ve done it once in the dark, and flashlights are essential for that hike (we forgot ours, not a good idea).

Either way, hikes with friends make for great memories, so check out Santa Barbara hikes and book a room with us!


What is more beautiful than a thin line of yellow and orange along the Santa Barbara coastline? Well, maybe turn around to see the reflection of the sunset on the hills of the Riviera.   Or take a breath while sitting at the harbor with your Brophy Brothers clam chowder and a nice glass of wine.  Then there are the flower gardens at the Mission and peaceful feel of bench at Alec Keck Park.

Really, Santa Barbara is filled with beauty – whether it’s scenery or the people.  So, come visit us today and we will direct you to some great places where you could just sit/walk/hike and experience the beauty that is Santa Barbara.

SB Sunset

There really are not very many places like Santa Barbara, CA.  Although, I am biased, since Santa Barbara was where I grew up. I would go to the beach one day and hike in the mountains the next.  During the busy, summer months, Santa Barbara was flooded with people from everywhere around the world.  State Street, our main downtown street, would be so packed, you could barely see the ground.  The summers are always great and full, but my favorite time of year in Santa Barbara is the fall, and into our winter as well.

Fall and winter are misnomers for this town, because it doesn’t really go below 69 degrees (maybe just at night), so it’s not a frost or snowy season that makes this time so great.  It’s also not the changing colors of leaves in trees, although there are some.  It also isn’t the rain, although that’s not so bad.  What makes this season so great, are the sunsets.  The reason the sunsets are so great has to do with the clouds that make a regular appearance in the sky.  When the sun starts to touch the horizon, the colors shoot out and change the landscape of the sky.  Pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, and blues create this performance right before your very eyes.  Then, you look down, if you’re at Butterfly Beach right across from the Biltmore Hotel, and you’re greeted by this metallic sea of greens and blues. Or, if you’re up on the Riviera, you look away from the ocean and get to see the warmth of it all being absorbed into the hills.

It’s a great scene and one that should be stored in your heart.