El Prado Inn Mission Cantwell's Market Trinity Episcopal Church The Alameda Parks - Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden The Alameda Parks - Kid's World Upham Hotel and Restaurant Green Hills Software The Alameda Parks Seaside Shell Gas Station Cajun Kitchen Fiesta 5 Moview Theatre Rite Aid Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Paseo Nuevo Cinemas Paseo Nuevo De La Guerra Plaza Metro 4 Movie Theatre Moon Shadow Johnny's Rib Shack Palace Grill Santa Barbara Harbor The Harbor View Inn Longboard's Grill Art Walk Visitor's Center Chase Palm Park Arlington Theatre Vons Santa Barbara Sandwich Shop El Prado Inn Santa Barbara Museum of Art Andersen's Danish Bakery Long's Drugs Santa Barbara Courthouse Aldo's Italian Restaurant Ralph's Fresh Faire El Presidio de Santa Barbara El Presidio de Santa Barbara Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Public Parking Lot Downtown Santa Barbara

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There's a lot to see in Santa Barbara, and you don't even need to leave downtown to have a great weekend of sightseeing, shopping, and relaxation. I've outlined some of my favorite spots in the downtown area for your enjoyment.

The Wedding

Trinity Episcopal Church - 4

Trinity is a beautiful church. Both the ceremony and the reception will take place here.

Hotels

El Prado Inn - 1

We've reserved a block of rooms at the El Prado. This is a nice, clean hotel with very reasonable (for Santa Barbara) prices. It is located just one block from the church and is a short walk to downtown.

Upham Hotel and Restaurant - 3

The Upham is a very nice Victorian hotel with adorable litle cottages. If you're not looking at a tight budget for the trip you might consider staying there. The Upham is a short walk to downtown or to the church.

The Harbor View Inn - 33

The Harbor View is a very nice hotel right on the ocean. Some rooms have ocean views. The rates are pricier than the El Prado (we'll have specifics up as soon as we have quotes) but may be worth it if proximity to the ocean is important to you.

Restaurants

Santa Barbara Sandwich Company - 11

The Sandwich Shop (as the locals call it) is a great place to get a good sandwich. If you go twice, Roger (the owner who is usually found working the register) will probably learn your name.

Aldo's Italian Restaurant - 16

Aldo's has excellent Italian food with indoor or outdoor seating.

Cajun Kitchen - 19

This is my favorite spot for breakfast! They have great, inexpensive food. Though they have some kickin' Cajun dishes, I love their standard fare and highly recommend it. Oh! This is also the restaurant that Matt proposed to me outside of.

Johnny's Rib Shack - 31

Matt loves the greasy goods at Johnny's. This is a fun place to go for a casual, messy, meal.

Palace Grill - 30

The Palace has great Cajun food and amazing service. Don't forget to order the chocolate souffle or bread pudding before dinner starts up so it will be ready for dessert!

Longboard's Grill - 34

Longboard's has California beach food and a view that can't be beat.

Coffee, Tea, and Other Goodies

Andersen's Danish Bakery - 14

Afternoon tea anyone? This is a great spot to have some yummy pastries and tea.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf - 24

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is the best place to go for a quick cup of coffee or tea. It's location makes it a great place to take a break from shopping and do some people watching.

Grocery Stores and Drug Stores

Mission Cantwell's Market - 2

Cantwell's is less than a block from the church and right across from the El Prado. They have sandwiches, bagels, produce, and basic groceries.

Vons - 9

Grocery store.

Long's Drugs - 12

Drugstore.

Ralph's Fresh Faire - 17

Groceries - Santa Barbara style. Complete with a nice deli and health food section.

Rite Aid - 23

Drugstore complete with Thrifty Ice Cream.

Shopping

Moon Shadow - 29

Moon Shadow has lots of cute things to look at. This is a fun place to pick up gifts to bring home to family or friends.

Paseo Nuevo - 26

This is mall shopping Santa Barbara style: great shops, great food, and movies all in the beautiful Santa Barbara Sun.

Gas Stations

Seaside Shell Gas Station - 18

The Shell is convenient to downtown, but not the only gas station in the area.

Other Points of Interest

Green Hills Software - 5

Our place of work.

Arlington Theatre - 10

A great place for concertgoing which sometimes shows movies. The interior of the Arlington is set up like a Mediterranean village.

The Alameda Parks - 6-8

The Alameda Parks are a treasure of downtown Santa Barbara. I highly suggest setting aside some time to stroll through. I especially recommend grabbing a sandwich at the Sandwich Shop and walking up to the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden to eat your sandwich next to the fish pond. Kids' World has an amazing playground and shouldn't be missed if you have kids.

Santa Barbara Courthouse - 15

The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a beautiful piece of local architecture.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art - 13

The museum has some cool exhibits and a very nice cafe for lunch.

De La Guerra Plaza - 27

De La Guerra Plaza is a popular location for outdoor events.

El Presidio de Santa Barbara - 21-22

El Presidio was a military fortress built by the Spanish in 1782. What remains now is a museum including a beautiful chapel.

Metro Movie Theatres - 10, 20, 25, 28

Art Walk - 35

Every week local painters, sculptors, and crafters show off their work down on the beach. Take a nice stroll and consider supporting some of our local artists by purchasing their work.

Santa Barbara Harbor - 32

There are some good restaurants on the harbor. This is also the place to go if you want to set off for a day of boating.

Visitor's Center - 36

Chase Palm Park - 37

This is an amazing park complete with a carousel, fountains, playground, and lots of garden space to walk through.

Public Parking Lots - Marked with a P

Most parking downtown is free for 75 or 90 minutes, depending on where you are. Parking lots are usually about $1/hr after that.