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The Spanish Garden Inn is located at the center of Santa Barbara and surrounded by acclaimed museums and art centers with a captivating story to tell. During your stay here, take advantage of all of the rich history and culture at your fingertips, and immerse yourself in historical sites that are within a walking distance of your hotel. The Santa Barbara Mission is a must-see, along with a wide variety of museums, theaters, and art galleries that define Santa Barbara.


The Santa Barbara Mission

The Santa Barbara Mission, lovingly titled “The Queen of Missions,” is located less than a mile walk from the hotel. Pay this cultural and historic landmark a visit and learn all about their founding in 1786, and their unifying mission of peace. Today, the Santa Barbara Mission continues to be a beacon of peace and hope in the Santa Barbara community, making it a must-see attraction for any history buff or casual tourist.

Santa Barbara Local Art

Whether you like classical, modern, or contemporary art, Santa Barbara has a gallery to satisfy the art lover in each of us. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is home to 60,000 square feet of gallery space, along with a generous library filled with 55,000 books, and more. The Karple’s Institution Santa Barbara is home to thousands of historic documents and frequently presents full exhibits, and the Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Arts Museum is sure to delight young cowboys and cowgirls in the making. You can even enjoy local art from the comfort of your hotel. The Spanish Garden Inn blends lavish comforts with charming art pieces reminiscent of old California and is adorned with original watercolor and oil paintings designed by the owners of the hotel.

Santa Barbara Local Museums

Santa Barbara is home to some of the West Coast’s most acclaimed museums, many of which are within an easy walking distance of the Spanish Garden Inn. Start your tour with a trip to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and dive headfirst into a fascinating exploration of the regional history of Santa Barbara and Southern California. Little ones will love the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and their 12 acres of detailed nature dioramas. Lastly, stop by the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and learn all about the aquatic life of Santa Barbara’s underwater residents.

Santa Barbara Local Theatres

Your stay at the Spanish Garden Inn puts you in close proximity to world-renowned performance venues, so indulge your dramatic side when you catch a play, opera, music, dance performance, and more at one of Santa Barbara’s numerous theatres. The Granada, located three blocks from the hotel, is Santa Barbara’s premier arts and performance space. Opera fans will want to take a trip to the Lobero Theatre: a breathtaking memorial to Santa Barbara’s first opera house. The Arlington Theatre boasts a unique interior adorned with glittering stars to capture the feeling of an outdoor amphitheater, and there is nothing quite like catching an outdoor concert and hearing the prime-acoustics of the Santa Barbara Bowl to make for a memorable summer evening.